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Robert Alexander 19th Dec 2013 - 10:49

La Liga Opta Facts | 20 - 22 December

Elche v Malaga

  • This will be the first top-flight meeting between Elche and Malaga since the Andalusian side's reformation.
  • The last three clashes between these sides in the Segunda all ended with the same scoreline (2-0, twice in favour of Malaga, one win for Elche).
  • Elche have lost two successive league games; they have not lost three in a row all season.
  • Bernd Schuster's side are one of only two sides (with bottom club Betis) who are yet to win away from home in La Liga this term.
  • Fran Escriba's side have only scored six home league goals all season; a joint-low with Celta Vigo.
  • Malaga are the only Primera Liga side yet to concede a goal to an opposition substitute this term.
  • Elche are winless in three previous league games played on a Friday this season (D1 L2), while Malaga are without a win in four (D2 L2).
  • Coro has participated in four of Elche's six league goals in the Martinez Valero this season (three goals, one assist).
  • Malaga have not lost any of the four league games in which Roque Santa Cruz has scored this season (W2 D2).
  • Wily Caballero has kept five clean sheets in La Liga this term; Elche have only managed two all season, a joint-low with Sevilla.

Villarreal v Sevilla

  • Villarreal have won three of their last five meetings with Sevilla in La Liga (D1 L1); the last one of these victories coming when Marcelino was Sevilla manager (1-2 in 2012).
  • That defeat against his current side ended in Marcelino getting sacked as Sevilla manager.
  • Only against Espanyol (six) have the Yellows drawn more games at home in La Liga than they have against Villarreal (five).
  • Villarreal have received three red cards in their last three league meetings with Sevilla, only one fewer than Sevilla have received against Villarreal in their La Liga history.
  • Marcelino has only won one of his six meetings with Sevilla as a La Liga manager (L5), though this was his most recent encounter with his former side (3-2 with Racing in 2011).
  • Sevilla have scored at least once in each of their last seven away games; they have not scored in eight in a row on the road in La Liga since 1995 (nine).
  • Marcelino's side have only lost one of their last five league games (W2 D2) but are without a win in three at El Madrigal (D2 L1).
  • Villarreal have earned a league-high eight points with goals scored in the final 15 minutes of games this term.
  • With 25 points, Sevilla would be fourth in the table if only first-halves counted in La Liga this term.

Betis v Almeria

  • Betis have won both previous home meetings with Almeria in the top-flight, scoring five times and conceding just once (from a penalty).
  • Against no side in their La Liga history have Almeria suffered more red cards than they have against Betis (four).
  • Betis have not won any of their three Andalusian derbies so far this season (D1 L2), while Almeria have lost both of theirs.
  • Almeria have picked up 13 points from 16 games this season; the same points haul as they had at this stage when they were last relegated to the Segunda (10/11).
  • Los Beticos are without a win in four league games (D2 L2); they have not gone five or more in a row without a win since 08/09 (nine), when they were last relegated.
  • Juan Carlos Garrido's one previous home game against Almeria as a La Liga manager ended in victory (2-0 for Villarreal in 2011).
  • Almeria have scored just two headed goals this season, a league-low, while Betis have conceded a league-high 12 this way.
  • Jorge Molina has equalled Ruben Castro as Real Betis's top La Liga scorer over the last two seasons (19).
  • Almeria and Betis are the two sides to have dropped the most points in La Liga this term thanks to goals conceded in the final five minutes (four).

Atletico Madrid v Levante

  • Atletico Madrid have won seven of their eight home La Liga meetings with Levante, drawing just once back in 2005 (0-0).
  • Joaquin Caparros has won three and lost just one of five trips to Manzanares as a La Liga manager, with the one defeat coming back in 2010 (2-0).
  • The Vicente Calderon is the only top-flight ground in Madrid that Levante have played at in La Liga but never won.
  • Adrian Lopez, who could play his 200th Primera game, has scored on Levante's last two La Liga visits to the Vicente Calderon.
  • Atletico have won all eight home league games this season, with Diego Costa scoring in each of these games (11 goals).
  • Levante have only scored three goals in their last six league games, with all three netted by David Barral.
  • Thibaut Courtois has gone 281 minutes without conceding a league goal, the best run of any keeper this season.
  • If only away games counted this season, Levante would find themselves in the Europa League spots (sixth place with 11 points).
  • Raul Garcia has averaged a goal more frequently than any other player born in Spain in La Liga this term (one every 89.7 minutes).

Granada v Real Sociedad

  • Granada have only won one of their four league meetings with Real Sociedad (D2 L1) since their promotion (4-1 in 2012).
  • That 4-1 victory against the Basque side is still Granada's biggest victory in La Liga since their promotion.
  • Real Sociedad have only won one of their 16 away games against Granada in top-flight history (D2 L12), 3-0 in 1970.
  • Granada have won three of their five league games since the start of November (L2).
  • If Real Sociedad win this, they will have achieved their best run of consecutive away victories since the five they logged in 2003/04 (four).
  • Yacine Brahimi has participated in four of Granada's last five league games (one goal, three assists).
  • Joseba Arrasate's side have, together with Valladolid, scored a league-high eight headed goals this season.
  • Granada have scored 50% of their league goals from set pieces this season; a joint-league-high proportion.
  • Antoine Griezmann needs just one more goal to register his best ever top-flight goal haul for a single season (11).

