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Michael Taylor 22nd Oct 2009 - 13:58

Spanish La Liga Opta Facts - 24-25 October

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Sevilla v Espanyol

  • Sevilla have won their last three league encounters against Espanyol, netting eight goals in the process.
  • These two sides met in the 2007 UEFA Cup final won by Sevilla (2-2 aet; 3-1 pen)
  • Espanyol have won the most points after conceding the first goal (6).
  • Sevilla have won their last five league home matches on the trot.
  • Only leaders Barcelona (3) have conceded fewer goals than Sevilla (5).
  • Last week's defeat against Deportivo was the first for Manolo Jimenez's team after five consecutive league wins.
  • Espanyol have only won one of  their last eight visits to the Sanchez Pizjuan in the top-flight - 2-3 in Sep 2007.
  • Frederic Kanoute has scored five goals in his last six competitive appearances against Espanyol.
  • After losing their first two games of the season, the Catalan side are unbeaten in their last five, collecting three wins and two draws.

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Valladolid v Deportivo

  • Valladolid have already been given five read cards this season.
  • Four of the five Deportivo wins so far this season have been by the same score line - 1-0.
  • Miguel Angel Lotina's team have won their last four league fixtures without conceding a goal.
  • Valladolid have lost at home against Depor just twice in the top-flight - 0-1 in November 1998 and 0-1 in February 2003.
  • Real Valladolid have won only once in their last 18 league matches.
  • Valladolid have collected only four points from their last eight league games at home; losing four and drawing four.

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Sporting v Real Madrid

  • Madrid have scored an incredible 11 goals in their last two league meetings against Sporting. Four of these goals have been netted by Raul.
  • 11 different players have found the net in La Liga for Real Madrid this season - a league-high.
  • With 21 goals scored in their seven games so far, Real are the highest scoring side.
  • Real Madrid have scored the most goals courtesy of a substitute (5).
  • Real Madrid have always won when have scored the first goal in the league this term.
  • Real have won their last six league encounters with Sporting, conceding only two goals in the process.
  • Sporting have lost just once in their last five Liga matches.
  • Sporting have recorded the highest percentage of long balls played - 21% of their total passes.
  • Sporting have conceded the most headed goals (5).

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Getafe v Athletic

  • Getafe have won four and lost one of their last five league games at home.
  • Getafe have never lost at home to Athletic in the league.
  • Athletic have scored more than one goal against Getafe in the league just once, when they won 2-0 at the San Mames in February 2007.
  • Athletic have collected just one point from their last four matches.
  • The Basque team have won just three away matches in 2009; these coming against Atletico, Numancia and Xerez.
  • Six of the 11 goals conceded by Athletic have been netted after the 60th minute.

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Atletico  v Mallorca

  • Mallorca have conceded the most fouls (135)
  • Atletico have conceded the most goals (17).
  • Of the 17 goals that Atletico have conceded, 12 have been shipped in the first 45 minutes.
  • Mallorca have failed to score just once in their last 24 league matches.
  • The team from the Balearic Islands have mustered just one point in the three away games so far this season.
  • Atletico have failed to score just twice against Mallorca at home in the top-flight.
  • Mallorca have lost just once in the last four visits to Atletico in the league - 0-2 last term.

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Racing v Osasuna

  • Five of the nine goals scored by Osasuna this term have been netted by Walter Pandiani.
  • Osasuna have only won one of their last 13 league visits to El Sardinero.
  • Racing have lost all three home league games played this season.
  • Osasuna have won three of the last four league matches.
  • Osasuna have the worst passing accuracy in the league (65%).
  • Racing players have been caught offside the most times (31).
  • Racing have conceded the most goals from set pieces (7).

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Barcelona v Zaragoza

  • Barcelona can boast the best shooting accuracy (45.5%) and conversion rate (21.5%).
  • The Catalans have hit the woodwork more times than any other team (5).
  • Pep Guardiola's team have scored the most headed goals (5).
  • Zaragoza have attempted the most headed shots so far (26), scoring three times.
  • Zaragoza have conceded the most corners (50).
  • Barcelona have scored the most goals following a corner (5).
  • The Catalans have not conceded a goal in five of their seven league games so far.
  • The last time that Zaragoza won at the Camp Nou in the league was back in November 1965 (0-1).
  • Both teams are very dangerous from dead ball situations, Barcelona have scored eight goals out of 17 from set pieces, Zaragoza six out of 10.

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Almeria v Valencia

  • Almeria have lost once in the last five league matches against Barcelona (0-1).
  • Since December 2008 only the Catalan teams, Espanyol and Barcelona, have managed to leave the Estadio del Mediterraneo with three points.
  • Valencia have never kept a clean sheet against Almería in the league.
  • David Villa is still the top scorer in La Liga and has attempted the most shots on target (15).
  • Davd Villa has scored three goals in his three appearances against Almeria.
  • Almeria have allowed their opponents the most shots this season (43).
  • Valencia have kept two clean sheets in the last two games, this after conceding nine goals in their previous four games.
  • Valencia have won once in the last five league matches.
  • Valencia are the only team to have scored all of their goals in open play goals so far.

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Tenerife v Xerez

  • Tenerife have lost three consecutive matches, currently the longest run in la Liga.
  • These two teams have scored the fewest goals in the Primera division - four (Tenerife) and three (Xerez) respectively.
  • Of the three goals scored by Xerez, two have come from set piece situations.
  • Last season in Segunda Division, the head to head record between these two sides were even with Xerez winning 2-0 at home and losing 0-2 in Tenerife.
  • Xerez have yet to score away from home this season in the top flight.

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Villarreal v Malaga

  • Villarreal have dropped more points than any other side after scoring the first goal (7).
  • Villarreal are the only team yet to win a game this season, collecting three draws and suffering four defeats.
  • Villarreal have been the most fouled side in La Liga (140).
  • The balance at El Madrigal in the top league between these two sides is even, collecting three wins each and playing out one draw.
  • Malaga won their match on the opening day of the season, but have not won since - suffering five defeats and drawing once.
  • Villarreal have scored five goals, only newly-promoted sidesTenerife and Xerez have scored fewer.

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