LaLiga 2021/22 Matchday 35 Review, Stats & Team of the Week

LaLiga matchday 35

We’ve just three games to go now for all 20 sides in LaLiga. The title has been wrapped up and Barcelona clinched Champions League qualification this weekend but the other European places are still undecided while the identity of the three relegated teams remains uncertain after an eventful few days of Spanish football. Read on for our LaLiga matchday 35 review featuring all the results, xG data, stats and team of the week.


LaLiga Matchday 35 Results & Expected Goals

Friday 6th May 2022

Levante 2-1 Real Sociedad (xG: 2.22-2.31)

Saturday 7th May 2022

Mallorca 2-6 Granada (xG: 1.78-2.65)

Athletic Club 0-0 Valencia (xG: 1.54-0.13)

Celta Vigo 4-0 Alaves (xG: 3.00-0.14)

Cadiz 3-0 Elche (xG: 2.01-0.06)

Real Betis 1-2 Barcelona (xG: 0.63-1.20)

Sunday 8th May 2022

Getafe 0-0 Rayo Vallecano (xG: 0.63-0.82)

Villarreal 1-1 Sevilla (xG: 2.70-0.99)

Espanyol 1-1 Osasuna (xG: 0.57-1.11)

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Madrid (xG: 2.45-1.14)

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


Matchday 35 – Stats & Star Performers

Team Stats

Most PossessionCELTA VIGO – 66.9% 
Highest Pass Success RateBARCELONA – 88% 
Lowest Pass Success RateGRANADA – 62% 
Most ShotsREAL SOCIEDAD – 21
Fewest ShotsALAVES – 3
Highest xGCELTA VIGO – 3.00
Lowest xGELCHE – 0.06
xG Over-PerformerGRANADA – 6 Goals from 2.65 xG
xG Under-PerformerVILLARREAL – 1 Goal from 2.70 xG
Highest AttendanceATLETICO MADRID vs REAL MADRID – 63,874
Lowest AttendanceGETAFE vs RAYO VALLECANO – 10,125

We are at that time of the season when you do get some strange things happening and one-sided games are not uncommon, particularly when one team has nothing left to compete for. Three teams this weekend were notable for just how little of a goal threat they offered. Valencia, Alaves and Elche created just 0.33 xG between them on Saturday, a staggeringly low return. While mid-table Valencia and Elche can somewhat be forgiven for that, struggling Alaves’ ability to have just 3 attempts in a 4-0 defeat in Vigo was the strongest indicator yet that they are heading for the Segunda Division.

The Vitoria side’s miserable weekend was compounded by wins for fellow strugglers Levante, Cadiz and Granada. The latter surprisingly hit 6 in a huge six-pointer at Mallorca, despite having the lowest pass completion percentage of any team in LaLiga this matchday.

As is often the case in any big win, Granada were the biggest xG over-performers. They actually created 0.05 xG fewer than Villarreal who could only net once in their draw with Sevilla as the Yellow Submarine missed a good chance to close in on the Europa League places.

Individual Stats

Most ShotsVEDAT MURIQI (Mallorca) – 7
Most Completed PassesTONI KROOS (Real Madrid) & SERGIO BUSQUETS (Barcelona) – 72
Most Key PassesDAVID SILVA (Real Sociedad) – 8
Most Completed DribblesSAMUEL CHUKWUEZE (Villarreal) – 10
Most Aerials WonVEDAT MURIQI (Mallorca) – 11
Most Successful TacklesROBIN LE NORMAND (Real Sociedad) – 7
Most InterceptionsSERGI GOMEZ (Espanyol), DJENE DAKONAM (Getafe) & YOUSSOUF SABALY (Real Betis) – 4

On the individual front this week, David Silva really shone with a goal and 8 key passes for Real Sociedad in their 2-1 defeat at Levante. It was a really entertaining game in which La Real certainly should have scored more than once. Silva is certainly hitting a bit of form towards the end of the campaign, having also starred in Real Sociedad’s recent win at Elche. The 36 year old has already earned a one-year contract extension despite what has been a somewhat underwhelming return to Spanish football overall for the legendary midfielder.

Samu Chukwueze was another to hit big numbers with an impressive 10 dribbles completed in Villarreal’s draw with Sevilla. The Nigerian international has had a frustrating season to some extent with Yeremi Pino often preferred on the right flank for the Yellow Submarine but this was another timely reminder of his talents.


Sorare LaLiga Fantasy Team of the Week

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Solid defensive foundations this week start with goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili, one of the revelations of this LaLiga season, after another clean sheet for Valencia. It was also a good weekend for left-backs who were responsible for three of the top five point scores with Celta’s Javi Galan, who has been linked with a summer move to Barcelona, impressing again.

Further up the pitch, the aforementioned David Silva and Celta’s Denis Suarez also posted big numbers while there were 90+ scores from Iago Aspas and Jorge Molina. The duo have a combined age of 74 but continue to show they can cut it at this level with both bagging braces in big wins this weekend.

Sorare Player of the Week: Jordi Alba (99)

For the second weekend in a row, Jordi Alba was the highest scoring player in LaLiga, with the Barcelona left-back firing in a cracking late volley to seal victory for his team at Betis, and with it Champions League qualification.

Sorare is a Fantasy Football platform with one of the most advanced scoring matrices. All players are scored from 0-100 based on performance. You can read our latest Sorare content here to find out more about it.


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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid, writing mostly about Spanish football. His work has been published by the likes of Guardian Sport & World Soccer. Contact: marksochon (at) hotmail.co.uk

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