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Robert Alexander 29th Oct 2013 - 15:46

La Liga Opta Facts | 29 - 31 October

Espanyol v Malaga

  • Espanyol have only won one of their last five league meetings with Malaga (D1 L3).
  • On home soil, the Catalan side have lost just one of their last seven league meetings with Malaga, however (W5 D1).
  • The Blue-and-Whites have drawn four of their last seven league meetings with Andalusian sides in Cornella-El Prat (W1 L2).
  • Espanyol have alternated between winning and not winning in their last six home league games. For this run to continue, they must fail to beat Malaga here.
  • Malaga are without a win in 10 away league games (D3 L7), their worst run without an away win since January 2010 (12).
  • Javier Aguirre has only won two of his previous nine clashes with Bern Schuster as a La Liga manager, drawing one and losing six.
  • Espanyol have scored a league-high 83% of their goals in the second-half this term.
  • Ex-Espanyol player Sergio Sanchez has averaged 3.63 interceptions per game this season; the most in La Liga.
  • Malaga have failed to score in three successive league games; no club has gone four without a goal in La Liga this term.


Celta v Barcelona

  • Celta have gone three home games without a win against Barcelona (D1 L2); they have not gone four in a row against them without one since 1972 (five).
  • The side from Vigo are without a win in six overall against Barcelona in the league (D1 L5), their last victory came back in May 2004 (1-0) when Celta scored their first league goal against Victor Celta have conceded more goals against Barcelona (205) than any other side in their La Liga history.
  • Indeed, no away side has won more games at the Balaidos in La Liga than Barca (18).
  • Of the current 19 sides in the Primera, Celta are the team that Lionel Messi has scored the fewest goals against (two).
  • Luis Enrique's side are without a win in five home games in the top-flight (D3 L2).
  • Celta have failed to score in any of their last three home league games; they have not gone four or more without a goal in the Balaidos since 1995.
  • Between them, Neymar (two) and Alexis Sanches (four) have scored six of Barcelona's last seven league goals.
  • Celta Vigo have conceded 77% of their league goals after half-time this term; a league-high proportion.
  • Gerard Pique ranks second for defenders to have completed the most passes this season (499), while Andreu Fontas (469) is third.
  • Only Barcelona (419) and Real Madrid (269) average more passes per game on home soil than Celta Vigo (237) this season.


Valladolid v Real Sociedad

  • Valladolid have only lost one of their last seven meetings with Real Sociedad at the Jose Zorilla in La Liga (W3 D3).
  • Valladolid are without a win in three home league games (D2 L1), conceding exactly twice in each of these clashes.
  • Real Sociedad have the opportunity to win three successive league games for the first time in the year 2013.
  • No player has directly participated in more La Liga goals for Real Valladolid since their most recent promotion than Patrick Ebert (nine goals, 11 assists).
  • Antoine Griezmann has scored four of Real Sociedad's last six La Liga goals against Real Valladolid.
  • Only Almeria (nine) have lost more points from winning positions than Valladolid (eight) this term.
  • Imanol Agirretxe has had a league-high 19 shots without scoring this season.
  • Javi Guerra has only scored one of his five league goals this season in the Jose Zorrilla.
  • Juan Ignacio Martinez remains unbeaten in four La Liga clashes with Real Sociedad as a manager (W3 D1).


Valencia v Almeria

  • Valencia have won five successive league meetings with Almeria, scoring 2.6 goals per game on average.
  • Almeria have only ever beaten Valencia once in La Liga, and that came back in January 2008 at the Mestalla with Felipe Melo scoring the only goal of the game.
  • Los Ches have won eight successive home league meetings with sides from Andalusia.
  • Valencia have scored at least once in each of their last 13 home league games.
  • Almeria have only scored one goal in their last five league games combined (Rodri, in the 1-2 defeat against Sevilla).
  • Over the last two seasons, Helder Postiga is the top scoring player in La Liga who hasn't registered a single assist (17).
  • Miroslav Djukic could become the first Valencia manager to lose successive league games at the Mestalla since Unai Emery in March 2011 in this game.
  • Almeria have only taken three points from 10 games this season; they have the worst record of the bottom side at this stage since Levante in 2007/08 (one).
  • Ricardo Costa has scored six headed goals since the start of last season; the most of any defender in the top five European leagues.
  • Diego Alves, the goalkeeper to have played the most La Liga games for Almeria in their top-flight history, could play against his former club for the first time.


Real Madrid v Sevilla

  • Real Madrid have won six of their last seven league meetings with Sevilla (L1).
  • In the Bernabeu, Sevilla are without a win in eight league visits (L7) since a 4-3 triumph in 2008 thanks to a goal in the 85th minute from Renato.
  • Real Madrid have won all but one of their 16 home league games in 2013, losing just once against Atletico Madrid.
  • Sevilla are without a win in 21 away league games, their worst top-flight run since 1978 (26).
  • Unai Emery has taken charge of six league games at the Santiago Bernabeu and has not won any of them (D1 L5).
  • Only against Getafe (13) has Cristiano Ronaldo scored more goals than he has against Sevilla (12) in La Liga.
  • Isco has participated in more goals at the Bernabeu than any other Real Madrid player in La Liga this season (four goals, one assist).
  • Sevilla's six league goals on the road this season have all been netted by different players.
  • After scoring in the first two La Liga gameweeks, Karim Benzema has gone 514 minutes without a league goal, his longest drought since 2011/12.
  • Sevilla have seen four opposition players sent off this season, the most in La Liga.
  • Ivan Rakitic has won eight points with his five goals in La Liga this season; only Diego Costa (11 goals, 11 points) has won more.


