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Stuart Dalgleish 19th Sep 2013 - 11:50

La Liga Opta Facts | 20-23 September

Osasuna v Elche

  • Osasuna have only won one of their last five top-flight meetings with Elche (D3 L1), and that came away from home (0-1 in 1989).
  • Elche have won on only one of their five trips to Pamplona to face Osasuna in the top-flight (D2 L2), and that victory came on their first ever visit (1-3 in 1960).
  • Osasuna have lost their last four league games, their worst ever record at this stage of a top-flight campaign.
  • The Navarrans have the lowest shot conversion rate in La Liga this season (4.8%), while Elche have the third-worst figure (7.8%).
  • Elche have drawn three consecutive league games and have drawn more matches than any other side in La Liga this term.
  • Osasuna , together with Valencia, have conceded the joint-most goals in the final 15 minutes of the first-half this season (four).
  • Elche are now without a win in 20 top-flight games (D6 L14); their last victory came way back in 1989 (3-0 v Murcia).
  • New Osasuna manager Javi Garcia took charge of Almería in a home game against Elche in the second division last season, winning the fixture 2-1.
  • No side has scored fewer goals in La Liga this season than Osasunsa (two), who were also the lowest scorers in the competition last term (33).


Real Sociedad v Malaga

  • Real Sociedad have won four of their six league meetings with Malaga since their most recent promotion in 2010 (D1 L1).
  • Malaga have scored exactly twice on each of their last three league trips to the Anoeta but have only won one of those games (0-2 in 2010/11).
  • Carlos Vela has scored in three of the last four league meetings between these sides (three goals).
  • Mounir El Hamdaoui scored a hat-trick and provided an assist on his first league start for Malaga last weekend.
  • Real Sociedad are winless in three league games (D2 L1); their worst run since the start of 2013 so far.
  • With their 5-0 victory over Rayo last weekend, Malaga picked up their biggest league win since 2005 (5-0 v Betis).
  • Claudio Bravo has the best save percentage in La Liga this season (82%), while Willy Caballero has the second best (80%).
  • Vitorino Antunes is one of only two defenders to have provided two (or more) assists this season, alongside Rafita.
  • Bernd Schuster has only lost one of his six meetings with Real Sociedad as a La Liga manager (W3 D2).


Almeria v Levante

  • Almeria have only scored once in four top-flight meetings with Levante, with this game also their only victory over the Valencian side (2-1 in 2008).
  • Las Granotas have won three of their four top-flight meetings with Levante, with the last two both ending 1-0.
  • Francisco's side have scored exactly two goals in each of their four league games this season but have yet to register a victory (D2 L2).
  • Levante have only won two of their last 13 league games, though both victories came away from the Ciutat de Valencia.
  • Rodri is the first player in Almeria's history to score four goals in the first four games of a top-flight campaign.
  • Levante have the lowest average possession figure in La Liga this season (31.5%).
  • Almeria have committed a league-high 69 fouls this term.
  • Of all strikers yet to score a goal in La Liga this season, David Barral has committed the most fouls (11).


Rayo Vallecano v Barcelona

  • On the last occasion Rayo scored a home league goal against Barcelona, they went on to win the game (1-0 in 2002).
  • The Catalans have won their last five league meetings with Rayo, their best run against the side from Vallecas.
  • Barcelona have scored more goals v Rayo (19) than against any other side since 2011/12. Barcelona inflicted upon Rayo Vallecano their heaviest ever top-flight defeat (7-0 back in 2012).
  • Lionel Messi has scored in every meeting between these sides since Rayo's promotion in 2011 (seven goals in four games).
  • Rayo have lost three successive league games; they have never lost four in a row under Paco Jemez.
  • Barcelona have gone on to win the league on all five previous occasions where they have opened with five successive wins (2013, 2010, 1998, 1991, 1985).
  • No side in any of Europe's top five leagues has conceded more goals per game on average than Rayo this term (three).
  • Roberto Trashorras has created a league-high 14 chances this season, while Cesc Fabregas (13) is second alongside Ivan Rakitic.
  • Tata Martino's side have the highest possession figure in La Liga (70.1%), while Paco Jemez's side are one place behind (65.8%).


Valladolid v Atletico Madrid

  • Valladolid's last two victories over Atletico in La Liga have both been settled by a single penalty goal (Baraja in 2008, Victor in 2009).
  • If they win this game, the Red-and-Whites will equal their best ever top-flight run of victories against Valladolid (five between 1982 and 1984).
  • Diego Costa, who scored in Atleti's victory in Pucela last season (0-3), scored his first ever La Liga goal at the Jose Zorrilla when he played for Valladolid in 2009.
  • Valladolid are unbeaten in two league games; they have not gone three games unbeaten since their return to the top-flight two seasons ago.
  • Atletico Madrid have scored 14 goals in their four league games this season; their best return at this stage since 1955/56 (20).
  • David Villa has scored in two successive match days; no player has scored in three in a row this season.
  • Neymar (16) is the only striker to have been fouled more often than Diego Costa (15) this season.
  • Antonio Rukanova has created more chances than any other Valladolid player this season (seven) but has yet to log an assist.
  • Only Barcelona (189) have scored more goals against Valladolid than Atletico Madrid (173) in their La Liga history.


