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Stuart Dalgleish 29th Aug 2013 - 12:05

La Liga Opta Facts: 30 Aug - 1 Sep

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Almeria v Elche

  • This will be the first ever top-flight meeting between Almeria and Elche.
  • Almeria won three of their last four home clashes with Elche in the Segunda, scoring exactly two goals in each win.
  • Two of the three goals scored by Rodri, the joint-top scorer in La Liga, this season have been assisted by Suso.
  • Francisco's side have lost a league-high five points from winning positions so far this term.
  • Elche have not won an away game in La Liga since 1988, when they won 1-0 at Murcia in the third gameweek of the campaign.
  • The side from Elche have conceded exactly three goals in five of their last six top-flight away games.
  • Coro, who is the only Elche player to have netted this term, scored his last two top-flight goals prior to this season against Almeria.
  • Almeria have already lost five points with goals conceded in the last 10 minutes this season, more than any other side.
  • Three of Almeria's four goals this term have arrived between the 30th and 40th minutes.

Rayo Vallecano v Levante

  • Rayo Vallecano have won three of their four top-flight meetings with Levante, only losing the first one they ever played against them (1-2 in 2011).
  • The 3-0 victory recorded against los Granotas last season was Rayo's joint-heaviest victory of the campaign (also beat Betis 3-0).
  • Levante have gone six games without a win against sides from Madrid in La Liga (D1 L5).
  • Joaquin Caparros has picked up a victory in Vallecas with each of the two previous clubs he has visited with in La Liga (Mallorca and Sevilla).
  • Only Manchester City have scored more goals from outside the box than Rayo Vallecano across Europe's top five leagues this season (two).
  • Levante are one of only two teams in La Liga yet to register a goal this term (with Malaga).
  • Only Xavi (193) has made more passes than Roberto Trashorras (169) in La Liga this season.
  • Levante have the lowest average possession figure in La Liga 2012/13 (31.12%).
  • David Barral has been involved in more duels than any other striker in the Spanish top-flight so far in this campaign (41).

Celta Vigo v Granada

  • Celta Vigo have won three successive home league games against Granada in the top-flight; they have never gone four in a row.
  • Granada have only scored in one of their last six trips to Vigo in the top-flight, though that came last season.
  • New Celta striker Charles could become the first Celta player to score in three successive league games since the Galicians were promoted in 2012.
  • Celta Vigo have committed the most fouls after the opening two weeks of La Liga this season (41).
  • Granada, who won their opening game against Osasuna, have not won two of their opening three games in a top-flight campaign since 1959/60.
  • After Barcelona (24) and Real Madrid (17), Celta Vigo have had the most shots on target in La Liga this season (14).
  • Roberto has made more saves than any other keeper this season (11).
  • Last weekend, Nolito became the first Celta player to score and assist in the same game since Iago Aspas against Granada back in February.
  • Dani Benitez has attempted a league-high seven dribbles without completing one so far this season.

Valladolid v Getafe

  • Valladolid have only three of their eight previous top-flight meetings with Getafe (D2 L3), though two came at the Zorrilla.
  • The Blues have not won any of their four top-flight trips to Pucela (D2 L2).
  • Valladolid have lost five successive league games; they have not lost six in a row since 1997/98.
  • Getafe have not won an away game since the last time one of their players netted a brace in a league outing (Colunga in a 3-1 victory in Mallorca in February).
  • Oscar participated in all three goals that Valladolid scored against Getafe over both La Liga meetings last season (two goals, one assist).
  • Of all the players to have taken over 10 penalties in La Liga since 2003/04, Diego Castro is the only one with a 100% success rate (15 out of 15).
  • Alcatraz has committed four fouls in only 57 minutes of league football this season..
  • Carlos Pena has made more crosses without finding a teammate with one than any other player in La Liga this season (11).

Osasuna v Villarreal

  • Osasuna have only lost one of their last 10 league meetings with Villarreal (W4 D5) and it came at El Madrigal back in 2011 (2-4).
  • The Yellow Submarine last won a league game in Pamplona back in 2007 (4-1); this was also the last time a Villarreal player scored a hat-trick in a La Liga game (Diego Forlan).
  • Villarreal have won a league-high six points from losing positions this season.
  • Only Atletico Madrid have scored as many goals in the final 15 minutes of games as Marcelino's side this term (three).
  • Villarreal have the opportunity to win their opening three games of a top-flight season for the first time in their history.
  • Osasuna are one of two teams to have scored an own goal this season, while Villarreal are one of two to benefit from their opponents scoring one.
  • Giovani dos Santos has participated in 60% of Villarreal's goals since their return to the top-flight (two goals, one assist).
  • Only Cristiano Ronaldo (7.5) and Lionel Messi (5) average more shots per 90 minutes than Oriol Riera (4.7) in La Liga this season.
  • Osasuna, who have lost their opening two games this season, have only lost their three opening games twice before in the top-flight (1956/57 and 2012/13).

Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao

  • Real Madrid have won 15 of their last 16 league meetings with Athletic, only losing once in this run (0-1 in 2010 at the old San Mames).
  • The Whites have won eight successive games against Bilbao at the Bernabeu in La Liga; they have never won nine in a row against them on home soil.
  • Three of Real Madrid's last four home games against the Lions have ended in 5-1 wins.
  • Only against Getafe (seven) has Cristiano Ronaldo scored more La Liga goals than against Athletic (six).
  • Gorka Iraizoz has conceded more goals from the penalty spot to Cristiano Ronaldo (four) than any other La Liga keeper, but is also one of only three to save one from the Portuguese winger.
  • Athletic have only received two yellow cards this season; a league-low (Ander and Laporte).
  • Karim Benzema has scored in two successive league games; he has not beaten this record in a single campaign since 2010/11 (four consecutive games scoring).
  • Ernesto Valverde has won three of this four league games against Real Madrid as Athletic manager, including the Basque side's last victory in the Bernabeu (2-0 in 2005).
  • Of all goalkeepers to make more than five saves this season, Diego Lopez has the best save percentage (85%).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has had a league-high 20 shots without scoring this season.
  • Mesut Ozil has created a league-high 10 chances this season but is yet to register his first assist.

Espanyol v Betis

  • Espanyol have won their last three home league games against Betis without conceding a single goal.
  • The Green-and -Whites have drawn more away games against Espanyol (16) than any other side in their top-flight history.
  • Of all players to have scored two or more goals this season, Thievy Bifouma has played the fewest minutes (47).
  • Cedric has had more clear chances than any other player in La Liga this season (three) but is still waiting for his first goal.
  • Only Villarreal (six) have earned more points from losing positions than Espanyol (four) in La Liga this season.
  • Betis have hit the woodwork a joint-high three times this season.
  • Espanyol have scored two headed goals already this season; a joint-high with Athletic Bilbao.
  • Nosa, meanwhile, has attempted more headed shots than any other player in La Liga this season (four).
  • While Stephan Andersen made seven saves on the opening gameweek in La Liga, Guillermo Sara only made two on the second.

Real Sociedad v Atletico Madrid

  • Real Sociedad have only won one of their last six league meetings with Real Sociedad (D1 L4), though this was their most recent meeting (1-0 away last season).
  • The Red-and-Whites have won more times at the Anoeta than any other side in La Liga since Real Sociedad's latest promotion (three).
  • Carlos Vela has participated in all three of Real Sociedad's league goals this season (two goals, one assist).
  • Diego Costa has scored in three consecutive league goals (five goals); his best ever top-flight streak.
  • Diego Simeone's side have the best shot conversion rate in La Liga this season (40%).
  • Jagoba Arrasate's side have only conceded three shots on target this season; a league-low.
  • Atletico have not won their opening three league games of a top-flight season since 1995/96, the last time they won La Liga.
  • David Villa has hit the post a joint-high two times already this season.
  • No team has scored more goals from set pieces than Atletico Madrid this term (two, same as Espanyol).

Sevilla v Malaga

  • Sevilla are without a win in three consecutive derbies against Malaga (D1 L2), failing to score in each of the last two.
  • At no other away ground have Malaga won more games in La Liga than at the Sanchez Pizjuan (five) since their reformation.
  • Unai Emery is unbeaten in three Andalusian derbies in La Liga as Sevilla manager (W1 D2).
  • Bern Schuster has lost six of his nine league meetings with Sevilla as a manager, including the game that provoked his dismissal as Real Madrid manager back in 2008.
  • Sevilla have been shown a league-high 10 yellow cards this season, while Malaga are joint-second in this category with Granada.
  • Sevilla were part of the first goalless draw of this La Liga campaign with their stalemate against Levante last weekend.
  • Bern Schuster's side have only scored one goal in their first two games this term; their worst top-flight record since 2004/05.
  • Of all midfielders in La Liga, only Gabi (eight) has made more interceptions than Fernando Tissone (seven) this season.
  • Sevilla have created three clear chances this season, but none of them have been taken (Gamerio, Carlos Bacca and Vitolo have all missed).

Valencia v Barcelona

  • Valencia are without a win in six home league games against Barcelona (D4 L2); their worst ever home run against the Catalans.
  • The Catalan giants have drawn four of their last five trips to the Mestalla in La Liga; they have drawn more at this venue than any other since 2008/09.
  • Los Che have won their last six home league games, keeping clean sheets in each of the last three.
  • Barcelona are the only team yet to concede a single goal in La Liga this term.
  • Valencia have only attempted three shots on target all season; a joint-league-low with Elche.
  • Lionel Messi has scored 11 goals against Valencia in La Liga, but only three of those have come at the Mestalla.
  • New Valencia striker Dorlan Pabon scored more goals than any other winter signing in La Liga last season (eight), including one against Barcelona.
  • Only one of Barcelona's eight goals this season has come in the second-half (Pedro against Levante).
  • Valencia and Barcelona are the only two teams for whom a defender has scored a goal this season (Ricardo Costa, Dani Alves and Adriano).
  • Ever Banega has completed a league-high 10 dribbles this season, while Andres Iniesta is joint-second in this category with Suso (eight).




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