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Eden Jon 7th Nov 2013 - 12:55

La Liga Opta Facts 8-10 November


  • Osasuna have won three of their four meetings at home against Almería in 'Primera' (D1).
  • The last time Almería were held to a goalless draw away from home in the top flight was in Pamplona (0-0 in the opening week of the 10/11 campaign).
  • Corona, currently the player in the squad who has appeared the most in La Liga for  Almería (119), scored his first 'Primera' goal in El Sadar in 2008.
  • Los rojillos can win two consecutive game in El Sadar for the first time in La Liga with Javi Gracia as their manager.
  • Having lost five games in a row this season in La Liga, Almería have won their last two matches, they have not been able to win three consecutive games in 'Primera' since the 08/09 campaign.
  • Oriol Riera has scored 46% of Osasuna's goals this season in La Liga, the largest share of any player this season.
  • Four of Suso's five assists this season in La Liga have resulted in a goal for Rodri.
  • Osasuna are the only side yet to concede a goal from outside the area in the league this season.
  • Almería have only scored 7% of their goals during the last 15 minutes of a match, the lowest percentage share of any side in the league this season.



  • Granada have beaten Málaga in the last two home games in La Liga; the hosts have never won three matches against one side at Los Cármenes since the promotion back to 'Primera'.
  • The side from Málaga have only scored in two of their eight matches away to Granada in 'Primera'.
  • Odion Ighalo has scored for Granada against Málaga in the last two league games in Los Cármenes (two goals).
  • Los rojiblancos have lost five of the six matches to have been played at Los Cármenes this season in La Liga, their only win came against Athletic Bilbao in September (2-0).
  • Málaga are currently unbeaten in four Andalucian derbies in the league (W2 D2), their last defeat was in this exact fixture in Granada last season (1-0).
  • 63% of Granada's goals this season have come from set-pieces; a league-high.
  • Málaga are currently without an away win in 11 league matches (D4 L7); their longest streak away from home in 'Primera' since January 2010 (12).
  • Of the 10 goalkeepers to have featured this season in La Liga, only Víctor Valdés (84%) has a better save percentage than Granada's Roberto (79%).
  • No side in the top five European leagues has scored fewer home goals this season than Granada (3).


Real Madrid-Real Sociedad

  • Real Madrid have won seven of their last eight La Liga fixtures against Real Sociedad, they drew the last match (3-3 at the Estadio Anoeta last season).
  • The Whites have won the last four home league meetings with Real Sociedad; the last three have seen Real Madrid score an average of 4.3 goals a game.
  • Real Sociedad's last victory in the Santiago Bernabéu came in 2004 (1-4); Xabi Prieto scored for the first time in La Liga during this match.
  • Real Madrid have won 16 of the 17 home matches to have been played in 2013 in league competition, only losing once against Atlético Madrid.
  • Real Sociedad are currently unbeaten in four league matches in La Liga (W3 D1), their best run with Joseba Arrasate as manager.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo have scored in all three matches he has appeared in against Real Socedad at home in La Liga (three braces).
  • Only Lionel Messi has scored more goals against Real Madrid than Xabi Prieto (9) this century.
  • Gareth Bale has scored two goals and claimed four assists in his last two La Liga matches for Real Madrid.
  • Antoine Griezmann has scored more headed goals than any other player in La Liga this season (3).
  • Real Madrid have conceded four penalties in their last two matches, as many as they had conceded in the last two seasons combined.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's men have gained 10 points from losing positions this season in La Liga; a league-high.



  • This will be the first meeting between these sides in the top flight.
  • Getafe won the last match involving these sides 3-1 in 'Segunda' during the 03/04 season.
  • Los franjiverdes have only won once in a top flight match in Madrid (0-1 against Rayo in Vallecas in 1978).
  • Los azulones have lost two consecutive matches at the 'Alfonso Pérez' in league competition; they have never lost three in a row at home with Luis García as manager.
  • Elche have gone three games away from home without defeat (W2 D1); their best streak away from home in 'Primera' was in the 68/69 season (5).
  • Los azulones failed to score a goal in their last two home matches in La Liga; they have never gone three games in the top flight without scoring a goal at home.
  • David Lombán has played the most minutes by an outfield player without being fouled this season in La Liga (1057).
  • The side from Madrid have conceded 38% of their goals in the second half in La Liga this season; the lowest share of any side in 'Primera'.
  • Getafe have conceded three goals from strikers this season in La Liga; the fewest shipped by any team in the division.



  • Athletic have lost their last three matches against Levante in the league, including the last league match played at the 'old' San Mamés (0-1 last season).
  • Levante will become the first side to win in league competition at Athletic's new stadium if they achieve victory in this match.
  • Athletic have claimed eight points from losing positions in La Liga this season; a league-high.
  • Levante are currently unbeaten in five away games in the league (W3 D2); keeping clean sheets in their last three.
  • Five of the six goals scored by Athletic Bilbao have been headed in their new stadium.
  • Los Granotas have been awarded more penalties than any other side in the league this season but have only scored from two of the five they have been awarded.
  • Joaquín Caparrós has only won three of the seven matches against sides he used to manage in La Liga (D1 L3).
  • Carlos Gurpegi averages more interceptions per game than any other player this season in La Liga (4.17).
  • The three goals scored by Levante away at Athletic Bilbao since their promotion, have come in the last 15 minutes of the game.


