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Stuart Dalgleish 15th May 2014 - 9:32

La Liga Opta Facts - 16-18 May


Malaga v Levante

  • In nine previous top-flight meetings between Malaga and Levante, there has never been a draw (six Malaga wins, three Levante wins).
  • Malaga have won all four top-flight home clashes with Levante, with three ending 1-0.
  • Bernd Schuster has only lost one of his five La Liga meetings as a manager against former side Levante (W2 D2), but this was a 1-0 defeat with Malaga this term.
  • The Andalusian side have only scored 38 goals this season; their second lowest top-flight goal haul (36 in 2005/06, when they were relegated).
  • If they win in La Rosaleda, Levante will finish ahead of Valencia in La Liga for the first time in their history.
  • Roque Santa Cruz has only scored six goals this season; if he fails to net in this game he will be Malaga's lowest top scorer in a full La Liga campaign.
  • Keylor Navas has made more saves than any other La Liga stopper this term (150, save percentage of 79.5%); Willy Caballero is third (128, 73.4%).
  • Malaga have won 43% of games when Nordin Amrabat has played this season, but just 22% without him.
  • Levante have the lowest possession figure in La Liga this term (37.2%); they were also bottom in this category in 2012/13 (35.9%).




Real Madrid v Espanyol

  • Real Madrid have won 14 and lost none of their last 17 home league games against Espanyol (D3).
  • Espanyol's last three draws at the Bernabeu in La Liga have all ended 2-2.
  • Real Madrid are without a win in three league games; their worst run since five consecutive defeats at the end of the 2008/09 campaign.
  • If they fail to win at the Bernabeu, Espanyol will have recorded their longest winless run under Javier Aguirre (eight).
  • If they remain third in the table, it will be Real Madrid's lowest La Liga finish since 2003/04, when they finished fourth.
  • With 31 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo could finish as La Liga's top scorer for the second time; Raul was the last Real Madrid player to win the Pichichi twice (98/99 and 00/01).
  • Diego Colotto has scored four goals this season; the last defender to reach this tally in La Liga was Daniel Jarque in 2005/06.
  • Iker Casillas has not started a league game in the Bernabeu since December 2012; a 2-2 draw against Espanyol.
  • Sergio Garcia has participated in 50% of Espanyol's league goals this term; a La Liga-high.
  • Gareth Bale has scored 14 goals this season, one more than Michael Owen managed in 2004/05, and made 12 assists; the same as David Beckham managed in his first two La Liga seasons combined.
  • Real Madrid have scored 22 goals from outside the area this season; the most by a La Liga team since 2003/04.




Barcelona v Atletico Madrid

  • Barcelona have won their last six league meetings with Atletico Madrid in the Camp Nou, scoring 4.3 goals per game on average.
  • The Red-and-Whites have not lost any of their five meetings with Barcelona so far this season (W1 D4).
  • Against no La Liga side has Lionel Messi scored more goals than he has against Atleti (17, level with Osasuna).
  • If they win this game, Barcelona will claim their 23rd La Liga title and their fifth in the last six seasons.
  • Atleti need just a point to claim their 10th top-flight title, but they haven't recorded one in the Nou Camp since 2006 (1-1).
  • Diego Costa has played more La Liga games against Barcelona without scoring than against any other side (seven).
  • The Catalans are winless in two league games (D2); they have not gone three without a win since the end of the 2008/09 season (four).
  • Seven of Atletico's last 10 league goals have been headers, with five coming from corner situations.
  • Barcelona have conceded a league-high 25% of their goals from corners this term.
  • Lionel Messi has gone consecutive La Liga games against Atletico Madrid without scoring for the first time in his career.
  • David Villa, who scored his first goal for Atletico against Barcelona in the Supercopa, has scored four of his five La Liga goals against his former side in the Camp Nou.
  • Both of Barca's goals against Atletico in all competitions this season have come from Neymar.
  • Atletico Madrid's last two defeats in finals have both come at the Nou Camp (0-0 against Barcelona in this season's Supercopa and 2-0 to Sevilla in the 2009/10 Copa del Rey).
  • Barcelona have scored the fewest headed goals in La Liga (five) but have conceded the fewest goals from outside the area (one).




