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Nic Ladds 26th Aug 2009 - 20:15

Spanish La Liga Primera Opta Stats - 29 & 30 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.

Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading supplier of sports performance data, bring you Opta Facts, the key statistics you'll need to make an informed choice with your football betting.

Real Madrid v Deportivo

  • No South American manager has won the league since 1995, when Real Madrid were crowned champions with Jorge Valdano in charge.
  • Real Madrid ended last season with five consecutive defeats, conceding 17 goals in the process.
  • Depor have won this fixture in Madrid just twice in the La Liga, both by one goal - 2-1 in 1955 and 1-0 in 2004.
  • The last time that Real failed to score at the “Bernabeu” was in February 2008 when they lost 0-1 to Getafe.
  • These two teams met on the opening day of last season but in Galicia. Depor won the game 2-1.
  • In the last 17 seasons, Deportivo have lost their first game of the season twice, both times at home against Real Betis and Almeria.

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Barcelona v Sporting

  • Sporting can boast of just one league win at the Camp Nou - a 4-0 win back in February 1987.
  • Barcelona have failed to score only twice at home against Sporting in the history of La Liga.
  • Sporting began last season with five straight defeats, conceding 20 goals in the process.
  • Guardiola’s team netted 105 goals last term, two short of Real Madrid’s record set in 1989/90.
  • Gijon conceded the most goals last season (79), more than two per game.
  • Sporting recorded just one draw in the whole 2008-09 league season.

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Málaga v Atlético

  • Málaga have scored only one goal in their last four league meetings against Atlético.
  • Málaga have failed to score in their last four opening matches of the season, losing the last three.
  • Diego Forlán finished top scorer last season with 32 goals. The Uruguayan striker has scored 12 in his last eight league appearances.
  • Three of Málaga’s last four home league fixtures have ended in a 1-1 draw.
  • Atlético have won their last six matches in La Liga - currently the longest run.
  • 10 penalties were awarded against Atletico last season; a league high alongside Mallorca.

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Valencia v Sevilla

  • Sevilla have remained unbeaten on the opening day of the last six seasons.
  • David Villa has always scored at least 15 goals in every single season he has played in La Liga.
  • Valencia have scored in their last 23 home fixtures in the league.
  • However, Sevilla have managed to keep a clean sheet in their last three away matches in the top flight.
  • The Andalucians kept the most clean sheets last season – 18.
  • Sevilla scored only seven goals from set pieces last season - a league low.
  • Valencia have won just two of the last 10 league encounters with Sevilla.
  • The last time that these two sides shared the points at the Mestalla was 15 years ago, in a 1-1 draw in April 1994.

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Mallorca v Xerez

  • Xerez’s top scorer in their successful run in the Second Division was Momo; who netted 17 goals.
  • Mallorca have scored in the last 17 consecutive league games.
  • At home, the team from the Balearic Islands have lost their first and last game of the year so far, against Real Madrid in January and against Villarreal in the last game of the season.
  • In the last 11 seasons in the top flight, Mallorca have won the first game only once - against Levante in 2007.
  • Mallorca scored the most goals courtesy of a substitute last season in the league – 14.

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Almería v Valladolid

  • Almería have lost Álvaro Negredo, their top scorer last season with 19 goals. Hugo Sanchez’s men just won 20% of their matches without the former last season in the top flight.
  • Almería have won in the opening match of the last two seasons, scoring six goals in the process.
  • For the ninth consecutive season in the top flight, Valladolid will start their La Liga season away from home.
  • Valladolid are yet to win in the league at Almería (two wins, one draw).
  • Almería racked up 79% of their points at home last season.
  • Valladolid have failed to win any of their last 11 league fixtures, scoring just five goals in the process.
  • Valladolid collected just one point from their final six away league games of last season.

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Racing v Getafe

  • Last season, Racing lost 25 points after having taken the lead in matches – a league high.
  • Getafe were awarded the most penalties last season - 12, of which they only managed to convert six.
  • Racing have always scored at home against Getafe in the top flight.
  • Racing have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six home fixtures in La Liga.
  • Racing just won five home matches last season in the league.
  • Racing have scored just one goal in the last five seasons on the opening day.

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Osasuna v Villarreal

  • The last three meetings between these two sides have ended in a draw.
  • Villarreal have scored exactly three goals in each of their last four league fixtures.
  • Osasuna played out the most draws last season - 13, including seven 0-0.
  • Osasuna scored the most headed goals last season in the league – 16.
  • Villarreal have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven Liga fixtures.
  • Since 1993, Osasuna have played seven times the first game of the season at home and won just once, against Villarreal in 2005-06.

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Zaragoza v Tenerife

  • Six of the last eight top flight encounters between these two sides have ended in a draw.
  • Zaragoza were unbeaten in their final 17 league matches in the second division last season.
  • Zaragoza have scored exactly three goals in each of their last three competitive fixtures at home.
  • Tenerife’s Nino scored the most goals last season in the second division (29). Zaragoza’s Brazilian striker Ewerthon netted 28.
  • Real Zaragoza have won once on the opening day of the season in the top flight since 1999.

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Athletic v Espanyol

  • Athletic were given the most red cards last season in La Liga (12).
  • Espanyol avoided relegation last season by winning eight of their final 10 matches, this after having won just four in their previous 28.
  • Espanyol haven’t won any of their last eight trips to San Mamés in the league.
  • Athletic have scored more goals against Espanyol than against any other side in La Liga – 259.
  • These two teams have met on the opening day only three times, but have produced 15 goals between them.
  • Athletic shared the points at the San Mames only twice last season and one of these games was against Espanyol in a 1-1 draw.

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