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Nic Ladds 8th Mar 2012 - 15:47

Spanish La Liga Opta Facts - 10th-12th March

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Opta Facts
La Liga 2011-12
Jornada 27

Malaga v Levante

Malaga have won their last two home meetings with Levante in the top-flight by the same scoreline (1-0).
Excluding this season's reverse fixture, Malaga have always netted exactly one goal against Levante in the top-flight.
The Blue and Whites have only lost two of their 12 home league games this season, and they were against Real Madrid and Barcelona (W8, D2).
The four goals Malaga have scored against Levante in La Liga have all been netted by foreign players.
These two sides have scored more direct free kicks than any other sides in La Liga this season (three each).
Santi Cazorla has scored the joint-most goals from outside the area across Europe's top five leagues this season (five with Kembo-Eloko and Rooney).
Jeremy Toulalan has scored three times as many league goals this season (three) than in the rest of his entire career combined (one).
The last six goals scored by Ruben Suarez in the league have all come in the final 11 minutes of play.
Malaga have received fewer yellow cards than any other team this season (43).
Iglesias Villanueva has already taken charge of a game between these sides; last season he refereed a 1-0 win for the Andalusians.

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Sporting Gijon v Sevilla

There has only been one draw in the last 24 league meetings between these sides (16 wins for Sevilla and seven for Sporting).
The Asturians still haven't picked up a victory with Javier Clemente in charge (2D, 1L), and have scored one goal in each of their three encounters so far.
If they don't win this game, Gijon will have embarked on their longest run of games without a win this season (eight successive games).
The last time Sevilla had conceded 28 goals from their opening 25 games was in 2009/10, a season they finished fourth and qualified for the Champions League.
Excluding Negredo (who will miss this game with an injury), no Sevilla striker has scored away from home in the league this term.
Sporting Gijon have conceded more goals in the closing 15 minutes than any other team in La Liga this term.
The Red and Whites have conceded a higher percentage of goals from outside the area than any other team this season (29%).
Sporting haven't lost any of the eight league games they've held the lead in this term (5W, 3D).
The only previous meeting between Clemente and Michel in La Liga ended in a stalemate (Valladolid 0-0 Getafe, May 2010).

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Real Sociedad v Real Zaragoza

Real Sociedad have lost five of their last six league games against Zaragoza (1W, 5L).
The Maños have scored at least one goal in seven of their last eight league trips to the Anoeta.
The Basque side have won their last three home league games, their best run of the season. Before this, they had only won two of their previous nine on home soil.
Only in two previous campaigns (1943 and 1971) have Zaragoza earned fewer points at this stage than they have now (18). On both of those occasions, they were relegated.
Zaragoza are, together with Villarreal, the worst travelling side in La Liga having taken just six points away from La Romareda.
Real Sociedad have scored the lowest percentage of goals in the first-half in La Liga this season (26%).
Philippe Montanier's side have won all five home league games in which they've scored first this term.
On the other hand, Zaragoza haven't recouped a single point when they have conceded the first goal on the road (seven times).
Zaragoza's last nine league goals have all been scored by different players.
Helder Postiga, Zaragoza's top scorer, has netted more goals against Real Sociedad than any other side in La Liga.

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Atletico Madrid v Granada

Atletico Madrid have won seven of their last 12 meetings with Granada in La Liga (3D, 2L).
Atleti have won nine of their last 10 home meetings with the Andalusian side (1D), scoring 23 and conceding just four.
Granada have only ever won once at the home of Atletico in the top-flight (2-0 in 59/60).
Atletico record their highest ever La Liga win over an Andalusian side when they beat Granada 7-1 in 1942/43.
The last five draws in La Liga between these sides have all been goalless (one in Madrid and four in Granada).
Atletico have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five home victories over teams in red and white shirts (scoring 16 goals and conceding just one in this run).
Simeone's side have gone five league games without a win (4D, 1L). They haven't gone six or more since 2005/06 (10 games - 7D, 3L).
Granada are one of three teams across Europe's top five leagues (with Bolton and Betis) who are yet to record a single away draw this season (3W, 9L).
Falcao has scored more home goals this season (10) than the whole Granada team has mustered on the road (eight).
Granada have lost five of the six league games that either Jara or Siquiera have missed this season (1D, 2 goals scored and 10 conceded).
This is the first season since 2003/04 that two Nigerians (Ighalo and Uche for Granada) have scored for the same team, and no Nigerian has ever scored at the Calderon in La Liga.

