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Michael Taylor 28th Oct 2010 - 12:32

Spanish La Liga Opta Facts - 30-31 October

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Atletico Madrid v Almeria

  • This will be the 11th meeting between these two sides in the top-flight: Atletico lead by four wins to three, with three draws.
  • However, last season Almeria remained unbeaten, holding the Colchoneros to a 2-2 draw at the Calderon, before winning at home 1-0.
  • That 2-2 draw ended a run of four consecutive wins for Atletico at home against Almeria in La Liga.
  • Atletico have not shared the points in their last 19 games at home in the league (13 wins, including the last two, and six defeats).
  • Atletico have not conceded goals in three of their last four games at home, while Almeria have failed to score in three of their last four on the road.

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Athletic Bilbao v Getafe

  • Getafe are unbeaten in their last four league meetings against Athletic (two wins and as many draws).
  • The record of previous meetings between these two sides at the San Mames is three wins for Athletic, two for Getafe and a draw (2-2 in the last meeting, back in March).
  • The Basques have lost three of their last four league games, while Getafe have won three in their last four without conceding a single goal.
  • Only Malaga (19) have conceded more goals than Athletic (14) so far in this campaign.
  • The Basque side have also scored the most goals in the last 15 minutes of play (six).
  • Getafe have conceded 70% of their goals (seven out of ten) after the break this season.

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Barcelona v Sevilla

  • Barcelona have won their last four La Liga encounters against Sevilla, scoring 14 goals in the process.
  • Barcelona won 4-0 in their last two competitive home games against Sevilla (Super Cup and La Liga), with Lionel Messi scoring five goals in the process.
  • Sevilla have lost all of their last six trips to the Camp Nou in La Liga, conceding at least two goals in each of these defeats.
  • Sevilla have kept just one clean sheet this season in La Liga, only Málaga have managed as few.
  • The Blaugrana are on a run of five wins and a draw in the league, never conceding more than one goal per game in the process.
  • Lionel Messi has netted eight goals in eight La Liga appearances against Sevilla.
  • Sevilla have not registered a single draw on the road in La Liga since the 2008/09 season, a run of 24 away games (12 wins and as many defeats).

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Deportivo La Coruña v Espanyol

  • Espanyol have won their last three league meetings against Deportivo.
  • However, prior to last September's 3-2 defeat, Deportivo had kept three consecutive clean sheets at home against Espanyol.
  • These two sides have shared the points only once in the last 12 league meetings at the Riazor (0-0 in January 2007).
  • Deportivo are still winless this season, in light of four draws and as many defeats in the first eight match-days of La Liga.
  • The Galician side have failed to score in four of their last five fixtures in La Liga, and currently have the competition's worst attack with three goals.
  • Espanyol have not shared the points in their last 13 league fixtures (seven wins, including the last two, and six defeats).
  • A 1-0 win at Mallorca's ground ended a run of five consecutive defeats on the road for the Catalans between this and last season, in which they had not scored a single goal.

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Hércules v Real Madrid

  • Real Madrid have never lost an away match against Hércules: 15 wins and four draws in Alicante, it is currently their longest away run without ever losing against a single La Liga opponent.
  • Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 14 away games in the league, their longest run since 1997.
  • Real Madrid are yet to fall behind during a league game this season, and have not conceded a single goal in the first half so far.
  • Real Madrid have scored the most goals (22) and conceded the fewest (four) this season in La Liga.
  • Real Madrid have scored four goals or more in their last three Liga games, the Merengues had not managed such a prolific run since 1989.
  • 88% of Hércules goals have been netted in the first half of games (seven out of eight), a La Liga record this season.

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Malaga v Real Sociedad

  • These two sides have met 50 times so far in La Liga: the record is perfectly even, with both teams winning 18 times, and 14 draws.
  • Real Sociedad have won three of the last four meetings against Malaga at La Rosaleda, but the hosts had the better in the last one, in November 2005.
  • Malaga have picked up only one point from their last three league games (a 1-1 draw against Almeria), and are on a run of four consecutive defeats at home.
  • Real Sociedad have collected only one point on the road this season, and have lost their last three games away from home.
  • Malaga have the worst defence of this campaign (19 goals conceded so far).
  • Malaga have dropped the most points from leading situations in La Liga this season (eight).

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Mallorca v Levante

  • Monday games have produced an average of four goals per match (24 goals in six games) this season in La Liga.
  • Mallorca are unbeaten in their last four encounters against Levante in La Liga, winning three and drawing one.
  • Mallorca have conceded just one goal at the Iberostar Estadi this season, only Villarreal have shipped fewer at home (0).
  • A Mallorca player has netted a brace in each of the last two La Liga meetings between these two sides (Daniel Güiza on 20th January 2008 and Ariel Ibagaza on 26th August 2007).
  • Levante have won just 11 of their 91 away games in La Liga history, one of these victories was at Mallorca (2-1 in 2005).

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Racing Santander v Osasuna

  • Racing are unbeaten in their last 10 league meetings against Osasuna, and have kept a clean sheet in five of these games.
  • Racing are also unbeaten in the last seven at home against Osasuna, though they have been held to a 1-1 draw in the last two.
  • Racing have scored exactly one goal on each of their last four occasions they have hosted Osasuna at El Sardinero in La Liga.
  • The goalless draw in their last away game against Deportivo ended a run of 11 consecutive defeats on the road for Osasuna in La Liga.
  • The team from Pamplona have not scored a single goal in their last four games on the road in this competition.
  • Racing have conceded the most goals in the first 15 minutes of play this season in La Liga (six).

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Sporting Gijon v Villarreal

  • This will be the fifth meeting between these two sides in La Liga: Villarreal have won three times, with Sporting having the better in the last meeting at El Molinon, last November.
  • Sporting have managed only two wins in their last 18 league fixtures, the last coming in their last game at home (2-0 against Sevilla).
  • After losing on the opening day of this campaign (1-0 against Real Sociedad), Villarreal have notched-up six wins and one draw in their ensuing seven games, enough to reach second spot in La Liga, one point behind Real Madrid.
  • This is currently Villarreal's best ever start to a top-flight campaign (19 points).
  • Villarreal have already scored 12 goals in the first half this season - a league-high.
  • Sporting have lost each of the four games in which they have fallen behind this term, while Villarreal have a 100% record in the six games in which they have taken the lead so far.

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Valencia v Real Zaragoza

  • Real Zaragoza have not won any of their last 15 trips to the Mestalla in the top flight (10 defeats and five draws), a run that started in 1994.
  • Real Zaragoza have not won any of their last 10 La Liga games, losing six and drawing four, currently the longest winless run in the Spanish top flight.
  • Valencia and Athletic Bilbao are the only teams who have scored in all eight match days this season.
  • Zaragoza have had a player sent off in each of the last three match days.
  • Real Zaragoza have won just seven of their 32 La Liga games under manager José Aurelio Gay (11 draws and 14 defeats completed the record).
  • Valencia are the most prolific Liga team in the opening 15 minutes of games this season with five goals.

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