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Rupert Wyman 26th Aug 2010 - 15:09

Spanish La Liga Opta Facts - 28-29 August

Statistics and facts to help your football betting are available every week at William Hill courtesy of Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading provider of sports performance statistics.

Atletico Madrid v Sporting Gijon

  • Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in their last 14 league matches against Sporting Gijon (12 wins and two draws).
  • Atletico have won their last seven league home games against Sporting Gijon, scoring at least two goals in each.
  • Diego Forlan has netted four goals in just three league appearances against Sporting.
  • Sporting Gijon have lost their last three opening games of the season in La Liga.
  • Sporting dropped the most points from leading situations last season in Primera Division, 26.
  • Atletico conceded the most first half goals in La Liga last season (34).
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Deportivo v Real Zaragoza

  • Deportivo have won only one of their last 10 La Liga games against Zaragoza (six draws and three defeats).
  • Depor suffered 17 defeats last term in La Liga, their worst tally since 1966/67.
  • Deportivo have failed to score more than one goal in their last 13 La Liga fixtures, winning just one of these games.
  • Zaragoza's Ander Herrera won the most fouls in the top-flight last season (121).
  • Deportivo's last four opening matches of the season have produced 16 goals (an average of four goals per match).
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Espanyol v Getafe

  • Espanyol and Getafe have met 12 times so far in the top-flight: Getafe lead by five wins to four, three draws complete the record.
  • Espanyol have never scored more than once in their last 10 meetings with Getafe.
  • The Catalans have netted only one goal in their last five opening games of La Liga.
  • Getafe have always started their season in the top flight away from home, winning four times and losing twice.
  • Espanyol had the worst attacking record in the top-flight last season (only 29 goals scored).
  • Espanyol have conceded just three goals in their last nine home games in the league.
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Hercules v Athletic Bilbao

  • Hercules and Athletic have met 38 times so far in La Liga: the Basque side lead by 21 wins to nine, eight draws complete the record.
  • Hercules return to the top division after 13 seasons spent in the lower tiers of Spanish football.
  • Athletic are one of the three teams (with Real Madrid and Barcelona) who have never been relegated from the top flight.
  • Bilbao have won four of their last five trips to Hercules in the top flight, scoring 13 goals in the process.
  • Only one of the last 17 league encounters between these two sides has ended in a draw.
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Levante v Sevilla

  • Levante have lost their last six meetings against Sevilla, conceding 18 goals in the process.
  • Levante have never won their opening game of the season in the top-flight (three draws and two defeats).
  • Sevilla scored the most goals from set pieces in La Liga last season (28).
  • Levante have never kept a clean sheet against Sevilla in the top flight.
  • Jesús Navas attempted the most crosses in La Liga last season (228).
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Malaga v Valencia

  • Valencia have won both of the two previous games against Malaga on the opening day of the season.
  • Malaga have not scored a single goal in four of their last five opening games of the season.
  • Valencia have won seven of their last nine opening matches of the season.
  • Malaga drew the most league games last season (16).
  • New Valencia signing Roberto Soldado scored 29 goals in 60 league appearances in his two seasons at Getafe.
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Mallorca v Real Madrid

  • Real Madrid have lost the opening match of the season only once in the last eight years.
  • Mallorca and Real Madrid have met 50 times so far in La Liga: the Blancos lead by 31 wins to nine, 10 draws complete the record.
  • Real Madrid are the side that have scored the most against Mallorca in La Liga (103 goals).
  • The Merengues have won their last two league games at Mallorca scoring seven goals in the process (3-0 and 4-1).
  • Real Madrid were the only side in La Liga 2009/10 to have won all of the games in which they took the lead (30).
  • The Merengues also recouped the most points from trailing situations last season (22).
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Osasuna v Almeria

  • Almeria have lost all four of their trips to Pamplona in the top flight.
  • Osasuna have shared the points in their opening game of the last three La Liga seasons.
  • Almeria have won their last two opening games of the season played away from home, scoring three goals in each.
  • Almeria's goalkeeper Diego Alves made the most saves in La Liga last season, 166.
  • Osasuna scored the fewest goals in the second half in La Liga last season (16).
  • The last four La Liga matches involving Almeria have produced 18 goals.
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Racing v Barcelona

  • This will be the 85th league meetings between these two sides: Barcelona lead by 49 wins to 15 and 20 draws complete the record.
  • Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 13 league encounters against Racing (10 wins and three draws).
  • Racing have conceded more goals against Barcelona than against any other side in La Liga (190).
  • Title holders Barcelona picked up 99 points in the last campaign, an all-time Spanish record.
  • Racing were the only side that failed to score in the first 15 minutes of play in La Liga last season.
  • Last season Racing picked up a league-low 17 points at home.
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Real Sociedad v Villarreal

  • Real Sociedad and Villarreal have met 16 times so far in La Liga: the Yellow Submarines lead by six wins to four, six draws complete the record.
  • Villarreal have lost just one of their trips to San Sebastian in the top flight (four wins and three draws).
  • Real Sociedad were promoted to the top-flight as the second division champions last season.

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