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Robert Alexander 21st Mar 2014 - 9:43

La Liga Opta Facts | 21 - 24 March

Celta Vigo v Malaga

  • Celta Vigo have won three of their last five league meetings with Malaga (D1 L1), keeping a clean sheet in each victory.
  • The side from Vigo won the reverse fixture against Malaga at La Rosaleda this season 5-0; their biggest victory since returning to La Liga.
  • Malaga have only lost two of their seven trips to the Balaidos in the top-flight since reforming (W3 D2).
  • After collecting consecutive home wins for the first time this season, Celta have failed to win any of their last three league games at the Balaidos (D2 L1).
  • Bernd Schuster's side have won only one of their last six league games (D2 L3) but that win did come in their last away game (2-0 in El Sadar).
  • No side has drawn more home games this season than Celta Vigo (six).
  • Only against Racing Santader (50%) do Malaga have a better win rate away from home in La Liga than they do against Celta Vigo (43%), of all sides they have visited more than three times.
  • Nolito has already scored double the amount of league goals this season for Celta (six) than he managed for Granada last term (three).
  • Fabrice Olinga became the youngest player to score in La Liga history (16 years and 98 days old) when he netted Malaga's winner in a 1-0 victory at the Balaidos last season.


Granada v Elche

  • Granada have won four of their last six meetings with Elche in the top-flight (D1 L1) with three of those victories coming on home soil.
  • Los Illicitanos have never won a La Liga away game against Granada (D3 L6).
  • The last time Granada scored five or more goals in a single top-flight game was against Elche back in 1974 (5-0).
  • Lucas Alcaraz's side have won three and lost just one of their five home league games in 2014 (D1), keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • Only Almeria (17) have conceded more away goals than Elche (16) so far this calendar year, however.
  • Granada have scored a league-high 48% of their goals from set pieces this season.
  • Granada have only scored one goal in the first 15 minutes of games this season; a joint-league-low with Rayo Vallecano.
  • Only Javi Guerra (43%) has scored a higher percentage of his team's goals than Youssef El-Arabi (41%) this season.
  • Fran Rico has participated directly in four of Granada's last seven home league goals (one goal, three assists).


Espanyol v Levante

  • Espanyol have lost five of their last six meetings with Levante in La Liga; only winning the most recent one in Cornella-El Prat (3-2 last season).
  • The Catalan side have won five of their eight previous home meetings with los Granotas in the top-flight (D2 L1), but all five have been by the odd goal.
  • Joaquin Caparros has won four of his nine previous away games in La Liga against sides managed by Javier Aguirre.
  • Espanyol have won three of their last four home league games (L1); only one fewer than they had managed this season before this run (four).
  • Levante have failed to score in their last two league games; they have never gone three without a goal under Joaquin Caparros.
  • Simao has assisted four of Espanyol's last six league goals, with centre-back Diego Colotto getting two of them.
  • Los Granotas have missed a league-high four penalties this term.
  • Levante have conceded more shots on target than any other side in the Primera Division this campaign (163).
  • Sergio Garcia has either scored or assisted 50% of Espanyol's goals this season; a league-high proportion.


Valladolid v Rayo Vallecano

  • Real Valladolid have won their last five meetings with Rayo in La Liga, scoring 14 goals and conceding just two.
  • Valladolid's 6-1 victory over Rayo at the Zorrilla last season equalled their second-biggest win in top-flight history.
  • Rayo Vallecano have claimed at least a point in four of their previous nine trips to Pucela in La Liga (W3 D1).
  • Alberto Bueno, who scored for Valladolid in a 6-1 victory over Rayo last season, has already scored more goals for Rayo this term (eight) than he managed in two campaigns with Valladolid (six).
  • Valladolid are unbeaten in six league games at the Zorrilla (W3 D3); their best unbeaten run at home since returning to La Liga.
  • Rayo Vallecano have won three successive league games; they have not won four in a row since January 2013.
  • Valladold have not won any of the three games in which Javi Guerra has scored (D1 L2) since the striker netter his first ever La Liga hat-trick.
  • Joaquin Larrivey has scored in his last three La Liga appearances; the last player to score in four in a row for Rayo was Elvir Bolic in 2001/02.
  • Rayo are one of only two sides (with Athletic) yet to lose a single point from a leading position this season.


Athletic v Getafe

  • Athletic have only won one of their last six league meetings with Getafe (D3 L2).
  • The Blues have scored on just four of their nine previous visits to Bilbao in the top-flight.
  • Ernesto Valverde's side are unbeaten in four league games, winning two and drawing two.
  • Getafe are without a win in 13 league games (D5 L8).
  • If the league table only took into account games played in 2014, Getafe would be bottom on just five points.
  • Aduriz has scored in his last three league appearances; he has never netted in four in a row in the top-flight.
  • Ernesto Valverde has won seven of his 10 league meetings with Getafe as a manager (L3), including the last six in a row.
  • No side has scored fewer goals in the final 15 minutes of La Liga games this season than Getafe (four).
  • No player in the Athletic's history has scored more league goals against Getafe than Aduriz and San Jose, who have both scored two against the Blues; all four of these goals were on home soil.


Osasuna v Sevilla

  • Sevilla have only won one of their last 13 league visits to Pamplona (D6 L6).
  • If they win this game, Sevilla will equal their best ever top-flight run of consecutive wins both overall (five) and away from home (three) within a single season.
  • Osasuna have lost their last three league games; defeat here will equal their longest run of consecutive losses this term.
  • No side has conceded more goals over the second round of fixtures than Osasuna (19).
  • Xabi Gracia's side have failed to score in their last three league games; they have not gone four without a goal since January 2010.
  • Osasuna's last two league victories over Sevilla have both come from behind (2-1 in 2013, 3-2 in 2011).
  • Indeed Osasuna's last eight league goals against the Andalusian side have all arrived in the second-half.
  • Piotr Trochowski's first goal in the Spanish league came against Osasuna in February 2012.
  • Ivan Rakitic has made a league-high seven assists away from home this season, with five of those goals being scored by defenders.
  • Sevilla have not won any of their last four league games with Alvarez Izquierdo as referee (D2 L2).


