La Liga Round 25

7 Mar

Just a quick update on La Liga this weekend. In what could be an identikit update: Real Madrid won, Barcelona won, 10 point gap…..league over. Done. Scratch the surface a little and Barcelona had to win without Messi as he was surprisingly suspended. What was also surprising is that Iniesta and Keita both scored only their first goals of the season in a 3-1 win against 19th placed Sporting Gijon (Xavi scored the other). Madrid’s win was a little more convincing – scoring 5 without reply at home to 8th placed Espanyol. Cristiano Ronaldo continued his great form – hitting his 30th goal of the season, whilst Gonzalo Higuain’s brace were his first goals in 5 league games. Kaka and Khedira completed the rout.

It was nice to see Levante win again at the weekend and hold on to that 4th spot, and also refreshing to see was Torres finally scoring again. Xavi Torres that is – on loan from Malaga. He scored the second goal in a 3-1 win against 12th placed Real Betis in a game where Kone and Barkero also scored. And it turns out that some of the other teams have realised that 4th place is actually pretty important after all – with Torres’ parent club Malaga and Bilbao both winning.

Cesc Fabregas holds onto his Big Game Player crown, by virtue of a goal drought, whilst Falcao keeps hold of his clown hat, with an average opponent per goal of 14.07. Hot on the heels of Falcao is Rayo Vallecano’s Michu. His brace against 18th placed Racing Santander lowered his average to 13.46. He did score a couple against Real Madrid at the start of the season though, but they were ranked in a lowly 7th place at the time. His goals have been worth 10 points to Vallecano this season, and have had a big impact in their recent form – with 4 wins in 5. Higuain’s return to goalscoring form brought him back up to 3rd in the goalscoring charts, and increased his average opposition ranking to a decent 9.00.

Cristiano Ronaldo stays top of the goalscoring chart, and to score 30 goals by the first week of March is an amazing achievement. When comparing Messi and Ronaldo earlier on in the season, the main difference was Messi’s ability to get assists, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw that Ronaldo is only one behind Messi in the assists table:

What’s not so surprising is that Messi leads the way in the big game assists. He has 5 against Top 6 opposition, and an average ranked opponent of just 4.75 per assist – including one against fierce rivals Madrid. Elsewhere on the list, Carlos Vela is the creative bully, with 5 of his 7 assists against the Bottom 6 clubs, leaving him with an average of 15.14.

Leading the way outright is Angel Di Maria with 13. With an average opponent of 9.46, he’s certainly enjoying a good season – and even more remarkable is that he’s only played one game since Christmas. Madrid and Barcelona dominate the Top 10 with 4 players each in the assists table.

Coming up next is the Bundesliga round up, with my weekend predictions in tow.



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