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Stuart Dalgleish 19th Mar 2015 - 15:26

La Liga Opta Facts - 20-22 March


Elche v Valencia

  • Valencia have only lost two of their last seven league derbies, winning the other five.
  • Los Che have only lost one of their last 12 league meetings with Elche (W10 D1).
  • The side from the capital of Turia are on the longest current unbeaten run in the Spanish top-flight (6, W5 D1).
  • Since gaining promotion to La Liga, Elche have seen exactly two players booked in all three clashes with Valencia.
  • Fran Escriba's side have not won consecutive home league games since February 2014, when they beat Rayo 2-0 and Almeria 1-0.
  • Valencia have won both league games on a Friday this season while Elche have lost all three of theirs on Fridays.
  • Dani Parejo has scored more goals than any other La Liga midfielder this term (nine).
  • 50% of the goals Valencia have conceded this season have come from set pieces; a league-high proportion.
  • Los Che have been fouled more often than any other side this term (16.2 fouls won per game on average).



Atletico v Getafe

  • Atletico Madrid have not lost in six meetings with Getafe under Diego Simeone, winning five, drawing one and keeping six clean sheets.
  • Los Colchoneros have lost just one of their last 34 home league games (W26 D7), keeping 19 clean sheets.
  • Getafe's biggest league win over Atletico did come at the Vicente Calderon; they won 3-0 there on the final day of 2009/10.
  • Despite that, Getafe suffered their heaviest ever La Liga defeat at the Vicente Calderon when they lost 7-0 there in 2013/14.
  • There has been exactly one red card shown in the last four Madrid derbies between these sides, with Getafe reduced to 10 men in the last three.
  • Atletico are without a win in three league games (D3); they have not gone four or more without victory within a single season since March 2012 (D4 L1).
  • Mario Mandzukic has scored more set piece goals than any other Atletico player this term (6).
  • Alvaro Vazquez has scored six of Getafe's last 12 league goals.
  • Atletico have scored more goals from corners than any other La Liga side this season (14).



Rayo v Malaga

  • Rayo have won six and lost one of their seven home meetings with Malaga in La Liga, scoring in all seven at an average of 2.9 goals per game.
  • Los Franjirrojos have conceded exactly once in their last seven home league games against sides from Andalusia (W4 D3).
  • Rayo have won three successive home league games, all by a two goal margin; this after losing four in a row in front of their own fans.
  • Javi Gracia's only previous visit to Vallecas as a La Liga manager ended in a 1-0 defeat in March 2014 thanks to a 90th minute penalty goal.
  • Alberto Bueno has scored nine of Rayo's last 11 league goals.
  • Malaga have only won one of their last five away league games (D1 L3) though that did come at the Camp Nou against Barcelona (1-0).
  • Rayo have gained a league-high 13 points from losing positions this term.
  • Juanmi has scored four of Malaga's last seven league goals.
  • The side from the Costa del Sol have only lost one point with a goal conceded in the second-half all season; a league-low figure.



Levante v Celta

  • Levante have never beaten Celta on home soil in La Liga (D1 L2), conceding exactly once in all three games.
  • Indeed, los Granotas have failed to score in three of their last four league meetings with Celta Vigo (W1 L3).
  • Los Celestes have not won outside of Galicia since a 1-0 win at the Camp Nou back in November (D1 L7).
  • Indeed, Celta have lost seven of their last nine away league games (W1 D1) with their only victory in this run coming in the Galician derby against Deportivo (2-0).
  • Joaquin Larrivey has scored more goals against Levante than any other side in his La Liga career (3).
  • Levante could equal their La Liga record of four consecutive home wins with victory in this game (last achieved in October 2012).
  • Just 4% of Celta's goals this season have come from outside the area; a joint-low proportion along with Deportivo.
  • On the other hand, no side has scored a higher percentage of their goals from long range than Levante (22%, level with Elche).
  • Los Granotas have claimed a league-high 11 points from losing positions on home soil this season.



Granada v Eibar

  • Eibar have lost all eight fixtures in the second round of games this season. No side has ever survived a La Liga season before having endured a run of eight successive defeats.
  • In the reverse fixture between these sides, Nyom and Boveda both scored their first and so far only La Liga goals.
  • Granada are unbeaten in five meetings with Basque sides in La Liga, though they have only won one of them (D4).
  • Eibar have lost just one of their last five against Andalusian sides, winning one and drawing three.
  • Granada have not won successive home league games since March 2014 (3).
  • Eibar have already lost two more games in the second round of fixtures (8) than they did in the entire first round (6).
  • Granada have lost a league-high 17 points from winning positions this season.
  • Eibar are the lowest La Liga scorers in 2015 (7) while Granada are the lowest scorers in 2014/15 overall (18).
  • Granada have scored in their last four league games; they've not netted in five consecutively since May 2013.



Athletic v Almeria

  • Athletic have won six and lost none of their last seven league meetings with Almeria (D1).
  • Indeed, the Lions have not conceded more than once in any of these seven clashes with Almeria, keeping a clean sheet in the last two.
  • Almeria have only won one of their five previous trips to the San Mames in La Liga, drawing one and losing three.
  • The last time Athletic scored six or more goals in a league game came against Almeria last season at the San Mames.
  • If only the second round of games counted, Athletic would be third in the table with 17 points.
  • Almeria have failed to score in four successive league games; another blank here would see them equal their top-flight record of five without netting.
  • Athletic have scored a league-high 56% of their goals from set pieces this season.
  • Only Alberto Bueno (47%) has scored a higher proportion of his team's goals than Aritz Aduriz (44%) this term.
  • The Athletic striker has netted the first goal of the game more often than any other La Liga player this campaign (9).



