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Craig Porter 10th Apr 2009 - 6:30

Spanish La Liga Opta Facts: 11-12 April

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Barcelona v Recreativo

  • Recreativo have been caught offside more than any other side (119).
  • Barcelona have conceded the fewest penalties - two.
  • Barcelona playmaker Xavi has supplied the most assists in the league - 15.
  • Samuel Eto’o has scored 26 goals in 26 starts so far this season.
  • Recreativo have scored just one goal in the opening 15 minutes.
  • The team from Huelva have scored the fewest goals (27), whereas Barcelona have scored the most - 85.
  • The Catalans have conceded the fewest goals - 24.
  • Barcelona have scored in each of their last 17 home games; netting 60 goals.
  • Recreativo have never won against Barcelona in the top flight.
  • Recreativo have never scored at the Camp Nou; losing all four of their visits.

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Villarreal v Malaga

  • Malaga have conceded the most goals from outside the box - 11.
  • Villarreal have won the most fouls - 579.
  • Villarreal’s keeper Diego Lopez has made the most saves – 106.
  • Malaga striker Nabil Baha has been substituted 21 times – more than any other player.
  • Malaga are the best team from the penalty spot; converting all seven the spot kicks they have been awarded so far.
  • Malaga have conceded the most headed goals (11).
  • Villarreal have mustered 16 points from their last six home matches.
  • Malaga won their first two visits at Villarreal in the top flight, both in 2001, but have scored just one goal since, managing one draw and suffering three defeats.

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Deportivo v Atletico

  • Atletico have given away the most penalties this season - nine.
  • Diego Forlan has hit the woodwork more than any other player - eight times.
  • Just 20% of goals conceded by Deportivo have come from set piece situations; a league low.
  • Atletico have recorded double this figure; 40% of the goals that they have conceded have come from dead ball situations - 19 in total; no other team have shipped more.
  • Depor have lost once in their last 10 league home matches.
  • Last season, Deportivo lost this fixture at home after six consecutive wins at the Riazor against Atletico.
  • Atletico have won one game in the last seven played away from home in the league.
  • Atletico have shipped more goals (47) than bottom team Espanyol (46).
  • The Colchoneros have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 league matches and have conceded 12 in their last five.

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Mallorca v Almeria

  • Almeria have received the most red cards – nine.
  • Mallorca have the worst conversion rate in the league - 10%.
  • Mallorca have scored just one goal from the penalty spot this season.
  • Almeria’s Alvaro Negredo has scored nine goals in his last nine league matches.
  • Almeria are the only side whose subs have not yet scored a goal this season.
  • Mallorca are unbeaten at home in their last five league games, managing three wins and two draws.
  • Mallorca are yet to record their first win against Almeria in the top flight, succumbing to one defeat and two draws so far.
  • Almeria’s only away win of the season came on the very first matchday, since then they have managed just three draws and 10 defeats on the road.

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Numancia v Espanyol

  • Espanyol have conceded the most goals in the final 15 minutes of games - 16.
  • Mauricio Pochettino’s side have conceded exactly one goal in six of their last seven away league fixtures.
  • Espanyol have attempted the fewest headed shots, 40.
  • Espanyol defender Daniel Jarque has received the most yellow cards, 13.
  • Numancia have attempted the most long passes in La Liga this season, 20% of their total.
  • Espanyol boast the worst crossing accuracy in the top flight this season, as just 16% of their crosses have reached a team mate.
  • All of Numancia’s 33 goals have been scored by Spanish players.
  • Numancia have lost just once in their last four games.

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Osasuna v Athletic

  • Osasuna have shared the points on the most occasions this season, 11.
  • The Pamplona side have scored the most headed goals, 12.
  • Only Barcelona have conceded fewer first half goals (nine) than Osasuna (11).
  • Camacho’s team have lost just once in their last 10 league matches.
  • Uruguayan striker Walter Pandiani has scored eight goals in 16 apps.
  • Athletic Bilbao have been awarded the most penalties this season (10) but have scored just six of them.
  • Athletic have not kept a clean sheet in 2009.
  • Osasuna are unbeaten in their last four home matches against Athletic, notching up two wins and two draws.
  • The Basques have collected just one point from their last five away fixtures.

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Racing v Betis

  • Racing have won just once in their last eight home league matches.
  • Racing have the lowest shooting accuracy in the Spanish top-flight - 39%.
  • Nikola Zigic has scored four goals in his last four league games.
  • Betis midfielder Achille Emana has supplied seven assists to his team mates so far this season.
  • Betis’ last win in the league came in the derby against Sevilla two months ago.
  • Betis have drawn six of their last seven league fixtures.
  • The Sevilla side has conceded 10 goals in its last three away matches.
  • Last season’s 3-0 defeat in Santander was their first in the fixture in ten years.
  • Real Betis have a better away record than home – 18 of their 31 points this season have come on the road.

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Real Madrid v Valladolid

  • Real are unbeaten in their last 14 league matches, having won 13 and drawn one.
  • Klaas Jan Huntelaar, has fired in eight goals in his last seven games.
  • Real Madrid have scored the most goals from outside the box – 14.
  • The reigning champions have failed to score only twice so far this season, once against Barcelona and once in the reverse fixture against Valladolid.
  • Real have scored in 22 consecutive games at the Bernabeu - the last team to keep a clean sheet there was Getafe in February 2008.
  • Real Madrid have only ever lost three times at home to Valladolid, most recently in May 2000 (1-0) when “las merengues” failed to score against their Castilian neighbours at the Bernabeu for the first time.
  • Real Valladolid have scored the most goals from set pieces this season - 20.
  • Valladolid have won three of their last five away league fixtures.
  • Real Madrid boast the best shooting accuracy in the league this season – 52%.

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Sevilla v Getafe

  • Getafe have missed four of the eight penalties that they have taken so far this term.
  • Getafe have not won away from home in their last 11 league games on the road, drawing five and losing six.
  • Getafe have mustered just three points from their last five league fixtures.
  • Sevilla have taken the fewest penalties in the league, just two.
  • Freddie Kanoute has netted 11 goals in his last eight league matches.
  • Sevilla have kept the most clean sheets (14) in the league this season.
  • Sevilla have scored the fewest goals from set piece situations in the league this season; just five - 12% of their total.
  • Sevilla have taken 19 points from their last seven matches in the league.
  • Getafe have never won in Seville in the top division and scored just one goal in four attempts.
  • Getafe have scored 10 goals courtesy of substitutes this season - a league-high.

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Sporting v Valencia

  • Sporting have conceded the most league goals this season - 61.
  • Sporting are the only side in La Liga yet to draw this season, having played in 18 defeats and 11 wins so far.
  • The Asturians have attempted the fewest passes (8777).
  • Sporting have conceded the most fouls, 563.
  • Sporting have scored 61% of their goals in the first 45 minutes – a league-high.
  • Valencia have netted 25 of their 52 goals in the last 30 minutes of matches.
  • David Villa (21 goals so far in the league) has attempted the most shots in the competition, 90.
  • Valencia have only won once in their last nine away league games, 1-0 at Racing.
  • The last time these two teams shared the points in Gijon came in 1991 when the game ended 1-1.
  • Sporting have conceded the most corners this season, 195.

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