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Stuart Dalgleish 16th Apr 2015 - 12:28

La Liga Opta Facts - 17-20 April

Levante v Espanyol


  • Levante have only lost one of the last nine home meetings with Espanyol in the top-flight (W6 D2).
  • Los valencianos have won the last four league matches against Espanyol in the Ciutat de Valencia, scoring exactly three goals in the last three meetings.
  • In the last five top-flight meetings between these sides, both sides have won twice and there has been one drawn fixture (nine goals for Levante and seven for Espanyol).
  • Five of the last six goals scored in La Liga matches between these two teams have come in the first half.
  • Levante have suffered two consecutive defeats at home in the league for the first time with Lucas Alcaraz as manager.
  • Sergio González's side have gone five league matches without defeat; they haven't managed a run of six games since February 2013.
  • Levante have recorded fewer shots on target this season than any other side (87).
  • David Barral needs one more goal to equal his best ever return in a single Primera campaign (10 in 2008/09 with Sporting), Sergio Garcia is also one short of equalling his best tally (12 last season).
  • Lucas Vázquez has been fouled more times than any other player in this La Liga campaign (96).



Barcelona v Valencia


  • Barcelona have only lost one of their last 15 league games against Valencia (W10 D4) but it took place at the Camp Nou last season (2-3).
  • Barcelona have won the seven matches played against sides from the Comunidad Valenciana region with Luis Enrique in charge; conceding only once in this time.
  • Barcelona have lost two of the 15 league games played at the Camp Nou this season (W13), those two defeats coming when they failed to score (v Celta and Málaga).
  • Valencia are unbeaten in five away games in the league (W3 D2), they haven't managed six in a row since March 2011.
  • Last season Valencia ended Barcelona's run of 31 home games without defeat by claiming a 2-3 victory there (W30 D1).
  • Only once in their history have Valencia recorded 65 or more points (66) after 31 games played in La Liga; it was in the title-winning season of 2003/04.
  • Nuno's men have been fouled more often than any other side this season in La Liga (495) and Barca have committed the fewest (304).
  • Only two of Valencia's last 10 goals away from home have come in the first half.
  • Barcelona have been caught offside 100 times this season; a league-high.
  • Feghouli has assisted Valencia's last two goals scored against Barcelona in the league.
  • Against no other side has Leo Messi bagged more hat-tricks than he has managed against Valencia (three, level with Osasuna).
  • Leo Messi has scored more goals against Diego Alves than any other goalkeeper in La Liga (15).



Deportivo de La Coruña v Atlético de Madrid


  • Deportivo have only won one of their last 12 matches against Atlético Madrid in the league (D1 L10).
  • In the last six league meetings between these sides, Deportivo haven't scored a single goal and have shipped 14.
  • The last league meeting in the Riazor was the first goalless draw between these sides in this exact fixture since February 1997.
  • In Víctor Sánchez's first season as Deportivo player, they went on to win the La Liga title (1998-99).
  • Deportivo have gone nine league games without a win (D4 L5); they have not gone 10 or more games without claiming victory in the Primera (11) since May 2010.
  • Simeone's side have gone eight league matches without defeat (W4 D4), their best run this season and have scored exactly two goals in their last four.
  • Deportivo are 12 league games without a home win versus sides from Madrid (D6 L6).
  • No team has scored fewer goals from outside the area this season than Depor (one).
  • Atlético have scored more headed goals than any other team in the top five European leagues this term (23).
  • Griezmann has scored in the last three league games (four goals); he hasn't netted in four successive games since January 2014 with Real Sociedad.
  • The last four Deportivo goals against Atlético in the Primera have been scored by foreign players (Filipe Luis, Bodipo, Guardado and Colotto).



