LaLiga 2021/22 Matchday 31 Review, Stats & Team of the Week

LaLiga matchday 31

We’ve just seven matchdays to go in LaLiga after the 31st round of fixtures concluded on Monday night in Vallecas. It was a weekend which largely went to the form-book with 5 of the top 6 winning while 5 of the bottom 6 lost. The only big surprise was in Palma where struggling Mallorca claimed a vital 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid. Read on for our LaLiga matchday 31 review featuring all the results, xG data, stats and team of the week.


LaLiga Matchday 31 Results & Expected Goals

Friday 8th April 2022

Sevilla 4-2 Granada (xG: 3.31-0.98)

Saturday 9th April 2022

Cadiz 1-2 Real Betis (xG: 1.16-1.23)

Mallorca 1-0 Atletico Madrid (xG: 1.08-0.58)

Villarreal 1-1 Athletic Club (xG: 0.92-2.05)

Real Madrid 2-0 Getafe (xG: 1.62-0.41)

Sunday 10th April 2022

Osasuna 1-0 Alaves (xG: 2.67-0.78)

Espanyol 1-0 Celta Vigo (xG: 1.56-0.70)

Elche 1-2 Real Sociedad (xG: 1.05-2.08)

Levante 2-3 Barcelona (xG: 2.99-1.36)

Monday 11th April 2022

Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Valencia (xG: 0.56-0.57)

xG data in this post comes via Understat. Other stats are via Whoscored.


Matchday 31 – Stats & Star Performers

Team Stats

Most PossessionSEVILLA – 73% 
Highest Pass Success RateREAL MADRID – 91% 
Lowest Pass Success RateALAVES – 59% 
Most ShotsREAL MADRID – 26
Fewest ShotsVALENCIA – 6
Highest xGSEVILLA – 3.31
Lowest xGGETAFE – 0.41
xG Over-PerformerBARCELONA – 3 Goals from 1.36 xG
xG Under-PerformerOSASUNA – 1 Goal from 2.67 xG
Highest AttendanceREAL MADRID vs GETAFE – 50,740
Lowest AttendanceRAYO VALLECANO vs VALENCIA – 9,302

It was a weekend where some of the big guns opted to rotate ahead of key European games but Real Madrid still managed to exert control in midfield despite the absence of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. They set the bar with a 91% passing accuracy in their derby against Getafe and also had the most shots this matchday with 26.

Barcelona were out-performed in the xG stakes by lowly Levante who were awarded 3 penalties in their meeting at the Ciutat de Valencia. The Catalans were the biggest xG over-performers in what wasn’t their greatest performance but clinical finishes from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Pedri and Luuk de Jong sealed maximum points.

We also saw differing emotions for two recently appointed coaches. Javier Aguirre claimed victory in his first home game as Mallorca boss in surprise circumstances against Atletico Madrid. However Alaves were poor again as Julio Velázquez took charge for the first time. The Basques completed just 59% of their passes, a matchday low, and gave up 2.67 xG in what was ultimately a deserved late win for Osasuna who struck in Stoppage Time through Ante Budimir.

Individual Stats

Most ShotsISI PALAZON (Rayo) – 5
Most Completed PassesSERGIO BUSQUETS (Barcelona) – 91
Most Key PassesJORDI ALBA (Barcelona) – 5
Most Completed DribblesYANNICK CARRASCO (Atletico Madrid) & OSCAR TREJO (Rayo) – 6
Most Aerials WonJULES KOUNDE (Sevilla) & ALVARO NEGREDO (Cadiz) – 8
Most Successful TacklesMIKEL MERINO (Real Sociedad), JAVI GALAN (Celta) & JOAN JORDAN (Sevilla) – 6
Most InterceptionsEDUARDO CAMAVINGA (Real Madrid) & ALFONSO PEDRAZA (Villarreal) – 5

Although Barcelona didn’t create as many clear openings as they have done in recent weeks, they still dominated the individual stats. Sergio Busquets completed the most passes, Jordi Alba the most key passes while only Rayo’s Isi Palazon had more shots than Ferran Torres.

There was some strong defensive displays from the likes of Jules Kounde who won the joint most aerial challenges for Sevilla while teammate Joan Jordan did likewise for successful tackles.

Over at the Santiago Bernabeu, Eduardo Camavinga showcased some of the attributes he brings to the table with the joint highest number of interceptions on this matchday, along with Villarreal’s Alfonso Pedraza who made a relatively rare start as Unai Emery rested players ahead of the trip to Munich.


Sorare LaLiga Fantasy Team of the Week

LaLiga best XI MD31

We had loads of 80+ scores this week and a number of players who would ordinarily have made it missing out. Several midfielders particularly stood out with David Silva putting in one of his best displays in a Real Sociedad shirt with 2 assists at Elche. Teammate Mikel Merino was also impressive while Luis Milla shone for Granada in defeat at Sevilla.

Vini Junior and Ousmane Dembele were the top performing forward players while Eder Militao put in another strong defensive display. The highest scoring defender was Espanyol’s Oscar Gil though with the 23 year old posting a fabulous all-round score of 57 to hit 92 overall.

Sorare Player of the Week: Ivan Rakitic (97)

It was a terrific performance from Ivan Rakitic which made him player of the week. The Sevilla midfielder assisted one goal in his team’s 4-2 win over Granada and was involved throughout in an entertaining game.

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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has also lived in Seville and Barcelona and has written extensively about Spanish football. His work has been published by the likes of Guardian Sport & World Soccer.

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