Valencia v Celta Vigo

  • Valencia have won six of their last eight league meetings with Celta Vigo (L2).
  • Celta have the opportunity to win two consecutive La Liga games against Valencia for the first time since 1983.
  • Valencia are without a win in four consecutive La Liga games (D2 L2); they have never gone five in a row under Juan Antonio Pizzi.
  • Charles has scored 12 goals in La Liga this season; Catanha managed 16 in his first campaign in Vigo (2000/01).
  • Los Che are the only away team to have taken a point at both the Bernabeu and the Nou Camp this season.
  • Luis Enrique's side have won a club record eight La Liga away games already this season.
  • Only in 2009/10 with Getafe has Dani Parejo (six goals and four assists) participated in more La Liga goals than he has this term (four goals and five assists).
  • Valencia have lost a league-high 20 points having scored the first goal of the game this season.
  • Celta have conceded just 10 goals from set pieces all season; a joint-low with Atletico Madrid.
  • Only Barcelona (66.8%) have averaged more possession on home soil than Valencia (61%) since Pizzi took charge of los Che.




Real Sociedad v Villarreal

  • Real Sociedad are without a win in four La Liga meetings with Villarreal (D2 L2).
  • Indeed the Basque side's last league win over the Yellows came in their first La Liga game since their last promotion (1-0 on the opening weekend of 2010/11).
  • The side from Donostia have scored exactly once in each of their last six Primera meetings with Villarreal.
  • Villarreal's 5-1 win over Real Sociedad in the reverse fixture remains their biggest league win of the campaign.
  • Real Sociedad are unbeaten in five league games (W2 D3), with Carlos Vela directly participating to a goal in all five of them (three goals, two assists).
  • The Yellow Submarine have won 56 points this season, eight short of Celta Vigo's record for a newly-promoted side (64 in 2005/06).
  • Carlos Vela is one of three strikers to have both scored (15) and assisted (12) more than 10 league goals this season (Messi and Sanchez).
  • Ikechukwu Uche is the top scoring African player in La Liga this season (13 goals); the last African player to score more was Arouna Kone in 2011/12 (15).
  • Jagoba Arrasate is the first Spaniard to lead Real Sociedad into Europe since Marco Antonio Boronat in 1989/90.
  • Villarreal are one of two teams (alongside Barcelona) yet to lose a single point from a winning position away from home.




Almeria v Athletic

  • Almeria have only won two of their nine league meetings with Athletic (D2 L5), and only one of them came on home soil (2-1 in 2009).
  • The Lions have scored in all nine previous league clashes with Almeria (22 times in total).
  • Athletic won 6-1 in this season's reverse fixture against Almeria; their biggest victory at the new San Mames.
  • Verza has scored more penalties than any other La Liga player this season (seven); the last Spaniard to net more in a campaign was David Villa in 2008/09 (eight).
  • Almeria have the opportunity to equal their longest ever La Liga winning run (four); set by Unai Emery's side in 2007/08.
  • If they win this game, Athletic will set a new record for most points for a team finishing fourth in a 20-team La Liga season (72).
  • Almeria have won more penalties this season than in any previous top-flight campaign (nine).
  • Athletic have scored a league-high 18 headed goals this term; their record for headed goals in a season with Fernando Llorente playing is 19 in 2011/12.
  • The Lions have gained a league-high 21 points from losing positions this term.




