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Eden Jon 6th Feb 2014 - 13:51

La Liga Opta Facts 7-10 February


Rayo Vallecano v Malaga

  • Rayo Vallecano have lost consecutive games against Malaga for the first time in their top-flight history (eight goals conceded, only one scored).
  • Indeed, Malaga's 5-0 victory in the reverse fixture remains their biggest win of the campaign so far.
  • Pedro Morales is still the last Malaga player to score and record two assists in the same La Liga game; he did so on his first ever La Liga start against Rayo in Vallecas last season.
  • Rayo have won five of their six home meetings with Malaga in La Liga since the Andalusian side's reformation (L1).
  • Los Franjirrojos have lost six consecutive home league games; they are now just one short of Sporting's La Liga record of seven straight home defeats (1997).
  • Malaga have lost consecutive away league games for the first time under Bernd Schuster.
  • Rayo have won six penalties on home soil this season; a joint-high with Barcelona.
  • Duda has directly participated in four of Malaga's last five league goals (two goals, two assists).
  • Only the home side in this game, Rayo, have a lower shot conversion rate away from home (7.44%) than Malaga do (7.61%) in La Liga this season.
  • Roberto Trashorras has had more shots without scoring than any other La Liga player this term (33).

Valencia v Real Betis

  • Valencia have won their last eight home league meetings with Real Betis, averaging 3.25 goals per game over the last four.
  • Real Betis have not won at the Mestalla in La Liga since 1986 (2-0), when they won on the 23rd matchday with a manager who had only recently taken over.
  • Both managers in charge for this game have the opportunity to win consecutive league games for the first time with their new clubs.
  • Betis have taken 14 points from 22 league games, just one point less than Zaragoza had at this stage in 2011/12, when they managed to survive in the top-flight.
  • Pablo Piatti has scored as many goals this season (three) as he has in his two previous La Liga campaigns with Valencia combined.
  • Ruben Castro has become the first Real Betis player to score two or more goals in consecutive La Liga games since Achille Emana in 2008/09.
  • Valencia have scored at least once in each of their last 11 home league meetings with Andalusian sides and have only conceded in four of those games.
  • Betis have the worst shot conversion rate in La Liga this term (8.62%).
  • The Green-and-Whites are one of only two La Liga sides (with Osasuna) to have not recouped a single point having conceded the first goal of the game this term.

Espanyol v Granada

  • There have only been two goals scored in the last three league meetings between Espanyol and Granada, and all three have come from set pieces (Nolito from a direct free kick, Lanza from an indirect free kick situation).
  • Espanyol have beaten Granada in four of their last six top-flight home meetings (D1 L1).
  • Espanyol have the opportunity to win consecutive league games in Cornella-El Prat for the first time this season.
  • Granada have lost two consecutive away league games; they have never lost three in a row under Lucas Alcaraz.
  • Sergio Garcia has scored in each of Espanyol's last three league wins (five goals in total).
  • Youssef El-Arabi, who has equalled his goal haul from last season, has only scored one of his eight league goals this season away from Los Carmenes.
  • Javier Aguirre has only won one of his four La Liga meetings with Granada (D1 L2).
  • Granada have had fewer shots in away league games than any other La Liga side this campaign (92, including blocked shots).
  • Lucas Alcaraz's side have scored just 16 goals from inside the area this season; a joint-low with Real Betis.

Real Madrid v Villarreal

  • Real Madrid have won their last five home league meetings with Villarreal, scoring 4.3 goals per game over the last three.
  • Villarreal have played more games at the Santiago Bernabeu without a win than at any other ground in their top-flight history (13, drawn three and lost 10).
  • Villarreal are the last away side to draw 3-3 at the Bernabeu, in a game in which Zinedine Zidane scored his last home league goal for the Whites.
  • The side from the capital have won six successive home league games, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three.
  • Real Madrid have not lost any of their five league games without Cristiano Ronaldo over the last three campaigns (W3 D2).
  • Marcelino Garcia Toral won his first La Liga game as manager at the Bernabeu 3-0, back in 2006 with Recreativo.
  • Diego Lopez has kept three consecutive clean sheets at the Bernabeu; the last goalkeeper to keep four in a row was Iker Casillas back in 2009/10.
  • Karim Benzema has scored in Real Madrid's last five home league games (six goals in total).
  • Marcelino's side have won four of their five league games in 2014 so far (L1).
  • Real Madrid have netted a league-high 36 second-half goals this term.
  • Ikechukwu Uche has scored seven of the Yellow Submarine's last 11 away league goals.

Almeria v Atletico Madrid

  • Almeria's only previous victory over Atletico Madrid was also in Gameweek 23 (1-0 in 2010).
  • The Red-and-Whites have never beaten Almeria in the Juegos del Mediterraneo in the top-flight, however (D3 L1).
  • Almeria have not won three consecutive home games in the Primera since 2008/09 (four), when Hugo Sanchez was in charge.
  • Atletico Madrid have become the first team other than Real Madrid or Barcelona to top La Liga in the second-half of the season since Sevilla in 2006/07 (Gameweek 25).
  • Almeria have the opportunity to equal their record for consecutive home clean sheets in La Liga in this game (four, in 2007/08).
  • Diego Costa has scored 20 league goals this season; as many as he had managed in the last two seasons combined.
  • Diego Simeone's side have only failed to score in one away game this season, though this was the only game they have lost on the road (1-0 at Espanyol).
  • Atletico are unbeaten in 19 top-flight games against Andalusian sides (W14 D5), a run that coincides perfectly with Simeone's arrival.
  • Almeria's last eight league goals have all been scored by different players.
  • Diego Costa has scored more second-half goals (11) than the entire Almeria squad (seven) this term.

