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Simon Gott 15th Jan 2014 - 19:10

La Liga Opta Facts 17-20 January


Malaga v Valencia

  • Malaga have won their last two league meetings with Valencia at La Rosaleda, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion.
  • Despite that, these two victories are Malaga's only victories in their last 21 league meetings with Valencia (D4).
  • Against no other side in La Liga has Ever Banega scored more goals than he has against Malaga (two).
  • Valencia have only ever won one away game in La Liga against a side managed by Bernd Schuster, and that came under Ronald Koeman at the Bernabeu in March 2008.
  • There have only been four goals scored in the last four La Liga games involving Malaga (W2 D2), the lowest average of all sides across this period.
  • Los Che have lost three consecutive away league games; they have not lost four in a row since October 2012 (four).
  • Three of the last five Valencia league goals have been headers with all three coming from different players (Piatti, Mathieu and Parejo).
  • Malaga are the only La Liga team this season yet to concede a goal to an opposition substitute.
  • Valencia have conceded more goals to South American players than any other team in La Liga this season (12).


Betis v Real Madrid

  • Real Madrid lost all four league games in Andalusia last season; this season they have won two out of two so far (Granada and Almeria).
  • Madrid have won six of their last seven league meetings with Real Betis, though they lost their last away game against them (1-0).
  • Only one of Real Betis's last six goals against Real Madrid has been scored by a non-Spanish player (Jefferson Montero), whilst only one of Real Madrid's last 12 against los Beticos has been scored by a Spaniard (Isco).
  • Jorge Molina has scored more goals against Real Madrid than against any other La Liga side (four).
  • Juan Carlos Garrido has lost all four league meetings with Real Madrid as a manager.
  • With 11 points, Real Betis have made the worst start to a La Liga side at the half-way stage since Xerez in 2009/10 (eight points).
  • No team in La Liga history has survived relegation having won 11 or fewer points from 19 games.
  • Real Madrid have scored a joint-high 53 goals this season, while Real Betis have scored a league-low 16.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player to have over 100 shots this season (106), exactly twice as many as the next highest figure (Diego Costa, 53).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday became the first Portuguese player to win the Ballon D'or on two different occasions (Figo and Eusebio both claimed one).


Elche v Rayo Vallecano

  • The only previous top-flight meeting between these sides played in Elche ended 3-0 to the Franjiverdes (November 1977).
  • Until their 4-0 defeat in the Camp Nou, Elche's 3-0 defeat in Vallecas was their heaviest defeat of the campaign; it remains Rayo's biggest victory of the season as well.
  • Elche have only taken one point from their last five league games, fewer than any other side since Gameweek 15.
  • Paco Jemez's have won three away games this season; one more than they have managed on home soil.
  • Of all players to have scored in La Liga this season, Cristian Herrera has played the fewest minutes (two goals in 69 minutes).
  • Alberto Bueno has scored Rayo Vallecano's last four away league goals, with two of them being assisted by Jonathan Viera.
  • Los Franjirrojos are the only La Liga side yet to score in the first 15 minutes this term.
  • The side from Madrid have scored a league-high 21% of their goals from the penalty spot this season.
  • Lass has made more open play crosses than any other player in La Liga this season (111), but none of them have provided an assist.


Granada v Osasuna

  • Granada have won the last three league meetings between these sides.
  • In fact, Granada's 3-0 victory over the Reds last season was their biggest home win of the 2012/13 campaign.
  • Quique Pina's side recorded their biggest victory since returning to La Liga last weekend (4-0 v Valladolid).
  • Granada have only lost one of their five meetings with Osasuna in the Nuevo Los Carmenes (D1).
  • Since returning to the Primera, Granada have not been shown fewer yellow cards than the Reds in any of their five meetings; Osasuna have also been shown two red cards.
  • Lucas Alcaraz has never lost to Osasuna as a La Liga manager (W6 D1).
  • Granada have taken 23 points from 19 games this season; their best haul at this stage since returning to La Liga.
  • The Reds are unbeaten in four league games (W2 D2); their best run since a streak of six games unbeaten between February and March 2012.
  • Youssef El-Arabi scored seven goals in the first-half of this La Liga season; just one fewer than he managed in the whole 2012/13 campaign.


Espanyol v Celta Vigo

  • Espanyol have won their last three home league meetings with Celta Vigo, although they are winless in their last two against them overall (D1 L1).
  • Espanyol have not been awarded fewer yellow cards than Celta Vigo in any of the last nine La Liga meetings.
  • Javier Aguirre has only lost one of his four home meetings with Celta as a La Liga manager, winning the other three.
  • Espanyol have already lost four home league games this season, twice as many as they suffered on home soil under Aguirre last term.
  • Celta Vigo have the opportunity to win consecutive league games for the first time since the final two gameweeks of last season.
  • Michael Krohn-Dehli has made more assists than any other Celta Vigo player since their return to the Primera (nine).
  • Raul Rodriguez has made more fouls without being booked than any other player in La Liga this season (20).
  • The Galician side have conceded just 29% of their goals in the first-half this season; a league-low proportion.
  • Los Pericos have made more headed clearances than any other La Liga side this term (354).


