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Callum Jones 15th Jan 2015 - 18:07

La Liga Opta Facts - 17th - 18th Jan



Córdoba - Eibar

These sides have never meet in the top-flight, though Cordoba have only won two of their 18 clashes with Eibar in the Segunda (D6).

Indeed in the second tier, los Armeros are unbeaten in eight against Cordona (W6 D2), not tasting defeat in this fixture since 2004.

Of the 12 victories for either side produced in this fixture, eight have been by one goal.

Eibar are on their best away run since promotion (W2 D1) but they are still to win consecutive away games in La Liga.

Djukic has taken 13 points from 30 available since becoming Cordoba manager; his predecessor this season managed only four from 24 on offer.

Only twice in La Liga history has a Basque side managed to win at Cordoba (D3 L7); on both of those occasions, Athletic were the victors.

40% of Cordoba's assists this season have come via Fede Cartabia; a league-high proportion.

Derek Boateng has played more minutes without being fouled than any other outfield player this season (516).

Manu del Moral has already scored three goals this season; as many as he managed in the last two La Liga campaigns combined.

Real Sociedad - Rayo Vallecano

Rayo Vallecano have the opportunity to win three successive games against Real Sociedad for the first time in the top-flight.

The side from the capital have only ever won twice in San Sebastian in La Liga (D3 L10), though the most recent of those wins came last season.

The Basque side have always scored at least once when facing Rayo Vallecano at home, averaging three goals per game over the last eight.

With David Moyes in the hotseat, Real Sociedad have only lost one of seven league games (W2 D4).

Rayo have not drawn a league game since the second week of the season (W6 L10).

Carlos Vela has been booked more often for diving than any other La Liga player this term (two).

Manucho is the most used substitute in La Liga this season (17).

Real Sociedad have lost a league-high 11 points with goals conceded in the final half an hour of games, while only Barcelona have won more points than Rayo in this timeframe (eight).

Rayo have conceded a league-high 16 goals to Spaniards this campaign.

Valencia - Almería

Valencia have won five of their last seven meetings with Almeria in La Liga but are without a win in two (D1 L1).

Valencia have scored in nine of their 10 previous La Liga meetings with Almeria, the only one they failed to net in was back in 2008, when Almeria won 1-0 at the Mestalla under the stewardship of Unai Emery, former boss of both of these sides.

Excluding their recent victory over Real Madrid, los Che have scored exactly three goals in every home win this term.

The Andalusian side have won their last two away games; a run that coincides with JIM's two away goals at the helm.

Almeria's last six goals against Valencia in La Liga have all arrived in the second-half.

Curiously, during his time at Almeria, against no side did Alvaro Negredo score more goals against than his current club Valencia (4).

33% of the goals conceded by Valencia this term have been from corners; a league-high proportion.

El Che have benefited from a league-high three own goals.

JIM has visited the Mestalla three times as a La Liga manager and all three have ended in draws.


Villarreal - Athletic

Athletic are unbeaten in four league meetings with Villarreal, winning one and drawing three.

Despite that, the Yellow Submarine are unbeaten in nine home league games against the Lions, winning seven and drawing two.

If they avoid defeat here, Villarreal will have gone unbeaten in nine La Liga games for the first time since November 2010.

Indeed a victory here would see Villarreal record four successive home wins for the first time since January 2011 (5).

Athletic have not lost five successive league games since March 2011.

On top of that, a defeat to the Yellows would see Athletic end the first-half of the season with just 19 points; only in one previous league campaign have they had fewer after 19 games (15 in 2005/06).

Aritz Aduriz has gone four league games without a goal; his longest drought since October 2013 (10).

Athletic are still to win this season with Carlos Gurpegi starting (D2 L6). Their five league wins have all come with the skipper out of the initial eleven.

The Basque side are unbeaten in six with Estrada Fernandez as referee (W4 D2), though they did lose the one previous meeting against Villarreal with him in the middle (1-0 at the San Mames).

Espanyol - Celta

Espanyol have only lost one of their last seven league meetings with Celta Vigo (W5 D1).

In Barcelona, the Parakeets have won their last four against the side from Galicia, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Los Celestes are without a win in eight league games (D2 L6); their worst run in the top-flight since February 2007 (11).

Fabio Orellana's goal last time out ended Celta's longest ever La Liga goal drought at 726 minutes.

Sergio Garcia has participated in six of Espanyol's last eight league goals (W4 D2).

Espanyol have scored 57% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games this term; a league-high proportion.

Celta have had fewer scorers than any other Primera Division team this term (5, Larrivey, Nolito, Orellana, Pablo Hernandez and Alex Lopez).

83% of Celta's goals this term have come from strikers; a league-high share.

Javier Orellana has been booked more often for protesting to the referee than any other player in this campaign (4).

Only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have had more shots than Nolito (57) this term.

Getafe - Real Madrid

Getafe have lost 10 of their last 11 league meetings with Real Madrid, though the one win in this period did come on home soil (2-1 in August 2012).