Osasuna v Rayo Vallecano

  • Osasuna have only won one of their last six top-flight meetings with Rayo in the top-flight, failing to score in four of those games.
  • The side from Vallecas have only ever won once in Pamplona in the top-flight, winning 1-0 in January 2003 thanks to a goal from Julio Alvarez.
  • Of the last 11 league games at El Sadar, Osasuna have only scored in four - doing so in their only three victories in this run and in a 1-2 defeat to Granada.
  • With their victory in Almeria, Paco Jemez's side ended a run of four straight league defeats on the road.
  • Rayo Vallecano have scored just two league goals away from home this season, a league-low, with both coming in the second-half.
  • Oriol Riera has scored Osasuna's last four league goals, though only one of these has come in El Sadar.
  • Rayo have scored a league-high proportion of 43% of their goals from outside the area this season, while Osasuna are one of only two sides (with Getafe) yet to concede in this way.
  • Only Antonio Amaya (86) has made more clearances than ex Rayo and current Osasuna player Alejandro Arribas in La Liga this season (81).
  • Roberto Trashorras has had more shots without a goal than any other Rayo player in La Liga this term (12).


Villarreal v Getafe

  • Getafe have only ever won one top-flight visit to El Madrigal (D1 L6), though that was their last visit (2-1 in March 2012).
  • The Yellow Submarine have won their last two home league games; they have not won three in a row since January 2011 (five).
  • Marcelino's side have scored at least twice in every home league game this term.
  • Luis Garcia's side have won their last two away league games by the same scoreline (2-0); only once in their history have they won three in a row (05/06).
  • Giovani dos Santos has participated in half of Villarreal's league goals this season (six goals, three assists).
  • Only Javier Casquero (21) has scored more La Liga goals for Getafe than Pedro Leon (15) of all midfielders.
  • Marcelino Garcia Toral has won six league games this season; the same number as Miguel Angel Lotina and Jose Francisco Molina managed in total for Villarreal in 2011/12.
  • Only Levante (six) have won more points than Villarreal (five) thanks to goals in the final 10 minutes of games this season.
  • Pablo Sarabia has made more assists this season already than in his previous 35 top-flight games with Getafe (only one).


Granada v Atletico Madrid

  • Granada are without a win in nine top-flight meetings with Atletico Madrid (D3 L6), failing to score in each of the last four.
  • Granada have lost all but one of their home league games this season (W1 L4), winning the only one they managed to score in (2-0 v Athletic Bilbao).
  • After five straight away wins, los Colchoneros lost their last away game 1-0 in Espanyol.
  • Atletico Madrid are the only team that Granada are yet to score against since their most recent promotion to La Liga.
  • El-Arabi has scored Granada's last three home league goals, the only two they have scored this season and their final one last term.
  • Diego Costa has scored 11 goals in 10 games this season; one more than Falcao had managed at this stage last term.
  • Lucas Alcaraz's side have scored 50% of their goals with headers this season; the highest percentage in La Liga.
  • Atletico Madrid and Granada are the only two La Liga sides yet to net from outside the area this season.
  • Granada are one of only four teams that David Villa has faced in La Liga but never scored against (176 goals against 30 different sides).


Betis v Levante

  • Betis have only won one of their last seven against Levante in the Primera (D2 L4), 2-0 last season.
  • The side from Valencia are unbeaten in four away league games (W3 D1), keeping a clean sheet in the last two.
  • Levante have drawn four of their last five league games against Andalusian sides (1W).
  • Levante's last away win in Andalusia came against Betis; 1-0 in October 2011 with former Betis man Juanlu getting the goal.
  • Joaquin Caparros has only lost one of his nine previous visits to Real Betis as a La Liga manager (W5 D3).
  • Betis have only logged eight points from 10 games this term, three fewer than at this stage of the 2008/09 (11) campaign that ended in relegation.
  • Baba Diawara has scored as many goals in seven games with Levante that he managed in his whole top-flight career with Sevilla (three in 30).
  • Betis have not earned a single point with a second-half goal all season, while Levante have won five after the break.
  • 75% of Levante's league goals this season have been scored by African players.


Athletic Bilbao v Elche

  • Athletic have only won one of their last four league meetings with Elche, however that was their most recent one and the only game in this run in which they scored (D1 L2).
  • Elche played 19 league games at the old San Mames without a single victory (D5 L14); this will be their first game at the new San Mames.
  • Elche are the only current La Liga team to have never won an away game against Athletic Bilbao.
  • Ernesto Valverde's side are unbeaten on home soil this season, winning four and drawing one.
  • Los Ilicitanos have won their last two away league games; they have never won three away league games on the trot in the Primera.
  • Elche have won the same number of away games this season as they managed in each of their last two Primera campaigns in total (84/85 and 88/89).
  • Mikel Rico has scored two home goals for Bilbao already this season; he only scored one goal at Los Carmenes in his entire spell with Granada.
  • Alberto Botia has received a league-high six yellow cards this season; he was Sevilla's most booked player last term (11).
  • Markel Susaeta has made more assists than any other Athletic Bilbao player since his debut in 2007/08 (30).



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