Deportivo v Espanyol

  • The last five meetings between Deportivo and Espanyol in La Liga have seen two wins and three clean sheets apiece, the most recent one ending 0-0.
  • Espanyol have only won one of their last six La Liga trips to the Riazor (D1 L4), failing to score in all five other visits.
  • That Espanyol win is the only clash between these teams to be refereed by Teixeira Vitienes and is also the highest scoring game between the sides in the last 10 years (2-3 in favour of Espanyol).
  • Deportivo are without a win in five league games (D1 L4), failing to score four times.
  • Espanyol have failed to score in their last two league games, they have not gone three without scoring since November 2013.
  • Just 4% of Deportivo's goals this season have been headers; a league-low proportion.
  • Kiko Casilla has conceded more goals from outside the area than any other goalkeeper this season (7) though Depor have netted a joint-low one goal from range themselves.
  • Espanyol are the only La Liga side yet to score in the 15 minutes after half-time this season.
  • Deportivo's midfielders have scored a higher percentage of their side's goals than those of any other team this season (74%).



Villarreal v Sevilla

  • Sevilla have lost just one of their last six league meetings with Villarreal, winning three and drawing two.
  • The two sides have netted at least once in five of the last six La Liga clashes, with last season's 0-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan the exception.
  • The last four goals in this fixture have come in the 79th minute or late, with two of them penalties.
  • Sevilla recently won 3-1 at El Madrigal in the first leg of a Europa League tie.
  • Marcelino Garcia Toral has only won one of his nine meetings with Sevilla as a La Liga manager (D1 L7).
  • Carlos Bacca has scored 16 league goals this season; he netted 14 in his entire first campaign with Sevilla.
  • Luciano Vietto has now managed 12 league goals this season; one more than Giuseppe Rossi managed in his first season at Villarreal (11 in 07/08).
  • Sevilla's games have seen more penalties than those of any other La Liga team this season (16, seven against, nine in favour).
  • Gerard Moreno has participated in five of Villarreal's last eight league goals (three goals, two assists).



Real Sociedad v Cordoba

  • Real Sociedad have won just one of their last four La Liga meetings with Cordoba (D2 L1) but have won all three previous clashes with them on home soil.
  • Cordoba have scored at least once in all seven top-flight meetings with Real Sociedad, netting eight in total.
  • Real Sociedad have only won one of their last eight against Cordoba in all competitions (D4 L3).
  • Both managers to have taken charge of Cordoba in La Liga this season have been fired following a game against Malaga.
  • Cordoba have lost all eight games in the second round of fixtures; no side has ever survived relegation having lost eight games in a row in a single La Liga campaign.
  • Real Sociedad have lost a league-high eight points with goals conceded in the final 10 minutes this season while Cordoba (7) are second in this ranking.
  • Only Diego Marino (39) has conceded more goals than Juan Carlos this term (36).
  • Cordoba have taken just 18 points from 27 games this season; always assuming three points for a win, no side has ever survived relegation with such a low total at this stage.
  • Real Sociedad have the chance to win three successive league games at the Anoeta for the first time this season.



Barcelona v Real Madrid

  • Real Madrid have won the last two Clasicos against Barcelona (2-1 in the final of the 2013/14 Copa del Rey and 3-1 in this season's return league fixture).
  • The last time the Whites won three successive Clasicos was back in 1978, when they won three in a row in La Liga.
  • Real Madrid have only done the league double over Barcelona once in the last 30 years (2007/08, with Bernd Schuster in charge).
  • Carlo Ancelotti has lost five of his seven league clashes with either Atletico Madrid or Barcelona since taking charge of Real Madrid (W1 D1).
  • Barcelona have already lost two home league games this season; they have not lost three in a single campaign since 2007/08 under Frank Rijkaard.
  • Real Madrid have not lost successive away league games within a single season since September 2012 under Jose Mourinho.
  • Barcelona have won nine of their last 10 league games (L1) though the one defeat in this run did come at home against Malaga.
  • Lionel Messi is the leading scorer in El Clasico history (21 goals), while Cristiano Ronaldo (14) is just one behind Raul (15) for goals in this fixture.
  • The Argentine forward has scored eight of Barcelona's last 16 goals against Real Madrid in all competitions.
  • Indeed, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored on six of his last seven visits to the Camp Nou (eight goals, all competitions), failing only to net on his most recent trip.
  • Messi has scored 17 La Liga goals in 2015; more than Real Madrid's attacking trident of Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo combined (five each).
  • Barcelona have the best attack (78 goals scored) and defence (16 conceded) in La Liga this season.
  • Real Madrid are the only side to have scored three goals in a game against Barcelona in La Liga this term.
  • Indeed, no opposition player has scored more than once against Claudio Bravo all season (Alba has scored two own goals against him).
  • Real Madrid have conceded a league-high 33% of their goals to opposition headers this term.
  • Barcelona have scored the most goals from inside the area this season (72); Real Madrid, the most from outside the box (8).
  • Luis Enrique's side are the only team in La Liga still to concede a goal from outside the box this season.
  • Barca and Real have both netted a joint-high 19 goals in the final 15 minutes of games.
  • Real Madrid have scored the most goals in the first-halves of games (38); Barcelona, the most in the second-halves (53).
  • Just 9% of Barcelona's goals this season have been scored by midfielders; a league-low.


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