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Villarreal v Getafe

Villarreal have only won one of their last four meetings with Getafe in La Liga, and that was also the only one of these in which they scored (2-1 in 2010/11).
The Yellows have won six of their seven home encounters with Getafe in La Liga (scoring 17 and conceding seven in total).
On the only occasion Getafe registered a point at El Madrigal in the top-flight, they registered their only previous 3-3 draw as the visiting side in La Liga.
Villarreal's 4-0 win over Getafe in 2004/05 remains their heaviest home win over a side from Madrid in La Liga history.
Getafe registered their only previous away win in the Valencia area on their last visit (2-1 at Levante).
Although they are suffering their worst ever start to a La Liga season after 25 games (27 points), the Yellow Submarine have only lost once at home in the league this term (2004/05 was the only other time they achieved this).
Getafe have gone five games without winning (2D, 3L) but have won three of their last six on the road in the league (all 2-1).
Villarreal and Getafe have lost more points following a goal conceded in the final 15 minutes than any other teams in La Liga this season (both eight).
Getafe are the only team from Europe's top five leagues to have conceded three goals from outside the area in one single home game (Arsenal did it as an away team).

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Espanyol v Rayo Vallecano

Espanyol have remained unbeaten in their last eight Primera Division encounters with Rayo (5W, 3D).
Espanyol's last two home victories over los Vallecanos in the Primera have been by the same scoreline (3-1).
Rayo Vallecano have lost their last four league games against Catalan sides and have failed to score in all four of them (conceding 11). They have never lost five in a row.
Vallecano suffered their heaviest defeat against Espanyol in 1999/00 (1-5), the year they enjoyed their best La Liga finish (9th).
Pochettino's side have gone five games without a win in the league (2D, 3L) and have lost their last two home games. They haven't lost three in a row since 2008/09.
Sandoval's side have won four of their last five league games.
Rayo have won their last three away league games, they've never won four in a row in La Liga.
The Catalans haven't lost any of the 10 games in which they've scored the first goal this season (9W, 1D).
Espanyol have conceded 67% of their goals in the second-half this season, while Rayo have netted twice as many goals after the break than they have scored in the first-half (24 - 67%).
Only the substitutes of Real Madrid (11) have netted more than those of Rayo (eight) this season.
Michu is, together with Fernando Llorente, the top scoring Spaniard in La Liga this season and is also one of the three top scoring midfielders across Europe's top five leagues (13 goals).
Espanyol have won all four league games in which Sergio Garcia has scored this term.

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Osasuna v Athletic Bilbao

Osasuna are without a win in two home meetings with Athletic (1D, 1L).
Bilbao haven't lost any of their last five league meetings with Osasuna (4W, 1D).
Bielsa's team have scored 18 goals in their last eight league games. Before this run, they had managed just 23 in 17 games.
The Basque side have lost two of their last four away league games (1W, 1D), as many as they had lost in the entire rest of the season.
Osasuna have won their last two home league games, they haven't won three in a row all season.
No side has received more red cards than Bilbao this season (six, with Sevilla).
Bilbao have netted a league-high 16 headed goals in 2011/12.
Osasuna have conceded fewer goals in the first 15 minutes than any other team in La Liga this season (2).
The team from Navarra have scored just one goal from the subs bench this season - a league-low.
Susaeta has scored in two consecutive league games (as he did in 2007/08 and 2009/10), he has never scored in three in a row.
Fernando Llorente has commited more fouls than any other player in La Liga this term who hasn't been shown a yellow card (41).

