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Stuart Dalgleish 3rd Oct 2013 - 16:39

La Liga Opta Facts | 4-6 October

Villarreal v Granada

  • These sides have only ever met twice before in the top-flight, with the home side winning on both occasions (3-1 in Villarreal, 1-0 in Granada).
  • Current Villarreal striker Ikechukwu Uche scored the Granada goal in their only previous top-flight victory over the Yellow Submarine.
  • Granada's first ever top-flight in the Comunidad Valenciana came against the only other side from Castellon that they have faced (0-2 v Castellon in 1943).
  • Real Madrid are the only team to secure a point as an away side at El Madrigal this season (2-2), with all three away sides conceding exactly two goals.
  • Granada are unbeaten in two away league games (D2); they have not gone three without defeat on the road since their most recent promotion.
  • Cani has participated in four of Villarreal's last five home league goals (two goals, two assists).
  • No La Liga side has benefited from fewer goals scored by Spanish players this season than Lucas Alcaraz's side.
  • Villarreal have earned a league-high five points with goals scored in the final 15 minutes of games this term.
  • Youssef El-Arabi is just one behind Guilherme Siqueira as Granada's top league scorer since their promotion in 2011 (11).


Malaga v Osasuna

  • Malaga have only won one of their last eight top-flight meetings with Osasuna (D5 L2), though this was the most recent clash (1-0 at La Rosaleda).
  • Only against Athletic (six) have Malaga drawn more games than they have against Osasuna (five) since their promotion in 2008.
  • Malaga have won their last two home league games without conceding a goal (seven goals scored in total).
  • Osasuna have lost their last six away league games; their worst run on the road since 2010 (11 games between the 09/10 and 10/11 seasons).
  • No team has had more players assist a goal than Malaga this season (nine).
  • Only Cristiano Ronaldo (43) and Lionel Messi (27) have completed more dribbles than Oriol Riera (21) this season.
  • With one goal and one assist, Fernando Tissone has participated in a goal in each of his last two games; he didn't participate in a single one in 42 games for Mallorca.
  • No side has attempted more headed shots than Osasuna this season (23), but the Reds are yet to score a goal in this way.
  • Malaga are the only side yet to concede a goal in the final 15 minutes this season.


Elche v Espanyol

  • The last two top-flight meetings between Elche and Espanyol have both ended 1-1; they have never drawn three consecutive top-flight games.
  • Elche have won three of their last five home meetings with Espanyol in the top-flight (D1 L1), though their last victory came in 1977 (2-0).
  • Espanyol have only won two of their 17 trips to Elche in the top-flight (D4 L11).
  • After winning their most recent game, their first victory of the campaign, Elche have the chance to win consecutive top-flight games for the first time since 1984/85.
  • Despite scoring in all three away games this season, Espanyol have lost two consecutive league games.
  • Javi Marquez, who scored the winning goal in Elche's first top-flight victory since 1989, faced his former side Espanyol twice last season (W1 L1), scoring once.
  • Victor Sanchez has scored more goals this season (three) than in the previous three campaigns combined.
  • Elche have scored a league-high proportion of 50% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games this term.
  • Diego Colotto has averaged 10.8 clearances per game this season; Antonio Amaya (11.6) is the only defender to average more.


Rayo Vallecano v Real Sociedad

  • Rayo Vallecano have lost three successive league games against Real Sociedad; they have never lost four in a row against them in the top-flight.
  • The Basque side have the opportunity to win consecutive top-flight games in Vallecas for the first time in their history following victory there last term.
  • Imanol Agirretxe, yet to score this season, has netted in two of the last three clashes between these sides (three goals in total).
  • If they lose this game, it will be Rayo's worst ever top-flight run of defeats (currently on six).
  • Real Sociedad are without a win in six games (D4 L2) but have only lost one of their last three away games (1-4 in the Camp Nou).
  • Paco Jemez's side have had the second highest average possession in La Liga this term (62.9%), something they also achieved last season (58.1%).
  • Joseba Arrasate's side have only scored one first-half goal all season; a league-low.
  • Rayo Vallecano are the only side in La Liga yet to score from a set piece this season.
  • Only Cristiano Ronaldo (51%) has either attempted or set-up a higher percentage of his team's shots than Roberto Trashorras (39%) in La Liga this season.


Levante v Real Madrid

  • Levante have lost six of their eight previous home league meetings with Real Madrid (W1 D1), scoring just three goals in total (12 conceded).
  • The Whites won their last trip to the Ciutat de Valencia thanks to a first career league goal from Alvaro Morata.
  • Joaquin Caparraos has lost 11 of his 12 league meetings with Real Madrid as a manager, only winning once as Athletic manager (1-0 in 2010).
  • Levante have won a league-high four points thanks to goals scored in the final five minutes of games this season.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in each of his last three league appearances against las Granotas (five goals).
  • Baba Diawara has only scored one of the five clear chances he has had this season, while Karim Benzema has only scored two of his six.
  • Real Madrid have not lost two successive league games since the end of 2008/09, when they lost five in a row under Juande Ramos.
  • Los Granotas are six games unbeaten in La Liga (W2 D4), only losing against Barcelona on the opening day (7-0).
  • The Whites have earned a joint-high seven points from losing positions this season.
  • Levante have been awarded a league-high three penalties this season, but have only scored one of them.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's side have scored a league-high six goals from set pieces this season, and are one of only two (with Villarreal) yet to concede in this manner.