Betis v Granada

  • Betis have not won a home league game against Granada since way back in 1976, when the Sevilla side won 4-1.
  • Granada have won their last two trips to the Benito Villamarin in La Liga by the same scoreline; 2-1.
  • Lucas Alcaraz has only won one of his six league matches against Betis as a manager (D1 L4), though it was in Sevilla during his spell at Recreativo.
  • Ruben Castro has scored in three of the last four league meetings between these sides (four goals).
  • Sevilla have lost only one of their last 12 home league games (W6 D5), though that did come this season (1-2 v Celta Vigo).
  • Granada have lost just one of their last five away league games (W2 D2); their final away game last season (0-1 in the Mestalla).
  • Betis have only won two of their last 12 home Andalusian derbies (D5 L5); one against Almeria and one against Malaga.
  • Salva Sevilla scored his first ever league brace last weekend against Valencia.
  • Odion Ighalo was sent off just 16 minutes after coming off the bench last week; this was the quickest red card for a substitute so far this season.


Celta Vigo v Villarreal

  • Celta Vigo have never lost against Villarreal in a home game in La Liga (W6 D1), scoring at least one goal in all seven games.
  • The Galician side have lost just one of their last six league games (3W D2), though that was last week against Athletic (3-2).
  • Villarreal are unbeaten in the league this season (W3 D1), scoring 2.5 goals per game on average.
  • The Yellow Submarine have equalled their record points haul after four top-flight games; they also had 10 at this stage in 2008/09.
  • Gio has been directly involved in half of Villarreal's league goals this season (three goals, two assists).
  • Marcelino has won both of his two previous top-flight meetings with Celta Vigo as a manager (both during his spell at Recreativo).
  • Of all players to have scored three or more goals this season, Charles has the lowest shot conversion rate (23%).
  • Villarreal have already beaten their biggest goal haul after four games of a La Liga season by three goals this term (10, they had seven at this stage in 1998/99 and 2010/11).


Real Madrid v Getafe

  • Real Madrid have won their last five home league derbies against Getafe, scoring exactly four goals in each of the last three.
  • The Blues are the last team from Madrid to win a derby in the Bernabeu as an away side, winning 1-0 in 2008.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals against Getafe than any other player in their top-flight history (11).
  • Real Madrid have won all 13 home games they have played in the year 2013 so far.
  • Getafe have lost their last six away league games; the last time they picked up a point on the road was back in April at Betis (0-0).
  • Karim Benzema has been directly involved in 50% of Real Madrid's league goals this season (two goals, two assists).
  • Miku, who has scored Getafe's last two goals in Chamartin, has now scored more braces than any other Getafe player in their top-flight history (five).
  • Getafe have conceded a goal from the penalty spot on each of their last three trips to the Bernabeu in la Liga, all of them netted by Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Miguel Angel Moya has made more saves than any other goalkeeper this season (20), while Real Madrid have had the most shots in La Liga this season (64, 30 on target).
  • In this game, Luis Garcia will equal Michel as the manager to have overseen the most top-flight games in Getafe's history (81).


Valencia v Sevilla

  • Valencia have lost 12 times against Sevilla over the course of the last 10 seasons; more than against any other La Liga club in this period.
  • Valencia's 2-0 victory over Sevilla at the Mestalla in January brought about the sacking of former Sevilla boss Michel.
  • Unai Emery's Sevilla side got their own back on the final day of last season however. They beat Valencia 4-3 to deny los Che a place in the Champions League qualifiers.
  • Ex-Valencia manager Emery has won his one trip to the Mestalla as a visiting manager to date (1-0 with Almeria in 2008).
  • Valencia have lost three successive league games; their worst record since the four straight defeats that cost Ronald Koeman his job in March 2008.
  • Sevilla have only claimed two points from four games this season, one less than their total at this stage in 1999/00 when they were last relegated.
  • All five Valencia goals this season have been scored by Portuguese players (Helder Postiga three, Ricardo Costa two).
  • Sevilla have gone 18 away league games without a win (D6 L12), their worst run on the road since 2001 (20).
  • Ivan Rakitic is the only current Sevilla player to have scored against Valencia in this fixture. He scored the winner at the Mestalla in March 2011 (0-1).


Espanyol v Athletic Bilbao

  • Espanyol have gone five games without defeat against Bilbao in La Liga (W3 D2), their last defeat coming back in 2010 at the old San Mames (2-1).
  • The Lions have not won away at Espanyol since 1998 (D5 L10), when Julen Guerrero earned them a 1-0 win.
  • The Catalan side have kept two consecutive clean sheets in La Liga; they have not kept three in a row since January 2012.
  • Javier Aguirre's side are one of only five remaining unbeaten sides in La Liga.
  • The last time Athletic had nine points after four league games was back in 2009/10, when Joaquin Caparros was in charge.
  • The Basque side have lost just one of their last six away league games (W2 D3) and that came in the Bernabeu.
  • Espanyol have scored the lowest percentage of goals in the first-half this term (17%).
  • Together with Atletico, Athletic have enjoyed goals from a joint-league-high seven different players this season.
  • Ernesto Valverde has only won one of his six games against former club Espanyol as a La Liga manager (D3 L2).





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