Spanish La Liga Opta Facts - 2nd & 3rd October
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Almería v Málaga
Almeria have won five of their six league meetings with Malaga, losing the other, that is more victories than against any other side in La Liga.
Almeria have won each of their three home meetings against Malaga in La Liga, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last two.
Almeria's 2-0 win over Deportivo on the last match-day was their first after six consecutive league games without a win (three draws and as many defeats).
At home, Almeria are without a win in their last three league games (two losses and one draw).
Malaga have not shared the points this season in La Liga, having won two games and lost three.
Curiously, Malaga have lost their three home games and won their two away matches.
Malaga boast the most prolific attack and the worst defence of La Liga, with 11 goals netted and 11 conceded so far this season.
Jesualdo Ferreira's side have scored nine of their 11 goals in the first half, a record so far in La Liga 2010/11.
Barcelona v Mallorca
Barcelona and Mallorca have not shared the points in their last 16 meetings in La Liga: the Catalans have won 13 times, the Balearic side have had the better on three occasions.
At home, the Blaugrana have won six of their last seven matches against the Barralets, losing the other one.
At home Pep Guardiola's side have won 12 of their last 13 league fixtures, losing only against Hercules.
After losing at home against Hercules, Barcelona have won their last three league matches.
Mallorca have alternated defeats and wins in the last four match-days of La Liga.
Mallorca have lost their last three away games in La Liga, failing to score in each of these.
Getafe v Hércules
This will be the first meeting in the top-flight between Getafe and Hercules.
Getafe's 0-2 defeat against Malaga was their first at home in La Liga after a run of six unbeaten games (three wins and as many draws).
Hercules have not conceded a goal in their last two league fixtures (a goalless draw at Zaragoza and a 2-0 home win against Sevilla).
Away from home the Herculanos are still unbeaten this season in La Liga (one win and one draw).
None of Getafe's eight league goals have been scored from set piece situations this season.
David Trezeguet has scored each of Hercules' last three goals in the league.
Osasuna v Levante
Osasuna and Levante have won three times each in their six previous meetings in La Liga.
Osasuna have won their last two home meetings against Levante, scoring six goals in the process.
The Pamplona side have won only once in their last seven league fixtures, failing to score four times.
At Pamplona however, Osasuna are unbeaten in their last eight league games (four wins and four draws).
Levante have won only one of their last 10 games in La Liga, losing seven and drawing two.
Before their 1-0 win at Almeria, Levante had lost four consecutive games away from home in La Liga.
Real Madrid v Deportivo de La Coruña
Real Madrid have won their last three league meetings with Deportivo La Coruna.
Real Madrid and Deportivo have not shared the points in their last 15 meetings in La Liga (eight wins for the Merengues, seven for Depor).
At the Bernabeu, Real have won nine of their last 10 matches against Deportivo, including the last five.
Real are unbeaten in their last 12 league fixtures (nine wins and three draws).
At home, the Merengues have won their last five league games, keeping a clean sheet three times.
Deportivo are without a win in their last six games in La Liga (three draws and as many losses), failing to score in five of these.
Away from home, Depor are winless in their last 15 league games (five draws and 10 defeats), in which they have netted only four goals.
Mourinho's side boast the best defence of La Liga this season, with only one goal conceded after five match-days.
On the other hand, Deportivo have the worst attack of the Spanish top division (only two goals netted).
Real Sociedad v Espanyol
Espanyol are unbeaten in their last six league meetings with Real Sociedad (four wins and two draws), keeping a clean sheet on four occasions.
Real Sociedad have scored only one goal in their last three matches against Espanyol at San Sebastián.
Real Sociedad have lost their last three games in La Liga.
Espanyol have not shared the points in their last 10 fixtures in La Liga (five wins and as many defeats), and have alternated losses and wins in their last eight league games.
Away from home, the Catalans have lost their last four consecutive league games without scoring a single goal.
Three of Real Sociedad's last four goals in La Liga have been scored by Tamudo.
Real Zaragoza v Sporting Gijón
These two sides have met 62 times in the top-flight: Zaragoza lead by 25 wins to 14, 23 draws complete the record.
At home, Real Zaragoza have lost only three times against Sporting Gijon in La Liga, including their last meeting last season (1-3 back in February).
Zaragoza are winless in their last three league meetings with Sporting (two draws before that defeat).
Zaragoza have picked up only two points so far in La Liga, and are currently bottom of the table.
Zaragoza are also winless in their last seven league fixtures, and have failed to score in the last three.
Sporting are without a win in their last 10 away games in La Liga (seven defeats and three draws), in which they have netted only three goals in the process.
Sevilla v Atlético de Madrid
Sevilla and Atletico have not shared the points in their last nine league meetings: the Rojiblancos have won five times, the Colchoneros four.
At Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan the hosts have won three of the last four league games against Atletico.
Sevilla are winless in their last three league fixtures at home (two draws and one defeat).
Atletico have won only once in their last 12 away league games, having lost seven times and drawn four; however, they are unbeaten in their last three games away from home in this competition (two draws and one win).
Sevilla manager Antonio Alvarez was sacked following defeat to Hercules last Sunday - the first for the Andalucians in this campaign.
However, Sevilla had won only once in their last five games in all competitions.
Sevilla have gained the most points from trailing situations in La Liga this term (six).
Valencia v Athletic de Bilbao
Valencia have won their last three league games against Athletic, scoring two goals in each of these.
Before these three games, Athletic had the better in their previous four matches against Valencia in La Liga.
At the Mestalla, Los Che have lost only once in their last 22 league meetings with Athletic, winning 15 times and sharing the points six times.
Valencia are unbeaten in their last six league games (five wins and one draw), a run that put them top of La Liga with 13 points.
At home Valencia are unbeaten in 2010 (12 wins and two draws).
Athletic have won only once away from home in 2010: eight defeats and five draws complete the record.
Los Che are the only side to have not conceded a goal in the second half so far in La Liga.
Villarreal v Racing
Villarreal have won 12 times in 20 games against Racing in La Liga, more than against any other side.
Villarreal are unbeaten in their last seven league meetings with Racing (five wins and two draws).
At home, the Yellow Submarine have won six of their last seven league games against Racing, drawing the other.
The Verdiblancos have scored only one goal in their last five visits to Villarreal.
Villarreal have won their last four consecutive league fixtures.
At home, Villarreal have won nine of their last 10 league games, losing only against Barcelona.
Racing have won only once this season in La Liga, failing to score three times.
Away from home the Racinguistas are winless in their last seven league games (four defeats and three draws).