Osasuna v Getafe

  • Osasuna have only won one of their last 10 top-flight meetings with Getafe (D5 L4).
  • The side from Madrid are without a win in five trips to El Sadar in La Liga (D3 L2).
  • After scoring 2.2 goals per game on average in their first five trips to Osasuna in La Liga, Getafe have failed to score in each of their last four.
  • In their last home game, Osasuna suffered their heaviest defeat in front of their own fans since the 2011/12 campaign (1-5 v Athletic).
  • The Blues are without a win in seven league games (D2 L5); their worst run since April 2011 (nine).
  • Away from home, Luis Garcia's side have lost their last four league games, conceding 12 and not scoring once.
  • Pedro Leon has participated in five of Getafe's last seven league goals (three goals, two assists).
  • Oriol Riera (eight) needs just one more goal this term to draw level with Osasuna's top scorer last season (Kike Sola, nine).
  • The Reds have conceded a league-high eight goals to opposition substitutes this term.

Valladolid v Elche

  • Valladolid have only won one of their last eight meetings with Elche in the Primera (D3 L4).
  • Los Pucelanos are unbeaten in three home league games without conceding a single goal (W2 D1); they have not kept four consecutive clean sheets at the Zorrilla since 2007.
  • Elche have lost their last three away league games; their worst run on the road all campaign.
  • JIM's side have had just 218 shots all season (including blocked); a league-low.
  • Javi Guerra has scored four of Valladolid's last five home league goals, with all four arriving in the second-half.
  • Only Almeria (nine) have lost more points by goals conceded in the final 15 minutes of games than Valladolid (six) this term.
  • With three goals, Cristian Herrera is Elche's joint-top scorer in La Liga this season despite only playing 229 minutes.
  • Javi Guerra, who has scored a joint-high five headed goals this season, has scored with five of his eight headed shots on target.
  • 55% of Elche's league goals this term have been scored with the left foot; a league-high proportion.

Real Sociedad v Levante

  • Real Sociedad have only won one of their 11 previous top-flight meetings with Levante (D4 L6), though they have only ever lost once to them on home soil (W1 D3).
  • All three draws between these sides at the Anoeta in La Liga have finished with the same scoreline: 1-1.
  • Indeed, Real Sociedad's win percentage against Levante is their lowest against any side in their La Liga history (9%).
  • Joaquin Caparros has only won one of his nine visits to the Anoeta as a La Liga manager (D2 L6); 1-0 in 2007 with Deportivo.
  • The Basque side have conceded a league-low 41% of their goals in the second-half of games this term.
  • Levante have lost more points in games in which they have scored the first goal than any other side this season (13).
  • Real Sociedad have scored a league-high 12 headed goals this season; twice as many as Levante have managed.
  • Four of Levante's last five league goals have come from corner situations, with three of them assisted directly by Andreas Ivanschitz.
  • Four of Carlos Vela's five league assists this season have resulted in headed goals, with Imanol Agirretxe getting three and Antoine Griezmann scoring one.

Sevilla v Barcelona

  • Sevilla are without a win in 13 league meetings with Barcelona, drawing three and losing 10.
  • In the Sanchez Pizjuan, Barcelona have not lost in the league since 2007 (2-1), when Dani Alves scored the winning goal for the Andalusian side.
  • The Catalan side have not lost two consecutive La Liga games since May 2009.
  • Sevilla are without a win in four league games (D2 L2); if they don't win here, they will equal their longest winless run of the campaign.
  • Despite this, Sevilla have scored in 10 consecutive league games; they have not gone on a longer run since 2008 (14).
  • Sevilla have scored in 20 of their 22 league games this season; only Real Madrid (21) have scored in more.
  • Unai Emery has faced Barcelona 12 times as a La Liga manager and has never won (D4 L8), though he has only lost once to them on home soil (D4).
  • No La Liga side has conceded more goals in the final 15 minutes of games than Sevilla this season (12).
  • Emery's side have lost a league-high 10 points with goals conceded in the final 20 minutes this term.
  • Barcelona have conceded a league-high 38% of their goals from corner situations this term.
  • On the other hand, Sevilla have scored a joint-high 17 goals from set pieces this season, with a league-high eight coming from corners.
  • Only three of Sevilla's last 12 league goals have been scored by strikers, with Carlos Bacca getting all three of those.

Celta Vigo v Athletic

  • Celta Vigo are without a win in four league meetings with Athletic, drawing two and losing two.
  • Indeed, Celta have not beaten the Lions at the Balaidos since March 2003 (2-1).
  • The Galician side have won consecutive league games for the first time this season; they have not won three in a row since June 2007.
  • Ernesto Valverde's side have claimed a league-high 19 points in games in which they have conceded the first goal this term.
  • Ibai Gomez has scored more goals as a substitute than any other La Liga player this season (six of his eight in total).
  • Athletic won their last away league game at Osasuna; they have not won consecutive away league games since April 2011.
  • Charles, who scored Celta's first goal at the San Mames in the return fixture, has participated in five of Celta's last six home league goals (three goals, two assists).
  • Athletic have won a joint-high five league games on Mondays this season, though their only two defeats on Mondays to date have come away from home.
  • Aritz Aduriz has participated in more goals than any other La Liga player in 2014 (three goals, five assists).
  • 67% of Athletic's league goals this season have come in the second-half, while 69% of those that Celta have conceded have arrived after the interval.




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