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Rupert Wyman 4th Mar 2010 - 15:12

Spanish La Liga Opta Facts - 6-8 March

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Almeria v Barcelona

  • Barcelona are unbeaten in their previous nine meetings with Almeria in La Liga (seven wins and two draws).
  • The Blaugrana have won the last three meetings with Almeria without conceding a single goal.
  • In the four previous meetings between these two sides at Almeria's ground, Barca have won twice and shared two draws.
  • Juan Manuel Lillo's side are unbeaten in their last five league games (three wins and two draws).
  • At home, Almeria have won three of their last four league fixtures, drawing once.
  • Barca have won seven of their last eight league fixtures, a defeat against Atletico Madrid completes the record.
  • Before losing to Atletico at the Calderon by 2-1, Barca had won three consecutive away games always keeping a clean sheet.
  • The Blaugrana have been the most prolific side in the first half so far (31 goals scored before half-time).

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Athletic Bilbao v Real Valladolid

  • Over the past six years, Athletic Bilbao and Real Valladolid have shared three wins and a draw when they have met in the top flight.
  • The Basques have won the last two meetings with Valladolid at the San Mames by 2-0.
  • Joaquín Caparrós' side are on a run of four consecutive wins at home in the league.
  • The last time they managed five consecutive wins at home was between September and October 2003: in that season they finished in fifth position.
  • Real Valladolid are winless in the last nine match-days of La Liga, and have managed only one win in their last 16 fixtures of this campaign.
  • Onésimo Sánchez's side have not scored more than a single goal in their last nine league games (five in total).
  • Away from home, Real Valladolid have picked up only four points as result of four draws in their last nine games.

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Deportivo La Coruña v Tenerife

  • This will be the 20th meeting between these two sides in the top flight: Deportivo currently lead by seven wins to four, but the result which has occurred the most often is the draw (8 times).
  • The Galicians have won their last two meetings against Tenerife in La Liga.
  • At the Riazor, Depor are unbeaten in nine previous meetings with Tenerife, and have won on the last three occasions they have hosted the Canarians.
  • Tenerife have scored only one goal in their last four trips to La Coruña in the league.
  • Deportivo have won only once in the last five match-days of La Liga, three defeats and a goalless draw with Malaga complete the record.
  • However, at home Miguel Ángel Lotina's side have won three of their last four fixtures, losing only to Real Madrid.
  • Tenerife have lost four of their last five league games, and boast only one win in the last 11 match-days of this campaign.
  • Away from home, José Luis Oltra's side have collected only two points from their last 11 games, and have lost the last two fixtures against Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao.
  • Tenerife have conceded the most goals in this competition so far, 49.

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Espanyol v Villarreal

  • Espanyol have beaten Villarreal only once in their last 11 league meetings (3-0 at the Montjuïc in January 2008).
  • The Catalans have not scored a single goal in their last four meetings with Villarreal in La Liga, but this was enough to hold the Yellow Submarine to goalless draws twice, including in the reverse fixture back in October.
  • Espanyol are unbeaten at home in their last five league games (four wins and a draw).
  • Villarreal are on a run of three consecutive defeats away from home, and have picked up only four points from their last 10 fixtures on the road, as result of a win at Atletico and a draw at Barcelona.
  • Juan Carlos Garrido's side have conceded 11 goals in their last three away games of this campaign.

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Malaga v Xerez

  • The 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture is the only previous meeting between these two sides in the top flight.
  • Malaga are unbeaten at home in their last seven league fixtures (three wins and four draws).
  • The Andalusians have conceded only one goal in their last three home games of this campaign.
  • Xerez have picked up only one point from their last four games in la Liga, last weekend against Espanyol (1-1).
  • Xerez have won only once in the last 17 match-days of this campaign, at home against Mallorca last January.
  • Xerez are still waiting for their first away win in the top flight, after eight defeats and three draws on the road so far.
  • Xerez have netted only 14 goals so far this term, a league-low.

