La Liga Round 24

29 Feb

Some strange strange goings on this weekend in La Liga. Firstly, after going 8 games without a win, and finally giving up that last Champions League place, Levante finally got their act together and won. Not only that, but they have somehow gone back up to 4th place with just one win in nine games – the dream is alive!

Secondly, Falcao has finally done it. He’s finally scored against a Top 6 team. And not just any Top 6 team. He scored the equaliser for Atleti against the Barcelona. Ultimately it wasn’t enough though because (thirdly) Lionel Messi decided this weekend would be a good time to show he can bang in a free kick from 25 yards out.

Ronaldo did his best to top Messi’s effort by back heeling in the winner for Real Madrid away at Rayo Vallecano. Those goals mean that Madrid stay 10 points clear and Cristiano Ronaldo stays a goal ahead in the race for the golden boot.

Falcao now has a big proud “1” in the goals against Top 6 opponents column. Sure, it’s only 1 out of 15, and sure he’s still got the worst Average Opposition ranking, but the man now has momentum. In all seriousness, it is his first season in a new country and to be third in the goal scoring charts is a good achievement. Atletico Madrid have games against other Top 6 teams Real Madrid (1st), Levante (4th), Bilbao (5th) and Malaga (6th) before the end of the season, with Falcao having the opportunity to build on his goal against Barcelona.

Levante’s win was against 5th placed Espanyol with a long overdue winning goal coming in the last minute from Ruben Suarez. This was also his first goal against the top ranked bucket of opponents. His average is 10.75 which is close to where you’d expect a consistent goal scorer to be (10.5).

Osasuna’s Dejan Lekic is one of the form players of the league at the moment. He has 4 goals in his last 4 games, including a brace to beat Barcelona 3-2. And not just that, his 4 goals have been worth 6 points to his team – propelling them up to 7th place. His 29th minute goal proved to be the difference as Granada (17th) were beaten.

Cesc Fabregas’s goals have certainly dried up of late, but his assists haven’t. His assist for Dani Alves’ opener was his 7th of his La Liga career. His lack of goals since Round 17 have meant that his average hasn’t been affected. As a result, he’s still the leader in the AOI rankings with 4.78. Barca team mate Alexis Sanchez is the nearest challenger with 6.88. Ronaldo continues to lead the way against Top 6 opponents with 12.

Next week there’ll be a development on the stats. Yes, I finally have assists by game – meaning we can look at big game performance on more than just goals.

Cheers,

Liam

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