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Jonathan Cordingley 22nd Jan 2014 - 19:57

La Liga Opta Facts | 24-27 January

Celta Vigo v Betis

  • Celta Vigo have won seven of their last nine home meetings with Real Betis in the Primera (L2).
  • The Green-and-Whites have only ever won consecutive top-flight games in Vigo once before, and that came way back in 1983-85.
  • The last four meetings between Celta Vigo and Real Betis in the Segunda Division all ended 1-1, though they have not drawn a top-flight game in Vigo since 1988 (0-0).
  • Celta have the opportunity to win consecutive league games at the Balaidos for the first time since a run of three between September and October 2012.
  • If he fails to score in this game, Ruben Castro will have gone a whole round of La Liga matchdays without scoring (his last goal came against Celta Vigo); he is without a goal in 533 minutes currently.
  • Betis are without a win in 13 league games (D3 L10); they have never gone 14 without a win in their entire top-flight history.
  • Excluding the own goal scored by Lolo against Osasuna, Charles has scored Celta Vigo's last three league goals, with all three coming in the second-half and at the Balaidos.
  • Stephan Andersen (21) has only conceded one goal fewer than Guillermo Sara (22) in La Liga this season, despite playing half as many games (seven, Sara 14).
  • Gabriel Calderon is the fourth manager to take over a team mid-season in 2013/14; only his compatriot Juan Antonio Pizzi has won on his debut so far.


Real Madrid v Granada

  • Real Madrid have won 15 of their 16 previous home league meetings with Granada, scoring 3.2 goals per game on average.
  • Granada have only won once at the Bernabeu in their entire history, 1-0 in 1973/74; this was also the campaign in which they recorded their best ever top-flight finish (sixth place).
  • Madrid have scored 17 goals in their last three meetings with teams from Andalusia; just two fewer than Granada have managed in the league overall this season.
  • Real Madrid have taken more points than any other side over the last 10 gameweeks (28); a period that coincided with Xabi Alonso's return to the squad.
  • Granada have won more away league games (four) than they have at Los Carmenes (three) this term.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 41 goals in 36 league games since the start of last year.
  • Diego Lopez has gone 298 minutes without conceding a league goal; the best run of minutes by any keeper this season was Esteban's run of 307.
  • Luka Modric has now made five assists this season; he is only one short of equalling his best ever PL return with Tottenham Hotspur (six in 2008/09).
  • Real Madrid have scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season (16) than Granada have netted in the entire second-half (12).
  • Real Madrid have scored a league-high 17 goals from set pieces this season, while Granada have scored a league-high 53% this way.
  • Of all players to have either scored or assisted 10 or more goals in La Liga this season, Gareth Bale has contributed to a goal the most frequently (every 59 minutes).


Valladolid v Villarreal

  • Valladolid have won five of their eight previous home league meetings with Villarreal in the top-flight (D2 L1).
  • The Yellow Submarine have only scored in one of their eight top-flight trips to the Zorrilla, and that earned them their only win there (2-0 in 2010).
  • Real Valladolid have kept two consecutive clean sheets on home soil; they have not kept three in a row in La Liga since May 2009.
  • Marcelino Garcia Toral has the opportunity to win four consecutive La Liga games for the first time as a manager.
  • Ikechukwu Uche has scored more goals than any other La Liga player in 2014 so far (six).
  • Javi Guerra has scored Valladolid's last four league goals in the Zorrilla; he has scored five home goals in total this season, all coming in the second-half.
  • Real Valladolid have scored a league-high 39% of their goals this season with headers.
  • Villarreal have earned a league-high eight points with goals scored in the final 15 minutes of games; only Almeria (nine) have lost more than Valladolid (six) in this period.
  • Four of Real Valladolid's last six league goals have been scored by substitutes (Manucho, Daniel Larsson, Victor Perez and Valdet Rama).


Valencia v Espanyol

  • Valencia have won their last five league meetings with Espanyol at the Mestalla, with the last three all ending 2-1.
  • Espanyol's only victory in their last 12 away league games against los Che came back in 2007, when Ernesto Valverde was manager.
  • Javier Aguirre has lost five and won just one of his six La Liga games as a manager at the Mestalla (his one victory was with Osasuna in 2004).
  • Although he scored Valencia's last goal in the Copa del Rey, Helder Postiga has gone 17 league games without a goal, his worst run since arriving in Spain.
  • Sergio Garcia has scored eight goals this season; his best league record with Espanyol and only one short of his overall best La Liga haul (nine with Betis in 08/09).
  • Valencia's Spanish players have scored fewer goals than those of any other La Liga side this term (three).
  • Espanyol have only scored one away goal in the second-half all season; the lowest figure in La Liga.
  • Daniel Parejo has created a chance more frequently than any other regular La Liga player this term (one every 29 minutes).
  • Los Pericos scored two headed goals in the reverse fixture with Valencia this season for the first time since 2006 against Athletic Bilbao.


Sevilla v Levante

  • Sevilla have failed to win any of their last five meetings with Levante (D3 L2), scoring just one goal in the process, with this run coming after a run of eight consecutive victories against the Valencian side.
  • Sevilla have never lost against Levante on home soil in La Liga, however (W6 D2).
  • If they don't lose against Levante (W5 D3), the Andalusians will have equalled their best ever unbeaten run within a single La Liga season (nine, achieved in 2011/12, 1960/61 and 1945/46).
  • Los Granotas have lost four consecutive away league games, conceding an average of two per game in this run.
  • Carlos Bacca (four goals, four assists) and Ivan Rakitic (five goals, two assists) have participated in 14 of Sevilla's last 16 home league goals.
  • Sevilla have hit the post a league-high nine times at home this season, whilst only Cristiano Ronaldo (six) has hit it more often than Carlos Bacca (five) overall.
  • Levante have lost 13 points from winning positions this season; a joint-league-high with Valladolid.
  • Vicente Iborra made more touches (1881), passes (1256) and interceptions (91) than any other Levante player last season.
  • Sevilla (nine) have won three times as many games as they have lost (three) against sides managed by Joaquin Caparros, and have scored twice as many goals (30-15).
  • F. Teixeira Vitienes has taken charge of three previous meetings between these sides, including the last two, and has never sent a player off.


