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Rupert Wyman 3rd Mar 2011 - 16:50

Spanish La Liga Opta Facts - 5th - 7th March

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Athletic Bilbao - Sevilla

  • Athletic have won just one of their last 14 league meetings with Sevilla.
  • The nervionenses have won on five of their last six trips to San Mamés.
  • Sevilla have won more times (five) at Athletic Bilbao in the last seven seasons than at any other side in Primera.
  • Fredéric Kanouté has scored more goals against los leones than any other side in Primera (nine goals in nine games).
  • Sevilla have scored more goals against the Basque side than any other team in the Spanish top flight (206).
  • In their last game at San Mamés, Athletic Bilbao dropped points in a league match that they were winning at home for the first time this season.
  • Three of the Basque side´s four home defeats this season have been by a score of 1-2, the other was 1-3.
  • Fernando Llorente has scored in five of Bilbao´s last six league matches at home, including the last three in a row.
  • Sevilla´s last four league games on the road have produced 20 goals in total.
  • Álvaro Negredo has scored three goals in the nervionenses´ last three away games.

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Atlético Madrid - Villarreal

  • Villarreal have won five of their last seven league meetings with the colchoneros.
  • The "Yellow Submarine" has netted at least twice in each of these last seven encounters.
  • However Atlético have never failed to score at home to Villarreal in the top flight.
  • Giuseppe Rossi has scored four league goals against Atlético, his joint-most against any club in the Spanish top flight.
  • Atlético are without a win in their last three league games at home, the last time they four in a row without a win at the Vicente Calderón in a single season was in January 2006.
  • José Antonio Reyes has scored three goals in Atlético´s last four matches at home in the league.
  • Villarreal have won only one of their last five away games in the league.

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Barcelona - Real Zaragoza

  • It is 46 years since Real Zaragoza last won at the Camp Nou in the league, managing only eight draws in 41 matches since.
  • In all, Real Zaragoza have played 56 top-flight games at Barcelona, winning just twice (both 1-0).
  • Zaragoza have managed just one away win in the league this season - at Málaga.
  • However the maños have conceded only 15 league goals on the road this season, fewer than any side outside the top three in Liga BBVA.
  • Lionel Messi has scored in his last three league appearances at the Camp Nou.
  • Barcelona have won 10 straight league matches at home: since 1997 they have only once made it to 11 consecutive home wins, though this was last season.
  • 35 of Barcelona´s 36 league goals at the Camp Nou this season have come from open play, the other was a penalty.

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Deportivo La Coruña - Real Sociedad

  • Real Sociedad have won four of their last six league clashes with Deportivo.
  • Each of Erreala´s last six league wins against Depor have come when they have kept a clean sheet.
  • At home, Deportivo have won six of their eight league meetings with the Txuri-udrin since 2000.
  • Joseba Llorente has scored in his last two league appearances against Deportivo.
  • Depor are unbeaten in their last three league games at the Riazor.
  • Deportivo have kept a clean sheet in six of their last nine league games at home.
  • Real Sociedad are on a run of three straight defeats away from home in the league, losing the last two 1-4.

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Hércules - Almería

  • The only previous top-flight meeting between the sides was the 1-1 draw at Almería earlier this season.
  • Almería had nine shots on target in this clash, their joint most in a league game this season.
  • David Trezeguet has scored 10 goals in 11 league appearances at the Estadio José Rico Pérez, only failing to score against Barcelona and Getafe.
  • Hércules have only lost one of their last seven league games at home, against Barcelona.
  • Only Málaga and Almería have kept fewer clean sheets at home in the league this season than the herculanos.
  • Almería are on a run of five straight defeats away from home in Liga BBVA.
  • Hércules are the only side to have lost six straight away games in the competition this season

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Levante v Espanyol

  • Levante have not beaten Espanyol in the league since 1964, losing five and drawing three of
  • the meetings since.
  • However the Granotas have lost only one of their five top-flight clashes at home to Espanyol, drawing the last two.
  • Luis García has scored in his last two league appearances against Levante.
  • Espanyol have won only one of their last 16 league matches in the Comunitat Valenciana, a run dating back to October 2004.
  • Levante are on a run of three straight wins at home in Primera they haven´t won four in a row in a season in the competition since 1965.
  • Felipe Caicedo has scored seven goals in his last seven league matches at the Ciutat de Vàlencia.
  • Espanyol have lost their last two away league games, shipping seven goals in the process.
  • The periquitos have lost five of their last six league matches.

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Malaga v Osasuna

  • Osasuna have only won on one of their last nine trips to Málaga in the top flight.
  • Javad Nekounam has scored three goals in four league appearances against the boquerones.
  • Málaga are the only side Masoud Shojaei has scored against more than once in Primera.
  • The boquerones have kept only one clean sheet at home in the league this season.
  • Osasuna are on a run of five straight defeats away from home in Liga BBVA.
  • No side has lost more than five straight away games in the competition this season.
  • After losing their opening five home games of the season, Málaga have won three of the seven since, losing only two.
  • This game sees the meeting of the league´s poorest home side (Málaga, 11 points) and its poorest away side (Osasuna, two points).
  • Osasuna are the only side not to have won on the road this season in Liga BBVA.

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Mallorca - Valencia

  • Valencia´s last eight league wins at Mallorca have come when they have kept a clean sheet.
  • Los Che are without a win in their last four league clashes with the Islanders.
  • Mallorca have won every league match in which they have scored at home this season.
  • The bermellones have scored just one goal in total over their last three league matches at home, losing twice.
  • Mallorca were the only side to beat Valencia at home in the league in the first half of the season.
  • Valencia have taken 13 points from the last 15 available on the road.
  • However, had these last five matches all finished in the 75th minute, they would have taken only four points.

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Racing Santander - Real Madrid

  • Racing have lost their last seven league meetings with the merengues netting only twice in the process.
  • Real Madrid have won 2-0 on their last three league trips to the Sardinero.
  • The meeting at the Bernabéu earlier this season saw Cristiano Ronaldo hit four goals.
  • Racing Santander are unbeaten in nine league games at home, the best current run of any side outside the top three in Liga BBVA.
  • However four of their last five at the Sardinero have been draws.
  • Madrid have scored just two goals in their last four away games in the league, their poorest return since December 2008.
  • José Mourinho´s side are looking to keep a third consecutive league clean sheet on the road in this match, something they haven´t done since February 2009.

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Sporting Gijon - Getafe

  • Sporting have won only one of their five meetings with Getafe in the top flight.
  • Getafe have never conceded more than one goal in a top-flight league clash with the rojiblancos.
  • Sporting are unbeaten in their last four league games at home.
  • During this run they have conceded just one goal.
  • David Barral has scored in three of his side´s last four league games at home.
  • El Geta have failed to find the net in three of their last four away matches in the top flight.
  • However they have lost only one of their last six league games on the road.
  • Since September, Getafe have only scored away from home in the league in matches in which Miku has found the net (three times).
  • Gijón have netted just one goal in their last five league games combined, in the 1-1 draw against Barcelona.

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