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Jonathan Cordingley 3rd Apr 2014 - 14:43

La Liga Opta Facts | 4 - 7 April


  • Almería have won four of the last six league meetings against Osasuna, three of those four wins have come on home soil (D1 L1).
  • Two of the three victories recorded on the road this season in La Liga by Osasuna have come in Andalucía (0-1 against Málaga and 1-2 against Betis).
  • Osasuna have lost all four previous visits to the Juegos del Mediterráneo in La Liga (conceding nine goals and scoring just three times).
  • Javi Gracia (won 28% of Osasuna's games in La Liga) was the manager who led Almería to promotion last season (winnning 52% of games).
  • 14 of the 30 points that Almería have registered in La Liga this season have come in home games played during 2014 (seven matches played).
  • Osasuna have only managed one point across their last six league games; the fewest recorded by any side during the same period.
  • Verza has scored more goals from the penalty spot in La Liga than any other Almería player in one season (six).
  • Oriol Riera scores a goal every three matches in La Liga this season, the same rate as Raúl García managed for Osasuna during the 11/12 campaign.
  • Los navarros are the only side yet to be awarded a penalty this season in La Liga.

Atlético de Madrid-Villarreal

  • Atlético have gone four league games without defeat against Villarreal; they have never gone five games unbeaten against los amarillos (W3 D1).
  • Atlético have scored exactly three goals in five of their last six league meetings with Villarreal in the Manzanares (W4 L2).
  • The two instances when Villarreal won in the Calderón in La Liga saw 90th minute winners (Nihat in 2007 and Joseba Llorente in 2009).
  • Atlético Madrid have won their last five league matches and Diego Costa has scored in four of those games.
  • The Yellow Submarine have only won one of their last six league games (D3 L2) but this victory came in their last visit to Madrid (0-1 in the Colisem against Getafe).
  • Los rojiblancos have kept clean sheets in four of their last five league games at home; the only instance when they failed to keep a side out, was against Real Madrid.
  • Villarreal have scored exactly one goal in each of their last four league games with all four of those goals from different players (Tomás Pina, Giovani dos Santos, Jérémy Perbet and Jonathan Pereira).
  • Seven of Koke's 12 assists this season in La Liga have been goals scored by Diego Costa.
  • Villarreal have scored just three headed goals this season, which is a league-low whilst Atlético have conceded the fewest number of headed efforts this term (three).
  • Marcelino has never won away at Atlético in the Primera as a manager (D1 L3).


  • Barcelona have won four consecutive home matches in La Liga against Betis; averaging 3.5 goals a game.
  • Betis have scored exactly two goals in their last three league visits to the Camp Nou in league competition.
  • Los azulgranas have scored 20 goals in their last four league games at the Camp Nou, eight more than Betis have managed on the road this term (12).
  • Los béticos have gone three games unbeaten away from home in La Liga (W1 D2); they have not managed a longer run in Primera since May 2008 (five games).
  • There have only been 14 previous occasions when a team has conceded 61 or more goals after the first 31 games.
  • Barcelona have gone 49 league matches without defeat against sides from Andalucía (W43 D6).
  • Lionel Messi has scored more goals than any other player in La Liga (15) since his return from the injury he suffered against Betis in the reverse fixture.
  • Only 1899 Hoffenheim (12) have been awarded more penalties this season than Barcelona across the top five European leagues (10).
  • Alexis Sánchez has scored 15 goals in the Camp Nou this season in La Liga; two more than he managed during his two previous seasons combined (five in 12/13 and eight in 11/12).
  • Rubén Castro has scored seven of the last 11 goals scored by Betis in the league; scoring just once before this run.


Real Sociedad-Real Madrid

  • Real Sociedad are without a win in six home league games against Real Madrid; their longest ever winless streak against the Whites at the Anoeta (D2 L4).
  • Real Madrid have won eight of their last nine league games against los txuri-urdin, the only blemish being a 3-3 draw in their most recent visit to Real Sociedad.
  • Xabi Prieto has scored six of last eight goals registered by Real Sociedad against Real Madrid in league competition.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player to have scored in six consecutive league matches this season and is on course to match his best ever run (seven games in 11/12).
  • Real Sociedad have only won two of their last six league matches, both those victories came at the Anoeta and both ended 1-0 (D1 L3).
  • Gareth Bale is the only player in La Liga to have scored and assisted 15 goals in all competitions this season (16 goals and 15 assists).
  • Real Madrid are the side that Carlos Vela has faced the most in La Liga without scoring (level with Osasuna, six matches).
  • Carlo Ancelotti's men have scored in their last 24 league games; the best streak by any side this season.
  • No side has scored more goals in the 15 minutes after half time than Real Sociedad this season (12).
  • Of the sides playing in La Liga this season, Real Sociedad are the only side that Cristiano Ronaldo has never scored away at in this competition.

Rayo Vallecano-Celta de Vigo

  • Rayo Vallecano have won the last six league meetings with Celta Vigo in the Primera and they kept clean sheets in five of those games.
  • Celta Vigo have only won two of their previous 11 visits to Rayo in the top flight (D1 L8).
  • Rayo have beaten Celta de Vigo more times than any other club in the Primera (12).
  • Los franjirrojos have won their last three league games in Vallecas and Joaquín Larrivey has scored in all three of those matches.
  • Luis Enrique's side have won three of their last five on the road in the league (L2); as many as they had won prior to the run this season.
  • Nolito has scored three of the last four goals by Celta in La Liga, those three goals contributing to wins.
  • Rayo have scored the first goal fewer times than any other side this season in La Liga but are the only team yet to lose when they have.
  • Only Susaeta (149) has attempted more open play crosses than Lass this season in La Liga (136).
  • Charles has gone eight league games without scoring, his worst since playing in the Primera División.

