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Stuart Dalgleish 29th Jan 2014 - 22:16

La Liga Opta Facts | 31 January 1 - 3 February


Granada v Celta Vigo

  • Granada are unbeaten in 12 previous home meetings with Celta Vigo in the top-flight, winning 10 and drawing two.
  • Los Granadinos eliminated Celta Vigo in the Segunda Division play-offs in 2010/11, the season they earned promotion to the top-flight after 35 years away.
  • Fabian Orellana, who scored Granada's equalising goal in that play-off tie, has scored more La Liga goals this season (three) than in his previous three campaigns combined.
  • Celta have played more away league games against Granada without a victory than they have against any other top-flight side (12).
  • After picking up their biggest league win since returning to La Liga (4-0 against Valladolid), Granada have failed to score in their last two.
  • Celta Vigo have failed to score in three successive league games away from the Balaidos; they have not gone four in a row without a goal in La Liga since 2000.
  • Charles has participated in five of Celta Vigo's last six league goals (three goals, two assists).
  • Celta Vigo's three away league wins this season have coincided with their only three previous trips to Andalusia.
  • El-Arabi now only needs one goal to equal his haul from last season (eight).
  • No team has managed fewer clean sheets in La Liga this season than Celta Vigo (three, same as Sevilla and Elche).




Barcelona v Valencia

  • Barcelona have won six successive league meetings with Valencia at the Camp Nou; their best ever run of home victories against los Che.
  • Juan Antonio Pizzi will be the fourth Valencia manager to face Barcelona over the last two seasons; only Ernesto Valverde has got a point so far (1-1 at the Mestalla).
  • Valencia have not earned a point at the Nou Camp since 2006 (1-1), when Quique Sanchez Flores was manager.
  • If they win this game, Barcelona will have recorded their second best ever run of home league wins (26, best run is 39 in 1960).
  • Valencia have only lost one of their four league games under Juan Antonio Pizzi so far (W1 D2).
  • Lionel Messi, who has still not found the net in the league since returning from injury, will face the only side he has scored a hat-trick against this term.
  • Over the last three seasons, only against Osasuna (nine) has Lionel Messi scored more goals than he has against Valencia (eight).
  • Victor Valdes has the best save percentage of any La Liga goalkeeper this season (84.5%).
  • Barcelona have scored more first-half goals (31) than Valencia have overall (28) in La Liga this term.
  • The Catalan side have conceded a league-high 46% of their goals from corners this season.
  • Xavi Hernandez averages a league-high 91.35 passes per game this season; Oriol Romeu (65.5) leads this chart for Valencia.




Levante v Rayo Vallecano

  • There has never been a draw in five previous La Liga meetings between Levante and Rayo Vallecano (two Levante wins, three Rayo Vallecano wins).
  • Los Franjirrojos have won both previous top-flight trips to the Ciutat de Valencia, scoring eight goals in the process; more than they have against any other side away from home since 2011/12.
  • Andreas Ivanschitz, who scored his first La Liga goal against Rayo, has assisted a headed goal in each of Levante's last three games.
  • Levante have taken more points from their last three home games (seven) than they had taken on home soil all season before this run (six).
  • Rayo have only won three of their last 13 league games (D1 L9), but all three of these have come away from home.
  • Joaquin Caparros's side have scored four of their last five league goals from corner situations.
  • Jonathan Viera has assisted 29% of Rayo's league goals this season; the highest percentage of any player.
  • Only Willy Caballero (18) has saved more big chances than Keylor Navas (16) this term.
  • Joaquin Caparros has never lost a home league game against Rayo Vallecano as a La Liga manager (W2 D1).
  • Rayo have averaged 469.6 passes per game this season, the third-highest figure, while Levante are bottom of this category (272.4).




