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Nic Ladds 14th May 2009 - 16:02

Spanish Liga Primera Opta facts 16-17 May


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Spanish Liga Primera Opta Facts – May 16-17

May 16

Villarreal v Real Madrid

  • The last three meetings between these two sides in the league have all been won by Real, who managed to score nine goals in the process.
  • Villarreal have managed only one win in their 19 league meetings against Real so far.
  • After a run of 18 unbeaten games, the Merengues have lost their last two consecutive fixtures in La Liga, conceding nine goals in the process.
  • Manuel Pellegrini’s side have scored seven goals from corners this season – a joint league-high.
  • The “Yellow Submarine” have won the most fouls this term in La Liga – 648.
  • Villarreal’s striker, Joseba Llorente, has netted four goals in the last four match-days of La Liga, including the last grasp effort that denied Barca the title last Sunday.

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Osasuna v Sevilla

  • Sevilla are unbeaten in their last five league meetings with Osasuna, (two wins and three draws).
  • Osasuna have picked up only one point from their last five fixtures in the league, and have lost the last two at home, against Malaga and Recreativo.
  • After a run of four consecutive defeats in April, Sevilla have won their last two games in La Liga.
  • The club from Pamplona have scored the most headed goals so far this term – 15.
  • Manuel Jiménez’s side have kept 15 clean sheets this season, a league-high shared with Barcelona.
  • Sevilla’s striker, Frédéric Kanouté, has bagged 13 goals in the last 14 match-days of La Liga.

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Deportivo v Getafe

  • This will be the 10th meeting between Deportivo and Getafe in the top flight – Depor lead by five wins to one, with three draws completing the record.
  • Getafe have taken only one point from their trips to La Coruña so far in the league.
  • Deportivo have managed four wins and one draw in the last five match-days of La Liga, conceding only two goals in the process.
  • Their 3-0 win over Osasuna last weekend put an end to Getafe’s run of four consecutive defeats in the league.
  • Getafe have lost five of their last six away games in the league.
  • Alongside Athletic, Getafe have taken the most penalties so far in the league – 11. However, they have missed five of those, more than any other team this season.
  • Getafe have already scored 12 goals with a substitute player – only Mallorca have managed as many.

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May 17
Mallorca v Barcelona

  • Barcelona need just one point against Mallorca to secure their 19th domestic title. However, the Blaugrana could be Spanish Champions even with a defeat, if Real fail to beat Villarreal on Saturday.
  • The Catalans have won 10 of their last 11 meetings with Mallorca in the league, scoring more than one goals on ten occasions.
  • Mallorca are unbeaten in their last eight home games in the league, winning their last four.
  • The Blaugrana have scored the most goals this term – 103, and Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o is the competition’s current top-scorer with 28.
  • Barca also boast the best defence of the tournament – they have only conceded 31 goals so far.
  • Mallorca have taken only three penalties so far (a league joint-low), with no other team in La Liga having scored less from the penalty spot (only once).

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Atletico v Valencia

  • Valencia have won four of their last five league meetings with Atletico.
  • On the last four occasions that these two sides have met at the “Vicente Calderon”, never has more than one goal been scored.
  • Atletico are on a run of three consecutive wins in the league.
  • A 3-0 defeat at Espanyol ended a run of three consecutive away wins for Valencia in the league.
  • Valencia are, alongside Villarreal, the side that have scored the most goals from corner situation this term in La Liga – seven.
  • Abel Resino’s side have conceded 10 penalties so far this term – a league-high.
  • Atletico’s striker, Diego Forlan, has scored seven goals in the last five fixtures, including two braces in the last two games. Forlan also scored in the reverse fixture against Valencia, back in January.

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Numancia v Recreativo

  • Numancia have conceded 20 goals at home, this is fewer than six of the teams in the top eight.
  • Numancia have kept two consecutive clean sheets, their first time in the top division since the beginning of April 2000.
  • The two sides have scored the fewest goals, Recreativo 33 and Numancia 37.
  • Numancia have won three and lost one of their last five home league matches.
  • The reverse fixture in January was the first time these two teams met in the top flight, Recre won 3-1.
  • Recreativo have collected just four points in their last ten league fixtures.
  • Since February Recre have won just two games, both away (Malaga and Osasuna).

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Racing v Valladolid

  • 48% of Valladolid goals have been scored from set piece situations, the highest percentage in the league.
  • Racing have not won once in the 15 games they have conceded first, 11 defeats and four draws.
  • Racing have lost five of their last six league fixtures.
  • Valladolid have lost their last five top-flight encounters against the team from Santander failing to score a single goal.
  • Valladolid have not scored at all in their last seven league matches.
  • Valladolid have mustered just three points in their last eight league games.
  • Racing have dropped the most points, 23, after scoring the first goal.

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Sporting v Malaga

  • Sporting have conceded the most goals in La Liga this season - 76.
  • The team from Gijon have drawn just one game in 35.
  • Malaga have conceded the most headed goals, 12.
  • Sporting have collected just one point in their last eight league matches.
  • Sporting have lost their last five top-flight encounters against Malaga, scoring just one goal.
  • In Gijon, in the top division, these two sides have shared the points only once.
  • Malaga have won four of their last six away league matches.

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Betis v Almeria

  • Real Betis have lost their last four league matches scoring just one goal.
  • Betis have never conceded more than one goal against Almeria in La Liga.
  • Almeria have won four of their last five league fixtures.
  • Real Betis have made the fewest substitutions, 93, this season in the league.
  • Real Betis have scored the fewest headed goals, just four.
  • In their last away game, a 2-0 win in Santander, Almeria kept their first clean sheet away from home.

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Espanyol v Athletic

  • The Basque club have won the most points after conceding the first goal, 18.
  • Athletic, with Getafe, have taken the most penalties, 11.
  • Athletic have collected the most red cards, 11.
  • Their defeat against Atletico Madrid was the first in seven games for the Catalan team.
  • Espanyol have conceded the most goals in the last 15 minutes, 17.
  • Espanyol have won their last four home games shipping just one goal.
  • The last Bilbao win in this fixture (in Barcelona) was in 1998, since when they have suffered six defeats and four draws.
  • 10 points from their last four games mean Athletic have preserved their status of never having been relegated for one more season.

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