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Rupert Wyman 19th Jan 2012 - 15:15

La Liga Opta Facts - 21-22 Jan

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Espanyol - Granada

• Espanyol have only once lost at home to Granada in Primera (in 1972 - W12 D3 L1).
• Granada have conceded the joint-highest proportion of goals from right-footed shots in the league this season (61%).
• Espanyol have conceded the highest proportion of goals from penalties in LigaBBVA this season (19%, 4/21).
• Granada are the lowest-scoring side in Liga BBVA (12 goals).
• The granadinos have conceded the most goals to shots outside the area in the league this season (8).
• There has been just one goalless draw in Espanyol's last 29 league games at home.
• Granada's strikers have scored the fewest goals in LigaBBVA this season (3).
• The Catalan side have lost just one of the eight league games which have been goalless at the break this season (W4 D2 L1).
• Espanyol are unbeaten in their last four league games (W2 D2), their best run since December 2010.
• 14 of Granada's 19 points in the league this season have come in their last nine games.

Levante - Real Zaragoza

• Levante have only managed to win one of their 12 games against Real Zaragoza in the top flight (W1 D5 L6).
• Zaragoza are on a run of 11 league games without a win (D2 L9), the worst run by a side in LigaBBVA this season.
• Only twice before (1942/43 and 1952/53) have Real Zaragoza had 11 points after 18 games in Primera (always assuming 3pts for a win): they were relegated on both occasions.
• Juan Ignacio Martínez's men have lost six of their last nine league games.
• Levante only failed to score in one of their first nine league games this season (17 goals), but have failed to score in five of nine since (8 goals).
• Only Barcelona (2) have conceded fewer league goals at home this season than Levante (5).
• Manolo Jímenez's men are, along with Atlético, the worst away side in LigaBBVA this season (2 pts) and have lost the last six on the road.
• Levante have won all eight league games in which they have opened the scoring this season.
• Real Zaragoza are, along with Sevilla, the only side who have failed to pick up a single point after their opponents' have scored first this season.
• The maños have conceded the most headed goals in the league this season (9).

Málaga - Barcelona

• Málaga were the last side to score five goals against Barcelona in the league (5-1 in December 2003): since then they have scored just four goals in 11 meetings.
• The boquerones are without a win in their last 11 league meetings with Barcelona (one draw), shipping an average 3.1 goals per game.
• The blanquiazules are unbeaten in their last four at home in the league (W2 D2).
• Málaga are without a win in five league games for the first time this season (D2 L3).
• Barcelona have already dropped as many points on the road this season as in the whole of 2010/11 (11).
• Barcelona have conceded the fewest goals in both the first (5) and second (6) halves of LigaBBVA games this season.
• The blanquiazules have had goals scored by players of seven different nationalities this season, more than any other LigaBBVA side.
• Málaga are the only side whose defenders are yet to score in the league this season.
• Eight of Barcelona's 12 away goals in the league this season have come in the first half.
• Since his time at Villarreal, Manuel Pellegrini has lost all four of his league meetings with the azulgrana.
• Lionel Messi has scored just one goal away from home in the league this season (vs Athletic), in 10/11 he scored 16.

Osasuna - Valencia

• Osasuna have lost just one of their last seven league games at home to Valencia (W3 D3 L1).
• Osasuna have not beaten Valencia by more than a single goal in the league since 1985/86.
• Valencia have lost just two of their last 10 league meetings with Osasuna (W5 D3 L2).
• Osasuna have failed to score in five of their last 10 league meetings with Valencia.
• Valencia have scored three goals in three of their last four league meetings with Osasuna.
• Last time out against Racing, Mendilibar's men lost at home in the league for the first time this season.
• Unai Emery's men are the only side yet to draw 0-0 in the league this season.
• Valencia have won the most league games by a single goal margin this season (7).
• Last time out against Real Sociedad, Valencia failed to score for the first time in 13 games since facing Sevilla.
• Osasuna are the only side whose substitutes are yet to score in LigaBBVA this season.
• 67% of Osasuna's league goals this season have come in the first half, the highest % in LigaBBVA.

Racing - Getafe

• Racing have never scored more than twice against Getafe in Primera (14 games).
• Both sides have won six times in this clash in the top-flight, with two draws between Racing and Getafe.
• Racing are without a win in their last three league games at home to the azulones (D1 L2).
• Racing's coach Juanjo González is yet to lose in Primera, winning three and drawing two games so far.
• The cántabros are on a run of three league games without conceding.
• There has been a red card in each of the last three league meetings between Racing and Getafe.
• Only Real Madrid (9) have taken more points from matches after conceding first in LigaBBVA this season than Getafe (8).
• Racing have won all four of the league games in which they have scored first this season.
• The side from Santander are the only team yet to concede a goal from outside the area in the league this season.
• Since Miku scored against Sporting, no Getafe striker has scored in any of their last six league matches.

