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Stuart Dalgleish 12th Dec 2013 - 14:14

La Liga Opta Facts | 13-16 December

Levante v Elche

  • Levante have scored exactly two goals in each of their last three meetings with Elche in the Primera but have only won one of those games (D1 L1).
  • The first ever top-flight meeting between these sides dates back to 1963 and ended in a 1-0 defeat for los Granotas.
  • After their 2-1 victory over Valencia, Elche have the opportunity to win two consecutive top-flight derbies for the first time since 1973.
  • Levante have lost four successive league games; they have not lost five in a row since January 2011.
  • If they avoid defeat at the Ciutat de Valencia, los Franjiverdes will equal their best ever top-flight run without an away loss (five games in 1968).
  • Nabil El Zhar (three goals) and Baba Diawara (also three goals) have scored all six of Levante's home league goals this season between them.
  • Joaquin Caparros's side have scored just one headed goal all season; a league-low.
  • Alberto Botia has received a league-high of eight yellow cards already this term.
  • Levante have lost more points thanks to goals conceded in the 89th minute or later than any other La Liga side this term (four).


Osasuna v Real Madrid

  • Osasuna have only lost one of their last five home league meetings with Real Madrid (W2 D2); 5-1 in 2012.
  • Real Madrid's last three La Liga victories in Pamplona coincide with their last three title wins: 11/12 with Mourinho, 07/08 with Schuster and 06/07 with Capello.
  • Real Madrid have not played out a goalless draw in La Liga since January of this year, when they drew 0-0 away at Osasuna.
  • Osasuna have not lost consecutive home league games since Javier Gracia took charge.
  • Real Madrid have the opportunity to win three consecutive away league games for the first time under Carlo Ancelotti.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, if passed fit, will play his 150th league game for Real Madrid (163 goals against 27 different sides).
  • Osasuna have scored a league-low of just 11 goals this season; Real Madrid have banged in a league-high 44.
  • Since the defeat at the Camp Nou at the end of October, Gareth Bale has participated in more La Liga goals than any other player (six goals, six assists).
  • Karim Benzema has scored in five consecutive La Liga games (six goals); his best ever run with Real Madrid.
  • Real Madrid made 746 passes last weekend; their second best passing total since Opta began full collection in 2005/06.


Rayo Vallecano v Granada

  • Rayo Vallecano have won three of their four previous La Liga meetings with Granada, losing only the most recent one (2-0 away from home).
  • Rayo have won both previous home meetings with Granada in the top-flight by a scoreline of 1-0, with both goals coming in added time (Tamudo and Trashorras).
  • Paco Jemez's side have only won one of their four meetings with Andalusian sides this season (D1 L2).
  • Rayo have lost three consecutive home league games; they have never lost four in a row in their top-flight history.
  • Granada have taken 17 points from 15 games so far this season; their best return at this stage since promotion back to La Liga.
  • Alberto Bueno is one of only two players (with Carlos Bacca) to have scored two goals in a La Liga game this season having come off the substitute's bench.
  • Paco Jemez's side have conceded a league-high six goals to opposition substitutes this season; however Lucas Alcaraz has seen his subs net just once all term, a joint-low.
  • Youssef El-Arabi has scored 50% of his team's goals this season (six of 12); the highest proportion in La Liga.
  • Rayo and Granada are two of only four La Liga sides this season yet to score in the first 15 minutes of a game.


Barcelona v Villarreal

  • Barcelona have won their last two league meetings with Villarreal at the Nou Camp; they have never won three in a row against them on home soil.
  • The Yellows have failed to score in their last three league meetings with Barca; the last player to score against the Catalans for them was Nilmark back in 2010.
  • Barcelona won 5-0 in their last home league meeting with Villarreal; their biggest ever victory against the side from Castellon.
  • Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas both scored their first La Liga goal in this 5-0 victory.
  • Barcelona have not lost successive league games since 2009, when Jose Manuel Pinto played in the second game of the run.
  • Barcelona have scored in their last 40 home league games; a La Liga record. The last team to prevent them from scoring was Sevilla in October 2011, when Marcelino Garcia Toral was in charge.
  • However, Marcelino has not won any of his six La Liga clashes with Barcelona as a manager (D2 L4).
  • Villarreal have won two consecutive league games away from El Madrigal; they have not won three in a row in the Primera since March 2008.
  • Cesc Fabregas and Gareth Bale have both participated in 13 league goals this season; a joint-high for midfielders.
  • Bruno Soriano has scored in the last two La Liga gameweeks; the first time he has ever scored in consecutive games in the Primera.
  • Of the 10 players to have made the most passes in La Liga this season, Sergio Busquets has the best pass completion rate (93.15%).


Malaga v Getafe

  • Malaga have won four and drawn one of their last five league meetings with Getafe at La Rosaleda.
  • The side from the south coast have only won one of their last nine league games (D3 L5).
  • Only in 2009/10 (24) have Getafe earned more points after 15 games of a La Liga season than they have now (23).
  • Getafe have not drawn an away league game this season (W3 L4), while Malaga have not shared the spoils on home soil (W3 L4).
  • Getafe have only won one of their seven previous La Liga trips to La Rosaleda (D2 L4), and the manager that oversaw that victory was current Malaga boss Bernd Schuster (2-1 in 2006).
  • Only against Zaragoza (seven) have Getafe been shown more red cards than they have against Malaga in their top-flight history (six).
  • Francisco Portillo has committed more fouls than any other player yet to be shown a yellow card in La Liga this season (20).
  • Players from eight different nationalities have found the net for Malaga this season; a La Liga-high spread.
  • Before his recent goal against Villarreal, Weligton (who has scored 66% of his La Liga goals with his head) had not scored in the league since Malaga's last duel with Getafe last season.


