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Simon Gott 23rd Oct 2013 - 16:02

La Liga 2013/14 Matchday 10


Rayo Vallecano v Valladolid

In nine previous top-flight meetings between these sides in Vallecas, there has never been a draw (four Rayo wins, five Valladolid wins).

Real Valladolid have claimed four successive victories against Rayo in La Liga, their best ever top-flight run against Vallecano.

Paco Jemez's side have the opportunity to win three successive league games for the first time in the year 2013.

Valladolid have drawn four of their last six league games (L2), the last two both finishing 2-2.

Rayo Vallecano have kept two successive clean sheets in La Liga; they have never mustered three shutouts in a row in the top-flight.

JIM's side have scored a league-high five headed goals this season.

Los Franjirrojos have scored 43% of their goals from outside the area this season; a league-high proportion.

Patrick Ebert has participated in 67% of Valladolid's goals this season; the highest percentage of any La Liga player.

Valladolid picked up their biggest victory since their return to La Liga against Rayo, beating them 6-1 in September 2012.


Malaga v Celta Vigo

Malaga have won just one of their seven top-flight home meetings with Celta Vigo since their reformation (D3 L3).

The Andalusian side have lost their last two league games; they have not lost three in a row in the same season since October 2011.

Celta are without a win in seven league games (D2 L5), their worst run in the top-flight since 2007 (11).

With six points from nine games, this is Celta Vigo's worst start to a La Liga campaign since 1978/79 (assuming three points for a win).

Malaga have recorded the lowest possession on home soil in La Liga this season - just 41.7%.

Celta Vigo's only league victory this season came in Andalucia (2-1 at Real Betis).

Players of seven different nationalities have scored for Malaga this season; the biggest spread in La Liga.

Nolita has participated directly in three of Celta Vigo's five away league goals this term (two goals, one assist).

Willy Caballero has made a league-high 25 saves from inside the penalty area this term.


Barcelona v Real Madrid

Barcelona are without a win in five games against Real Madrid in all competitions (D2 L3); they have not gone six Clasicos without a victory in the last 10 seasons.

After their 3-1 cup victory and 2-1 league win at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid have the opportunity to win three successive Clasicos in all competitions for the first time since 1979.

Barcelona have only won one of their last five Clasicos at the Nou Camp and that came in the Supercopa having already lost the first leg in Madrid.

Real Madrid have not won successive Clasicos at the Nou Camp (all competitions) since the 1960's (four between 1962 and 1965).

Madrid have scored 13 goals in their last six trips to the Nou Camp combined (2.1 per game), one more than Barcelona across these games.

Barcelona have not kept Real Madrid from scoring in the Nou Camp since their 5-0 demolition in 2010; Jose Mourinho's first Clasico as a manager.

If he scores one goal in this game, Lionel Messi will overtake Alfredo Di Stefano as the top scorer in the history of Clasicos (18).

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in Real Madrid's last six visits to the Nou Camp in all competitions (eight goals).

Barca have won their three previous home league meetings with Real Madrid in the 10th gameweek of the season without conceding (3-0 in 1940, 1-0 in 1956 and 2-0 in 1985).

Real Madrid are unbeaten in the three Clasicos that Diego Lopez has started in goal (W2 D1, all competitions).

Barcelona have won 19 consecutive home league wins; Real Madrid were the last team to claim a point at the Nou Camp in a 2-2 draw last October.

The last time Barcelona failed to score in successive league games was back in 2007/08; a season that Real Madrid won 1-0 at the Nou Camp thanks to Julio Baptista's goal.

Real Madrid have not lost a league game away from the Bernabeu since February (0-1 in Granada), Diego Lopez's first game since his return.

Neymar has participated in Barcelona's last three league goals in the Nou Camp (two goals, one assist).

Real Madrid have never lost a league game when Cristiano Ronaldo has scored (84 wins, six draws).


Elche v Granada

Elche have only won four of their 18 previous top-flight meetings with Granada (D5 L9), with three of those wins ending 1-0.

Against no side have Granada won more away games in the top-flight than they have against Elche (three).

Elche have the opportunity in this game to equal their best ever run of top-flight victories (four in 67/68 and 73/74).

Lucas Alcaraz's side are the lowest scorers in La Liga this term with just five goals, three of them scored by Youssef El-Arabi.

Granada have also had a league-low of just 25 shots on target this term.

Elche have only won one of their last seven top-flight home games against Andalusian sides (2-1 v Real Betis in 1985).

Granada have only scored in one of their last six league games, though this was their most recent victory (2-0 v Athletic).

Coro has scored three of Elche's four home league goals this term.

Elche striker Manu del Moral and Granada frontman Riki are both searching for their 50th La Liga goal.


Levante v Espanyol

Levante have won four of their last five league meetings with Espanyol (L1), with three of these coming at the Ciutat de Valencia.

Espanyol have only ever won once at the Ciutat de Valencia in La Liga (D2 L5); 0-2 in 2004.

Against no other side in La Liga have Levante scored more goals than they have against Espanyol (12) since their last promotion.

Joaquin Caparros's side have scored three goals on the counter-attack this season (from just five attempts created); the most in La Liga this term.

Levante have only lost one of their last eight league games, although no La Liga team has drawn more games than them this season (W3 D4).

