La Liga Opta Facts - 23-25 April
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Athletic Bilbao - Real Sociedad
· Athletic have won more than half of their “Basque derby” meetings with Real Sociedad in San Mamés in the league (35 wins in 63 clashes).
· The “Txurri Urdin’s” last win at San Mamés came in the 2000/01 campaign. Since then they have lost five times and drawn just once.
· Caparrós’ side are on a run of two straight league defeats at home, their poorest of the campaign.
· The donostiarras come into this match after losing their last six away from home in Liga BBVA.
· Just one of Athletic’s last nine league goals have come in the first half.
· Caparros’s side have scored the most headed goals in the league this season (17).
· Real Sociedad have shipped the most goals in the last 15 minutes of Liga BBVA matches this season (17).
· Real Sociedad have also picked up the fewest points after going behind in Liga BBVA matches this season (three).
Atlético Madrid - Levante
· Levante have only lost once in the last 12 matchdays of La Liga, taking 27 points, a total beaten only by Barcelona (30) in the same period.
· Atletico Madrid have only been beaten once in their last nine league games, managing four draws.
· Aside from defeats at Madrid, Malaga and Real Zaragoza, Levante have scored exactly once in every away game in Liga BBVA this season.
· In five visits to Atletico in the top flight, Levante have never scored and managed only one draw.
· On the only previous occasion that both Tiago and Reyes were absent for Atletico in the league this season, they lost 0-1 at Sporting.
· Kun Aguero has scored in his last five league appearances.
· Only Pedro of Barcelona has scored in six consecutive league games this season.
· Levante’s substitutes have scored the most away goals in Liga BBVA this season (five).
· Atletico are without a win after conceding first at home in the league this season, whereas Levante are without a win after conceding first on the road.
Barcelona - Osasuna
· Osasuna have won just four of the 32 league matches that they have played at Barcelona, as well as four draws.
· The side from Navarre’s last away win over Barcelona came two seasons ago (0-1).
· Aside from the defeat to Hércules on the second day of the season, Barcelona have scored in every single league match this season.
· The rojillos have two of their last three away games in the league.
· However they are still on their poorest run of the campaign so far: three straight defeats.
· Barcelona have failed to score in the first half of any of their last three league matches.
· Kike Sola has scored in four of Osasuna’s last five league matches.
· The Blaugrana have scored the most left-footed goals in the league this season (39).
· Barcelona have won their last 13 home league games: they have not won 14 in a row since 1993.
Hércules - Deportivo La Coruña
· In 11 meetings in the top flight, Hercules have never kept a clean sheet against Deportivo.
· Hercules’ last win against Depor dates back to 1956.
· Deportivo have won their last five top flight clashes with the herculanos.
· Hercules have scored just one goal in these five games.
· The side from Alicante have taken just five points from the last 27 available.
· Depor have lost just two of their last 10 league games, taking 16 points from these.
· The Galicians have failed to score in their last three league away games.
· Seven of Deportivo’s league matches have ended goalless this season, their most common result.
· Depor have picked up fewer points thanks to goals scored in the last 15 minutes of games than any side in Liga BBVA this season (one).
Mallorca – Getafe
· Getafe have never won at Mallorca in the top flight, managing just one draw in six meetings there.
· The Madrid side have only once failed to score against Mallorca in the league, in a 0-2 defeat in 2006/07.
· The bermellones have taken just seven points from the last 18 available at home.
· Michel’s side have taken only three points (three draws) from seven games on the road in 2011.
· Getafe have scored the fewest headed goals in Liga BBVA this season (two).
· The Madrid side have conceded the most penalties in the league this season (nine).
· Mallorca have scored the fewest goals in the last 15 minutes of league matches this season (five).
· The Islanders have also scored the fewest second-half goals (15).
Racing Santander - Málaga
· Racing are without a win in their last three games at home to Malaga in the top flight (two draws, one defeat).
· Malaga have only lost one of their last five league games, picking up three wins, their best run of the season.
· Racing have lost every league match in which they have conceded the first goal at home this season (three).
· Both Racing and Malaga have taken 15 points from the last 30 available in the league.
· Malaga have conceded the most headed goals in Liga BBVA this season (14).
· Just seven sides have picked up more points on the road this season than Malaga (15).
· 23% of Racing’s goals this season have come from corners, the highest proportion in the Spanish top flight.
Real Zaragoza - Almería
· Almeria have lost their last four league matches, scoring only two goals and shipping 10.
· Almeria have lost seven of their last eight away matches in the league.
· Aside from a 0-1 defeat to Atletico, Zaragoza are unbeaten in their last eight league games at home, winning six.
· Almeria have only one of their five meetings with the manos in the top flight.
· The rojiblancos have conceded the most right-footed goals in Liga BBVA this season.
· Javier Aguirre’s side are the only team in the Spanish league not to have scored between the 15th and 30th minutes.
· Almeria have conceded the most goals to substitutes in Liga BBVA this season (eight).
· Ulloa, Almeria’s joint-top scorer this season, has gone 12 matchdays without scoring a goal, in 834 minutes of football.
· Since Uche’s return, Zaragoza have won 33% of their games, compared to 22% before.
· Almeria have only won one of their eight matches refereed by Velasco Carballo in the top flight.
Sevilla – Villarreal
· Sevilla have won eight of their nine top-flight matches at home to Villarreal.
· The nervionnenses are on a run of six league games without a defeat at home (four wins).
· The yellow submarine are on a run of seven league matches without scoring more than one goal in any.
· 10 of Villarreal’s last 11 league goals have been scored by either Giuseppe Rossi (seven) or Marco Rubén (three).
· Sevilla, along with Real Madrid, have scored the most penalties in Liga BBVA this season (10).
· No player has hit the woodwork as often as Alvaro Negredo (six times).
· Sevilla, along with Hercules, have scored the fewest goals in the first 15 minutes of league matches this season (two).
· Sevilla have failed to win any league match in which they have conceded the first goal at home this season (one draw, three defeats).
· The Yellow Submarine have scored a higher proportion of their goals in the first half (61%) than any side in Liga BBVA this season.
Sporting Gijón - Espanyol
· Sporting have won three of the last four matches at home to Espanyol.
· Sporting have won their last three matches at El Molinon.
· The gijoneses have not won four straight games at home in the top flight since 1995.
· Last time out (1-2 at Real Sociedad) the Asturians ended a run of five league games unbeaten, their best sequence this season.
· Manuel Preciado’s side remain the only team not to have come from behind to win a Liga BBVA match this season.
· Barral has scored in four of Sporting’s last seven league goals at home.
· Espanyol have not away from home in the league since the 23rd of January (3-1 at Getafe).
· Moreover, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have failed to score in their last four on the road.
· Sporting have conceded just one goal in their last seven league games at home combined.
· 95% of Espanyol’s goals in Liga BBVA this season have come from inside the area, the highest proportion in the competition.
Valencia - Real Madrid
· Real Madrid have won their last three league meetings with Valencia.
· The merengues have lost on just one of their last six trips to Mestalla in the league.
· Four of Real Madrid’s last six league meetings with Valencia have come the matchday after facing Barcelona.
· Gonzalo Higuaín has scored four goals in his last four clashes with Los Che in Liga BBVA.
· Real have won their last three league away games: they haven’t won four in a row on the road all season.
· Valencia have hit three or more goals in their last three league matches: the last time they managed at least three in four straight league games was in 1992.
· Seven of Roberto Soldado’s 13 league goals this season have come in his last three matches.
· Valencia have failed to score in three of their last four league matches at home.