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Jonathan Cordingley 25th Mar 2014 - 20:19

La Liga Opta Facts | 26 - 27 March

Barcelona v Celta Vigo

  • Barcelona have won six of their last seven league meetings with Celta Vigo, drawing only at the Balaidos last season (2-2).
  • In their last nine trips to the Camp Nou in La Liga, Celta Vigo have drawn (five) more games than they have lost (four).
  • Despite that, Barcelona have won their last three home meetings with los Celestes in La Liga, winning each of the last two 3-1.
  • Celta Vigo are the only side Lionel Messi has faced more than once at the Nou Camp in La Liga without scoring.
  • Celta's only previous league win at the Camp Nou came back in October 1941 (2-0); they have drawn 10 and lost 36 at the ground.
  • Barcelona have scored 17 goals in their last three home league games; more than six La Liga teams have managed on home soil all season.
  • Only Real Madrid and Atletico (four) have won more away games in 2014 in La Liga so far than Celta Vigo (three).
  • This will be Luis Enrique's first game as a manager against Barcelona at the Camp Nou; his last La Liga defeat as a player was against his current side Celta Vigo in 2004.
  • Toni has made more crosses per game than any other La Liga player this season (10.08).
  • Lionel Messi is the top scorer in the top five European Leagues in 2014 (13 goals).


Rayo Vallecano v Osasuna

  • Rayo have only won one of their last four home meetings with Osasuna in La Liga (D2 L1), but that was a 6-0 hammering in 2012.
  • Indeed, that 6-0 victory against the Reds remains Rayo Vallecano's biggest ever top-flight win.
  • Emiliano Armeteros scored 20 goals for Rayo in the Segunda in 2010/11; more than he has managed in total in his La Liga career so far (14).
  • Paco Jemez has not won any of his three meetings with Osasuna as a La Liga manager (D1 L2).
  • Only Sevilla (12) have taken more points from the last four gameweeks than Rayo (10).
  • Osasuna have lost their last four league games; their worst run under Xavi Gracia.
  • No side has scored fewer La Liga goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this term than Rayo (one).
  • Joaquin Larrivey has scored four goals in the last four gameweeks; as many as he had managed all season before this run.
  • Oriol Riera has now gone six games without a goal; his longest goal drought in La Liga.


Atletico Madrid v Granada

  • Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in 10 league meetings with Granada (W7 D3), winning each of the last four.
  • In the Vicente Calderon, Atleti are unbeaten in 12 top-flight meetings with Granada (W11 D1), keeping nine clean sheets in the process.
  • Indeed the Andalusian side have only ever won once at the Vicente Calderon in La Liga in 19 previous trips (D3), and that was back in October 1959.
  • Los Colchoneros have not lost at home to an Andalusian side since December 2011, when they lost 0-2 to Real Betis (W8 D1).
  • The last time Granada conceded five or more in a league game was against Atletico in the Calderon last season (5-0).
  • The Red-and-Whites are unbeaten in 16 home league games (W12 D4); they have not gone 17 without a defeat in La Liga since 1998/99 (20).
  • If they fail to win this game, Granada will equal their longest run of games without a victory since returning to La Liga (seven).
  • Diego Simeone's side have conceded just three headed goals this term; a league-low.
  • Youssef El-Arabi has either scored (three) or assisted (two) each of Granada's last five league goals.
  • Koke has become the first Atletico Madrid player to make 11 assists in a league campaign since Ariel Ibagaza in 2003/04.


Sevilla v Real Madrid

  • Sevilla have lost seven of their last eight league meetings with Real Madrid (W1), conceding 3.75 goals per game on average.
  • Before their 1-0 victory over the Whites at the Sanchez Pizjuan last season, Sevilla had lost two games in a row in this fixture by a scoreline of 6-2.
  • Real Madrid have won 11 consecutive league games against Andalusian sides; they have never won 12 in a row.
  • The Whites are unbeaten in 10 away league games (W7 D3) and have scored in their last 22 on the road.
  • Los Nervionenes have won five consecutive league games; they have never won six in a row in a single La Liga campaign.
  • The return fixture between these two sides this season is still the highest scoring fixture in La Liga in the 21st century (7-3).
  • If they beat Real Madrid, Sevilla will have collected 50 points this season; the same number they finished on in each of the last two campaigns.
  • Sevilla (18) and Real Madrid (17) have hit the woodwork the most in La Liga this term.
  • Sevilla have lost their last four meetings with sides from Madrid when Gonzalez Gonzalez has been referee.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals against Sevilla than any other side in La Liga (15).


