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Stuart Dalgleish 8th May 2014 - 13:44

La Liga Opta Facts | 10 - 11 May


Villarreal v Rayo Vallecano

  • Villarreal have won their last four top-flight meetings with Rayo Vallecano, scoring 11 and conceding just three.
  • Rayo Vallecano's biggest ever La Liga away win came at El Madrigal back in 2000 (5-1).
  • Villarreal won the reverse fixture against Rayo 5-2 this season; scoring five times in an away game for only the second time in their top-flight history (5-1 v Las Palmas in 2000).
  • The Yellow Submarine have scored in all nine previous La Liga meetings with Rayo (18 goals).
  • Ikechukwu Uche became only the third player in Villarreal's La Liga history (after Forlan and Riquelme) to score a hat-trick, when he netted three times against Rayo earlier this term.
  • Villarreal are guaranteed to finish in the highest position of any newly promoted side in La Liga since Celta Vigo finished sixth in 2005/06.
  • Paco Jemez's side have the second-highest average possession figure in La Liga (59.22%); something they also finished with last term (58.13%).
  • Marcelino's side have lost a league-high 11 points from winning positions on home soil this term.
  • Jeremy Perbet is Villarreal's top scorer in the second round of fixtures this season (five); he has scored half as many goals as Rayo's top scorer in this period (Larrivey, 10).




Levante v Valencia

  • Levante have only won one of their last nine top-flight meetings with Valencia (D4 L4), though that was the most recent one at the Ciutat de Valencia (1-0 in 2012).
  • Juan Antonio Pizzi made his debut as Valencia manager in the reverse meeting with Levante, winning 2-0.
  • Los Che have won 31.6% of their league games under Pizzi; a worse record than they managed under predecessor Miroslav Djukic (37.5%).
  • If they win their two remaining games, Levante will finish above Valencia for the first time ever in a La Liga season.
  • Los Granotas have claimed fewer points from Valencian derbies than any other side this season (four).
  • Valencia have lost a league-high 22 points from leading positions this campaign.
  • Levante have the opportunity to win two consecutive La Liga games for the first time since October.
  • Los Che have won just two of their last 11 league games (D5 L4), though both of these were in derby matches (2-0 v Villarreal and 2-1 v Elche).
  • Paco Alcacer is Valencia's top scorer in all competitions with 14 goals this season; not even half the total that Roberto Soldado managed last term (30).




Athletic v Real Sociedad

  • If they win their respective qualifiers, Athletic and Real Sociedad will both play in Europe next term for only the fourth season (82/83, 88/89, 98/99).
  • The side from Bilbao have lost their last three league derbies against Real Sociedad.
  • On home soil, Athletic have only lost one of their last nine in the league against the side from Donostia (W7 D1), but that was last season (1-3).
  • Ernesto Valverde's side have lost just two of their 18 home league games this season (W13 D3), scoring in all of them.
  • The last time these sides met on week 37 of the season, Real Sociedad won 3-1 away from home (2001).
  • Arrasate's side are unbeaten in three away league games (W1 D2); their best away run of the season.
  • Ander Herrera has scored in his last two league outings; he has never scored in three in a row in La Liga.
  • Carlos Vela has participated in six of Real Sociedad's last eight league goals (four goals, two assists).
  • Only Real Madrid (165) and Barcelona (144) have had more shots on target at home than Athletic this season (113).




Atletico Madrid v Malaga

  • Atletico Madrid have only lost one of their last seven league meetings with Malaga (W4 D2), though that did come in the Calderon (0-3 in 2011).
  • Malaga have scored more goals (seven) than Atletico (four) over the last four league meetings between these sides at the Vicente Calderon.
  • Bernd Schuster has won three and lost just one of his five league games at the Vicente Calderon as a manager (D1).
  • Atletico have won their last four home league games without conceding a single goal, scoring a header in each of the last three.
  • Malaga have won three of their last five away league games, though they have lost the last two without scoring.
  • Los Rojiblancos need four points from their last two league games to secure their tenth La Liga title.
  • Atleti have won all 22 league games in which Diego Costa has scored this term (27 goals).
  • Of the nine players to play 150 games or more for Malaga in La Liga since they reformed, Eliseu has the best win rate (40%).
  • David Villa has scored in five of his last seven league games against Malaga (seven goals).
  • Koke, who scored the winner at La Rosaleda this season, has netted six times in the league this term; the same total as Malaga's top scorer (Roque Santa Cruz).
  • Thibaut Courtois has the opportunity to become the first goalkeeper to record 21 clean sheets in a single La Liga season since 1998/99 (currently 20).




Betis v Valladolid

  • Betis have only lost one of their last 11 home La Liga games against Valladolid (W6 D4), 0-1 in 1999.
  • Valladolid have, however, managed a draw on each of their last three top-flight trips to Seville to face Real Betis.
  • Valladolid have failed to score in their last three La Liga games against Betis; their last goal, scored by Marcos Aguirre, relegated Real Betis to the Segunda on the final day of 2008/09 (1-1).
  • If they lose this game, Betis will equal their record run of seven consecutive La Liga defeats, set in 84/85.
  • Juan Ignacio Martinez's side have only won once away all season; a joint-league-low with Real Betis themselves.
  • Betis have scored just 31 league goals this season; their lowest overall tally in a 38-game La Liga season is 33 (1999/00).
  • Javi Guerra has scored seven away league goals this season; the most by a Valladolid player in La Liga since Henok Goitom in 2008/09 (eight).
  • Valladolid have scored 37% of their goals with headers this season; a league-high proportion.
  • Betis, meanwhile, have conceded a league-high 19 headed goals.




