Spanish La Liga Opta Facts - 20-21 March
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Athletic Bilbao v Getafe
- Athletic have won only one of the last five meetings with Getafe in the league, losing three and sharing the points once.
- The five previous meetings played in Bilbao between these two sides saw the hosts winning three times, with two successes for the guests.
- The Basques side are unbeaten in the last four match-days of La Liga (two wins and as many draws), and have kept a clean sheet in their last three fixtures.
- At home, Joaquín Caparrós' side are on a run of five consecutive wins in the league.
- Last Saturday's 3-0 win over Mallorca ended a run of six consecutive winless games for Getafe in La Liga.
- Away from home, Míchel's side have picked up only one point from their last five games.
- Athletic have conceded 77% of their goals (23 out of 30) in the second half - the highest ratio in the league this term.
Deportivo La Coruña v Real Valladolid
- In the last four league meetings between Deportivo and Real Valladolid in the top flight both sides have won twice.
- At home, the Galicians are unbeaten in their last five meetings with Valladolid (four wins and a draw).
- Overall, Deportivo have won four of the last five league games played at the Riazor, losing only to Real Madrid in the process.
- Real Valladolid are still winless in 2010 (seven defeats and four draws), and have lost their last three consecutve fixtures.
- Away from home, Real Valladolid haven't won since last September (2-1 at Real Zaragoza), and have lost six of the ensuing 10 games, drawing four.
- Real Valladolid have conceded the most goals before half-time this season in La Liga (26).
Espanyol v Sevilla
- Espanyol have picked up only one point from their last four league meetings with Sevilla, failing to score a single goal in the last three.
- The last six meetings between these two sides played at Espanyol's ground have ended with three wins to each side, but the guests have had the better in the last two.
- The Catalans are winless in the last four match-days of La Liga (two defeats and as many draws).
- However, at home they are unbeaten in their last six games (four wins and two draws), and have kept a clean sheets in the last three.
- Sevilla have lost four of their last five away games of this campaign, a 3-1 win at Mallorca completes the record.
- Espanyol have lost 12 of the 13 games in which they have been behind this season - currently the worst ratio in La Liga (92%).
Malaga v Villarreal
- Malaga have won only one of their last 11 league fixtures against Villarreal; five wins to the 'Yellow Submarine' and as many draws complete the record.
- There have been seven meetings between these sides in Malaga, four of the last five have ended as draws; two wins to the hosts and one to the guests complete the record.
- Malaga have lost their last three fixtures of this campaign, including their last one at home against Xerez.
- Villarreal have picked up seven points from their last three games in La Liga, and have not conceded a single goal in the process.
- However, away from home Juan Carlos Garrido's side are winless in their last five games, and have picked up only one point from the last four.
- Malaga have already conceded 16 goals from set pieces this term - a league joint-high.
Mallorca v Atletico Madrid
- Atletico have managed only one win in the last nine league meetings with Mallorca; three defeats and five draws complete the record.
- In Mallorca the hosts are unbeaten in the last five meetings with Atletico, and have kept a clean sheet in the last three (a goalless draw prior to two wins in the last two).
- Mallorca have shared the points only once in the last 14 match-days of this campaign, and are alongside Real Madrid as the only sides in La Liga yet to draw at home this term.
- At home, Grogorio Manzano's side have won 11 games this season, losing just one.
- Atletico have picked up seven points from their last three fixtures in La Liga, but only two in their last four away from home.
- 76% of Mallorca's goals (31 out of 41) have been scored in the second half, the highest ratio in the league this season.
- Atletico are the side who have lost the most points from leading situations (16), and won the most from trailing ones (10).
Osasuna v Racing Santander
- Osasuna's last win against Racing was in April 2005; since then, the team from Pamplona have collected only three points in nine meetings with Racing, as result of three draws.
- Osasuna have scored only two goals in the last seven games with Racing, and conceded one in each of the last four.
- Osasuna are on a run of three consecutive defeats against Racing in Pamplona, in which they have not scored a single goal.
- Racing are winless in the last seven match-days of La Liga, and have failed to score in their last five fixtures.
- Racing are the only side in La Liga yet to score a goal in the first 15 minutes of play this season.
Real Madrid v Sporting Gijon
- Prior to last October's goalless draw at the Molinon, Real Madrid had won six consecutive games against Sporting Gijon in La Liga.
- Sporting have scored only one goal in the last five league meetings with Real Madrid, conceding 16 in the process.
- Sporting have only one win at Real's ground in 34 league meetings.
- Real Madrid are on a run of eight consecutive wins in the league.
- Manuel Pellegrini's side have always scored more than two goals in each of their last seven fixtures.
- Real are the only side with a 100% win record at home in this campaign (13 times).
- Real have shared only draw once at home in the last 29 games, more than a year ago in a derby with Atletico.
- Away from home, Manuel Preciado's side have lost five of their last six fixtures, a 3-1 win against Real Zaragoza completes this record.
- Real boast the best attack in La Liga (71 goals).
Real Zaragoza v Barcelona
- Barcelona have beaten Real Zaragoza in five of their last six league meetings, including three of the last four at La Romareda.
- Real Zaragoza have managed to beat Barca only once in nine game since 2004/05 (in April 2007).
- These two sides have shared only one draw in the last 11 meetings in La Liga.
- Real Zaragoza are unbeaten in their last three games, but have been held to a draw in the last two.
- José Aurelio Gay's side have suffered only one defeat in their last seven league games, three wins and as many draws complete the record.
- However, Zaragoza have managed to win only one game at home from the last seven in the league.
- Barcelona have failed to win their last two games on the road in La Liga (defeat to Atletico in Madrid and a draw at Almeria).
- Leo Messi is currently La Liga's top-scorer with 22 goals, six of which have come in the last three games.
- The Blaugrana boast the best defence of this campaign (only 16 goals conceded so far); they have also kept the most clean sheets (14).
Valencia v Almeria
- This will be the 10th meeting between these two sides in La Liga: Valencia lead by four wins to three, with two draws completing the record.
- Valencia have had the better of Almeria in the last two meetings, scoring three goals in each.
- The record between these two sides at the Mestalla is two wins to the hosts, one to the guests and a draw.
- Valencia have picked up only one point from the last three match-days of this campaign (defeats with Atletico and Barcelona and draw with Racing).
- Unay Emeri's side have managed only one win in their last five games, and have failed to score a single goal in the last two.
- However, they are unbeaten in their last five features at home (four wins before the goalless draw with Racing).
- Almeria are unbeaten in their last seven fixtures in La Liga (four wins and three draws), and have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four.
Xerez v Tenerife
- The reverse fixture won by Tenerife back in October is the only previous meeting between these two sides in the top flight.
- Bottom side, Xerez have suffered the most defeats this term in La Liga (17), and managed the joint-fewest wins (only three, alongside Real Valladolid).
- At home, Xerez have managed to score more than one goal only in one game so far this season.
- Overall, Xerez have the worst attack in La Liga (only 18 goals scored so far).
- On the other side, Tenerife have conceded 53 goals this season - a league-high.
- Last weekend's 4-1 win over Espanyol ended a run of three consecutive defeats for Tenerife in La Liga.
- Away from home, the Canarians have collected only two points so far this season, a league-low.