Getafe v Villarreal

  • Getafe are unbeaten in three home league meetings with Villarreal (W2 D1), keeping three consecutive clean sheets in the process.
  • Away from home, the Yellow Submarine have only won two of their last 11 La Liga meetings with sides from Madrid (D1 L8) and both came against Rayo.
  • The Blues are winless in 14 consecutive league games (D5 L9); their worst ever run in La Liga.
  • The side from the south of Madrid have not won a league game at the Coliseum since November, when they won 1-0 against Levante (D4 L3).
  • Getafe have not won any of their two games under Cosmin Contra so far (D1 L1); his predecessor Luis Garcia collected his first victory for the club in his fifth game (D1 L3).
  • Villarreal have not lost a single point from a winning position on the road this season.
  • The Yellows have scored just three headed goals all term; a league-low figure.
  • Getafe have scored just four goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season; a league-low figure.
  • No goalkeeper has saved more penalties than Sergio Asenjo this season (two).


Real Sociedad v Valladolid

  • Real Sociedad are unbeaten in four meetings with Valladolid in the top-flight, though three of those games ended 3-3 (W1).
  • The last time the Basque side scored six goals in a La Liga home game was against Valladolid in December 2001 (6-0).
  • Arrasate's side have only lost one of their last 12 league games at the Anoeta (W8 D3); 2-3 against Rayo.
  • Los Pucelanos are without a win in 10 consecutive away league games (D3 L7), conceding exactly four goals in five of those games.
  • Juan Ignacio Martinez has never lost to Real Sociedad as a top-flight manager (W3 D2).
  • Javi Guerra has scored 50% of Real Valladolid's away league goals this season (seven of 14).
  • In contrast, Real Sociedad's last six home league goals have all come from different players.
  • Valladolid have lost a league-high 11 points from winning positions on the road this term.
  • Only in one of their last 12 top-flight seasons have Valladolid had fewer points after 29 games than the 27 they have this term; 2009/10, when they were last relegated.


Almeria v Valencia

  • Almeria have only won one of their last seven La Liga meetings with Valencia (D1 L5), though it was in their last meeting.
  • On home soil, Almeria have never beaten Valencia in a top-flight fixture (D1 L3).
  • Pizzi's side are winless in three away league games (D1 L2), failing to score in all three.
  • Valencia have only lost one of their four trips to Andalusia so far this season (W1 D2), and that was the only one they conceded in (3-1 at Betis).
  • Francisco's side have only lost one of their last seven home league games, winning four and drawing two.
  • Feghouli has assisted three of Valencia's last four away league goals.
  • No La Liga player has scored more penalties this season than Verza (six).
  • Valencia have not won any of their five league games without Diego Alves this term, losing three and drawing two.


Levante v Real Betis

  • Levante have lost just one of their last eight against Real Betis in La Liga (W4 D3).
  • Los Verdiblancos have never failed to score in seven previous trips to Levante in the top-flight.
  • If they fail to score in this game, Levante will have recorded their longest run of games without a goal since January 2008.
  • Betis, the only team yet to win on the road in La Liga this season, are currently on their longest unbeaten away run since January 2013 (two draws).
  • Real Betis have never had fewer than 19 points after 29 games of a top-flight campaign.
  • The side from Seville had just five shots in their last game against Atletico Madrid; their lowest total this season.
  • Betis have not mustered over 50% possession in any of their five away games under Gabi Calderon so far; in this game they face the team with the lowest overall possession this term (36.39%).
  • David Barral has conceded more fouls than any other La Liga player this season (72).
  • Joaquin Caparros has lost just two of his 21 meetings with Real Betis as a manager across the Primera and Segunda divisions (W9 D10).

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