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Stuart Dalgleish 13th Jan 2016 - 16:24

La Liga Opta Facts - 16-18 January

Sevilla-Málaga

Sevilla have gone three league games without defeat against Malaga (W2 D1), all three with Javi Gracia in charge.

At Sanchez Pizjuan, Sevilla have won just two of their last seven games against Malaga (D3 L2).

Malaga was the last Andalusian side to win away at the Sanchez Pizjuan in La Liga (a 0-2 in December 2012).

Since that game, Sevilla have won eight of their last nine league Andalusian derbies (D1), scoring an average of three goals per game.

Sevilla have won their last eight league games at home but have not won nine or more in a row in a single La Liga season since 1956/1957 (15).

Should Malaga not lose in Seville, they would equal their best unbeaten away run in history (5).

All four Sevilla shots in their last game at home (against Athletic) were on target.

Eight out Kevin Gameiro's nine goals in La Liga this season have come at home.

Duda is the fourth highest free-kick goalscorer in La Liga since the start of the 21st Century (13), but none of them have come in his two seasons playing for Sevilla.

Celta-Levante

Celta have won their last four league games against Levante conceding just once in the process.

Celta's 3-0 win against Levante in their last game at Balaidos was their only victory against Les Granotes in a top-flight game at home (D1 L2).

Levante have won just one of their last 11 away games in La Liga (D2 L8), winning 0-3 against Sporting Gijon at El Molinon.

Celta are in their worst run of defeats (three) since January 2015, failing to score on each occasion.

Referee Carlos del Cerro Grande has shown more yellow cards to Levante players than to any other side in the top-flight (42).

Celta have won more La Liga points in the last 15 minutes than any other sides (9) while Levante have dropped the most points in the same period (5).

Rubi's Levante side have conceded more goals from players who started from the bench in La Liga this season (eight, with seven of them away from home).

Levante have received the most yellow cards in La Liga this season (70).

Iago Aspas scored his first La Liga goal on his return to Celta against Levante.

 

Villarreal-Betis

Villarreal have not defeated Betis in their last four La Liga meetings (D2 L2).

At El Madrigal, the Yellow Submarine have gone La Liga three games without defeat against Betis, their best unbeaten run against the Verdiblancos (W2 D1).

Marcelino has drawn five of his eight games as a manager against Betis in La Liga (W2 L1).

Villarreal have won their last six league games, their best winning run since 2007 (9).

The Verdiblancos have gone six games without a win in La Liga (D2 L4).

Should Real Betis not score at El Madrigal, this would be their worst run without a goal in the top-flight (six games).

Villarreal have equaled their best points haul in the Spanish top-flight after 19 games (39, alongside 2010/11, when they finished in the fourth place).

Cedric Bakambú has scored the joint highest number of braces in La Liga this season (3), equaling Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema.

Villarreal and Troyes are the only sides in the top five European Leagues yet to score a headed goal this season.

Real Sociedad-Deportivo

Real Sociedad are unbeaten in their last five La Liga games against Deportivo (W1 D4), with their last defeat coming in March 2011 (2-1 at Riazor).

At Anoeta, the Basque side have lost once in their last six games against the Galician side (W3 D2), 0-1 in February 2007.

Victor Suarez's side have lost their last two league games but they have not lost three or more in a row since October 2014 (4).

Deportivo arrive having suffered their heaviest La Liga defeat under manager Víctor Sánchez del Amo (0-5 against Real Madrid).

Real Sociedad ended their worst run under Eusebio in La Liga this season without a win by beating Valencia (L2 D2).

Jonathas' brace in his last appearance trebled the number goals he had scored previously in La Liga this season (1).

The Brazilian striker has been involved in four of Sociedad's last six goals in La Liga this season (two goals and two assists).

Lucas Perez has gone three consecutive league games without a goal, his worst run in La Liga this season.

Real Sociedad, alongside Levante, are one of two sides yet to have won a penalty in La Liga this season.

 

Valencia-Rayo Vallecano

Valencia have lost just one of their 16 home games against Rayo Vallecano in the top flight (W13 D2), 0-1 in December 2012.

The Valencian side have drawn six of the last seven league games against Madrid sides (L1).

Valencia have not drawn five league games in a row at home since 1969 (the only time they did so in history), and they have gone four so far.

Should they not win, this would be Valencia's longest run without a win (D5 L3) since 2008 under Ronald Koeman (9).

However, the Che side have gone 21 home league games without a defeat (W13 D8), their best such run since October 1990.

Rayo have gone eight league games in a row without a win (D2 L6), their worst run in a single La Liga season since their last relegation (13, in 2003).

Pablo Hernandez had not scored a Primera Division goal since April 2012 when he netted for Valencia against Rayo Vallecano.

Paco Alcacer has been involved in at least one Valencia goal in their last home games (four goals and three assists).

There have been four red cards in the last four league games between these two sides (three for Valencia and one for Rayo).

Real Madrid-Sporting

Real Madrid have lost just one of their last 13 league games against Sporting (W10 D2), but it came at home (0-2 in April 2011).

