The midweek action saw one or two issues resolved as Atletico Madrid clinched Champions League qualification while Levante’s relegation was confirmed. There were lots of goals and several very one-sided games too as we move towards the conclusion of the 2021/22 campaign. Read on for our LaLiga matchday 36 review featuring all the results, xG data, stats and team of the week.
LaLiga Matchday 36 Results & Expected Goals
Tuesday 10th May 2022
Valencia 0-3 Real Betis (xG: 1.12-1.84)
Granada 1-0 Athletic Club (xG: 1.02-0.36)
Barcelona 3-1 Celta Vigo (xG: 1.23-0.85)
Wednesday 11th May 2022
Alaves 2-1 Espanyol (xG: 2.46-0.90)
Osasuna 1-1 Getafe (xG: 0.61-0.58)
Sevilla 0-0 Mallorca (xG: 1.65-0.55)
Elche 0-2 Atletico Madrid (xG: 0.17-2.61)
Thursday 12th May 2022
Real Sociedad 3-0 Cadiz (xG: 2.66-0.68)
Rayo Vallecano 1-5 Villarreal (xG: 1.89-2.92)
Real Madrid 6-0 Levante (xG: 4.90-0.70)
Matchday 36 – Stats & Star Performers
|Most Possession||SEVILLA – 72.2%|
|Highest Pass Success Rate||REAL MADRID – 89%|
|Lowest Pass Success Rate||GETAFE – 55%|
|Most Shots||ALAVES & REAL MADRID – 27|
|Fewest Shots||ESPANYOL – 5|
|Highest xG||REAL MADRID – 4.9|
|Lowest xG||ELCHE – 0.17|
|xG Over-Performer||VILLARREAL – 5 Goals from 2.92 xG|
|xG Under-Performer||SEVILLA – 0 Goals from 1.65 xG|
|Highest Attendance||BARCELONA vs CELTA – 55,899|
|Lowest Attendance||RAYO vs VILLARREAL – 7,945|
The xG data in LaLiga this week suggests that some of the one-sided scorelines we got were something of a freak occurrence. While Real Madrid and Real Sociedad were pretty dominant, Villarreal only out-performed Rayo by 1.03 xG in their 5-1 win while Betis had an even lower xG advantage than that in their 3-0 success at Mestalla. There was major frustration for Sevilla though who created 1.65 xG without scoring and Betis’ win meant they have to wait to book their place in next season’s UCL.
In terms of the shot count, the most one-sided match was actually Alaves’ 2-1 win over Espanyol. The Vitoria side had 27 attempts on goal to their opponent’s 5 as they clung onto their top flight status for a few more days at least. They’ll be hoping to take it to the final day when they host relegation rivals Cadiz in what could be a massive game.
|Most Shots||JOSELU (Alaves) – 7|
|Most Completed Passes||ACUNA (Sevilla) – 82|
|Most Key Passes||PAPU GOMEZ (Sevilla) – 9|
|Most Completed Dribbles||OUSMANE DEMBELE (Barcelona) – 5|
|Most Aerials Won||LUCAS TORRO (Osasuna) – 10|
|Most Successful Tackles||EDUARDO CAMAVINGA (Real Madrid), FRANCO CERVI (Celta), YURI (Athletic Club), ILAIX MORIBA (Valencia) & GUIDO RODRIGUEZ (Betis) – 6|
|Most Interceptions||ROBER PIER (Levante), CARLOS AKAPO (Cadiz), IGOR ZUBELDIA (Real Sociedad) & DANI VIVIAN (Athletic CLub) – 5|
Perhaps the most striking thing in the individual stats this week is Papu Gomez and his nine key passes against Mallorca. He has been influential for Sevilla this season but has often been let down by the poor finishing of his teammates and that was certainly the case on Wednesday as struggling Mallorca hung on for a precious point at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. Marcos Acuna completed the most passes this matchday in LaLiga in that game with one more than Frenkie de Jong for Barcelona against Celta.
On the defensive front, Lucas Torro was effective at cutting out Getafe’s long balls for Osasuna with 10 aerial challenges won. There were no outright leaders in the successful tackles or interceptions categories but it was interesting to note that Eduardo Camavinga produced another solid game in the holding role for Real Madrid, winning a joint matchday high of 6 tackles.
Sorare LaLiga Fantasy Team of the Week
Sorare Player of the Week: Vini Junior (100)
For the first time this season we had four players in LaLiga with 100 scores, but Vini Junior posted the highest figures (Decisive + All Round scores) with 3 goals and an assist as Real Madrid cruised past Levante.
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