Football / Preview / La Liga Football 13 03 2010

La Liga Football

Subscribe here for Game Notes of the five televised La Liga matches this weekend as Barcelona host third-placed Valencia.

Barcelona's Thierry Henry


Getafe v Mallorca (Sat, 17:00)

Home Win: Getafe have won seven of their last 11 home fixtures and both of their last two matches when they have previously been on similar five-game home form (eight points). Mallorca remain in fifth position in the division despite having won just twice on the road this term. They have been beaten in four of their last six away matches (three L/Ls) and have suffered a similar fate in nine of their last 14 fixtures when they have gained four points from their last five away games.


Gijon v Athl Bilbao (Sat, 19:00)

HT 0-0: Gijon have failed to score before half-time in 13 of their last 22 (59%) home matches and they have drawn the opening 45 minutes of four of their last nine games hosting top-half non-Big Two sides. Athletic Bilbao have seen goalless first halves in six of their last seven away fixtures and they have gone into the break level in four of their last six games at middle-third teams.


Sevilla v Deportivo (Sat, 21:00)

HT/FT W/W: Sevilla threw away a two-goal lead at the Bernabeu last weekend, but their home form remains strong. They have gained 10 points from their last four matches with three W/Ws and three clean sheets. Additionally, they have won two-thirds (10/15) of their games hosting top-six sides stretching back to the beginning of 2007/08, recording eight W/W doubles in the process. Deportivo haven’t scored on the road in five games with L/Ls in their last two. Furthermore, they have been beaten in nine of their 11 trips to top-six teams since 2007/08.


Barcelona v Valencia (Sun, 18:00)

Asian handicap, Home -2: Barcelona have slipped up on the road lately, but their home form remains impeccable. They have won 11 and drawn one of their 12 such games this term with eight W/Ws and five victories by three or more goals. Moreover, they have gone W8-D1-L0 hosting top-six teams under Pep Guardiola with six HT wins; five times defeating the -2.5 goal handicap. Valencia are winless in four on the road and, worse still, have recorded L/Ls in all of their last five games at top-six sides. Further, they have been beaten by four or more goals in both of their last two trips to the Nou Camp.


Valladolid v Real Madrid (Sun, 20:00)

HT outcome: Valladolid have trailed at half-time in just 12 of their 32 (38%) home matches since the start of last season and also in only two of their last five games hosting either of the Big Two. Real Madrid sit at the top of LA Liga, albeit on goal difference, but they have led at the break in just three of their last 10 on the road. Over a longer period, they have recorded HT wins in five of 18 games at bottom-six clubs.


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