Betis v Atletico Madrid

  • Atletico Madrid's last trip to Andalusia ended in a 2-0 defeat to Almeria.
  • If they avoid defeat in this game, Betis will set their longest unbeaten run of the campaign (four); they also have the opportunity to win consecutive home games for the first time this term.
  • Atleti have won their last three league games against Real Betis; they have never won four in a row against the side from Seville.
  • Betis have lost four and drawn one of their last five league meetings with los Colchoneros at el Benito Villamarin; not beating them at home since January 2006.
  • Diego Costa has scored in the last three meetings between these sides, with all three goals coming between the 55th and 65th minute.
  • Diego Costa has scored 22 goals this season; just two fewer than Falcao managed in his first La Liga campaign (24).
  • The fastest goal of this La Liga season was scored by Oliver for Atletico Madrid against Real Betis in the reverse fixture at the Vicente Calderon (14 seconds).
  • Real Betis managed just nine shots against Elche last weekend; their joint-lowest figure under Gabi Calderon.
  • No side has benefited from more opposition own goals than Atletico Madrid this season (three) with a league-high two of them coming on the road.
  • Real Betis have scored a league-low 18 goals from inside the area this term; Atleti have conceded the fewest in this way (17).


Valencia v Villarreal

  • Valencia have won their last three league meetings with Villarreal in the Mestalla; they have never won four in a row against the Yellow Submarine.
  • Villarreal's last six league goals have all been scored by different player (Mario, Gio, Moi Gomez, Perbet, Bruno and Pina).
  • Juan Antonio Pizzi is still unbeaten on home soil as Valencia boss (W3 D2) but if he fails to win this game, it will be his longest winless run in charge of los Che overall (four).
  • If Villarreal fail to win in Valencia, they will equal their longest winless run of the campaign (four).
  • Marcelino Garcia Toral's side have won all three meetings with sides from the Comunitat de Valencia this term.
  • Paco Alcacer has scored in the last five games in which Valencia have scored (six goals, three assisted by Feghouli).
  • Villarreal have conceded just one goal in the 15 minutes after half-time all season; a league-low.
  • Fede has been fouled more frequently than any other regular La Liga player this season (every 21.35 minutes on average).
  • Marcelino has never drawn against Valencia as a La Liga manager (W5 L2).


Real Madrid v Barcelona

  • Real Madrid have only won two of their last 11 league meetings with Barcelona (D2 L7), and both came by the odd goal.
  • The Whites have the opportunity to win two successive Clasicos at the Bernabeu for the first time since 2008.
  • Since the 2008/09 campaign, Barcelona have won three more Clasicos (five) than Real Madrid have (two) at the Bernabeu.
  • Real Madrid and Barcelona have both found the net in each of the last 14 Clasicos in all competitions (Real Madrid 24, Barcelona 25).
  • The last time either side failed to net was back in April 2011, when Real Madrid failed to score in a Champions League home game (0-2).
  • Barcelona have scored in each of their last 11 trips to the Santiago Bernabeu in all competitions; the last time they failed to net was back in October 2006 (2-0 in La Liga).
  • Barcelona have only lost one of seven games in all competitions against sides managed by Carlo Ancelotti (W3 D3): 1-0 in October 2004.
  • Neymar both scored and assisted on his Clasico debut earlier in the campaign.
  • Jese Rodriguez scored his first La Liga goal in the reverse fixture with Barcelona, with Ronaldo picking up his first ever Clasico assist for that strike.
  • Only against Espanyol (five) has Xavi scored more league goals than he has against Real (four).
  • Leo Messi is the top scorer in league Clasicos amongst current players (11).
  • Indeed if he scores in this game, Messi will overtake Alfredo Di Stefano as the top scorer in all-time Clasicos in all competitions (currently tied on 18).
  • Real Madrid have only lost one of four Clasicos with Diego Lopez in the starting eleven (W2 D1) though this was in the Nou Camp earlier this term.
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored three goals in five league meetings with Real Madrid, with two of them coming as a substitute.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in seven of his last 10 Clasicos (nine goals in total).
  • Lionel Messi has scored a goal every 130.5 minutes in the Clasico; Ronaldo, one every 145.6.
  • Victor Valdes has conceded more goals at the Bernabeu than at any other away venue in his La Liga career (17).


Almeria v Real Sociedad

  • Almeria have never beaten Real Sociedad in three previous meetings in the top-flight (D1 L2).
  • Indeed the Basque side have scored 2.3 goals per game on average in their three previous meetings with UD Almeria.
  • Francisco Javier Rodriguez's side are without a win in five league games (D1 L4), conceding 3.3 goals per game on average over the last three.
  • In four previous top-flight campaigns, Almeria have never conceded as many as 52 goals after 28 games played.
  • The last time Real Sociedad had scored 49 goals after the first 28 games of a La Liga season was in their historic 81/82 campaign, when they collected their second top-flight title.
  • Only Athletic (15) have scored more headed goals than Real Sociedad (14) this season.
  • Only one of Almeria's last 12 league goals has been scored by a striker (Jonathan Zongo).
  • Indeed, 59% of the Andalusian side's goals have been scored by midfielders; a league-high proportion.
  • Almeria have lost a league-high nine points with goals conceded in the final 15 minutes of games this term.


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