Real Madrid v Málaga


  • Málaga have never won at the Santiago Bernabeu in the league, only claiming two draws across their 13 previous visits and they have never managed a clean sheet there.
  • Los costasoleños have conceded goals in their last 15 league visits to Madrid; winning only twice in this time (D2 L11) and have lost all three of these fixtures played this season.
  • The biggest defeat inflicted upon Málaga in the Primera División was a 7-0 defeat to Real Madrid in Concha Espina during March 2011; Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick and Benzema claimed a brace.
  • The last five goals scored by Málaga players versus Real Madrid have come from foreigners; Isco's effort in December 2012 being the last time a Spaniard scored for them in this fixture.
  • Carlo Ancelotti is currently enjoying his longest unbeaten run at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga; 12 wins and one draw.
  • Vicandi Garrido refereed the previous league encounter between these sides earlier this season; he awarded a red card to Real Madrid's Isco.
  • The Whites have scored in their last 30 home league games; their best run since March 2010 (41).
  • Málaga have lost three straight away games and have not scored a single goal in that time; the last time they suffered four successive away defeats in a single season was between April and May 2013.
  • Only once in the history of Real Madrid have they scored more than 92 goals after 31 league games (100 in the 2011-12 campaign).
  • Only Barca (1) have conceded fewer goals from outside the penalty area this season than Gracia's men (2).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has already equalled his record for assists in a La Liga campaign for Real Madrid (12, also in 2011-12).



Athletic v Getafe


  • Athletic have recorded three consecutive victories against Getafe, all three have occurred since the return of Valverde to the club.
  • The Bilbao side have won their last two league games against teams from Madrid, both ending 1-0 and have not managed three straight wins against them since the 2000-01 season.
  • Getafe's last six visits to San Mamés have produced two home wins, two for the visitors and two draws with there being seven Athletic goals and five for Getafe.
  • Athletic have gone four home league games without losing (W3 D1); they haven't managed five or more in a row since February 2014 (12).
  • In their last away match (v Elche), Getafe ended a run of 16 matches on the road without claiming a clean sheet.
  • Ernesto Valverde has never registered a draw in his 12 previous matches versus Getafe as a manager (W9 L3).
  • Getafe have scored the fewest goals in the opening 15 minutes this season (one).
  • Valverde's side have not won any of the 13 matches they have conceded first in this season (D2 L11).
  • Aduriz is level with Jonathas as the footballer to have won the most points with his goals this season (12).
  • The last seven goals recorded by the Madrid side in La Liga have come from different scorers.



Rayo Vallecano v Almería


  • Rayo have won the three matches played in the Primera against Almería and have kept clean sheets in two of them.
  • Last week, Rayo conceded six goals in La Liga for the fourth time with Jémez as manager (Valladolid, Barcelona on two occasions and Celta).
  • Almería have never won in the top-flight away at a Madrid side (D5 L13).
  • Four of the six goals scored in La Liga matches between these two sides have come between the 72nd and 86th minute marks.
  • Rayo Vallecano have gone 29 Liga games without a draw (W12 L17), the longest run of this kind in the competition since Sporting de Gijon's streak of 34 matches in April 2009.
  • Almería won last week against Granada, ending a run of eight without claiming the three points (D3 L5).
  • Almería have faced more shots (458) and more shots on target (181) than any other team this season. However, five sides have conceded more goals than them (50).
  • Rayo Vallecano have gained 16 points from losing positions this season; a joint-league-high with Real Sociedad.
  • Alberto Bueno has been involved in 44% of his team's goals in this La Liga campaign (16 of 36); the highest percentage in the competition.



Granada v Sevilla


  • If Sevilla win this game against Granada and Málaga lose at the Santiago Bernabeu, they will mathematically qualify for Europe.
  • Granada have lost their last four league matches against Sevilla, the four played since the arrival of Emery.
  • The Sevilla club are unbeaten in seven league matches (W5 D2) and have scored exactly twice in their last four matches.
  • Sevilla have claimed 15 points from their five matches played against fellow Andalusia sides whilst Granada have managed just four points from six this term.
  • Only three of the 22 teams that have reached this point of a season with 24 points or less have managed to survive.
  • Sevilla have only lost one of their last 10 visits to Granada in La Liga (W4 D5) although they lost the first six meetings in a row against them.
  • Substitutes for Sevilla (10) have scored more goals in La Liga than substitutes from any other team whilst Granda have seen a joint-league-low, level with Athletic (1).
  • Sevilla have seen 16 different goalscorers this season; a league-high.
  • The last red card shown to a Sevilla goalkeeper in La Liga was Diego López against Granada in August 2012.
  • Sevilla have not lost any of their Liga matches this season against the sides currently in the bottom seven (W9 D2).



