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Jon Riley 23rd Sep 2011 - 13:20

La Liga Opta Facts - 24th - 25th September

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Athletic Bilbao - Villarreal

  • Athletic have only won one of their last six matches at home to Villarreal in LigaBBVA.
  • The Yellow Submarine have won five matches at San Mamés in Primera, compared to just four for their hosts in this match.
  • Villarreal have won nine of their last 10 league meetings with the Basque side.
  • Villarreal have managed only four wins in their last 16 league matches.
  • This is Athletic's poorest start to a league season since 2002/03 when they had also taken only one point from their first four games: they ended the season in 7th place.
  • All four of Athletic's goals in the league this season have been netted by different players.
  • The Basque side have not gone five league games without a win in Primera since May 2010.
  • Athletic have not kept a clean sheet in their last 15 league games.
  • Villarreal have failed to score in their last five league away games, their poorest-ever run in Primera.

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Barcelona - Atlético de Madrid

  • Barcelona and Atletico have drawn just one of their last 13 league meetings.
  • The azulgrana are on a run of four straight wins at home to the rojiblancos in the league.
  • Atletico are the only side to have beaten Barcelona twice in the Pep Guardiola era in the league.
  • Lionel Messi has scored 11 goals in 10 games against the colchoneros in the league, more than against any other side.
  • However, Atlético are the only side to have inflicted more than two league defeats on Messi (four).
  • Barcelona have scored more goals against Atletico than any other side has (20) since Guardiola took charge of the club.
  • Atletico have conceded the fewest goals in the league this season (one).
  • Barcelona have a shots-to-goals ratio of 28% against Atletico under Pep Guardiola, their second-highest rate.
  • Atletico have lost only two of their last nine league games on the road.
  • The rojiblancos have won their last two league games in Primera: they have not won three in a row since January 2010.

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Getafe - Real Betis

  • Getafe and Betis have met in five league matches at the Coliseum, winning one each and drawing the last three.
  • All of Betis' league goals at Getafe have come in the second half.
  • All of the azulones' wins over Real Betis in Primera have come when they have kept a clean sheet.
  • Getafe have conceded just one goal in total in their last eight league wins at home.
  • Neither of these coaches has previously faced either their opposition manager or team in Primera.
  • Only Real Madrid have scored more away goals than Real Betis in the league this season (four).
  • Turienzo Álvarez has shown the most yellow cards in LigaBBVA so far (17).
  • Turienzo Alvarez was the referee when el Geta suffered their biggest-ever home defeat in the top flight: 4-0 vs Real Sociedad last season

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Granada - Osasuna

  • Granada and Osasuna have only met on six occasions in Primera, with two wins for the Andalucians and four for Osasuna.
  • The rojillos have managed only one win on their three visits to Granada in the top flight (2-1 in 1958).
  • Despite conceding the second-most goals in LigaBBVA this season (nine). Osasuna have still managed to keep two clean sheets in the league this season.
  • All of the goals Osasuna have conceded this season have come from inside the area.
  • José Luis Mendilíbar's men are yet to score on the road in the league this season.
  • Osasuna have more points at this stage (five) than they have in any of their last three campaigns.
  • Granada and Osasuna have the lowest shooting accuracies in La Liga this season (30% for Granada and 10% for Osasuna).
  • Granada won on the only occasion that they managed to score in La Liga this season.
  • The rojillos have failed to score in five of their last six away games in LigaBBVA.

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Levante - Espanyol

  • Espanyol have won just once at the Ciutat de Valencia in six league visits.
  • This is Levante's best start to a season in the top división with eight points in four games.
  • Espanyol have six points from their opening four league games for the third time in a row.
  • Pérez Lasa was in charge of two games for each team last term: Levante lost both while Espanyol won one and lost one.
  • Sergio Ballesteros has been playing in the top flight for 13 seasons for five different clubs, but managed to score in two consecutive Liga seasons for the first time only after his goal away at Rayo in midweek.
  • Walter Pandiani has scored the second-most headed goals in la Liga since 2003/04 (27), behind only Fernando Llorente (29).
  • Espanyol have won the most fouls so far this season, 80.
  • Valdo's goal in Madrid was his first in la Liga since his debut with the Cape Verde Islands national team.
  • Espanyol have taken just one point from their last 10 league away games, failing to score in eight.

