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Jonathan Cordingley 8th Jan 2014 - 19:23

La Liga Opta Facts | 10-13 January

Granada v Valladolid

  • Granada have only won two of their last eight meetings with Valladolid in the Primera (D2 L4), though both came on home soil (3-0 in 1960, 4-0 in 1957).
  • Real Valladolid have only conceded one goal in their last four top-flight meetings with Granada combined (El-Arabi's goal in a 1-1 draw in this fixture last year).
  • If only home games counted this season, Granada would only have mustered six points and would find themselves in the relegation zone.
  • Valladolid have conceded eight goals in their last two away league games, only two fewer than in their first seven away games of the campaign combined (10).
  • Brahimi has participated in Granada's last four home league goals (one goal, three assists).
  • Granada have conceded six penalties already this season, the most in the league and the same number they conceded in the last two campaigns combined.
  • Valladolid have scored a league-high nine headed goals, Granada have only netted one in this way, a joint-league-low with Atletico.
  • JIM's side have the highest tackle success rate in La Liga this season (82%).
  • Orestis Karnezis conceded three goals last weekend on his La Liga debut; he also conceded twice on his debut at Los Carmenes (0-2 v Alcorcon in the Copa del Rey).

Athletic v Almeria

  • Athletic have won their last four league meetings with Almeria, scoring an average of three goals per game in these victories.
  • The last time the Lions won a league game having been reduced to nine men was against Almeria back in 2010 (1-0).
  • Ernesto Valverde has never beaten Almeria in three games against them as a La Liga manager (D1 L2).
  • Mikel Rico is currently the top scorer for Athletic at the new San Mames (four goals).
  • If they win this game, Athletic will end the first half of the season with as many home wins as they managed in the whole of last season (eight).
  • Almeria have kept three successive league clean sheets, their second best ever run without conceding in the top-flight (six in 2007/08).
  • Ernesto Valverde's side have gained a league-high 15 points from losing positions this season. Francisco's side have lost the most from winning positions (12).
  • Only Alvaro Negredo in 2008/09 (four) has scored more penalties for Almeria in a single La Liga season than Verza has this term (three).
  • Gaizka Toquero has had more shots without scoring than any other La Liga striker this term (12).

Celta Vigo v Valencia

  • Celta Vigo have won just one and lost six of their last seven La Liga meetings with Valencia (3-2 in 2006).
  • Los Che have won three of their last four league trips to the Balaidos (L1), keeping a clean sheet in each victory.
  • Luis Enrique's side have scored four goals across their last two home league games; one more than they had managed in the seven previous games combined.
  • Valecnia have scored at least once in each of their last nine meetings with the Galician side; only once before have they managed a longer run (13 between 1943 and 1950).
  • Juan Antonio Pizzi could become the first Valencia manager to win his opening two league games at the club since Ronald Koeman in 2007.
  • Only Almeria (13) have lost more points thanks to goals conceded in the second-half this season than Celta Vigo (12).
  • Pablo Piatti has scored more goals over the past two games (two) than he managed in the whole of last season (one).
  • Luis Enrique's side have earned 16 points this season, two fewer than they managed in the first half of games last season under Paco Herrera.