Villarreal v Córdoba


  • This will be the first time Córdoba visit Villarreal's stadium in the history of the Primera División.
  • The meeting between these sides earlier in the season was the first time they had met in La Liga and saw Villarreal's top scorers this term get on the scoresheet: Luciano Vietto and Ikechukwu Uche.
  • Villarreal have won their last five league matches against Córdoba (Primera and Segunda División), keeping a clean sheet in their last three.
  • Villarreal have gone five games without a win (D3 L2), their worst run since March 2012 when they suffered a six game winless drought; the season they were relegated.
  • Furthermore, the Yellow Submarine have only scored one goal in this run and it came from the penalty spot (Ikechukwu Uche).
  • Córdoba have gone 13 league matches without a win (D2 L11), their worst run of this kind in the competition; equalling their run of 13 earlier this season (D7 L6) and in March 1969 (D6 L7).
  • Córdoba have claimed just 18 points from 31 games, the worst record since Levante in 2007/08. The other sides to have managed 18 points or less at this stage have all finished the season in last.
  • No side has scored fewer headed goals this season than Córdoba (2), whilst Villarreal have scored just 7% of their goals in this way; a league-low share.
  • Córdoba have lost a league-high 20 points from winning positions this season whilst Villarreal have won all the games they have taken the lead in at El Madrigal this season.



Eibar v Celta


  • This will be Celta's first visit to Ipurua in the Primera División.
  • Eibar have not lost any of their last seven league games (Primera or Segunda) against Celta de Vigo (W6 D1), registering clean sheets in three of those matches.
  • In the reverse fixture, Manu del Moral scored his first goal for Eibar in La Liga and it was his first in the competition for nine months and 20 days.
  • Eibar have only won one of their last 13 La Liga matches, losing 10 of them (D2) and scoring an average of 0.38 goals per game in this time.
  • However in the last match at Ipurua, los armeros managed to end a run of five consecutive defeats by winning 1-0 against Málaga.
  • In their last La Liga game, Celta scored six goals for the first time since March 2002 (6-1 v Athletic at San Mamés).
  • Away from home, los celtiñas have lost one of their last five league matches (W2 D2); scoring in every game).
  • Celta de Vigo have scored 31% of their goals in the first half which is a league-low share and they have conceded a league-high 69% in this period.
  • Nolito has recorded more assists than any other Spaniard this season (11).



Elche v Real Sociedad


  • Real Sociedad have not lost any of their last 10 Liga games versus Elche (W6 D4).
  • However, Real Sociedad have only won one of their last seven trips to Elche (D4 L2); conceding at least once in all of those.
  • Elche (level with Betis) are the team that Carlos Vela has scored the most La Liga goals against, including a hat-trick in the reverse fixture.
  • If they lose this game, Elche will equal their worst run for successive defeats at home this season (L3).
  • Elche have only won one of their last five league games, failing to score in three of those but that victory did come in their most recent match against Córdoba (2-0).
  • Real Sociedad have only won one of their last 16 matches away from home in La Liga (D8 L7), not scoring in seven of those games.
  • 8% of Real Sociedad's goals have in fact been own goals which is a league-high share whilst Elche have not benefitted from a single one this term.
  • Elche have scored a league-high 23% of their goals from outside the penalty area.
  • Real Sociedad are level with Rayo as the team to have gained the most points from losing positions this season (16).
  • No player has won more points for his team this season than Jonathas for Elche (12 points from nine goals).


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