Rayo Vallecano - Mallorca

• Rayo Vallecano have only won one of their 10 meetings with Mallorca in the top flight (D3 L6).
• The islanders have scored on nine of the 10 occasions that they have faced Rayo in the league.
• Rayo are just one win away from winning three consecutive top-flight games for the first time since 2001/02.
• Mallorca have won just one of their last 14 league games on the road (D6 L7).
• Joaquín Caparrós' men are without a win in their last three league games.
• Rayo have picked up the second-fewest points at home in LigaBBVA this season (10).
• Only Real Madrid have won more penalties in the league this season than Mallorca: five, all of them scored by Hemed.
• The bermellones have scored the joint-fewest second-half goals in the league this season (6).
• Against Granada, Piti scored Zaragoza's first goal from outside the area in open play this season.

Real Betis - Sevilla

• Real Betis won the last league meeting with Sevilla in 2008/09, but ended the season relegated.
• Prior to Betis' win in the last meeting between the sides, the verdolagas had gone five games without a win against Sevilla (D2 L3), failing to score in four.
• Sevilla are without a win in four league matches, losing three.
• The nervionenses have conceded the fewest away goals in the league this season (5) but have scored the second-fewest (4) on the road, after Villarreal (3).
• Real Betis have scored exactly twice in each of their last four league games.
• Roque Santa Cruz has scored in his last three league games.
• The verdiblancos have conceded the joint-most goals in the last 15 minutes of league games this season (9).
• Sevilla and Real Zaragoza are the only two sides yet to pick up a single point after conceding the first goal in LigaBBVA this season.
• Betis have won all six games in which they have opened the scoring in the league this season.
• Velasco Carballo has shown the most red cards to away sides in LigaBBVA this season (four).

Real Madrid - Athletic Bilbao

• Real Madrid have won 11 of their last 12 league meetings with the Lions, losing the other (0-1 in 09/10).
• The blancos have won 13 of their last 14 league games, averaging 3.8 goals per game and conceding just one per game.
• Real Madrid's biggest-ever league defeat at home came against Athletic (0-6 in 1930/31).
• Two of Real Madrid's three best starts to a La Liga campaign after 18 games have been with José Mourinho as manager (47pts in 10/11 and 46 this season).
• Real Madrid have won their last two league games at home to the Basque side by the same scoreline: 5-1.
• Marcelo Bielsa's side are unbeaten in their last six away league games (W2 D4), their best run since March 1997.
• Real Madrid have won the most games after going behind in the league this season (three).
• The rojiblancos have scored the most headed goals in the league this season (nine).
• Higuaín has scored in five of the six league games in which Callejón has come on as a sub, while the blancos have not lost a game with both playing this season (W7 D1).
• Since his debut in 2005, Athletic have won 39% of league games with Llorente starting, compared to 26% without him.

Real Sociedad - Atlético de Madrid

• Real Sociedad have won just two of their last seven league meetings with Atlético (D1 L4).
• The donostierras have won 11 of their last 14 top-flight games at home to Atlético (D2 L1).
• Last season was only the second time ever (after 57/58) that Atlético had managed to win at both Real Sociedad (4-2) and Athletic (2-1) in the same season in the league.
• The 4-2 win at Real Sociedad last season ended a run of seven consecutive defeats at Anoeta for Atlético, their poorest run at a single side after eight games against Barcelona between 45/46 and 52/53.
• Erreala are unbeaten in their last seven league games (W3 D4), their best run since the 2002/03 season (22 games).
• The txuri-urdin have failed to score in four of their last five league games at home (W1, D3 L1).
• Three of the last five league matches at Anoeta have ended goalless.
• Atlético are without a win in eight consecutive away games in Primera (D2 L6), their poorest run on the road is 20 games in between 74/75 and 75/76.
• Nine of Radamel Falcao's 11 league goals this season have come at home.
• Imanol Agirretxe has scored the joint-most headed goals in the league this season (four).

Villarreal - Sporting

• The yellow submarine has never lost at home to Sporting in LigaBBVA (W2 D1).
• There has never been a goalless draw between Villarreal and Sporting in the top flight.
• Gálvez' goal for Sporting last time out was the first time a defender had scored for them in the league this season.
• Villarreal are yet to win in two games under their new coach, Molina.
• Villarreal and Sporting have scored the joint-fewest headed goals in the league this season (2 each).
• Villarreal have scored the fewest goals in the last 15 minutes of LigaBBVA matches this season (1 goal).
• Sporting's midfielders are, along with Sevilla's, the lowest scoring in the league this season (2 goals).
• 78% of Sporting's league goals this season have been scored by their strikers (14 total) the highest proportion in the top flight.
• Villarreal have conceded the most goals to opposition midfielders in the league this season (12).

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