Almeria v Espanyol

  • Almeria won their last top-flight meeting with Espanyol, ending a run of five without a victory against los Perequitos in La Liga (D1 L4).
  • In the four previous La Liga meetings between these sides in los Juegos del Mediterraneo, there has never been a draw and both sides have picked up two wins apiece.
  • Only one of Almeria's nine La Liga goals against Espanyol has been scored by a Spaniard, with the last seven all coming from players from overseas.
  • Almeria (237) and Espanyol (255) are both in the top three for fouls conceded in La Liga this season.
  • Almeria have only scored one goal in their last four home league games this season (L3), but this earned them their most recent victory (1-0 v Valladolid).
  • Espanyol have only won one of their last six league games (D1 L4), but it did come in their most recent away game (4-1 in Vallecas).
  • Suso has provided 29% of Almeria's assists this season; a league-high proportion.
  • Sidnei has averaged 4.17 interceptions per game this season, the highest rate in La Liga.
  • Javier Aguirre has never tasted defeat against Almeria as a La Liga manager (W2 D3), although he has drawn all three previous away games against them.


Real Sociedad v Betis

  • Betis have not won any of their last 11 away league games (D2 L9); they have not gone 12 without a win on the road since 2000.
  • If they win this game, Real Sociedad will have won three consecutive La Liga games for the first time since November 2010.
  • The last four top-flight meetings between these sides in Donostia have all ended in draws.
  • Real Sociedad's last seven league goals against Real Betis have all arrived after the half-time interval.
  • Carlos Vela, who scored four goals in his last La Liga appearance, has been on the scoresheet on the last three occasions that Real Sociedad have netted against Betis.
  • Antoine Griezmann has scored more goals than any other midfielder in the top five European leagues this season (nine).
  • Ion Ansotegi has played more minutes than any other outfield player who has yet to commit a foul in La Liga this season (456).
  • Jordi Figueras (10.91) and Antonio Amaya (10.22) are the two players to average the most clearances per 90 minutes in La Liga this term.
  • Juan Carlos Garrido's one previous trip to Real Sociedad as a La Liga manager ended in a 1-0 defeat.


Sevilla v Athletic

  • Athletic have only won one of their last 16 trips to the Sanchez Pizjuan in La Liga (D6 L9); 1-2 in November 2011.
  • However with victory in the last meeting between the sides, Sevilla ended a run of four consecutive league defeats against Bilbao.
  • Unai Emery is enjoying his best ever run of league victories as Sevilla manager (three). The Andalusian side have not won four in a row since 2009 (five).
  • Athletic have taken 29 points from 15 games this season; their best record at this stage since 82/83 (32, assuming three points for a win), when they won the league.
  • Carlos Bacca has scored exactly once in each of the last three La Liga gameweeks, while Iker Muniain has done so in the last two.
  • Sevilla have not won any of their five league games without Ivan Rakitic over the last two seasons (D1 L4).
  • Bilbao have earned a league-high 14 points from games in which they have conceded the first goal this term.
  • Sevilla have been reduced to 10 men in three of their last four home league meetings with Athletic Bilbao.
  • Unai Emery has won all four previous clashes with Ernesto Valverde as a La Liga manager.


Atletico Madrid v Valencia

  • Atletico Madrid are without a win in six league meetings with Valencia (D3 L3), last beating them back in 2010 (4-1).
  • If they fail to win this game, Atleti will equal their worst run of La Liga games without a win against Valencia (seven).
  • Valencia are one of only three teams that Atletico Madrid have faced more than once under Diego Simeone in La Liga and never beaten (Barcelona and Mallorca).
  • Atletico have won all seven home league games this season, averaging a league-high 3.86 goals per game.
  • Valencia are the only La Liga side to have scored in every game this season.
  • Thibaut Courtois has kept three successive clean sheets at the Calderon in La Liga, last conceding against Celta Vigo back in October.
  • David Villa has faced former side Valencia on seven occasions in La Liga (four with Barcelona, three with Zaragoza) but has only scored once (2003 with Zaragoza).
  • Amongst Brazilian players over the top five European leagues since the start of last season, only Diego Costa (25) has scored more goals than Jonas (21).
  • Five of Koke's eight La Liga assists this season have been converted by Diego Costa.


Valladolid v Celta Vigo

  • Valladolid have lost four successive La Liga meetings with Celta Vigo; their worst ever top-flight run against the Galician side.
  • Celta have won their last six trips to the Jose Zorrilla in La Liga, with each of their last three ending 2-0.
  • Indeed, the side from Vigo have won more away games against Valladolid than against any other side in their top-flight history.
  • Valladolid are without a win in five home league games (D3 L2); their worst home run since returning to the top-flight in 2012.
  • Celta have not won consecutive league games since the final two gameweeks of last season, when victories in Pucela and against Espanyol earned them top-flight survival.
  • Valladolid have failed to score in two consecutive league games; they have not drawn three blanks in a row since returning to La Liga.
  • Patrick Ebert has made four assists from set pieces this season; a joint-high with Ivan Rakitic.
  • Of all players to have scored at least five league goals this season, Charles has the worst shot conversion rate (16%).
  • Valladolid have already scored seven headed goals this season; just one fewer than they managed in the entire 2012/13 campaign.
  • Celta have exactly the same number of points now than they had at this stage of last season (15).






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