Almeria v Getafe

  • Getafe are unbeaten in four league meetings with Almeria, winning two and drawing two.
  • The Blues have lost their last three away league games without scoring a single goal.
  • The Andalusian side have kept two consecutive clean sheets at the Juegos del Mediterraneo; if they keep a clean sheet in this game, it will be their best top-flight run at home since February 2008 (four).
  • In nine previous top-flight meetings between Almeria and Getafe there has only been one red card and that came right back in the first ever clash (Crusat).
  • Almeria have scored a league-high 71% of their goals in the first-half this season.
  • Adrian Colunga scored his fastest ever top-flight goal against Almeria, when he scored in the fifth minute back in 2010/11.
  • Only against Racing Santander (three) has Fernando Soriano scored more goals than he has against Getafe (two) in La Liga.
  • Pedro Leon has contributed to at least one goal (six goals, two assists) in each of the last seven league games in which Getafe have scored.
  • Almeria have conceded a league-high seven penalties this term.


Osasuna v Athletic

  • Osasuna are unbeaten in five league games (W2 D3); they have not gone six without defeat since March 2012.
  • Only on one occasion have the Reds been relegated to the Segunda having had more than 22 points after 20 La Liga gameweeks (23 in 1954, assuming three points for a win).
  • The Red-and-Whites have only lost one of their last nine league meetings with Osasuna (D1).
  • Athletic have only won one of their last four away league games (D1), while their only three away wins all season have come by the odd goal.
  • Athletic have earned a league-high 18 points having conceded the opening goal of the game in La Liga this term.
  • The side from Navarra have only scored two goals in the final quarter-hour of games all season; a league-low.
  • Bilbao made 57 crosses against Valladolid last time out; the most by a side in a single La Liga game since Deportivo against Valencia back in 2010/11 (58).
  • Markel Susaeta has directly participated in 55% of Athletic's league goals away from Botxo this season (two goals, three assists).
  • Ernesto Valverde has never lost in El Sadar as a La Liga manager (W4 D2).


Rayo Vallecano v Atletico Madrid

  • Rayo Vallecano have only ever won two consecutive home derbies against Atletico in La Liga once before (2-0 in 1992, 2-1 in 1994).
  • The Red-and-Whites have only lost two of their last 18 away league games (W12 D4), against Espanyol this season (1-0) and in Vallecas last term (2-1).
  • If they win this game, Atleti will equal their best ever run of consecutive La Liga derby wins (four between 1950 and 1951).
  • The Franjirrojos are currently enduring their longest ever run of home defeats in the top-flight (five).
  • Diego Costa has not scored in any of his last three league games, his worst run of the season (283 minutes).
  • Rayo's substitutes have scored a league-high 42% of their goals this term.
  • Raul Garcia has scored four goals in Madrid derbies this season; a joint-high with Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Los Rojiblancos are the only side from the capital yet to concede a single goal in a Madrid derby this term.
  • Paco Jemez's side have conceded a league-high 47 goals this season, whilst Diego Simeone's side have the best defensive record (12 goals conceded).


Barcelona v Malaga

  • Barcelona have won their last 11 league meetings with Malaga, scoring an average 3.36 goals per game.
  • Barcelona have only lost one home league meeting with the Andalusian side since their reformation, coming back in November 1999 (1-2).
  • If Tata Martino's side don't win this game, they will have gone three league games without a victory; their worst run since May 2009 (D2 L2).
  • Lionel Messi will have gone 120 days without a league goal when this game starts; his longest run within a single season since 2006/07.
  • Barcelona have only conceded six home league goals all season, a league-low, while only Betis (six) have scored fewer away goals than Malaga (seven) this term.
  • Barca have already failed to score in three different games this season, something that has not happened since 2011/12 (three all season).
  • Despite Pique's goal against Levante, Barcelona are still the team to have scored the lowest percentage of goals via headers this term (7%).
  • On the other hand, the Catalans have conceded a league-high 38% of their goals to headers. Malaga, meanwhile, have scored their last four league goals in this way.
  • Malaga have failed to score in three successive league games; if they fail to score here, they will equal their worst goalless run of the campaign (four games).
  • Bernd Schuster's win percentage of 25% with Malaga is his worst with any of his four La Liga clubs.
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored more goals than any other Barcelona player at the Camp Nou in La Liga this season (10).


Real Sociedad v Elche

  • Elche have never won away at Real Sociedad in the top-flight (D2 L12), though they won their last trip to the Anoeta in the Segunda 1-0 in 2010.
  • Real Sociedad have won their last five home league games, while Elche are winless in four on the road. In both cases, this is the team's longest run of the season.
  • The Basque side have scored in their last 12 league games, their best run of the campaign.
  • Arrasate's side have scored a league-high 11 headed goals this term, while only Betis (13) have conceded more than Elche (eight) this way.
  • Elche's defenders have contributed to more of their team's goals than those of any other side this season (26%).
  • Real Sociedad's last three league goals have all been scored by the same combination of players: Agirretxe the scorer, Vela with the assist.
  • With eight goals and eight assists, Carlos Vela has participated in 16 of Real Sociedad's 38 league goals this season (42%).
  • No team has scored a higher portion of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games in La Liga than Elche (32%) this term.

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