Celta Vigo v Real Madrid

  • Celta Vigo have only won two of their last 13 league meetings with Real Madrid, and both of those came at the Bernabeu (D2 L9).
  • The Whites have won their last six trips to the Balaidos in La liga, their best ever away run against Celta.
  • Indeed Real Madrid's last three away league games against Vigo have all ended in 2-1 wins, with the Whites scoring a penalty in each of the last two.
  • If they win this game, Real Madrid will have won seven consecutive away games against a side from Galicia for the first time in their history.
  • Luis Enrique won his last Clasico as a Barcelona player after coming off the bench in 2004 (2-1).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has reached 50 goals for the fourth consecutive season in all competitions; Lionel Messi has only reached this milestone three times.
  • Celta Vigo would be just one point above the relegation zone on 22 points if only home games counted this season.
  • Nolito has now scored 14 goals in La Liga this season; the same total that Savo Milosevic managed in his only season with the club (14 in 03/04).
  • Karim Benzema has not scored an away league goal since he netted at the Vicente Calderon in March.
  • Diego Lopez has kept 16 clean sheets this season; the most of any Real Madrid goalkeeper within a single campaign since 1998/99.




Elche v Barcelona

  • Elche have won six and lost six of their last 14 home league games against Barcelona, drawing the other two.
  • Elche's last three league victories over Barca have all ended 1-0, with the most recent one coming back in 1974.
  • Barcelona have kept five consecutive clean sheets against Elche, last conceding in a 5-1 win in 1978.
  • Fran Escriba's side are unbeaten in nine home league games (W4 D5), keeping seven clean sheets in the process.
  • Barcelona have earned a league-high 13 points from losing positions on the road this term.
  • Barca have lost three of their last six away league games, with the last two of those defeats coming against relegation threatened sides (1-0 v Valladolid and Granada).
  • Barcelona have scored 99 league goals this season; Lionel Messi scored their 100th last term at the old San Mames.
  • Alexis Sanchez, who scored a hat-trick in the reverse fixture with Elche, ended his longest goal drought of the season last week (seven games).
  • Elche could become the 31st side that Lionel Messi has scored against in La Liga; Xerez, Cadiz and Murcia are the only three sides he has faced without scoring.
  • Elche have scored three goals from outside the area all season; but have won all three games these goals have been netted in.




Espanyol v Osasuna

  • Espanyol have lost five of their last six league games against Osasuna (W1).
  • Indeed, the Catalans come into this game having lost consecutive home league games against Osasuna for the first time in their top-flight history.
  • Los Pericos have lost their last three league games; they have not lost four in a row since May 2012.
  • The Navarran side have only won one of their last 11 league game (D3 L7).
  • The Reds have scored just 11 away goals this season; a league-low.
  • Only Real Betis (zero) have taken fewer points from their last six league games than Espanyol (one of 18).
  • Osasuna have gained just two points with goals scored in the final 30 minutes this term; a league-low.
  • Javier Aguirre has won just one of his last seven meetings with Osasuna as a top-flight manager (D2 L4).
  • Stuani has participated in three of Espanyol's last four league goals (two goals, one assist).
  • With his 12 league goals this term, Oriol Riera has earned his side nine points.




Getafe v Sevilla

  • Sevilla need to better Real Sociedad's result this weekend to guarantee themselves fifth place and direct qualification to the Europa League.
  • If Getafe avoid defeat in this game (W1 D2), they will equal their longest unbeaten run of the campaign (four).
  • Sevilla have gone two league games without a win (D1 L1) for the first time since February, when they ended their winless run with a victory in Madrid (at Rayo).
  • Sevilla have only won one of their nine away games against Getafe in La Liga (D3) in a game in which Tom de Mul scored his only La Liga goal (2-0).
  • If they win this game, Getafe will have beaten Sevilla more often than any other team at the Coliseum in their La Liga history (currently five).
  • The last time Sevilla conceded exactly five goals in a league game was against Getafe in south Madrid in April 2012 (5-1).
  • Angel Lafita and Ivan Rakitic are two of only three players to have scored an away goal at both the Nou Camp and Bernabeu this season (Dani Parejo).
  • Kevin Gameiro has scored Sevilla's last three away league goals.
  • Sevilla have scored a joint-league-high 24 goals from set pieces this term.
  • Unai Emery made his debut as Sevilla manager in a 1-1 draw at Getafe last season; his only draw in 12 La Liga clashes with them as a manager.




Granada v Almeria

  • Almeria won the only previous La Liga meeting between these sides 3-0 (earlier this season).
  • That 3-0 victory in the Juegos del Mediterraneo is still Almeria's biggest victory of the campaign.
  • Granada have lost five and won just one of their last seven league games (D1), though that win was against Barcelona.
  • Almeria have the opportunity to equal their longest run of consecutive league wins this season (three in November).
  • Los Granadinos have lost three of their four away Andalusian derbies this term (D1), scoring just one goal in total across these games.
  • Oscar Diaz is Almeria's joint-top scorer over the second round of fixtures with four league goals (level with Verza).
  • Granada's African players have scored 18 goals this season; more than any other side in La Liga.
  • Almeria have already conceded more goals this term than in any previous top-flight campaign (since reforming): 71.
  • Granada have picked up 38 points this season; one more than 17th place Celta Vigo managed in the entire 2012/13 campaign.




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