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Mallorca v Sporting Gijon

  • Mallorca have won only one of the last five league meetings with Sporting Gijon at home; two wins to the guests and as many draws complete the record.
  • Their defeat against Sevilla in their last home game ended a run of 10 consecutive wins for Mallorca at home this season.
  • Before conceding three goals against Sevilla, Mallorca had shipped only three goals in their previous 10 home fixtures of this campaign, keeping seven clean sheets.
  • Sporting Gijon are unbeaten in the last three match-days of La Liga: a draw against Valencia before wins against Real Zaragoza and Osasuna.
  • The win at Real Zaragoza ended a run of four consecutive away defeats for Sporting in the league.

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Osasuna v Getafe

  • Osasuna and Getafe have met 11 times in the top flight so far: the team from Pamplona have won only three times, Getafe six times (including the last two) and two goalless draws complete the record.
  • In Pamplona these two sides are yet to share a draw in the league: the hosts have recorded two wins so far, the guests have had the better on three occasions.
  • Osasuna have picked up only one point from the last three match-days of this competition.
  • Prior to this poor run, José Antonio Camacho's side had notched up four consecutive wins in the league.
  • Osasuna have conceded only one goal in their last four home games.
  • Getafe are winless in their last five games in La Liga (three defeats and two draws), and have conceded two goals in each of their last four fixtures.
  • Away from home, Getafe have lost their last four games in La Liga, and are yet to draw this term (the only side alongside Sevilla).

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Real Madrid v Sevilla

  • Real Madrid and Sevilla have alternated wins in their last seven meetings in the league.
  • Overall, these two sides have shared only one draw in the last 18 league meetings (2-2 in Andalucía in May 2005).
  • At the Bernabeu, Real and Sevilla have shared the points only once in their last 22 meetings (a goalless draw in December 1993).
  • The Merengues have won 10 of the last 12 occasions that they have hosted Sevilla, with the guests having had the better on two occasions.
  • Sevilla had the better of Real in their last meeting at the Bernabeu, in December 2008 (4-3).
  • Real have netted an average of 2.7 goals per game in the previous 65 occasions they have hosted Sevilla in the league; in their last four games against the Andalusians, the Merengues have always netted three goals or more.
  • Manuel Pellegrini's side are on a run of six consecutive wins, and have always scored two goals or more in the process.
  • Real are the only side in La Liga who have won all of their home fixtures this season.
  • Iker Casillas & co. have kept four clean sheets in their last five home games.
  • Sevilla have lost three of their last four games on the road, and have not shared the points away from home this term.
  • Real Madrid boast the best attack of the competition (64 goals scored, including 11 in their last two fixtures).

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Real Zaragoza v Atletico Madrid

  • Real Zaragoza and Atletico have shared three wins each in their last six league meetings.
  • Prior to this, these two sides had drawn three consecutive times in the league.
  • However, Real Zaragoza have had the better of Atletico on the last two occasions they have hosted the Colchoneros at the Romareda.
  • Real Zaragoza have managed only one win in their last six home games of this campaign; two draws and three defeats complete the record.
  • Atletico have picked up only one point from their last three away fixtures in La Liga, and have scored only one goal in the process.
  • Real Zaragoza have conceded the most goals before half-time in this campaign (25).
  • Atletico Madrid have dropped the most points from leading situations since the beginning of the season (16).

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Valencia v Racing Santander

  • Valencia have won the last two meetings with Racing in the league by 1-0.
  • Prior to this, Racing had notched up six consecutive wins against Valencia, including three wins at the Mestalla in La Liga.
  • These two sides have shared the points only once in their last 15 league meetings, 1-1 in October 2005.
  • Valencia's last win at home against Racing was back in September 2004 (2-0).
  • Unai Emery's side have won their last four league games at home, conceding only two goals in the process.
  • Racing are winless in the last five match-days of La Liga, and have lost their last three without scoring a single goal.
  • However, Miguel Ángel Portugal's side have collected seven points from their last four games on the road, as result of two wins and a draw.

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