La Liga Opta Facts - 25-26 Feb
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La Liga 2011-12
Atlético de Madrid - Barcelona
Atlético have lost their last three league meetings with Barcelona.
The rojiblancos have won four of their last six league matches at home to Barça (L2).
The Vicente Calderón is the only stadium where Barcelona have lost more than once (2) under Pep Guardiola.
Barcelona are the team to have scored the most goals against Atlético in Primera (294), 25 more than Real Madrid (269).
There have been 50 goals scored (36 by Barça, 14 by Atlético) in the last 10 league meetings between the sides.
Barcelona's 6-0 win at the Vicente Calderón in 2006/07 was Atlético's biggest-ever defeat at home in the top flight.
Atlético have lost six of their last seven league meetings with Catalan sides (D1), conceding an average of 3.1 goals per game in these.
Atlético are still unbeaten under Simeone in the league (W3 D4), their longest unbeaten run since 2008/09 (nine games).
Barcelona are without a win in their last two away league games (D1 L1): they have not lost back-to-back matches on the road in La Liga since Frank Rijkaard's last season (07/08).
Falcao has failed to score in his last four league appearances, his worst run at Atlético.
Messi has scored 14 goals against Atlético in the league, four more than against any other side in Primera (Racing, Sevilla and Valencia 10 each).
Barcelona have scored the highest proportion of their goals in the opening 15 minutes of league games (21%, 14), while Atlético have scored the fewest in this period (6%, 2).
Espanyol - Levante
Espanyol are unbeaten at home to Levante in Primera (W4 D2).
The periquitos have won five of their last 10 top-flight meetings with Levante (D3 L2).
Levante have lost on 12 of their 14 visits to Catalonia in the top-flight (D2, both against Espanyol).
Espanyol are without a win in their last eight league meetings with sides from Valencia (D3 L5).
Espanyol are without a win in their last three games in Liga BBVA (D2 L1).
The pericos have kept a clean sheet in six of their nine wins in the league this season.
Espanyol have never failed to score at home to Levante in Primera.
Levante are without a win in eight straight league games (D3 L5) and have lost their last six on the road.
Espanyol have conceded the most goals from penalties in the league this season (5, level with Athletic and Osasuna).
The granotas have shipped 12 goals in the last four matchdays, more than any other side.
Málaga - Real Zaragoza
Málaga have won just one of their last 10 league meetings with Real Zaragoza (D4 L5).
The maños have alternated a win with another result in each of their last 11 league clashes with Málaga (they drew earlier this season).
The boquerones have only lost one of their last seven league games at home (W4 D2: they lost 1-4 to Barcelona).
The side from Aragon have won just one of their last 16 league games, although this was in their last away match (2-0 at Espanyol).
Real Zaragoza are the only side in La Liga yet to score from outside the box this season.
Málaga have scored the most goals from direct free kicks in the league this season (3), though none since September.
Málaga (7) are, along with Granada (6), one of only two teams to have won every league game in which they have opened the scoring this season.
Málaga's last eight league goals have been scored by foreign players, six of them by South Americans.
None of the six league meetings between Pellegrini and Jiménez as managers have ended as draws (two wins for Pellegrini, four defeats).
Osasuna - Granada
Osasuna have won all three matches at home to Granada in the top flight.
The Navarre side have only once failed to score against Granada in Primera, when they lost 0-1 in December 1958.
Osasuna have not lost two consecutive league games this season (they lost to Sevilla last time out).
Granada have scored nine goals in their last four Liga BBVA matches, having scored just 12 in 19 games before this.
The Andalucians have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 league games.
Osasuna have scored the joint-fewest goals from substitutes in the league this season (1, with Mallorca).
Granada are, along with Betis, the only side yet to draw on the road in La Liga this season.
Osasuna have conceded the most goals to opposition substitutes in the league this season (10).
Osasuna have scored the highest proportion of their goals in the first half in La Liga this season (62%).
Granada have only won one of the 10 league games this season in which one of Ighalo or Iñigo López has been missing.
Racing - Sporting de Gijón
Racing are without a win in their last three league meetings with Sporting (D2 L1).
Sporting have won on none of their last eight league visits to El Sardinero (D3 L5).
Racing were relegated on four of the seven occasions that they had under 23 points after 23 games in Primera (assuming three points for a win).
Assuming three points for a win, Sporting have been relegated on the two previous occasions that they had 20 points at this stage of a season (53/54 and 58/59).
Racing have scored the joint-fewest goals at home in La Liga this season (8), but have conceded the fourth-fewest (nine).
Racing are without a win in their last five league games (D3 L2), but have only lost one of their last six on home turf (W2 D3).
All three of the cántabros' home wins in the league this season have been by the same scoreline (1-0).
Sporting have lost their last four league away games, conceding 14 goals in the process.