Málaga CF-Granada

  • Málaga have won the two previous league matches at home against Granada in Primera and both by a scoreline of 4-0.
  • Granada have never won in eight previous attempts at La Rosaleda in the top flight (L2 against Málaga CF and D3, L3 against CD Málaga).
  • Bernd Schuster's men have won the three Andalucían derby games played at La Rosaleda in La Liga this season.
  • Granada have gone seven league games without a win away from home (D1 L6), scoring in just two of those games.
  • Los malaguistas have lost eight matches in La Rosaleda this season in La Liga, more than the last two seasons combined (seven).
  • Youssef El-Arabi is the only Granada player to have scored a 'hat-trick' in La Liga since los nazaríes were promoted, that came against Malaga earlier this season.
  • Four of the last eight goals in La Liga by Malaga have been assisted by Amrabat.
  • Málaga have earned more points from scoring in the final 15 minutes this season in La Liga (10).
  • Granada have attempted fewer shots on target than any other side this season away from home in La Liga (36).


  • The only previous meeting between these sides in Primera ended in a draw (1-1, November 2013).
  • Getafe recorded their first win in La Liga under Cosmin Contra (D1 L2); that win coming against a side from the Comunidad Valenciana.
  • Elche have lost four of their last six meetings against sides from Madrid in La Liga this season (W1 D1), only winning against Rayo in January this year (2-0).
  • Getafe have scored six goals in four league games under Cosmin Contra; one more than Elche have scored in seven home league games in 2014 (five).
  • Fran Escriba's side have not conceded a goal in 541 minutes of league football at the Martinez Valero; the longest run on home soil of any La Liga side this term.
  • Manu del Moral, Getafe's leading La Liga goalscorer on 37 goals, has faced his old side four times before in La Liga but has only scored once (2011 with Sevilla).
  • Elche have scored a league-low 10 first-half goals this season, while only Osasuna (10) have scored fewer than Getafe (12) after the break.
  • Ciprian Marica has scored more goals than any other winter signing this season (four); he has scored the same number as Elche's top scorer has all term (Coro).

Sevilla v Espanyol

  • Sevilla are unbeaten in six league meetings with Espanyol (W3 D3), though their last defeat against them did come at the Pizjuan (1-2 in 2011).
  • That victory in Seville was the only time Espanyol have scored in the Pizjuan in their last five visits.
  • Unai Emery has won nine of his 12 meetings with Espanyol as a La Liga manager (D1 L2).
  • If they win this game, Sevilla will have won four consecutive home league games for the first time this term.
  • Espanyol have won four away games this season, just one fewer than they managed in the whole 2012/13 campaign.
  • Ivan Rakitic has become the first Sevilla player to reach double figures for goals and assists since the Andalusian side were last promoted.
  • Sergio Garcia has won more points with his goals than any other player born in Spain this season (11 from 11 goals).
  • Only one of Carlos Bacca's 14 league goals this season has been assisted by Ivan Rakitic.
  • Sergio Garcia has scored more away league goals this season (seven) than in his three previous campaigns with Espanyol combined (five).

Valladolid v Valencia

  • Valladolid have only won one of their last 11 league meetings with Valencia (D4 L6), though their last meeting with los Che was at the Mestalla in 2009 (1-2).
  • Valencia are unbeaten in five trips to Pucela in La Liga (W3 D2); their best ever away run against Valladolid in the top-flight.
  • Real Valladolid's last victory over Valencia at the Jose Zorrilla was also in April (1-0 in 2003).
  • Valladolid have the opportunity to win consecutive league games for the first time this season.
  • Juan Antonio Pizzi has won five of his 14 league games in charge of Valencia, just one short of the number of games Miroslav Djukic won with los Che (six in 16).
  • Valencia have lost a league-high 18 points in games they have scored the first goal this term.
  • Jonas is without a goal in seven league games; his longest drought of the season.
  • Juan Ignacio Martinez has only lost one of his five meetings with Valladolid as a La Liga manager (W1 D3).
  • If only home points counted, Valladolid would be in 10th place in La Liga on 22 points.


  • Levante have only won three of their last 12 top-flight meetings with Athletic (D1 L8), but these three have come in the last four meetings.
  • The Lions have won just two of their eight league trips to the home of los Granotas (D2 L4), with both ending 2-1.
  • Levante have won their last two against Bilbao at the Ciutat de Valencia, scoring three goals in each game.
  • Athletic have been reduced to 10 men in each of their last three league meetings with Levante.
  • Joaquin Caparros has not beaten Athletic in La Liga since leaving them in 2011 (D1 L3).
  • The Red-and-Whites are unbeaten in six away league games (W2 D4); their last defeat on the road came in the Basque derby at Real Sociedad in January (2-0).
  • Levante were the last team to win a league game at the old San Mames (1-0 last season).
  • Only Malaga (eight) have taken more points with goals in the last 10 minutes than Athletic (seven) this season.
  • Of goalkeepers to have played five or more games this campaign, Keylor Navas has the best save percentage (78.48%).

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