Getafe v Valladolid

  • Getafe have won their last three home league meetings with Real Valladolid, all by the odd goal.
  • Real Valladolid's only La Liga victory at the Alfonso Perez came back in 2008 (0-3); a game in which ex-Getafe player Vivar Dorado scored his final La Liga brace.
  • The Blues have only taken one point from the last six gameweeks; a joint-low with bottom of the table Betis.
  • Valladolid have lost their last four away league games, conceding four goals in all four of these defeats.
  • Los Pucelanos have lost eight of their 10 La Liga trips to Madrid (W2, both against Rayo).
  • The side from the south of Madrid have only scored in four of their previous nine top-flight meetings with Real Valladolid.
  • Getafe and Valladolid have both mustered a joint-league-low 73 shots on target this season.
  • Pedro Leon has participated in six of Getafe's last nine home league goals (five goals and one assist).
  • Javi Guerra, who has scored a higher percentage of his team's goals than any other La Liga player this season (46%), has not scored in his last four league games; his worst run of the campaign.
  • JIM's side have lost 11 points from winning positions on the road this term; a La Liga-high.




Malaga v Sevilla

  • Malaga are unbeaten in four league meetings with Sevilla (W2 D2), not losing to them since 2011 (2-1).
  • Bernd Schuster was sacked as manager of Real Madrid following a 4-3 defeat at the Bernabeu against Sevilla back in 2008.
  • Sevilla have the opportunity to win four consecutive Andalusian derbies in La Liga for the first time since 1991.
  • Kevin Gameiro has scored more goals in Andalusian derbies than any other player this season (four).
  • Only Sevilla (10) have won more points than Malaga (seven) in Andalusian derbies this term.
  • Malaga have gone four consecutive league games without scoring; the worst run by any side in La Liga all season.
  • Ivan Rakitic has become the first Sevilla midfielder to reach 10 La Liga goals in a season since Vassilis Tsartas in 99/00 (10).
  • Sevilla have conceded exactly once in each of their last five away league games.
  • Bernd Schuster's side's last four league goals have all been scored with headers.
  • Unai Emery has only lost one of his 10 previous meetings with Malaga as a La Liga manager (W6 D3), and that came with Valencia at La Rosaleda in April 2012 (1-0).




Elche v Almeria

  • The reverse meeting between these sides in August, which ended 2-2, was the first ever clash in the top-flight.
  • Elche only won one of their last seven home meetings with Almeria in the Segunda (D3 L3), though that was the most recent clash (1-0 in 2012).
  • Elche have the opportunity to win successive league games at the Martinez Valero for the first time since returning to La Liga last year.
  • Almeria have recorded as many victories over the last five gameweeks as they mustered in the rest of the season leading up to that run (three).
  • Only Alvaro Negredo (seven in 08/09) has recorded more assists for Almeria in a single La Liga season than Suso has this term (six).
  • Elche have not won any of their previous three home meetings with sides from Andalusia this term (D1 L2), conceding exactly once on each occasion.
  • Almeria's last four away league goals have all arrived in the first-half.
  • No La Liga side has conceded more second-half goals than Almeria this term (26).
  • Almeria have lost a league-high eight points with goals conceded in the final 10 minutes of the game this term.




Real Betis v Espanyol

  • Betis's 1-0 victory over Espanyol in the Villamarín last season ended a run of eight without a win at home to the Catalan side in La Liga (D7 L1).
  • Only against Athletic (32) have Real Betis drawn more games than they have against Espanyol (30) in their La Liga history.
  • The Green-and-Whites have gone 14 league games without a win (D3 L11); their worst ever run in the Primera.
  • Espanyol have only lost one of their last four away league games (W1 D2); 1-0 at El Sadar against Osasuna.
  • Betis have missed two of their three penalties this season, with all three coming on home soil (Ruben Castro and Jorge Molina).
  • Only Cristiano Ronaldo (five) has scored more penalties than Sergio Garcia (four) in La Liga this season.
  • Espanyol captain Sergio Garcia has been tackled more often than any other player this season (151); Nacho (50) has made the most tackles for Real Betis.
  • Raul Rodriguez has committed more fouls without being booked than any other La Liga player this season (20).
  • There have been 16 previous occasions of a team only recording two victories from their first 21 La Liga games, and only five have avoided relegation. Real Zaragoza (11/12) were the last team to do so.




Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad

  • Atletico have not won any of their last two home league meetings with Real Sociedad (D1 L1); they have never gone three in a row without a victory against them.
  • The Basque side have the opportunity to win two consecutive top-flight trips to the Vicente Calderon for the first time in their history.
  • Real Sociedad are the only team outside of Barcelona and Real Madrid to have defeated Diego Simeone's Atletico side at the Calderon.
  • David Villa, who scored his first league goal for Atletico in the Anoeta, has scored in the last two La Liga gameweeks.
  • Antoine Griezman has become the first Real Sociedad player to score five headed goals in a single La Liga season since Darko Kovacevic in 2004/05.
  • Diego Costa has gone four league games without a goal; his worst run since January of last year (six).
  • Real Sociedad have scored a league-high 12 headed goals this season, though only Granada (one) have conceded fewer than Atletico (two) this way.
  • Diego Simeone's side are the only La Liga outfit yet to score from outside the area this term.
  • Atletico have the second-best shot conversion rate in La Liga this season (21.8%), while Real Sociedad are third (19.3%).
  • Atletico Madrid have won a league-high 426 tackles this season; 120 more than the team in last place in this category - Real Sociedad (306).




Athletic v Real Madrid

  • Athletic have lost eight consecutive league meetings with Real Madrid; only before have they endured a longer run against their rivals (10, between 1959 and 1964).
  • The Whites have won their last three trips to Bilbao in La Liga by the same scoreline: 3-0.
  • The side from Bilbao are just three points away from equalling their overall points haul from the 2012/13 campaign (45).
  • The Lions have collected three consecutive league wins; they have not won four in a row since February 2011.
  • Real Madrid have kept four successive La Liga clean sheets; they have not kept more since a run of six under Bernd Schuster in 2008 (six).
  • If they avoid defeat here, Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid will have beaten Jose Mourinho's side's run of 20 consecutive games unbeaten in all competitions from 2011/12 (20).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has had more shots (158) and shots on target (64) than any other player in the top five European leagues this term.
  • Gorka Iraizoz, together with now-teammate Diego Lopez, has conceded more goals to Cristiano Ronaldo than any other La Liga goalkeeper (11).
  • Aduriz (three goals, four assists) and Ibai Gomez (five goals) have participated in 10 of Athletic's last 12 league goals.
  • The Basque side have recouped a league-high 18 points from games in which they have conceded the first goal this term (14), while Real Madrid have not lost a single point having scored first.




Villarreal v Osasuna

  • Osasuna have only lost one of their last six trips to El Madrigal in La Liga (D3).
  • If they win this game, the side from Castellon will equal their best run of home wins this season (three) following recent victories over Real Sociedad and Almeria.
  • On the other hand, if Osasuna avoid defeat here, they will have recorded their best away run without defeat since February 2012 (currently three, one win and two draws).
  • Alvaro Cejudo is the only current Osasuna player to have scored against Villarreal in La Liga; he did so back in 2011.
  • Osasuna have scored just six second-half goals this season; a league-low.
  • Xabi Gracia's side have scored a league-high seven goals from corner situations this term.
  • Ikechukwu Uche (five) and Giovani dos Santos (two) have scored seven of Villarreal's last nine league goals.
  • Top Osasuna scorer Oriol Riera (five goals) is enduring his longest ever run without a La Liga goal (five games).
  • Iruna's side (alongside Real Betis) are one of only two teams yet to claim a single point having conceded the first goal of the game this season.
  • In 12 previous home meetings with Osasuna in the top-flight, Villarreal have never seen a player sent off.



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