Getafe v Real Sociedad

  • Getafe suffered their heaviest ever home defeat in the Primera to date against Real Sociedad in January 2011 (0-4).
  • That 4-0 defeat remains the only home defeat suffered by the Blues against the Basque side, with Getafe winning all of the other five.
  • Indeed since that big win, Real Sociedad have only won one of their six meetings with Getafe in La Liga overall (D3 L2).
  • Luis Garcia has only suffered one defeat in seven meetings with the Blanquiazules as a La Liga manager (W3 D3), though that came in this season's return fixture.
  • Getafe have lost four successive league games; they have never lost five in a row in a single top-flight campaign.
  • Real Sociedad said goodbye to a run of five successive victories last week as they lost 5-1 for the fourth time since returning to the top-flight.
  • Getafe and Real Sociedad substitutes have each scored just one goal this term; a joint-low together with Almeria.
  • Carlos Vela has participated in three of Real Sociedad's last four away league goals (two goals, one assist).


Villarreal v Almeria

  • Villarreal have only lost one of their last five top-flight meetings with Almeria (W3 D1).
  • Almeria have never won at El Madrigal in the top-flight (D2 L2), although they have scored in three of those four games.
  • Despite that, Almeria have won their last two Primera Liga games in the Comunitat Valenciana (2-1 at Valencia in October 2013 and at the Rico Perez in March 2011).
  • Six of the Yellow Submarine's last seven goals in La Liga against the Andalusian side have come in the second-half.
  • Almeria have lost a league-high 12 points in games in which they have scored the first goal this term.
  • Indeed, the reverse fixture between these sides remains the only game this season that Almeria have lost at home having scored first, and the only game that Villarreal have won away from home having conceded first.
  • Rodri's only La Liga brace to date came against Villarreal in the reverse fixture.
  • Marcelino Garcia Toral has never lost against Almeria as a La Liga manager (W4 D1).
  • Manu Trigueros has had a joint-league-high 10 shots on target without scoring in La Liga this season.
  • Esteban has conceded more goals per game than any other regular goalkeeper this season (2) but has also averaged a league-high 4.47 saves per game.


Levante v Barcelona

  • Levante suffered their heaviest ever La Liga defeat in this season's return meeting with Barcelona (7-0).
  • Los Granotas have only won one league game against Barcelona in their history (D3 L13); it came back in October 1964 and remains their biggest ever top-flight win (5-1).
  • The side from Orriols have failed to score in each of their last three meetings with Barca.
  • Lionel Messi (two goals, one assist) and Cesc Fabregas (two assists) contributed to five of Barcelona's seven goals against Levante in the first round of games.
  • Indeed, Lionel Messi has only scored one brace in La Liga this season and it came against Levante; he scored a league-high 14 last term.
  • Joaquin Caparros has never won a home game against Barcelona as a La Liga manager (D5 L7); his only victory came at the Camp Nou as Sevilla manager (3-0 in 2002).
  • Barcelona have only lost one of their last 15 away league games (in Bilbao).
  • Levante have won their last two home league games (2-1 v Elche, 1-0 v Malaga), with all three goals scored by David Barral.
  • Tata Martino's side have the highest possession figure (67%) in La Liga this season and have made the most touches (16631) and passes (12473). Joaquin Caparros's side are bottom of all three categories (37%, 9262 and 5303 respectively).
  • Gerardo Martino is the first Argentinean manager to be top of La Liga after the first round of games since Jorge Valdano with Real Madrid in 1995/96.


Atletico Madrid v Sevilla

  • Sevilla have failed to win any of their last eight meetings with Atletico Madrid in all competitions (D4 L4).
  • Atleti have won their last three meetings with the Andalusian side; they have never won four in a row in La Liga.
  • On the last occasion Atletico Madrid won the league (95/96), Sevilla were the first team to beat them on their own ground (1-0).
  • Los Colchoneros just said goodbye to a run of nine straight home wins, however they are still unbeaten in 11 (W9 D2).
  • Los Nervionenses, unbeaten in four on the road (W3 D1), have scored in nine successive away league games for the first time since 1995.
  • Last season, Sevilla were shown five red cards in all competitions when playing in Manzanares.
  • Ivan Rakitic scored his first La Liga goal away from the Sanchez Pizjuan at the Vicente Calderon.
  • Only against Osasuna (nine) has Diego Costa scored more goals than he has against Sevilla (six) in La Liga.
  • Atletico Madrid have benefited from a league-high two own goals this season.
  • Sevilla have received a league-high 62 yellow cards this term.


Athletic v Valladolid

  • Athletic have only lost one of their last nine league meetings with Valladolid (D2), scoring exactly twice in eight of these nine games.
  • Indeed, Athletic's last four home league wins over Valladolid have all been by the same scoreline: 2-0.
  • Athletic have not been shown a single yellow card in three of their last four league meetings with the side from Castilla.
  • Markel Susaeta has scored more goals against Real Valladolid than any other side in La Liga (four).
  • JIM have never drawn a league game against Athletic Bilbao (W3 L2), whilst Ernesto Valverde has never drawn one against Valladolid (W3 L4).
  • Athletic won as many home games in the first half of this season as they managed in the entire 2012/13 campaign (eight).
  • On the last occasion Athletic had 36 or more points after 19 games (assuming three for a win) in La Liga, they went on to win the league (83/84).
  • Real Valladolid have failed to score in their last two league games; they have not gone three without a goal since April 2010 (four).
  • Athletic's defenders have scored more goals than those of any other side this term (seven).


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