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Michael Taylor 13th Mar 2009 - 12:33

Spanish La Liga Primera Opta Facts: 14-15 March

William Hill and Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading sports performance data providers, have teamed up so you can get some great insight into this weekend's Spanish La Liga Primera fixtures.

Real Madrid were awful against Liverpool in midweek but a renewed focus on catching Barcelona in the La Liga title race will they have too much for Athletic Bilbao?

And can the once runaway leaders Barca keep their big rivals at arms length by picking up the three points away at mid-table Almeria?

Saturday 19:00 Valencia v Recreativo View facts Bet Now
Saturday 21:00 Athletic v Real Madrid
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Sunday 20:00 Almeria v Barcelona
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Sunday 16:00
Valladolid v Getafe
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Sunday 16:00
Malaga v Sevilla
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Sunday 16:00
Espanyol v Mallorca
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Sunday 16:00
Betis v Osasuna
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Sunday16:00 Sporting v Deportivo
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Sunday 16:00 Racing v Numancia
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Sunday 18:00

Atletico v Villarreal
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Valencia v Recreativo

  • David Villa has been caught offside the most times, 42, a league high.
  • Recre have been caught offside more than any other side this season – 102 times.
  • Recreativo Huelva have managed one win in their last six league matches, but have also recorded just one defeat in the last six away fixtures.
  • Valencia have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 league fixtures
  • Valencia have won one and lost five of the last eight league matches.
  • Valencia have not failed to score at home since the 30th March 2008, when they lost 3-0 to Mallorca.
  • Only Sporting (24) have conceded more home goals than Valencia - 21.
  • Recre have scored just one goal and picked up one point from their previous four visits to the Mestalla in the Spanish top-flight.

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Athletic v Real Madrid

  • Athletic Bilbao have been awarded the most penalties (nine) but have scored just five of them.
  • Five of these have been won by Fernando Llorente.
  • Athletic have won just once in their last seven league matches.
  • Real are unbeaten in the last 11 league matches, having won 10 and drawn one.
  • Real Madrid have scored the most goals from outside the box – 13.
  • Real Madrid boast the best shooting accuracy this season - 53%.
  • Raúl has scored eight goals in his last nine league games, while the latest addition to the squad; Klaas Jan Huntelaar, has fired in four in the last four.
  • Real have won their last four league away games without conceding a goal.
  • Real have won in their last three visits to the San Mames.
  • Athletic have lost one home game in their last eight and won five.
  • The Basque side have failed to score twice in the last 20 league matches; both of which were in encounters with Barcelona.

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Almeria v Barcelona

  • Barcelona have conceded the fewest penalties in La Liga, just two.
  • Barcelona’s goals have been netted by players from 11 different countries, a record in La Liga.
  • Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes has conceded the most goals from outside the box - eight.
  • Barcelona playmaker Xavi has supplied the most assists in the league - 11.
  • Almeria have received the most red cards - nine.
  • Almeria have kept only one clean sheet in their last 21 league fixtures.
  • Almeria striker Alvaro Negredo has scored eight goals in the last six league matches.
  • Almeria have won four times and drawn once at home since Hugo Sanchez has been appointed as boss.
  • In the seven league games between these two sides in the top division, Almeria have only collected two points and conceded 23 goals.
  • Almeria’s keeper Diego Alves has made the most saves - 89.

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Valladolid v Getafe

  • Real Valladolid have scored the most goals from set pieces this season, 19.
  • Getafe have scored nine goals courtesy of a substitute, which is a league-high.
  • Getafe, alongside Osasuna, have drawn the most games - 10.
  • Getafe have missed four of the seven penalties they have taken so far this term.
  • Getafe have won just one league game in their last 11.
  • Valladolid have won just one home game in the last five played in their stadium.
  • The record between these two sides in the top division is even, one win each and one draw, with last season’s meeting ending 0-0 in this same fixture.
  • Getafe have conceded the most goals in the final quarter of the first half - 13.