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Valencia v Mallorca

Valencia have only won one of their last four home clashes with Mallorca in La Liga (1D, 2L).
Los Che have scored at least one goal in their last 13 meetings with Mallorca with the exception of a 0-3 defeat in 2007/08.
Emery's side have only won one of their last three home league games, losing two.
Mallorca have lost three consecutive away games for the first time this season.
Valencia have accrued more own goals than any other team in La Liga this term (four).
Los Che have won the most games by exactly one goal in La Liga this season (eight).
The islanders' last nine league goals have been netted by eight different players.
Mallorca have lost a league-high 20 points from games in which they've scored the first goal this term.
Valencia have lost a joint-high (with Athletic) nine points from goals conceded in the last five minutes this season.
Mallorca have scored just 8% of their goals in the final quarter-hour this season, a league-low.
Caparros will take charge of his 400th La Liga game in this fixture (152 with Athletic, 76 with Depor, 152 with Sevilla and 19 with Mallorca).

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Betis v Real Madrid

Real Madrid have won their last three league meetings with Betis, averaging four goals/game.
The Whites have found the net in their last 12 league meetings at the Benito Villamarin, but have only won four of those (4D, 4L).
In the 27 top-flight seasons in which Betis have won at least 30 points from their opening 25 games, only once have they been relegated to the Second Division (99/00).
Mourinho's side have won their last 10 league games, equalling their best run this season. (their best ever record is 15, set in 1960/61).
Real Madrid have scored 85 goals in 25 games this season, the best record ever in a La Liga season. If they continue at this rate, they will end up with 129 goals and set a new league record.
Betis have only been leading at half-time in two of their 12 home games this season (though eight have been level at the break).
Real Madrid have not lost any of their last 10 away league games (9W, 1D), and are now eight away from equalling their best ever run of away games without defeat (18, between 95/96 and 96/97).
Madrid have won more points than any other away side this term (31, 11 more than Barcelona).
Only four of Real Madrid's last 29 goals have come away from the Bernabeu, although Real Madrid are the leading away scorers this season (31).
Betis have used the joint-most players (with Rayo) in La Liga this term (30).
Only Barcelona have hit the woodwork more times than Betis (17) this season, of which six of these have come courtesy of Ruben Castro.
Each away goal Real Madrid have scored has been worth exactly one point (31 away goals, 31 away points).
Five of Betis' last six league goals have been scored by Ruben Castro (three) or Jorge Molina (two). Molina hadn't scored in successive league games since last season in the Segunda.
Betis are the only team in La Liga against whom Cristiano Ronaldo has not scored a single goal.

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Racing Santander v Barcelona

Racing have failed to win any of their last seven league games (4D, 3L).
Santander have not won any of their last 16 against Barcelona (D3, L13), losing their last six and failing even to score in their last four.
Barcelona have only managed one clean sheet (v Villarreal) in their last eight away league games.
In both of the previous two campaigns in which the Cantabrians had fewer points after 25 games than they do now (20, assuming three points for win), they were relegated.
With 25 games of the league season gone, Racing are kings of the draw (12 so far). Never in their history have they drawn as many games or won as few (four) at this stage of a campaign.
The Cantabrians have drawn a league-high five games having conceded the first goal this term.
Racing have scored twice in the first-half on two occasions this season, but have lost both of those games and have ended up conceding four.
Each away goal Barcelona have scored this season has been worth exactly one point (20 away goals, 20 away points).
On the one occasion a Barcelona player has been sent off away from home this season (Mascherano in Pamplona), the Catalans lost.
Lionel Messi has won more games against Racing than any other team (10).
Lionel Messi has made more passes in the final third (868) than any other player across Europe's top five leagues this season, followed by Xavi (800).
Only Iturralde Gonzalez has taken charge of more away wins than Del Cerro Grande (five) this season.

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