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona

  • Atletico Madrid have lost six successive Premier League games against Barcelona in La Liga, their worst ever run against the Catalan giants.
  • However, the Red-and-Whites remained unbeaten in each of their two clashes with Barcelona in the Supercopa this season (1-1 at home, 0-0 in the Camp Nou).
  • Barcelona have won their last three trips to the Calderon in La Liga by the same scoreline: 2-1.
  • The Red-and-Whites have won all nine home league games this season, with Diego Costa scoring in all nine of them (13 in total).
  • Lionel Messi, who recently returned from injury, has scored more goals against Atletico than any other side in La Liga (17 goals in 14 games).
  • David Villa has scored five times in 10 appearances against Barcelona, though his last goal against his former side came with Valencia back in 2006.
  • Barcelona have scored a league-high seven goals on the counter attack this season; Atleti are joint-second with Real Madrid on six.
  • Barcelona have only lost three of the 138 league games in which Lionel Messi has scored; the first of these was in the Calderon (4-3 in 2009).
  • Only against Real Madrid (29) has Victor Valdes conceded more league goals than against Atletico (27).
  • If they win this game, Atletico will end the first half of the season top of the table with 52 points, four more than in 1995/96, the last time they achieved this (in a 22 team season).
  • Neymar, the only Barcelona player to score in every competition they have entered this season, scored his first goal for the club at the Calderon in the Supercopa.
  • If Barcelona win this game, Tata Martino will equal the best points haul achieved by Pep Guardiola in the first half of a season (52 in 2010/11).
  • Atletico are the only La Liga side yet to score from outside the area this season; only Real Madrid (nine) have scored more than Barcelona (seven).
  • Diego Costa has scored the first goal of the game a league-high six times this season; Alexis Sanchez and Neymar (both four) have grabbed it most often for Barca.
  • Barcelona average a higher goals per game figure than any other team in the top five European leagues this term (2.9); Atletico have conceded the fewest shots on target (42).

Elche v Sevilla

  • Elche are without a win in three top-flight home meetings with Sevilla (D1 L2); their last victory coming way back in January 1977 (3-0).
  • Overall, Sevilla are unbeaten in six La Liga meetings with Elche; their best ever top-flight run against los Ilicitanos.
  • Fran Escriba's side have lost four of their last five league games in the Martinez Valero (W1), failing to score in all four of these games.
  • Sevilla have the opportunity to win four consecutive away games in a single top-flight season for the first time in their history.
  • Carlos Bacca has scored in his last five away league games.
  • Former Sevilla player Alberto Botia has received more yellow cards than any other player in the top five European leagues this season (10).
  • Carlos Bacca has participated in seven of Sevilla's last eight league goals (three goals, four assists).
  • Sevilla have the best crossing accuracy percentage in La Liga this term (31%), while Elche have the worst record (18%).
  • Unai Emery's side have been shown more cards than any other team in La Liga this season (59 yellows, three reds); Fran Escriba's side are second in this category (57 yellows, three reds).

Getafe v Rayo Vallecano

  • Getafe have lost all four top-flight derbies against Rayo Vallecano.
  • The Blues are without a win in seven Madrid derbies (D1 L6), their worst ever top-flight run against fellow capital-based sides.
  • If they win this game, Rayo will have won more games against Getafe than against any other side since their most recent promotion to La Liga (currently four).
  • Pedro Leon has participated in 54% of Getafe's league goals in the Coliseum this season (four goals, three assists).
  • Getafe have lost their last three league games; they have lost four in a row since their longest ever run of defeats under Luis Garcia (four last season).
  • Rayo have picked up more points away from home (seven) than they have mustered on home soil this term (six).
  • Getafe have scored a league-high 25% of their goals in the first 15 minutes of games this season, whilst Rayo are one of only two teams (with Granada) yet to score in this period.
  • Rayo substitutes have scored more goals than those of any other La Liga side this campaign (eight); Getafe's replacements have mustered just one - a joint-low.
  • Jonathan Viera has recorded a higher percentage of his team's assists than any other player in the Primera Division this term (28%).

Betis v Osasuna

  • Betis have only lost one of their last seven top-flight meetings with Osasuna (W4 D2) and that was in Pamplona (2-1 in 2011).
  • Ruben Castro has scored in three of Real Betis's last four league meetings with the Reds (three goals).
  • Osasuna recorded their best ever La Liga away win against Real Betis back in 2007 (5-0).
  • The Green-and-Whites are still waiting for their first victory with Juan Carlos Garrido at the helm (D1 L2 so far).
  • Osasuna are unbeaten in three league games (W1 D2); their best run without defeat under Javi Gracia.
  • Betis have recorded a league-high four goalless draws this season.
  • Los Verdiblancos y los Rojillos are the only two teams in La Liga this term yet to claim a single point having conceded the first goal of the game.
  • Ruben Castro is still waiting for his first goal since returning from injury (387 minutes played); his last goal came way back on matchday two against Celta Vigo.
  • Osasuna have received a joint-high six red cards already this season (with Rayo Vallecano).