Racing are, along with Real Sociedad, the side who have scored the fewest first-half goals in LigaBBVA this season (seven).
Rayo Vallecano - Real Madrid
Real Madrid have won their last seven league meetings with Rayo, scoring at least three in six of these.
The side from Chamartín have won their last 13 league meetings with other sides from Madrid, averaging 3.2 goals per game.
José Mourinho's men have won 18 of their last 19 league games (L1).
Real Madrid are on a run of eight straight league wins on the road, keeping five clean sheets.
Rayo have won their last three league games, their best run in the top-flight since 2001/02 (five).
Madrid are the top-scoring away side in the league this season (30) and have picked up 10 more points (28) than any other side on the road (Rayo, 18).
If only home games counted in the league this season, Rayo would be in the relegation zone (W4 D1 L6).
Real Madrid have seen the joint-most opposition players sent off in the league this season (eight).
Diego Costa has scored four goals, three headed, in his first three league games with Rayo.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo (11) and Fernando Llorente (7) have scored more away goals in the league this season than Gonzalo Higuaín (6).
Real Betis - Getafe
Getafe have scored exactly twice on all but one of their five top-flight visits to Betis.
The azulones have lost just one of their last five league away games (W3 D1).
Getafe have conceded in all but three of their last 28 league matches on the road: all three games where they kept a clean sheet ended 0-0.
Previously, every time the verdiblancos have won in the league this season, it has been part of a winning streak of at least three games: they have won their last two.
On all four occasions that Betis have been winning at half-time in the league this season, they have gone on to win.
Nelson has won both matches in which he has played in the league, with Betis scoring twice each time.
The Madrid side are, along with Osasuna, the team who have conceded the most goals to substitutes on the road in the league this season (7), while Betis have conceded the most at home (3).
Getafe are the only side in Primera yet to score in the opening 15 minutes of a match this season.
Iriney and Tomás Pina have committed the joint-most fouls in the league this season (54).
Muñiz Fernández has sent off more players at home in La Liga this season than any other referee.
Real Sociedad - Mallorca
Real Sociedad have won five of their last six league games at home to Mallorca, including the last four in a row.
Joaquín Caparrós' men have scored in nine of their last 10 league visits to Anoeta.
The donostiarra have won their last two league home games, while Mallorca have lost their last two on the road.
Last time out Mallorca scored four goals in a league match for the first time this season.
Until their recent win over Villarreal, all six of Mallorca's league goals this season had been by a single-goal margin.
Real Sociedad have scored the lowest proportion of their league goals in the first half this season (27%, 7/26).
Joaquín Caparrós' men have dropped 20 points after scoring the opening goal in La Liga this season, more than any other side.
Philippe Montanier's side have won all four league games in which they have opened the scoring at Anoeta this season.
Seven of Mallorca's last 10 league goals have been headed: they have eight in total this season.
Agirretxe has failed to score in his last 10 league appearances, his poorest-ever run at Real Sociedad.
Valencia - Sevilla
By beating Osasuna, Sevilla ended their poorest winless run since returning to the top flight (D2 L6).
Sevilla have won their last four league meetings with Valencia.
Valencia have only lost two of their last 17 league games at home to Andalucian sides, both of them against Sevilla.
19 of Los Che's last 22 league goals against Sevilla have been scored by Spanish players, the other three were by Aimar.
Only Real Madrid (21) have scored in more league games than Valencia (20) this season, though one of these was against Sevilla.
Three of Sevilla's last four league goals have been netted by players who had never scored in La Liga before (the other was an own goal).
Valencia have not lost when both Banega and Miguel have started in the league this season (W3 D3).
Valencia are the only Liga BBVA side who are yet to concede in the 15 minutes before the break this season.
Spahic, along with Tomás Pina, has picked up the most yellow cards (11) without being sent off in La Liga this season.
The first meeting between the sides this season saw three red cards, a league joint-most this season with Mallorca-Betis.
Villarreal - Athletic
Villarreal have won their last seven league games against Athletic at El Madrigal, scoring an average of 2.6 goals per game.
Villarreal have only lost one of their last 14 top-flight meetings with Athletic (W11 D2).
The Yellow Submarine have lost just once at home in the league this season (0-3 vs Levante), and have drawn the second-most home games (five).
Bielsa's men have hit exactly three goals in three of their last four league games.
Only Real Madrid (21) have scored in more league games than Athletic (20) this season.
Athletic are, along with Valencia, the team who have dropped the most points in the final five minutes of league games this season (nine).
Cani has been subbed off on the most occasions this season in Liga BBVA (16).
Only Cristiano Ronaldo (11) has scored more away goals in Primera this season than Fernando Llorente (seven).
Marco Ruben has scored in six of the last seven league games in which Villarreal have managed to find the net