Spanish La Liga Primera Opta Facts - 6th & 7th February
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Almeria v Sporting Gijon
- These two sides have met seven times in La Liga, with only one game being won by Almeria so far compared to the four successes for Sporting as well as their two draws.
- However, Almeria are unbeaten at home against Sporting (two draws before last May's win).
- Almeria have managed only one win in their last 10 matches in La Liga, and have not scored more than a single goal in any of the last seven.
- Sporting are on a run of three consecutive defeats in the league and have failed to score in their last two.
- Sporting have picked up only two points from their last five games on the road.
- Two of Sporting's last three goals this season have been scored by Diego Castro.
Athletic Bilbao v Xerez
- Athletic's 1-0 win in the first fixture of this season was the only previous meeting between these two sides in La Liga.
- The Basks have lost their last two fixtures in the league, and have won only one of their last five.
- However, they have won their last two at home, without conceding a single goal.
- Last Sunday's 2-1 win over Mallorca ended a run of 12 consecutive games without a win for Xerez in the league.
- Away from home, however, they are still waiting for their first win in the top flight, after picking up only three draws in the first nine fixtures.
- Xerez have netted only 10 goals so far in this campaign - a league-low.
- Athletic Bilbao have conceded only three goals before half-time so far, a league-joint-low.
Barcelona v Getafe
- This will be the 12th meeting between Barcelona and Getafe in the top flight: the Catalans lead the head to head record by seven wins to one, three draws complete the record.
- The Blaugrana are unbeaten at home against Getafe, however the guests managed to hold them to a draw in their last two visits to the Camp Nou (0-0 in April 2008 and 1-1 in November 2008).
- Barcelona are the only side still unbeaten this term in La Liga (16 wins and four draws).
- The blaugrana are also the only side who have never been behind in a match this term.
- At home, Pep Guardiola's side have failed to win only once in nine games this season (the 1-1 draw with Villarreal).
- Barca can boast of the best attack of this competition (50 goals scored), however Getafe have kept three clean sheets in the last five match-days, conceding only two goals in the process.
- Getafe have not shared the points in any of their last 10 away games in La Liga (seven defeats, including the last two, and three wins).
- Lionel Messi is La Liga top-scorer with 15 goals.
Malaga v Deportivo La Coruña
- Malaga's last win against Deportivo came back in March 2000; since then, the Galicians have had the better on nine occasions, six draws complete the record.
- The last four meetings in Malaga between these two sides have all ended with the same scoreline (1-1).
- Malaga have lost only one of their last 11 fixtures but have managed only three wins in the process.
- The side from Andalucía are unbeaten in five fixtures at home (two wins and three draws).
- Deportivo have failed to score in their last two away games in the league (a goalless draw against Real Zaragoza and a 2-0 defeat in Mallorca).
- Malaga have not conceded a single goal in the opening 15 minutes of a match so far in the league this season.
Mallorca v Villarreal
- Villarreal are unbeaten in their last 12 league meetings with Mallorca (eight wins and four draws).
- Villarreal are also unbeaten in their last eight trips to Mallorca, and have had the better of the hosts on the last three occasions they met.
- Mallorca, alongside Real Madrid, are the only side in La Liga to have won all of their home fixtures this term (nine).
- Mallorca have kept a clean sheet in six of these nine home games, conceding only three goals in the process.
- Villarreal have managed only five points away from home in this campaign, suffering six defeats, picking up three draws and winning only once.
- Villarreal have conceded eight goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches this term in La Liga - a league-high.
Osasuna v Tenerife
- This will be meeting number 16 between these two sides: Tenerife lead the current head to head record with eight wins to five, two draws complete the record.
- Tenerife have won their last three meetings with Osasuna in La Liga.
- The record at Osasuna's ground is five wins to two for the home side.
- Osasuna are on a run of three consecutive wins in La Liga: the last time that they managed four in a row was between November and December 2006.
- Osasuna have kept two consecutive clean sheets at home (goalless draw with Real Madrid and 2-0 win with Espanyol).
- Tenerife are winless in their last seven match-days, in which they have picked up only three points.
- Away from home, the Canarians have only picked up two points so far in this campaign - a league-low.
Racing Santander v Atletico Madrid
- Over the past five seasons, Racing have managed to beat Atletico only once in nine games; six wins to the colchoneros and two draws complete the record.
- Last April's 5-1 win ended a run of three consecutive defeats at home for Racing against Atletico in the league.
- Racing are unbeaten in the last five match-days of La Liga (three wins and two draws), and have kept three clean sheets in the process.
- Atletico have lost their last two fixtures of this campaign without scoring a single goal, but have won two of the last four away from home.
- Atletico have dropped the most points from leading situations (14), while Racing have recouped the most from behind (eight).
Real Madrid v Espanyol
- Real Madrid have won their last two games against Espanyol, keeping a clean sheet in both games.
- At the Bernabeu, the merengues are unbeaten in the last 13 games with Espanyol, but were held to a 2-2 draw in the last meeting, in October 2008.
- Espanyol's last win at Real Madrid came back in April 1996 (2-1).
- Real Madrid are, alongside Malaga, the only side to have won all of their home games this season (10).
- Espanyol are on a run of five consecutive defeats away from home, and have failed to score a single goal in their last seven fixtures on the road.
- Real Madrid have been the most prolific side of La Liga in the first 15 minutes of matches so far this term; scoring seven goals.
- Espanyol have netted only one goal from a set piece, a league-low.
- The merengues remain the only side in La Liga to have won all of the games in which they had taken the lead (15).
- Espanyol have lost nine of the 10 games in which they have been behind this term, winning the remaining one.
Real Zaragoza v Sevilla
- Sevilla have won three of their last four meetings with Real Zaragoza in the top flight.
- However, Real Zaragoza have had the better of the Andalusians in three of the last four at home.
- Last Sunday's win over Tenerife ended a run of 10 winless games in the league for Real Zaragoza.
- At home José Aurelio Gay's side have drawn the last two fixtures 0-0, after their two defeats against Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao.
- After four consecutive defeats in the league between late December and the beginning of January, Sevilla have won their last two fixtures against Almeria and Valencia.
- Away from home Sevilla have not shared the points in the last 10 games, and lost the last two conceding six goals in the process.
- Three goals have been scored by Sevilla striker Alvaro Negrado in his last two games for the side.
- Real Zaragoza have the worst defence in La Liga this season (42 goals conceded).
Valencia v Real Valladolid
- Valencia have had the better of Real Valladolid in four of their last five league meetings.
- However, Real Valladolid had the better in their last trip to the Mestalla (a 2-1 win back in March).
- Valencia have won their last two home fixtures in the league.
- Real Valladolid have won only one of their last 12 league games, and are winless in their last seven away from home.
- Only Real Zaragoza (42) and Tenerife (39) have conceded more goals than Real Valladolid so far this term (36).