Celta de Vigo-Rayo Vallecano

  • Celta de Vigo are without a win in 10 matches against Rayo Vallecano in 'Primera' (D2 L8); their last win against los franjirrojos was in 1997 (2-0).
  • Since that loss in Balaídos, los vallecanos have gone five visits to Celta de Vigo without defeat in the top flight and have scored in all five of those matches (W3 D2).
  • No side has beaten Celta de Vigo more times in 'Primera' than Rayo Vallecano in the 21st Century (7).
  • Celta de Vigo have lost three consecutive games at Balaído; the last time they lost four matches in a row at home, they got relegated to the 'Segunda' (03/04).
  • Rayo Vallecano are the only team (except for Atlético Madrid) that are yet to draw a match this season in La Liga.
  • Celta have failed to record a single goal in their last four matches at home in the league; they have never gone five matches without scoring at home in the top flight.
  • Jonathan Viera (three goals from the penalty spot) and Gálvez (one from a corner and one from a direct free-kick) have scored the last five goals between them for Rayo; all of those goals came from a set-piece.
  • Rayo Vallecano are the only side in La Liga that have not scored in the opening 30 minutes of a match this season.
  • Toni averages more crosses per game than any other player this season in the league (10.4).


  • Sevilla have not lost in their last five matches against Espanyol in the league (W2 D3) as well as the two Copa del Rey matches in which they eliminated the Catalan club last season (W2).
  • Los periquitos have scored in their last four league matches against Sevilla in the Cornellá El Prat (seven goals).
  • In their last seven home league matches, the Catalan club have alternated a victory with a game in which they failed to score. Their last match was 0-0 against Málaga.
  • Espanyol have failed to score in their last three matches in the league.
  • If Sevilla lose this match, it will be the first time since February 2012 they have lost three consecutive games in the league.
  • Sevilla have not won away from home in their last 22 attempts in the elague (D8 L14); their third worst run, they managed 28 games between 1962-64 and 26 between 1976-78.
  • Sevilla have received their largest defeats against sides from Cataluña this century (5-0 against Barcelona in October 2010 and 5-0 against Espanyol in February 2006).
  • This is the first season since the 58/59 (26) campaign that Sevilla conceded 25 goals over their first 12 matches in the 'Primera'.
  • Espanyol have fouled 207 times this season (a league-high) and Víctor Sánchez has averaged the highest number of tackles per game this season in the league (5.2).
  • Only Cristiano Ronaldo (5) has hit the woodwork more than Carlos Bacca (4) and Barcelona (8) more than Sevilla (7) this season in La Liga.



  • Valencia have won six of their last eight matches against Valladolid in La Liga (D1) but the only loss did come at the Mestalla (1-2 in 2009).
  • Real Valladolid have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight trips to the Mestalla; the last one came in 1999 (0-0).
  • With 12 matches played this season, Miroslav Djukic has already lost half as many home games with Valencia (3) as he did during the whole of last season at Valladolid (6).
  • JIM have only earned one point from home games this season (6) than away from home (5).
  • Four of the five goals scored by Jona this season have come at the Mestalla.
  • Los Che have scored exactly one goal in each of their last seven league matches.
  • Los pucelanos have only won one of their last 13 matches away from home in La Liga, 0-3 against Rayo at the end of October (D4 L8).
  • No side has scored more goals against Valencia in 'Primera' than Valladolid (104).
  • Daniel Larrson has been involved in the last three goals scored by Real Valladolid (two goals and one assist).


Villarreal-Atlético de Madrid

  • Villarreal have lost their last three matches in the league against Atlético; their worst ever run against los rojiblancos in the top flight.
  • The Yellow Submarine are without a win in their last five home games in the league against clubs from Madrid (D2 L3).
  • Atlético have the opportunity to win two consecutive matches at El Madrigal in La Liga for the first time in their history.
  • Marcelino's side suffered their first home loss of the season in their last home match and it was the first time this season they failed to score in El Madrigal (0-2 against Getafe).
  • Simeone's team have only lost once in their last 14 away games in the league; 1-0 against Espanyol in October (W10 D3).
  • Marcelino has won two of his three matches at home as manager against Atlético Madrid in La Liga (L1).
    Atlético are the only team in La Liga that have not conceded a goal in the first 30 minutes of a match this season.
  • Diego Costa has scored in 10 of the 12 league games he has featured in this season (13 goals).
  • Villarreal have only conceded one goal from a set-piece this season; Atlético have scored seven from such a situation, only Real Madrid (10) have scored from more.
  • David Villa has the opportunity to score in four consecutive league matches for the first time since December 2009, when he used to play for Valencia (5).



  • Betis have lost their last two matches against Barcelona in La Liga, they have not lost three in a row since 1999.
  • Barcelona have only lost once in their last six league visits to Betis (3-2 in 2008).
  • Barcelona have scored in their last eight visits to Betis in La Liga, the last time they failed to record a goal was in 2002.
  • Betis have only nine points from their first 12 games in La Liga; their worst start in 'Primera' since 06/07 (3 points).
  • Lionel Messi has scored in three of his last four appearances against Betis in La Liga (three braces).
  • Jorge Molina has gone 274 minutes without scoring in the league; his longest goalless streak this season.
  • Alexis Sánchez has gone three consecutive matches in the league; he has never managed to score in four consecutive games in Barcelona colours.
  • If he fails to score in the Villamarín, Lionel Messi will be without a league goal in five matches; his worst run since 07/08 (9).
  • Betis have scored just four goals in the second half this season; a league-low number with Osasuna.
  • Neymar has been awarded a joint-league-high seven assists this season (with Koke).
  • Joan Verdú has created the most chances this season without being rewarded with an assist in La Liga this season (27).



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