Espanyol v Valladolid

  • The last five top-flight meetings between Espanyol and Valladolid have all ended level.
  • The Catalan side have only lost one of their nine home meetings with Valladolid in the Primera (W5 D3); 0-1 in August 2007.
  • Indeed, this victory for Valladolid is their only one in 20 previous trips to Catalan sides in La Liga (D6 L13).
  • Valladolid have the chance to win consecutive league games for the first time since January.
  • Espanyol have lost two successive home league games; they have never lost three in a row at Cornella-El Prat.
  • JIM's side have lost eight points from winning positions on the road this season; a league-high.
  • Javier Aguirre's side have conceded 19% of their goals during the first 15 minutes of games this season; a league-high proportion.
  • Javi Guerra has scored more goals than any other player born in Spain in the top five European leagues this season (10).
  • Only Bayern Munich (nine) have scored more headed goals than Valladolid (eight) across the top five European leagues this season.

Getafe v Barcelona

  • Getafe have lost 13 of their 18 previous league meetings with Barcelona (W2 D3), more than against any other La Liga side.
  • On home soil, the Blues have won two of nine meetings with the Catalan giants (D1 L6), with those victories coming in the only two of these games that Barca failed to score in.
  • Pedro Leon has scored four of the Madrid side's last five home league goals.
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored 36% of his La Liga goals against teams from Madrid (10 in total).
  • Getafe will be aiming to avoid losing consecutive league games for the first time this season.
  • The last time Barcelona lost two consecutive away league games was in 2007/08, when Frank Rijkaard was in charge (2-0 in the Riazor, 4-1 in the Bernabeu).
  • Cesc Fabregas has made 27 assists in 75 league games (0.36 per game), only one fewer than Deco managed in 113 games with Barca (0.25).
  • Luis Garcia's side have the lowest shooting accuracy figure in La Liga this season (36.5%); Gerardo Martino's side have the highest (58.7%).
  • Pedro Leon has attempted more crosses into the box than any other player this season (136); Barcelona have made just 263 themselves, the lowest figure of all teams.
  • Xavi is one of only two players to have made over 1000 completed passes this season (1,082, behind Roberto Trashorras on 1,178).

Athletic v Rayo Vallecano

  • In the last 16 league meetings between Athletic and Rayo, both sides have scored at least once.
  • Athletic have only lost two of their 14 previous home league games against Rayo (W9 D3).
  • Rayo have scored more goals against Bilbao than they have against any other side in their La Liga history (39).
  • The Lions have the opportunity to win three consecutive games at the new San Mames for the first time in La Liga.
  • Only Barcelona have averaged more possession than Rayo Vallecano (66.6%) in La Liga this season.
  • This match will see the two sides to have seen the most goals scored by substitutes in La Liga this term face off (Athletic 7, Rayo 6).
  • The Basque side have won a league-high seven games by the odd goal this season.
  • Rayo have netted just 20% of their goals in the first-half this season, a league-high figure. They will face the team ranked second for goals conceded in this period here (60%).
  • Athletic have won a league-high 15 points from games in which they have conceded the first goal this season.
  • Roberto Trashorras has made more passes than any other player in La Liga this term (1,375).

Celta Vigo v Osasuna

  • Celta Vigo have only lost one of their previous 18 home meetings with Osasuna in the Primera (W13 D4); 0-2 in 2006.
  • Four of the five draws between these sides in La Liga have come in Galicia, with the other coming back in 2002 (0-0 in El Sadar).
  • Celta Vigo have only scored six goals in the Balaidos in La Liga all season; just one less than Iago Aspas managed on his own at home last term.
  • Oriol Riera has scored 54% of Osasuna's league goals this season (seven of 13); the highest portion of any La Liga player.
  • Celta Vigo have not won consecutive home league games since the opening gameweeks of last season (three between September and October).
  • Osasuna are one of three sides (with Rayo Vallecano and Atletico Madrid) who are yet to claim a point having conceded the first goal of the game this season.
  • Osasuna have received a joint-league-high six red cards this season (with Rayo), while Celta Vigo are in joint-second on three (with Granada).
  • Only Atletico Madrid (26.1) have averaged more tackles per game than Celta Vigo (23.5) in La Liga this campaign.
  • Osasuna have made more clearances than any other La Liga side this season (581).

Valencia v Real Madrid

  • Valencia have gone eight games without a win against Real Madrid in the league (D2 L6); they have never gone nine in a row.
  • Los Che have lost their last four league meetings with Real Madrid in the Mestalla, conceding 4.25 goals per game on average.
  • Real Madrid's last trip to the Mestalla in the league saw them inflict Valencia's heaviest ever La Liga home defeat (5-0 in January).
  • Against no side in their La Liga history have Valencia lost more games than they have against Real Madrid (82).
  • Valencia have won just 20 points from 16 games so far this term; the last time they had fewer points at this stage of a La Liga season was back in 1997/98 (15).
  • Valencia have lost eight points from games in which they have scored the first goal this season, only Almeria (12) have lost more.
  • In the Vicente Calderon last time out, Valencia ended a run of 26 consecutive league games in which they had found the net; their best run since 1948 (29).
  • Of all players to have scored at least five goals in La Liga this season, Isco has the best shot conversion rate (46.15%).
  • Real Madrid have scored a league-high six goals in the final 15 minutes of away games this season; Valencia are one of only three sides yet to concede at home in this period.
  • Dani Parejo has created a chance more frequently than any other player this season (every 26.4 minutes), while Isco is second in this category (27.6).

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