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Mallorca - Real Sociedad

  • Mallorca have won just one of their last five league meetings with Real Sociedad.
  • Real Sociedad failed to score on their last two trips to Mallorca in the league.
  • Mallorca have beaten Real Sociedad on 11 occasions at home in Primera, as many times as they have beaten Athletic Bilbao.
  • The bermellones have not lost four straight league games since the 2006/07 campaign.
  • Mallorca's only goal so far in the league this season was scored by Jonathan de Guzmán, a player who has since signed for Villarreal.
  • The Baleares lost four of their five league matches without De Guzmán playing last season.
  • Imanol Agirretxe has scored as many goals in four games this season (three) as he did in 11 games in 2010/11.
  • Three of the top four scorers of headed goals in LigaBBVA since 2003/04 have been Mallorca players at some point in their career: Pandiani (27), Aduriz (20) and Webó (21).
  • Mallorca have won only one of their last nine games in the league.

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Real Madrid - Rayo Vallecano

  • Real Madrid have won their last 10 league games against other sides from Madrid since march 2009.
  • Since 2000, Getafe are the only side from Madrid to have won at the Bernabéu in Primera.
  • Four of Rayo's last five wins against other sides from the capital in Primera have come away from home.
  • Rayo are on a run of six straight defeats against Real Madrid in the league.
  • The franjirrojos have conceded an average of 3.2 goals per game on their 12 visits to the Bernabeú in the top flight.
  • Real Madrid have beaten Rayo more often than any other side in the league (17, two more than Valencia).
  • The merengues have won 19 of their last 20 games against newly-promoted sides in Primera (exception was Levante 0-0 Real Madrid last season).
  • Mourinho's side have only kept a clean sheet in one of their last seven games at home in all competitions.
  • Karim Benzema has scored in Real Madrid's last four league matches at home (six goals in total).
  • Rayo are still unbeaten on the road in LigaBBVA this season.
  • Real Madrid have failed to score in consecutive league games for the first time since February 2007: it is nine years since they failed to find the net in three on the spin (May 2002).
  • Seven points from four games is Madrid's worst start to a league season since 2005/06 (six from four).

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Real Zaragoza - Málaga

  • The maños have lost just one of their last nine top-flight meetings with Málaga.
  • In 23 visits, Malaga have only managed two wins at the Romareda in the top flight, although they won their last match there 3-5 in September 2010.
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy has scored in all four of his games against Real Zaragoza in Primera (five goals overall).
  • Just one of the last 18 league matches at the Romareda has ended in a draw (Zaragoza-Racing in February).
  • Real Zaragoza have never lost with Estrada Fernández as referee in Primera (three draws, one win).
  • Santi Cazorla has been involved in six (four goals, two assists) of Málaga's seven league goals this season.
  • Cazorla has already scored three goals from just five shots from direct free kicks in La Liga this season: last season only Cristiano Ronaldo (four) scored more in this way in the entire campaign.
  • Málaga have won three of their opening four games in Primera for only the second time (after 1971/72).
  • The boquerones have kept a clean sheet in their last three league games: it is eight years since they last kept four consecutive shut-outs in the top flight.

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Sevilla - Valencia

  • The last time Valencia won at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, they won the league (2004).
  • Since then Sevilla have managed five wins and two draws at home to los che, while their visitors have managed just three goals in total.
  • There has only been one draw in the last 12 league clashes between the sides (eight wins for Sevilla).
  • Both sides are unbeaten in the league so far.
  • On the last five occasions that Valencia have had 10 points after four games, they have won their fifth match.
  • Sevilla have kept a clean sheet in two consecutive league matches for the first time in 69 games.
  • In Pamplona against Osasuna Fazio won 13 aerial duels, the most by a player in a single LigaBBVA match this season.
  • Sevilla have made the most headed clearances in the league this season (56).
  • Valencia, along with Sporting Gijón, have made the most line-up changes from one match to another in La Liga this season (12).
  • César Muñiz Fernández's matches as referee this season have so far seen a 6-0 (Madrid) and 8-0 (Barcelona) win.

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Sporting de Gijón - Racing de Santander

  • Sporting have won 17 of their league meetings with Racing in LigaBBVA, losing 18 and drawing four.
  • Racing have scored on their last nine league visits to El Molinón.
  • Sporting are the only side yet to pick up a point in La Liga this season.
  • Last season Manolo Preciado's men had four points at this stage, but ended the season in 10th with 47 points.
  • The last time Sporting lost 4-0 in La Liga was the on the opening day of last season, again at Atletico de Madrid.
  • Sporting have conceded the most headed goals in LigaBBVA this season (four).
  • Racing have lost their two league matches on the road this season, shipping eight goals in total (four in Valencia, four at Atletico).
  • Racing are one of four teams to have failed to score in three of their four matches so far.
  • Racing have had the fewest shots in LigaBBVA so far (21).

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