Barcelona v Valladolid

  • Barcelona have won seven consecutive league games against Valladolid; the last time they didn't was back in 2007 (1-1 at the Jose Zorrilla).
  • Barcelona have won their last four home league games against Valladolid with an average of four goals per game.
  • Tata Martino's side could become the first La Liga team to win their opening eight games since Real Madrid in 1987/88 should they win this game.
  • The Catalans have won their last 18 home league games, their best run since 1974 (21).
  • Although they are still to win away from home this season, Valladolid have lost just one of their three games on the road this season and that came at El Madrigal (2-1).
  • Barcelona have won all eight games Lionel Messi has missed over the last three years (21 goals scored, three conceded).
  • Pedro has scored more goals than any other Spanish player in the top five European leagues this season (five).
  • After Lionel Messi (41), Cesc Fabregas has participated in more shots than any other Barcelona player this term (16 chances created, seven shots).
  • Los Pucelanos have only scored two goals against Barcelona over the last five years, with both coming in the 89th minute (Javi Guerra and Victor Perez).
  • Patrick Ebert has assisted Valladolid's last three league goals, with two of them being netted by Javi Guerra.


Atletico Madrid v Celta Vigo

  • Atletico Madrid have won their last two top-flight meetings with Celta; the last time they won three in a row against them was back in 1996.
  • Celta Vigo have won four of their last six La Liga clashes with Atleti on the road (L2), however, with both defeats coming by the odd goal.
  • If Barcelona don't win their game this weekend, Atletico could become only the second team after Real Madrid (87/88, 68/69, 61/62) to win their opening eight games of a season.
  • Celta Vigo have lost their last two league games and have only picked up one victory all term.
  • Diego Costa has scored Atletico's last four league goals, three of them thanks to assists from Koke.
  • Luis Enrique's side have lost a league-high seven points from winning positions this term.
  • Diego Costa has been involved in more fouls than any other striker in La Liga this season (40, 25 won, 15 lost).
  • Toni has averaged more crosses per game than any other player this season (11.5), with Koke second on the list (nine).
  • Diego Simeone's side have faced just 20 shots on target all season; a league-low.


Sevilla v Almeria

  • Almeria's biggest ever top-flight win was at the Sanchez Pizjuan (1-4), with Unai Emery in the dugout.
  • There has never been a top-flight draw between Sevilla (W5) and Almeria (W3).
  • Indalo's side are the only top-flight team yet to record a victory this season, either scoring two goals or none in each one to date.
  • The side from Nervion have conceded one goal fewer than their previous home game in every clash at the Sanchez Pizjuan this season. For this to continue, they must keep a clean sheet here.
  • Only one of Sevilla's 10 La Liga goals against Almeria has been scored by a Spanish player; Rodri's last minute winner that secured a Champions League place in 2009/10.
  • Ivan Rakitic (three goals, two assists), Kevin Gameiro (three goals, one assist) and Carlos Bacca (two goals) have participated in 10 of Sevilla's 11 league goals this season between them.
  • On the other hand, Rodri (four goals), Soriano (two goals) and Verza (two goals, two assists) have participated in all 10 Almeria goals this season.
  • Francisco has started fewer players than any other La Liga manager this season (13), whilst Unai Emery has used a joint-high 22.
  • The Sevilla manager has never tasted defeat against his former side (W5 D1), winning all three home games and scoring three times as many as his sides have conceded (15-5).


Getafe v Betis

  • Getafe have not beaten Betis in the league since September 2011 (D2 L1).
  • On both occasions Getafe have beaten Betis in La Liga in the Coliseum, the score has finished 1-0.
  • The side from Madrid have won their last two league games 2-0. They have not won three in a row since March.
  • Pepe Mel's side have won just one of their last 13 away league games (D3 L9).
  • Nosa's two goals this season have earned his side three points (one against Sevilla, two against Villarreal last time out).
  • Getafe have won only 21.4% of their top-flight meetings with Betis; only against Barcelona and Rayo do they have worse records.
  • Alexis is just one red card away from being the most dismissed player in Getafe's Primera Division history (currently three).
  • Betis have conceded a league-low one goal in the first-half this season, while Getafe have only scored two goals during this period themselves.
  • Getafe are unbeaten when Roberto Lago has started this season (W2 D1) in the league, scoring two goals in every game.


Athletic v Valencia

  • Athletic have alternated between losing away and winning at home over their last six gameweeks; they lost at Granada last time out.
  • Neither Athletic Bilbao nor Valencia have drawn a league game this season, while these two sides haven't shared the spoils in La Liga since September 2004.
  • The Lions defeated Valencia last season (1-0) after a run of eight league meetings against them without a victory (D1 L7).
  • The Red-and-Whites have won both of their two games at the new San Mames despite falling behind in each. Indeed, they have earned a joint-high six points from losing positions on home soil this season.
  • Iker Muniain has scored more goals against Valencia than any other side in La Liga (three).
  • Txingurri Valverde has never lost a home league game as a manager against Valencia, winning one and drawing three.
  • Together with Real Betis, Athletic have shipped a joint-high four headed goals this season.
  • Oscar de Marcos has been used as a substitute more often than any other player in La Liga this season (six times).
  • Only Diego Costa (seven) has earned more points with his goals than Jonas (six) this term.
  • Aritz Aduriz (522) and Dorlan Pabon (405) have played the most minutes without scoring of any La Liga strikers this season.






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