The side from Valencia have not won on home soil in La Liga since March 30 (1-0 v Sevilla), drawing five and losing four since then.

The Catalan side have only won one of their last seven away league games (D1 L5), with this victory coming in the only game they managed a clean sheet in this run (1-0 v Granada).

Sergio Garcia has participated in four of Espanyol's last five league goals (two goals, two assists).

Levante have scored 44% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of the game this season, the highest proportion in La Liga.


Sevilla v Osasuna

Sevilla have won four consecutive league meetings with Osasuna in the Sanchez Pizjuan without conceding a single goal (five scored).

The side from Sevilla have gone four league games without defeat (W2 D2); their best ever run with Unai Emery in charge.

The side from Pamplona have not won two consecutive games away from home since March 2011.

There has not been a red card in any of the last five top-flight meetings between these sides after eight in the previous eight clashes.

Osasuna have not conceded a goal from outside the area this season, whilst only Barcelona (four) have scored more goals from range than Sevilla (three).

Oriol Riera has scored Osasuna's last three league goals.

Alberto Moreno is the youngest defender to have scored a league goal this term.

Unai Emery has never lost a home game against Osasuna as a La Liga manager, winning four and drawing one of his five previous games against the Reds.

With just 10 points from nine games, this is Emery's worst ever start to a La Liga campaign as a manager.

Sevilla have only won one of the seven league games they have played with Gonzalez Gonzalez in the middle, losing all four home games.


Villarreal v Valencia

If they don't win this game, Villarreal will equal their worst ever run of top-flight games without a victory against Valencia (five).

Los Che have only won on two of their 13 visits to El Madrigal in La Liga (D4 L7), with their last win coming in 2007 (0-1, goal from Miguel Angel Angulo).

Villarreal have scored 39 goals against Valencia in the top-flight; their third best record against any side.

Marcelino has won all won all three home games against Valencia as a La Liga manager, with his teams scoring four and conceding none.

Valencia have scored in their last 20 La Liga games, their best run since 2003 (21).

Villarreal have won their last two home league games; they have not won three in a row since January 2011 (five).

The Yellow Submarine have won a league-high five points with goals scored in the final 15 minutes of games this term.

The last time Villarreal were reduced to nine men in El Madrigal in La Liga was against Valencia in May 2010; the side from Castellon still won 2-0.

Cani has assisted four of Villarreal's last five league goals.

Jonas's four league goals this season have earned Valencia six points; Giovani's four have earned five points for Villarreal.


Real Sociedad v Almeria

Real Sociedad have never lost against Almeria in the top-flight, winning one and drawing one of two previous meetings.

The Basque side have score exactly twice in both of these top-flight clashes with Almeria.

After their 2-1 victory in the Mestalla, Joseba Arrasate's side can win consecutive games for the first time this season here.

Almeria are bottom of the league with only three points, only one more than Real Sociedad had at this stage in 2006/07 when they were relegated to the Segunda.

Francisco's squad have scored a league-high proportion of 73% of their goals during the first-half this season.

Carlos Vela has participated in 50% of Real Sociedad's league goals this season (two goals, two assists).

Almeria have lost a league-high nine points from winning positions this season.

Ruben Pardo, who has completed more passes than any other Real midfielder this season (213), will play his 50th top-flight game for the Basque outfit.

Esteban, currently the oldest player to have played in La Liga this term, has saved more shots from outside the area than any other keeper this season (26).


Atletico Madrid v Betis

Atletico Madrid have won two consecutive games against Real Betis in the Primera; they have not won three in a row against them since 1990.

Los Rojiblancos have only won two of their last seven league meetings with Betis in el Calderon (D2 L3).

Betis have lost six points from winning positions on the road this season; a joint-high with Valladolid.

Diego Costa has scored the first goal of the game more often than any other La Liga player this season (four).

The Green-and-Whites have conceded a league-high six headed goals this season. The Red-and-Whites are the only team yet to concede in this way.

Koke has participated in more goals than any other midfielder in La Liga this season (two goals, six assists).

Joan Verdu has created more chances per game than any other regular La Liga player this term (3.1).

Betis have only won five of their 16 games without Ruben Castro since they were promoted to La Liga last (D3 L8).


Getafe v Athletic

Athletic have never won a league game at the Coliseum (D5 L4), scoring only five goals in nine visits.

These sides have met once before at the home of the Blues in the 10th gameweek of the season; Getafe won that game 2-0.

Luis Garcia's side have won four consecutive league games; they have never won five in a row in the Primera.

This is Athletic Bilbao's best start to a league campaign since 1994/95, when they had earned one more point (17) after nine games than they have this term (16).

Ernesto Valverde has won six of his nine games against Getafe as a La Liga manager, losing the other three.

Athletic Bilbao's substitutes have scored four league goals this season; no side's replacements have scored more.

The Red-and-Whites have conceded just 8% of their league goals in the final 15 minutes this season; a league-low proportion.

Mikel Rico has scored two goals this season; he is just one away from equalling his record season goal haul (three in 2011/12 with Granada) having scored in consecutive weeks for the first time in La Liga.

Between them, Adrian Colunga (three) and Pedro Leon (three) have scored six of the Madrid side's last seven league goals.


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