Espanyol v Real Madrid

  • Espanyol are unbeaten in two league meetings with Real Madrid (D2), their best run against them since 1998.
  • Real Madrid are unbeaten in all four meetings with los Pericos at Cornella-El Part, winning three and drawing one of those games.
  • Despite that, Cristiano Ronaldo has only scored one goal in four games at Cornella-El Prat, his worst goals per game ratio at any ground where he has found the net at least once.
  • Javier Aguirre has not won any of his nine home games against Real Madrid as a La Liga manager (D3 L6).
  • Excluding the Bernabeu, at no ground has Cristiano Ronaldo provided more assists in La Liga than he has at Cornella-El Prat (three).
  • Espanyol have the opportunity to win successive home league games for the first time this season.
  • Real Madrid have not lost a league game since their most recent trip to Barcelona (2-1 in the Nou Camp last October).
  • After only 11 games, Gareth Bale has already recorded seven assists in La Liga. He is only one short of equalling David Beckham's return in his first La Liga campaign (eight in 32 games).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in three of Real Madrid's last four away league games (four goals), with the Whites winning all three of those games.
  • Of all players to have recorded at least three assists in La Liga this season, Jese Rodriguez has the lowest minutes/assist ratio (one every 53 minutes).

Levante v Malaga

  • Levante have only won two of their eight previous Primera clashes with Malaga (L6), scoring exactly three goals in each victory.
  • Malaga have now won a penalty in La Liga since their last trip to the Ciutat de Valencia in a game in which Isco bagged a brace (2-1 in January 2013).
  • Levante have conceded one goal more on home soil (nine) than they have scored themselves (eight) this season.
  • The side from the Costa del Sol have scored exactly once in each of their last three away league games.
  • Joaquin Caparros has only won three of his 19 meetings with Malaga as a La Liga manager (D8 L8).
  • Bernd Schuster is unbeaten as a La Liga manager against Levante, the first team he managed in the competition (two wins with Real Madrid, two draws with Getafe).
  • Levante have completed just 203 passes per game on average this season, the lowest figure in La Liga (they were also bottom of this category last season).
  • Willy Caballero has kept the same number of clean sheets as Keylor Navas this season (six), with both keepers making an almost identical number of saves (70 for the Argentinean, 69 for the Costa Rican).
  • David Barral has scored three of Levante's last five league goals, with the last two coming on home soil with his head.

Villarreal v Real Sociedad

  • Villarreal have only recorded three victories in their last 10 home La Liga meetings with Real Sociedad (D4 L3).
  • The Basque side have scored exactly once in each of their last five top-flight meetings with the Yellow Submarine.
  • Antonie Griezmann could become the first player to score in six successive away games in La Liga this season.
  • Carlos Vela scored his first ever right-footed goal for Real Sociedad in La Liga in the last meeting between these sides (1-1 in April 2012).
  • Real Sociedad have won five consecutive league games; they have not won six in a row in the top-flight since 87/88.
  • With his goal in the derby last weekend, Antoine Griezmann overtook Xabi Prieto as Real Sociedad's current top La Liga scorer (36).
  • Ikechukwu Uchehas scored nine league goals this season; his best ever La Liga goal haul.
  • Real Sociedad have committed just 192 fouls this season, a league-low, and are one of only four teams yet to be shown a red card.
  • If they win this game, Villarreal will have recorded the best first-half points tally of any newly-promoted side since the three points for a win rule was introduced (34 points).

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