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Jonathan Cordingley 28th Mar 2014 - 19:12

La Liga Opta Facts | 29 - 31 March

Espanyol v Barcelona

  • Espanyol are without a win in nine consecutive derbies against Barcelona (D2 L7), losing the last four without even scoring.
  • Los Periquitos have only won one of their last 11 home league games against their neighbour (D3 L7); 3-1 in January 2007.
  • In their four previous visits to Cornella-El Prat, Barca have scored eight goals and conceded just two.
  • Espanyol are unbeaten in two home league games (W1 D1); they have not gone three in a row unbeaten at home since September (W2 D1).
  • Barcelona have not kept a clean sheet in five away league games, their worst run since March 2013 (eight).
  • Barca have already lost three away league games this season; something that had not happened to them since 2008/09.
  • Javier Aguirre has only won two of his 16 league meetings with Barcelona (D2 L12).
  • Sergio Garcia has directly participated in a league-high 53% of Espanyol's goals this season.
  • Neymar has scored nine goals in 22 La Liga games this season; that's one more than Robinho managed in his debut campaign in Spain (eight in 2005/06).
  • Lionel Messi is the top scorer across the second round of games so far (14); he has netted twice as many as Cristiano Ronaldo (seven).
  • Barcelona have recouped a league-high 10 points from losing positions on the road this season.
  • Lionel Messi has played three league games at Cornella-El Prat so far but has never scored there.

 

Celta Vigo v Sevilla

  • The Galician side have lost just one of their last four against Sevilla at the Balaidos (W2 D1).
  • Of their eight previous meetings with Andalusian sides this season, Celta have lost just one (W6 D1), though that was their last home game against Malaga (0-2).
  • Celta are without a win in four home league games (D2 L2), scoring just one goal in total.
  • The side from Nervion have won their last three away league games; they have never won four in a row in a single La Liga season.
  • Indeed overall, Sevilla have won their last six league games; already their best run inside a single top-flight campaign.
  • Celta Vigo would find themselves in the relegation zone if only home points counted this season (15 points).
  • Carlos Bacca has scored 14 league goals this season; just one fewer than Luis Fabiano managed in his first two campaigns with Sevilla combined (5 in 05/06 and 10 in 06/07).
  • Sevilla have scored 22 goals from set pieces this season; a joint-high with Real Madrid.

 

Athletic v Atletico Madrid

  • None of the last 16 league meetings between Athletic and Atletico have ended level, with the Basque side winning six and the side from Madrid winning 10.
  • The side from Bilbao have won their last two home league meetings with Atleti by the same scoreline: 3-0.
  • Athletic are unbeaten in three league meetings with sides from Madrid (W2 D1); they have not gone four in a row without defeat since April 2003 (five).
  • Ernesto Valverde's side have lost just one of their last 12 league games (W6 D5); their first ever home defeat in the new San Mames (1-2 v Espanyol).
  • Atleti have won their last four league games without conceding, with Diego Costa scoring in the last three.
  • The Lions have lost two of their four league games without Ander Herrera this season (W2).
  • If he doesn't concede at the San Mames, Courtois will become the first keeper to keep five consecutive clean sheets in La Liga this season.
  • Athletic have earned a league-high 21 points from losing positions this term.
  • Aritz Aduriz has scored a league goal against Atleti for both Mallorca (two goals) and Valencia (one) but has never done so for Athletic (though he did score against them in the cup this season).

 

Real Madrid v Rayo Vallecano

  • Real Madrid have won 11 consecutive league games against Rayo Vallecano; the best run by any side in a Madrid derby in La Liga history.
  • Real have won their last five league games against Rayo in the Bernabeu, with three of those five ending 3-1.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored half of Real Madrid's goals against Rayo in La Liga since the side from Vallecas were last promoted (seven of 14).
  • The last time the Whites failed to score in a home game against Rayo was also the last time Vallecano managed a point at the Bernabeu (0-0 in 2000).
  • Rayo have been awarded nine penalties this season; three more than Real Madrid.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is the only La Liga player to have had more than 100 shots this season (152); Joaquin Larrivey has had the most for Rayo (44).
  • The last two Rayo players to score against Real in La Liga both went on to record a brace (Jonathan Viera and Michu).
  • Angel Di Maria has made a league-high seven assists across the second round of fixtures.
  • Joaquin Larrivey has scored seven of his nine league goals this season in the second round of games.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo could become the first player in La Liga to score in six consecutive games this season.
  • Rayo have scored a league-high 68% of their goals in the second-half this term.

 

Valladolid v Almeria

  • Valladolid have never lost at home to Almeria in the top-flight (W2 D1).
  • Real Valladolid have been reduced to 10 men in five of their previous seven top-flight clashes with the Andalusian side.
  • All four La Liga goals scored by Valladolid in Pucela against Almeria have come in the second-half.
  • Valladolid are unbeaten in seven home league games (W3 D4); they have not gone eight or more unbeaten within a single season since 2001/02 (nine).
  • Almeria have lost their last six away league games; their worst ever top-flight away run.
  • Oscar Diaz has scored in the last two league games; no Almeria player has scored in three in a row this season.
  • Valladolid have conceded a league-high 60% of goals to opposition midfielders this term.
  • Corona has played 129 top-flight games for Almeria now; he is just two short of Albert Crusat's all-time club record (131).
  • Almeria have conceded a league-high 20 goals from set pieces this term.