Osasuna v Real Betis

  • Osasuna have only won two of their last six home league games against Real Betis (D1 L3), failing to score in all of the other four.
  • The Reds have been shown three red cards in their last four league games against Betis.
  • Ruben Castro (three) and Jorge Molina (two) are responsible for each of Betis's last five league goals against Osasuna.
  • Osasuna, the team on the sixth longest current run of consecutive La Liga seasons (14) have not been relegated to the Segunda since 1994.
  • Betis have become only the third team to finish bottom of a 20-team La Liga season on two separate occasions (Rayo Vallecano and Zaragoza).
  • The side from Navarra are without a win in six league games at El Sadar (D3 L3); a run that started on the back of a 3-0 win over leaders Atletico.
  • Last weekend against Valladolid, Real Betis scored four goals in a league game for the first time this term.
  • Oriol Riera has scored 40% of Osasuna's league goals this season; a league-high proportion.
  • Osasuna have only won five times at home all season; if they fail to beat Real Betis it will be their lowest tally of home wins in a single campaign in their top-flight history.




Rayo Vallecano v Getafe

  • Rayo Vallecano have won all five previous La Liga derbies against Getafe, scoring nine and conceding just two.
  • The Blues have lost their last 10 away Madrid derbies; a run that goes back to a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid in 2010.
  • Paco Jemez's side have lost their last two league games, conceding seven and failing to score in both.
  • If they avoid defeat, Getafe will close the season with their longest unbeaten run of the campaign (five, currently four).
  • Joaquin Larrivey has scored 10 goals in the second round of games so far this season; Getafe have scored just 13 as a team.
  • If they survive the drop, Getafe will continue as one of four teams to have played in La Liga and never been relegated (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Athletic Club).
  • Rayo Vallecano will definitely be playing in La Liga next season, when they will equal their record of four straight top-flight campaigns (99/00 to 02/03).
  • Four of Angel Lafita's seven league goals this term have come with Cosmin Contra as manager.
  • Paco Jemez's side could finish in second place in the possession table for the second consecutive season (59.3% in 13/14, 58.1% in 11/12).




Valladolid v Granada

  • Valladolid have won three and drawn one of their four top-flight home games against Granada, scoring nine and conceding just three.
  • Valladolid have not lost any of their four home league games against Andalusian sides this season, though they have drawn three of these (1-0 v Almeria).
  • Granada will guarantee survival if they win this game, but they have never won a La Liga game in Castilla y Leon (D3 L5).
  • Valladolid are unbeaten in 11 league games at the Jose Zorrilla (W5 D6); their best unbeaten run at home in La Liga since 2000/01.
  • Lucas Alcaraz has won 17 La Liga games as Granada manager; the same number as his three most recent predecessors managed in total.
  • Los Pucelanos have scored a league-high 39% of their goals this season with headers.
  • Granada have scored 23% of their league goals this term from corners; a league-high proportion.
  • Javi Guerra has scored 15 goals this season; no Valladolid player has managed more in a La Liga campaign since 1998/99 (Victor scored 16 in 1996/97).
  • Granada's last six league goals have all been netted by African players (El-Arabi three, Brahimi two and Ighalo one).




Sevilla v Elche

  • Sevilla's first ever home La Liga game against Elche and their most recent one both ended in 4-1 wins.
  • Elche have drawn on three of their last four trips to face Sevilla in the top-flight (L1).
  • Sevilla have failed to score in two consecutive La Liga games; they have not gone three without a goal since April 2007.
  • Despite only winning one of their last five games (D2 L2), Elche are guaranteed to play in La Liga next term.
  • Sevilla have scored 24 goals from set pieces this season; a joint-high with Real Madrid.
  • Elche have the lowest shot conversion rate in the Primera Division this season (9.1%).
  • Unai Emery is the first Sevilla manager to complete a full season (45.95% win rate this term) since Manolo Jimenez in 2008/09 (55.26%).
  • Gareth Bale (14 goals and 12 assists) is the only La Liga midfielder to have participated in more goals this term than Ivan Rakitic (12 goals and 10 assists).
  • Elche have faced just 412 shots all season, just two more than a Villarreal side (410) that has qualified for Europe next season.
  • Kevin Gameiro has scored the same number of La Liga goals this season as all of Elche's strikers have managed together (15).






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