La Liga Match Day 30 Review – Goals Galore!

La Liga Match Day 30 Review - Goals Galore!

Match Day 29 produced derby wins for Leganes and Barcelona and saw Celta Vigo fight back to stun Villarreal. There was loads more drama in midweek with another thriller at the bottom involving Celta, an 8 goal classic at the Ceramica and a key win for Valencia as they cement their 4th place ambitions. Scroll down for results, highlights and the main stories from the week’s action.


La Liga Match Day 30 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Girona (xG 2.71-0.68)

Espanyol 1-1 Getafe (xG 1.49-1.56)

Villarreal 4-4 Barcelona (xG 2.33-3.18)

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Athletic Club 3-2 Levante (xG 1.80-1.63)

Huesca 3-3 Celta Vigo (xG 3.56-1.96)

Eibar 2-1 Rayo Vallecano (xG 1.55-0.97)

Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid (xG 1.77-0.86)

Thursday 4th April 2019

Sevilla 2-0 Alaves (xG 1.75-0.59)

Leganes 1-0 Real Valladolid (xG 2.03-0.87)

Real Sociedad 2-1 Real Betis (xG 2.07-1.43)

Links lead to Youtube highlights via the official La Liga channel and may contain ads. xG via UnderStat.


Villarreal vs Barcelona – Game of the Season?

Possibly the best game of the 2018/19 season took place on Wednesday with some excellent football on display from both sides and some sublime goals as Villarreal and Barcelona drew 4-4. The Catalans raced into a 2-0 lead despite leaving Leo Messi on the bench with Malcolm taking his chance to impress in a rare start. Barca could even have made it three inside the first quarter of the game.

However if ever there was an advert for the strength in depth in La Liga, this was it. Villarreal, the 17th best team in the division, came roaring back with some flowing football and four unanswered goals against the league leaders and many people’s favourites for the Champions League. However for the second time in a week, Villarreal again failed to defend a lead as Leo Messi and Luis Suarez scored 90th and 93rd minute goals to ensure the match finished as a remarkable 4-4 draw.

Huesca & Celta Share 6 Goals

They nearly reached that number in Huesca too in the big relegation six pointer. The game actually followed a similar pattern to the match at the Ceramica with the visitors going 2-0 up with Iago Aspas again on the scoresheet for Celta. However having come from 2-0 down to win at the weekend, Celta went from 2-0 down to trail on Wednesday night as Huesca scored three Second Half goals in the space of ten minutes. However that wasn’t quite the end of the matter as Ryad Boudebouz levelled the game up at 3-3 with 9 minutes to play. It was a goal that felt like a potentially killer blow to Huesca’s slim survival chances with games fast running out and 7 points separating them from safety.

Levante in Trouble after Late Defeat in Bilbao

There are now at least a few more sides involved in the relegation scrap with Real Valladolid and now Levante slipping deeper into trouble. Both sides lost to Stoppage Time goals this week. Levante had also staged an impressive comeback as they fought back from 2-0 to level things up at San Mames. However Iker Muniain’s 93rd minute penalty sealed a 3-2 win for Athletic. Levante, who were in the top six for much of this season, are now just 3 points above the relegation zone.


Match Day 30 in Numbers

  • Leo Messi scored from a direct free-kick for the 3rd match day running.
  • Match Day 30 produced a huge 35 goals in total. We recently ran a feature on how this has been the lowest scoring La Liga season in more than a decade but the midweek action certainly bucked that trend.
  • Villarreal have dropped 5 points from a position of 2 goal leads over the past week. Had they held on, they’d be 13th, level on points with Espanyol.
  • Only 3 teams failed to score on MD 30 (Girona, Valladolid and Alaves).
  • Valencia are now unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions following their win over Real Madrid.
  • Los Blancos have now lost 9 league games this season, the same number as Eibar who they play this weekend.

Up Next…

La Liga isn’t away for long. Friday is a rest-day before four games on Saturday and a huge six on Sunday, the most on any single day so far this season. The weekend fixtures in La Liga include the big one at the top as Barcelona host Atletico Madrid looking to seal the title. Levante’s clash with Huesca is also a big one at the bottom although you sense the game may already be up for the Aragonese minnows who are 7 points from safety now with 8 to play.


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