 

Osasuna v Real Sociedad

  • Osasuna are without a win in three league meetings with Real Sociedad (D2 L1), failing to score in all three games.
  • Los Txuri-Urdin have only scored in one of their last five against the Reds in the league, but in that game they collected their biggest ever win against them (5-0 this season).
  • Real Sociedad are the only team to have scored three headed goals in a La Liga game this term, doing so in the reverse meeting with Osasuna.
  • The side from Pamplona have lost their last three La Liga games against Basque sides, conceding 10 in their last two combined.
  • No Real Sociedad player has scored more goals than Imanol Agirretxe over the second round of games so far (four).
  • Osasuna are the only team to have not collected a single point having conceded the first goal of the game this term.
  • Imanol Agirretxe scored his first La Liga goal from outside the area against Almeria last time out; it was his 34th goal in the top-flight.
  • Real Sociedad have scored a joint-league-high 15 headed goals this term.
  • The Reds have scored just six goals from set pieces this season; a league-low.

 

Villarreal v Elche

 

  • Villarreal's 1-0 win over Elche earlier in the campaign was the first ever meeting between these two sides in the top-flight.
  • Marcelino's side have won more points from Valencian derbies than any other side this season (nine).
  • Elche are without a win in four league games (D2 L2), failing to score in each of the last three.
  • Villarreal are winless in three league games at El Madrigal (D2 L1), not winning there since February (3-1 v Osasuna).
  • Giovani dos Santos has scored more goals than any other Villarreal player at El Madrigal this term (seven).
  • Villarreal have the third best shot conversion rate in La Liga this season (18.32%); Elche, the second worst (9.41%).
  • Elche have scored just nine goals in the first-half all term; a league-low.
  • Only Lionel Messi (81.1) and Cristiano Ronaldo (84.8) have better minutes/goal ratios than Jeremy Perbet (100.1) in La Liga this season (minimum 700 minutes).
  • No Elche player has scored more than once across the second round of games so far (six players have scored one).

 

Valencia v Getafe

  • Valencia have won eight and drawn one of their nine top-flight home meetings with Getafe.
  • Only at the Nou Camp have Getafe played as many La Liga games without winning as they have at the Mestalla (nine).
  • Cosmin Contra will visit the Mestalla for the first time as a manager. His first trip there as a player in La Liga ended in a 2-0 win (with Alaves in 1999).
  • Sofiane Feghouli's first and so far only La Liga brace came against Getafe at the Mestalla in 2011.
  • Paco Alcacer has scored six goals in 15 games for Valencia this season; double the amount he netted for Getafe last term (three in 20 games).
  • Valencia have scored two or more goals in eight of their previous nine top-flight home meetings with Getafe, while the side from Madrid have only scored more than once on one occasion (a 4-2 defeat last season).
  • Five players currently playing for either Valencia or Getafe have played for both of these sides in La Liga (Paco Alcacer, Dani Parejo, Moya, Gavilan and Alexis).
  • Valencia have lost a league-high 17 points from winning positions this season.

 

Granada v Levante

  • Granada have only won two of their five meetings with Levante in La Liga (D1 L2); their first ever clash in 2011 and their most recent clash this season.
  • Two of Granada's three previous home goals against Levante in La Liga have come from the penalty spot.
  • Lucas Alcaraz has won just one of his seven meetings with Joaquin Caparros as a top-flight boss (D4 L2).
  • Granada have scored a league-high 15 goals through African players this season, while Levante are joint-second with Villarreal on 12.
  • If they win this game, Granada will have recorded their longest run of consecutive home victories since returning to the top tier (four).
  • Only Osasuna (zero) have taken fewer points than Levante (one) over the last four gameweeks.
  • Los Nazaris have scored 46% of their goals from set pieces this campaign, the highest proportion in La Liga.
  • Victor Casadesus has been sent off more times in six games this season (two) than he had in his whole La Liga career before this term (one).
  • Levante have gained a league-high six points with goals scored in the final five minutes of the game this season.

 

Betis v Malaga

  • Betis have lost just two of their last six league meetings with Malaga (W2 D2) and both of those came at La Rosaleda.
  • All three home victories that Real Betis have logged over Malaga CF in the top-flight have ended 3-0.
  • Despite that, Malaga have taken at least a point on six of their nine trips to the Benito Villamartin since reforming (W1 D5).
  • 12 of Real Betis's last 13 La Liga goals against Malaga have come in the first-half.
  • Malaga have been shown six red cards this season; already one more than the five they were shown last term.
  • Ruben Castro has scored seven of Real Betis's 10 league goals during the tenure of Gabriel Calderon.
  • Malaga have scored just one goal from outside the area this season; a league-low.
  • Bernd Schuster's side have conceded just two goals in the first 15 minutes of games; another league-low.

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