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Malaga v Sevilla

  • Malaga have scored the most penalties this season; converting all seven of the spot kicks they have been awarded so far.
  • Malaga have the worst passing accuracy in La Liga; just 65%.
  • Sevilla are the only team yet to score from the penalty spot in the league so far this term.
  • Sevilla have kept the most clean sheets (13) in the league this term.
  • Sevilla have conceded the fewest goals - 23.
  • Sevilla have scored the fewest goals from set piece situations in the league this season; just four - 11% of their total.
  • Malaga have lost twice in the last 12 league matches.
  • Sevilla have won three of the last four league away fixtures.
  • The last time that these two teams have shared the points at Malaga in the top flight was in 1982 - 0-0.
  • Since then, Sevilla have won three times and Malaga seven.

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Espanyol v Mallorca

  • Espanyol have scored the fewest goals in La Liga so far - 22.
  • The Catalans have also managed the fewest shots, 207.
  • Espanyol’s win in the derby against Barcelona was their only win in their last 17 league games.
  • Espanyol own the worst home record so far this term with two wins, four draws and six defeats.
  • Espanyol can boast of the highest percentage of goals scored from set piece situations; 50% of their total.
  • Mallorca have the worst shot conversion rate in La Liga - 9%.
  • Mallorca are unbeaten in five games; collecting three wins and two draws.
  • In their last league match, Mallorca came back from 3-0 down in the last 20 minutes.
  • In the Spanish top-flight, Mallorca have played Espanyol in Barcelona 20 times, winning three times and losing 16.
  • The only draw in Barcelona between these two sides was back in 1966.

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Betis v Osasuna

  • Real Betis, alongside Recreativo, have scored the fewest headed goals in the league this season; just four. Last term they scored the most with 17.
  • 11 of the 37 goals netted by Betis have been scored from outside the box, highest percentage in the league, but none of them have come from a set piece situation.
  • Real Betis have a worse home record than away – only 11 of their 28 points this season have come in front of their crowd.
  • Osasuna have conceded just ten first half goals, 30% of the total, which is the lowest percentage in the league.
  • Osasuna are the only team yet to win an away game in La Liga this season.
  • The Pamplona team have drawn four of their last five away matches.
  • Antonio Camacho’s side have lost for the first time in seven games last week against Sporting.
  • Osasuna have won their last two games played against Betis in Sevilla, scoring eight goals and conceding none.
  • The last time that Real Betis kept a clean sheet was in the reverse fixture in Pamplona when they were 2-0 winners.

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Sporting v Deportivo

  • Sporting have conceded the most league goals - 55.
  • Sporting are the only side in La Liga yet to draw this season, having played in 16 defeats and ten wins so far.
  • Sporting have lost their last two home games without scoring a single goal.
  • Sporting have attempted the fewest passes - 7755.
  • Deportivo have scored just two goals from outside the box this season - a league low.
  • Deportivo have conceded just five goals from set pieces this season, better than any other team.
  • Deportivo are unbeaten in their last six league fixtures, collecting three wins and three draws.
  • The last time that these two sides played a top division game in Gijon, Depor won 3-0 (1995).
  • Sporting won the reverse fixture back in October with the same score line; 3-0 at the Riazor, one of the only two teams this season to achieve that.

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Racing v Numancia

  • Racing have the worst shooting accuracy in the Spanish top-flight: just 37%.
  • Racing have collected just two points in their last six league games.
  • Since May 2008, Racing have scored more than one goal in a league match only four times and last week against Deportivo this was not enough as they ended losing the game 3-5.
  • Numancia have lost 12 and won one of their 13 away games played so far.
  • All of Numancia’s 28 goals have been scored by Spanish players.
  • Numancia are yet to score more than one goal in the first 45 minutes this season.
  • Racing have scored exactly one goal in each of the last six home games, managing five draws and one defeat in the process.
  • Racing are unbeaten at home against Numancia in the top flight, collecting two wins and a draw.

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Atletico v Villarreal

  • Atletico have given away the most penalties - nine.
  • 68% of the goals scored by Atletico have been netted by South American players.
  • 41% of the goals conceded by Atletico have come from from set pieces - more than any other team.
  • In their last five league games, Sergio Aguero (3) and Diego Forlan (6) have scored all of Atletico’s goals.
  • Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna has been the most fouled player in La Liga so far this term – 77.
  • Atletico have already scored four goals in five league home games this season, v Malaga, Depor, Recre, Racing and Barcelona.
  • Atletico’s only home win in 2009 came against Barcelona.
  • The last win away from home for Villarreal was at Huelva in November, since then they have lost three and drawn three.
  • Villarreal have only ever won at the Calderon in the top flight once - last season 4-3.

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