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Tom Stitfall 2nd Jan 2014 - 14:00

La Liga Facts | 04-06 January


Malaga v Atletico Madrid

Malaga are without a win in three home league meetings with Atletico (D2 L1), failing to score a single goal in all three games.

Diego Simeone has won more games than any other La Liga manager since his debut in January 2012, which came at La Rosaleda (48 wins).

The Red-and-Whites have gone 201 minutes of La Liga football at La Rosaleda without scoring; Tiago got their last goal there in a 3-0 win back in 2010.

Malaga would be in the relegation zone were it not for Roque Santa Cruz's goals (14 points), while Atleti would be 15 points behind Barcelona in fourth place (31 points) without Diego Costa's goals.

Malaga have won more points in their last three games (seven) than they had mustered in the previous eight (five).

Atletico need four points from the next two games to become only the third team in La Liga history to take 50 points from the opening half of a single season.

Malaga's last four league goals have all been scored with the head, with the last three all assisted by Duda.

Diego Costa scored 27 league goals in 2013; only one fewer than Lionel Messi (28).

Bernd Schuster has only lost three of his nine meetings with Atletico as a La Liga manager (W5 D1).


Valladolid v Betis

Valladolid have only won one of their last 10 top-flight meetings with Real Betis in the Zorrilla (D2 L7); 3-0 in 2003.

In that most recent Valladolid victory over Betis, Oscar scored his first ever goal in the Spanish top-flight; he is Valladolid's top La Liga scorer since 2002/03 (25 goals).

Betis have not conceded a goal in their two league meetings with Valladolid since their return to La Liga; the last time they conceded was back in 2009, when a 1-1 draw sent them to the Segunda.

Javi Guerra has recorded seven of Valladolid's last 11 league goals.

Valladolid have not won two straight La Liga games in Pucela since January of last year.

Betis have only taken 10 points from 17 games this season; the last team to have this points haul at this stage was Real Zaragoza in 2011/12, and they survived relegation.

Javi Guerra has scored more headed goals than any other player in the top five European leagues this season (five).

Betis have conceded a league-high 12 headed goals this term, while Valladolid have netted a league-high nine.

The Green-and-Whites have lost both league games with Juan Carlos Garrido at the helm so far.


Valencia v Levante

Valencia are without a win in three league derbies with Levante (D2 L1), their worst ever run against their neighbours in the top-flight.

Levante have drawn each of their last four league visits to the Mestalla but have never won there in the top-flight (D4 L4).

Jonas Goncalves, Valencia's top scorer this season with eight, has scored in the last two derbies against Levante at the Mestalla.

Valencia have lost both league derbies this season (4-1 against Villarreal and 2-1 against Elche), while Levante won their last one (2-1 against Elche).

Valencia have only won one of their last five league games in the Mestalla (D1 L3), but that was their biggest win of the season (3-0 v Osasuna).

Joaquin Caparros is unbeaten in three La Liga meetings with Valencia (W1 D2), with all three coming at last club Mallorca.

Levante have won four points with goals scored after the 89th minute this season; a league-high figure.

Valencia have confirmed Pizzi as their new manager; the last time Valencia had fewer points after 17 games of a La Liga season was way back in 1997/98 (18).

Juan Antonio Pizzi will hope to be the first La Liga manager of the season to take over following the sacking of another manager and win his first game (Javi Garcia and Garrido both lost).


Rayo Vallecano v Villarreal

Rayo have only won one of their eight meetings with Villarreal in the Primera (D2 L5), and that was the first ever meeting (1-5 in 2000).

Villarreal have played more away games at Vallecas without a defeat than at any other away venue in their La Liga history (W3 D1).

Villarreal are the only side that Rayo have played in La Liga since their most recent promotion and not managed a single goal.

Los Franjirrojos have lost four straight league games in Vallecas; their worst ever top-flight run of home defeats.

Villarreal are without a win in three league games (D1 L2); their worst run of the campaign.

Villarreal have earned a joint-league-high 12 points from losing positions in this season (with Barcelona).

Alberto Bueno has scored Rayo's last three league goals; with the last two both assisted by Jonathan Viera.

Of all the keepers to have played all 17 league games this season, only Thibaut Courtois (11) has conceded fewer goals than Sergio Asenjo (18).

Rayo have scored just 19% of their goals in the first-half this season, a league-low proportion.


Sevilla v Getafe

Sevilla have only won two of their least nine meetings with Getafe in the Primera (D1 L6), though these were in their last two clashes in Nervion.

The Blues managed a 0-0 draw on their first ever top-flight trip to the Sanchez Pizjuan (0-0 in 2005); in a game that was also their first of a calendar year and also on the 18th matchday.

Three of the four top-flight draws between Sevilla and Getafe have ended goalless.

Against no side have Getafe won more games in their top-flight history than they have against Sevilla (eight, level with Osasuna).

Sevilla have won four of their last five league games, though they did draw their last game at the Pizjuan (1-1 v Athletic).

Getafe have lost their last two away league games without scoring a single goal (eight conceded).

Carlos Bacca has scored in four of Sevilla's last five league games (four goals).

Pedro Leon has directly participated in four of Getafe's last five league goals (two goals and two assists).

Ivan Rakitic has assisted more headed goals than any other player in La Liga this season (four).