The Blues have only kept two clean sheets in 20 league meetings with the Whites, with the last coming back in 2008.

Real Madrid have averaged 2.4 goals per game on their last five trips to the Coliseum, this after averaging just 0.8 in their first five in league competition.

Getafe are winless in six home league games (D3 L3), failing to score in three of them.

Cristiano Ronaldo has made a league-high nine assists this term.

Only against Sevilla (16) and Athletic (14) has the Portuguese superstar scored more La Liga goals than he has against Getafe (13).

The Blues have scored a league-high 71% of their goals in the second-half this season.

Karim Benzema has gone four games without a goal; if he fails to net here it will be his longest drought of the La Liga campaign.

Only in 2011/12 (21) have Real Madrid scored more goals at this stage of a season than they have managed this term (59 after 17 games).

Real Madrid are the only side in La Liga this season yet to either win or lose a single point with a goal/goal conceded in the final 10 minutes.

Only Granada (7.6%) have a lower shot conversion rate than Getafe (9.3%).



Atlético de Madrid - Granada

Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in eight league meetings with Granada (W8 D3), winning the last five in a row.

The Red-and-Whites have kept five clean sheets in six meetings with Granada.

Granada's one top-flight victory at the Vicente Calderon came back in 1959 (2-0). Since then they have drawn one and lost 12.

Atletico Madrid have already lost as many games this term as they did last season (4).

Indeed Simeone's side have conceded 18 goals this term; seven more than they had conceded at this stage of their most recent title winning campaign.

The Mattress Makers have scored a league-high 19 headed goals this season, while no side has scored fewer than Getafe this way (1).

Indeed no side have scored more set pieces goals than Diego Simeone's men this season (22, 12 from corners, seven from free kick situations and three penalties).

Antoine Griezmann has scored five of Atleti's last eight league goals.

Youssef El-Arabi has scored exactly half of Granada's away goals this term (three of six).

Piti has had more shots without scoring than any other player this season (26).

Deportivo de La Coruña - Barcelona

If they avoid defeat, Deportivo will have gone three unbeaten for the first time since returning to La Liga.

If Barcelona fail to win, they will have gone three without a win on the road for the first time in La Liga since May 2011.

Barcelona failed to score at both Getafe and Real Sociedad; the first time they had drawn two consecutive blanks on the road since September 2007.

The Galician side have only won one of their last 17 league meetings with the Catalan giants (D4 L12).

The 4-5 between these sides in 2012 was the highest scoring clash between the two clubs in La Liga history.

Indeed that was the only game in Deportivo's La Liga history that they had scored four goals on home soil and still lost the match.

Deportivo's last league goal against Barcelona was an own goal scored by Jordi Alba.

This match will see the team with the most second-half goals (Barcelona, 30) take on the team with the joint-fewest (Depor, 6).

In Barcelona's last match, Leo Messi conceded a penalty for the first time in either La Liga or the Champions League.

Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have all scored in the same match in every competition they have played together in (league, cup, Champions League).

Luis Suarez has created a chance more frequently than any other player this term (every 31 minutes, minimum 10 games played).

Of the 10 goals scored at home by Deportivo this season (all from inside the area), only Toche has netted more than once.

Elche - Levante

In six previous top-flight meetings, Elche and Levante share a perfectly even record with two wins apiece, two draws, and nine goals scored.

In the Martinez Valero, Elche remain unbeaten in three La Liga meetings with Levante (W1 D2).

Elche have only won one of their last 11 home league games, drawing five and losing five.

Lucas Alcaraz's side are without a win in six (D4 L2), their worst league run since May 2013.

Elche have scored in three consecutive league games for the first time this season; they have not gone four without a blank since October 2013.

Elche have kept just one clean sheet all campaign; a league-low.

Levante have failed to manage a shot on target in four games this season; the most of all sides. They have also had a league-low 47 shots on target overall.

Elche are the only team in La Liga yet to see a substitute score this season.

On the other hand, three of Levante's last five league goals have come courtesy of players who have come off the bench.

Jonathas has directly participated in 10 of Elche's last 12 league goals (six goals, four assists).

Sevilla - Málaga

The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan is the only stadium still to see an away win this season; Sevilla are unbeaten in 17 on home soil in the league (W12 D5).

Sevilla have not conceded more than once in any of these 17 games.

Malaga have won four of their last five away league games (L1).

If they score, Los Boquerones will set a new record for most La Liga games without failing to net (13, currently 12).

Sevilla have won more points from Andalusian derbies than any other side this season (9), Malaga are second on six.

While Krychowiak has made the most fouls in La Liga this season (48), Juanmi has made the most without getting a single yellow card (17).

Sevilla have gone 408 minutes without conceding in the league, their best record since a run of 442 minutes in October 2011 (Javi Varas was the goalkeeper then).

Reyes has not played 90 minutes in four successive La Liga games since March 2011 with Atletico and has not done it for Sevilla since December 2003.

There has been a red card in five of the last seven clashes between these sides in Seville.

Duda has scored more goals against former side Sevilla than any other club in his La Liga career (5).



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