LaLiga 2021/22 Matchday 33 Review, Stats & Team of the Week

LaLiga matchday 33

We had a rare midweek matchday in LaLiga with most teams not in action this coming weekend due to the Copa del Rey Final. It saw Real Madrid edge closer to the title while Elche, Rayo Vallecano and Getafe all took a huge leap towards safety with victories at the bottom. Read on for our LaLiga matchday 33 review featuring all the results, xG data, stats and team of the week.


LaLiga Matchday 33 Results & Expected Goals

Tuesday 19th April 2022

Mallorca 2-1 Alaves (xG: 0.91-0.56)

Real Betis 0-1 Elche (xG: 1.34-0.83)

Villarreal 2-0 Valencia (xG: 2.80-0.31)

Wednesday 20th April 2022

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Granada (xG: 1.15-0.15)

Celta Vigo 0-2 Getafe (xG: 0.33-1.46)

Osasuna 1-3 Real Madrid (xG: 0.87-4.60)

Thursday 21st April 2022

Espanyol 0-1 Rayo Vallecano (xG: 0.45-1.02)

Levante 2-3 Sevilla (xG: 2.62-2.46)

Cadiz 2-3 Athletic Club (xG: 3.43-2.33)

Real Sociedad 0-1 Barcelona (xG: 1.03-1.96)

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


Matchday 33 – Stats & Star Performers

Team Stats

Most PossessionCELTA VIGO – 71.3% 
Highest Pass Success RateREAL MADRID – 90% 
Lowest Pass Success RateGETAFE – 58% 
Most ShotsCADIZ – 27
Fewest ShotsMALLORCA & VALENCIA – 5
Highest xGREAL MADRID – 4.60
Lowest xGGRANADA – 0.15
xG Over-PerformerMALLORCA – 2 Goals from 0.91 xG
xG Under-PerformerREAL MADRID – 3 Goals from 4.6 xG
Highest AttendanceATLETICO MADRID vs GRANADA – 43,517
Lowest AttendanceCELTA VIGO vs GETAFE – 9,934

Real Madrid are on the brink of clinching LaLiga, and should seal the title either on matchday 34 against Espanyol or matchday 35 across town in the derby at the Wanda Metropolitano. They were pretty dominant in their 3-1 win at Osasuna in midweek, setting the highest figures for passing accuracy and xG. The margin would have been greater had Karim Benzema converted either of his two penalties which were both saved by Sergio Herrera.

Elsewhere there were big numbers from Cadiz who had a matchday high 27 attempts on goal against Athletic. 3-0 down at the break, Sergio’s men were outstanding in the 2nd Half and came close on multiple occasions to levelling the scores in Stoppage Time with the Basques down to 10 men by that point.

The main winners at the bottom though were Rayo Vallecano, Elche and Getafe who all won on the road to all but see themselves to safety. Mallorca were the other struggling side to be victorious this week, winning the big six-pointer with Alaves 2-1, despite having a joint matchday low 5 attempts on goal and only creating 0.91 xG.

Individual Stats

Most ShotsALVARO NEGREDO (Cadiz) – 10
Most Completed PassesFRAN BELTRAN (Celta Vigo) – 98
Most Key PassesIVAN ALEJO (Cadiz) – 6
Most Completed DribblesYANNICK CARRASCO (Atletico Madrid) & NABIL FEKIR (Betis) – 5
Most Aerials WonMAMADOU LOUM (Alaves) – 11
Most Successful TacklesOSCAR VALENTIN (Rayo Vallecano) – 6
Most InterceptionsSTEFAN SAVIC (Atletico Madrid) – 5

Cadiz feature heavily in the individual stats too with Alvaro Negredo firing away 10 attempts without managing to beat Unai Simon in the Athletic goal. Ivan Alejo also shone with 6 key passes as the Andalusians attempted to come back but they ultimately ended without a point, just three days on from their shock win at Camp Nou on matchday 32.

Elsewhere it was a slightly below par week for the usual players who rack up high passing numbers. Barcelona were reduced to less than 45% possession by Real Sociedad while Real Madrid left Toni Kroos on the bench at El Sadar. It was Celta’s increasingly impressive Fran Beltran who completed the most passes this matchday with 98 in his side’s defeat against Getafe.


Sorare LaLiga Fantasy Team of the Week

LaLiga team of week

A fairly even spread of players from different teams this week with Villarreal and Sevilla (two each) the only clubs contributing more than one player. Standout displays included that of Borja Mayoral who scored two vital goals for Getafe as they claimed their first away win of the season at Celta.

Sergio Herrera was unsurprisingly the top scoring goalkeeping thanks to his two penalty saves while there was something of a return to form for Mario Hermoso. He was vitally important as Atleti won the title in 2020/21 but has endured a more challenging season this time around.

Sorare Player of the Week: Lucas Ocampos (91)

Lucas Ocampos set up both goals for Tecatito Corona as Sevilla struck early on their way to a 3-2 victory at Levante. That helped ensure the Argentinean winger was player of the week.

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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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