Barcelona v Elche

Barcelona have won their last five home league meetings with Elche, keeping a clean sheet in their last two.

Elche have never won at the Camp Nou in La Liga but have drawn seven of their 19 trips there, the last of those coming back in 1975 (0-0).

The Catalan giants have won 23 consecutive home league games; their best run on home soil since the 39 logged between 1958 and 1960.

Elche have lost their last three league games; their worst run of the season.

Barcelona heve not lost their first home league game of a calendar year since 1998, when they were defeated by another side from the Comunitat Valenciana (3-4 v Valencia).

If they win their next two games, Tata Martino's Barcelona will equal the points haul achieved by Pep Guardiola's Barcelona side from the first half of the season in 2010/11 (52 points). They set the La Liga record last season taking 55 points from their first 19 games.

Pedro Rodriguez has equalled Lionel Messi as Barcelona's top scorer in all competitions this season (14 goals).

Cesc Fabregas has made more assists than any other La Liga player this season (nine) and is already one ahead of his tally in his first season in Europe.

Tata Martino's side have conceded a league-high proportion of goals from set pieces this season (50%).


Osasuna v Espanyol

After four consecutive home victories over Espanyol, Osasuna lost this fixture last season (0-2).

That victory was only the second achieved by Javier Aguirre against his former side in six trips to Pamplona as an away manager (D2 L2).

Osasuna have only won one of their last five league games at El Sadar (D2 L2), though they did draw against Barcelona and Real Madrid in this run.

Espanyol have only lost one of their last four league games (W2 D1) but have not won two consecutive games since September 2013.

Los Periquitos are unbeaten in two away league games; they have not gone three on the spin without defeat on the road since April.

Oriol Riera has already scored seven league goals this season; he is only two short of Osasuna's 2012/13 top scorer Kike Sola, who bagged nine.

With seven goals, Sergio Garcia needs just one more goal to achieve his best ever La Liga haul since moving to Espanyol.

Osasuna are the only La Liga team yet to concede a single goal in the first 15 minutes of a game this season.

Only Diego Costa (15 points with 19 goals) has won more points with his goals than Oriol Riera (12 with seven goals) in La Liga this season.


Real Sociedad v Athletic

Real Sociedad have won two consecutive derbies with Athletic in the league; they have not won three in a row since 1981.

The Red-and-Whites have only lost two of their last five league trips to the Anoeta, however (W2 D1).

Athletic have already played a game at the Anoeta in La Liga this season, but they did so as the home side (2-0 v Osasuna back on matchday two).

The Lions have scored on 11 of their last 13 visits to San Sebastian in the Primera (an average of 1.5 goals per game), although they have failed to score in two of their last three.

With two goals apiece, Antonie Griezmann and Carlos Vela scored in both meetings with Bilbao last season.

Ernesto Valverde has only lost one of his four Basque derbies as a La Liga manager (W2 D1).

Antonie Griezmann has scored 11 league goals this season, his best ever top-flight goals haul.

Mikel San José has scored more goals than any other defender in La Liga this season (four).

Athletic have only conceded one goal in the final 15 minutes of a game all season; a league-low.

Athletic have not recorded more points after 17 games of a La Liga season than they have this campaign since 1955/56, while Real Sociedad last enjoyed a better start in 2003/04.


Real Madrid v Celta Vigo

Real Madrid have only won two of their last six home meetings with Celta Vigo in La Liga (D2 L2).

Only Barcelona (four) have won more often as an away side at the Bernabeu than Celta (two) over the last 10 seasons.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored seven goals in four meetings with Celta Vigo in all competitions last season (three in the league, four in the Copa del Rey).

Celta have not drawn at the Bernabeu in La Liga since 2003 (1-1), the last season that Celta manager Luis Enrique scored in a Clasico (1-1 in Madrid).

Real Madrid have won their last five league games played on King's Day; they have not lost on this day since 1985 against Sporting (0-0 in the Bernabeu).

Cristiano Ronaldo scored 38 goals in 2013, at least nine more than any other player in the top five European leagues (Luis Suarez, 29).

Real Madrid have scored more goals from outside the area than any other team in La Liga this season (nine).

Celta are one of only three sides yet to conceded a goal from the penalty spot this season, while Real have scored a joint-high five.

60% of the chances Gareth Bale has created this season have been scored (six of 10); the highest proportion of any player to make three or more assists in the top five European leagues.

Only Athletic (15) have claimed more points than Real Madrid (11) from losing positions this season.


Almeria v Granada

This will be the first ever meeting between these two sides in La Liga, as well as the first ever top-flight meeting between sides from these two Andalusian cities.

Both Almeria and Granada have only won one of their three Andalusian derbies in La Liga this season; Almeria beat Betis 1-0, while Granada defeated Malaga 3-1.

Almeria have the opportunity to win consecutive derbies for the first time since 2009/10.

Almeria have only scored one goal in their last five home league games combined (Rodri in a 1-0 victory over Valladolid).

Granada have won three of their last four away league games, losing only in the Camp Nou against Barcelona (0-4).

Only bottom side Betis (six) have scored fewer home goals than Almeria in La Liga this season (seven).

Granada have won four away league games this season, only one fewer than they managed in the entire 2012/13 campaign (five).

Rodri has gone four league games without a goal, his worst run of the season.

Yacine Brahimi has participated in five of Granada's last six league goals (one goal, four assists).


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