The Asturian side have scored just one goal in their last four league visits to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Madrid have lost just one of their last 27 league games at home (W23 D3), 0-4 against Barcelona.

Sporting have lost on each of their last four trips to Madrid in La Liga.

Abelardo Fernandez's side have lost their last four league games conceding two goals in all of those games.

Real Madrid have won their all eight goals when they have scored the first goal at home and Sporting have lost their seven matches away from home when they have conceded.

Zinedine Zidane's side have fired the most shots on target in La Liga this season (152) while Sporting have had the second fewest (62), just behind Espanyol (57).

Against Deportivo, Cristiano Ronaldo provided two assists for the first time in a La Liga game since April against Malaga.

Ronaldo  (4), Gareth Bale (8) and Karim Benzema (6) have scored 18 out Real Madrid's last 19 league goals (Lucas Vazquez scoring the other against Real Sociedad).

Alberto Lora has assisted three Sporting's seven La Liga goals away from home.

Las Palmas-Atlético de Madrid

Las Palmas have lost their last three La Liga games against Atletico Madrid without scoring.

At home, the Canary Islanders have won just once against Atletico in their last six top-flight games (D1 L4).

Las Palmas have gone three games without defeat in La Liga (W1 D2), their best run this season.

Diego Simeone's side have won eight of their last nine league games without conceding in seven of those matches.

Only once previously in their top-flight history have Atletico conceded as few goals (8) after their opening 19 games, when they won then1995/96.

Los Colchoneros have scored the highest number of goals involving players who started on the bench in La Liga this season (17 - 8 goals and 9 assists).

Only Espanyol (91) have attempted fewer shots (including blocks) at home than Las Palmas (104) in La Liga this season.

Quique Setien's side have attempted the fewest number of crosses in La Liga this season (227).

Antoine Griezmann has scored three of his last five Atletico goals away from home in La Liga, all of which came in the second-half of games.

Tana is the only Las Palmas player to have scored in three La Liga games in a row since the 1998/99 season.

 

Getafe-Espanyol

Getafe have won just one of their last nine league games at home against Espanyol (D4 L4), although that victory came in their last encounter (2-1 in February 2015).

Alvaro Vazquez, who netted the winning goal in their last game against Betis, also scored the second goal in that win against Espanyol.

Espanyol have suffered three defeats without scoring a single goal against Madrid-based sides in La Liga - their worst such run since February 2010 (6).

Getafe have gone five league games without a defeat (W2 D3), their best run since May 2014.

Espanyol have lost both their two league games away from home with Constantin Galca in charge.

Espanyol have gone six defeats in a row away from home in La Liga, their worst winless run on the road since 2009/2010 (7).

Alvaro Vazquez has scored at the Coliseum for Espanyol against Getafe and for Getafe against Espanyol in La Liga.

Joan Jordan's goal against Eibar was the first for Espanyol from outside the box in La Liga this season since Salva Sevilla's against Getafe on the opening day.

Marco Asensio has provided more assists away from home in La Liga than any other player this season (4).

Barcelona-Athletic

Barcelona have won their last 11 league games against Athletic at the Camp Nou, their longest winning streak in history.

Barcelona have kept seven clean sheets in their last nine league games.

At the Camp Nou, Luis Enrique's side have scored in each of their last 17 league games, with an average of 3.29 goals per game.

Athletic have alternated between victories and defeats in their last six games away from home in La Liga. They must win to continue the trend.

Ernesto Valverde has won just two of his 15 La Liga games as a manager against Barcelona (D7 L6).

Luis Enrique's side have won more points than any other side in La Liga after conceding the first goal this season (9).

Barcelona have not conceded a single goal in the first half of their last nine league games; the last came back in October against Eibar.

Athletic have conceded the most goals from outside the box in La Liga this season (6).

Aritz Aduriz has been involved in seven out of Athletic's 11 goals away from home in La Liga this season (five goals and two assists).

Lionel Messi has been involved in 15 goals in his last 10 appearances against Athletic in La Liga (9 goals and 6 assists).

 

Eibar-Granada

Eibar are in the top six of La Liga at the halfway point (19 games) in only their second season in the top flight and for the first time in their history.

Granada have won just one of their last nine league games away from home (D3 L5), 1-2 against Levante.

Los Armeros have never lost against Granada in the top-flight (W1 D2).

Should Eibar win, this would be their longest winning streak in La Liga, both at home (3) and at any ground (4).

Granada have not lost in their last four trips to Euskadi in La Liga (W2 D2), their best unbeaten run in the top-flight in the Basque Country.

Jose Ramon Sandoval's side have committed the third highest number of fouls (307) in La Liga this season while Eibar have won the fewest (196).

Adalberto Peñaranda has scored four of Granada's last five goals in La Liga.

Eibar's Takashi Inui is the fourth Japanese player to score a goal in La Liga history after Yoshito Okubo (5 for Mallorca), Shoji Jo (2 for Real Valladolid) and Akihiro Ienaga (2 for Mallorca).

The game between these two sides at Nuevo Los Carmenes on the opening day saw the most yellow cards shown to Eibar in La Liga this season (6).

 

 
 
 

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