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Stuart Dalgleish 7th May 2015 - 15:09

La Liga Opta Facts - 8-11 May

Eibar v Espanyol


  • Eibar won 2-1 in Cornella in the reverse meeting between these sides; the first ever top-flight clash.
  • The Basque side have not won any of their nine away games since that victory, drawing two and losing seven.
  • Indeed overall, Eibar have won just one of their 17 league games since defeating Espanyol (D2 L14).
  • Espanyol have lost their last three trips to the Basque Country in La Liga.
  • The Catalans are unbeaten in four away league games (W2 D2); they have not gone five unbeaten away since December 2007 (seven).
  • Los Pericos have gained more points with goals in the 90th minute or later than any other side this term (6).
  • Eibar have scored just four goals in the final 15 minutes all season; a league-low.
  • This game will see the team to have made the most fouls this term (Espanyol 572) face the team to have been fouled the least (Eibar 381).
  • Arruabarrena has participated in los Armeros' last four league goals (three goals, one assist).



Granada v Cordoba


  • This match is not only between the two bottom sides in La Liga but also between the two bottom sides in the Andalusian mini-league (Granada 5, Cordoba 4).
  • Granada have never lost at home to Cordoba in the top-flight (W2 D1).
  • Both Granada (D2 L4) and Cordoba (D1 L5) have only won one of their seven regional derbies in La Liga this term.
  • Cordoba, who were relegated last week, are without a win in 17 league games (D3 L14) and have not scored in their last five.
  • Los Nazaries ended a run of eight without a victory with a win over Getafe last time out (D3 L5).
  • Only in the 2-1 win over Deportivo have Granada netted more than once on home soil all season.
  • Granada have not played a whole match without receiving a single booking since the return fixture against Cordoba.
  • El-Arabi, who scored Granada's first brace of the season, has seen his last five goals either come from the penalty spot (3) or from Piti assists (2).
  • If they fail to score here, Cordoba will equal their worst ever top-flight goal drought (6 in 1972).



Barcelona v Real Sociedad


  • Barcelona have won their last 16 league meetings with Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou.
  • The Catalan giants are unbeaten in 11 league games (W10 D1); their best run of the season.
  • The Basques have only won one of their last 18 away league games, drawing nine and losing eight.
  • Carlos Vela scored his first ever direct free kick in La Liga in the most recent gameweek.
  • Real Sociedad are the only team of any side to have ever played in La Liga to have won their most recent two games against Barcelona, though both came on home soil.
  • Leo Messi has scored in the last four meetings between these sides at the Nou Camp (six goals in total).
  • Claudio Bravo has kept five clean sheets in his last six La Liga matches, with Barcelona scoring 18 and conceding none in his last four.
  • Los Cules recorded the biggest away win in La Liga last time out, winning 8-0 in Cordoba.
  • Luis Suarez scored his first ever La Liga hat-trick, while Andres Iniesta recorded his first assist of the season in that game.
  • If he scores here, Lionel Messi will have netted in seven straight league games for the first time since his remarkable run of 21 which ended in May 2013.
  • Real Madrid (105) are the only other team in the top five leagues this season to have scored more league goals than the trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez (77) this term.



Real Madrid v Valencia


  • The last three meetings between these sides in the Bernabeu have all ended level.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's side have won their last seven league games, scoring 3.9 per game on average.
  • Valencia are yet to taste defeat to a side from Madrid all campaign (W5 D2).
  • If they win and Sevilla lose against Celta Vigo, los Che will guarantee a top four spot for the first time since 2011/12.
  • Dani Parejo has scored 12 league goals this season; he had only netted 14 in his La Liga career before this term.
  • The side from the capital of Turia have lost just one of their last 14 league games (D4) though they have only won one of their last five on the road (D3).
  • Defeat in the Mestalla in the reverse fixture put an end to Real Madrid's club record of 22 consecutive wins in all competitions.
  • Valencia have benefited from a league-high four own goals this season.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more headed goals than any other player in the top five European leagues this season (10).
  • In all competitions, Gareth Bale has assisted more of Ronaldo's headers than any other player this season (4).
  • Alvaro Negredo has visited the Bernabeu four times in his La Liga career, losing all four and never troubling the scorers.



Athletic v Deportivo


  • Athletic are without a win in five league meetings with Deportivo (D2 L3).
  • On home soil, the Basque side have won just one of their last eight league meetings with the Galician team (D3 L4), 2-0 in May 2010.
  • Athletic are unbeaten in six home league games (W4 D2); their best run in the competition since February 2014 (12).
  • The Galician side are without a win in 13 league games (D6 L7); their worst run in the top-flight since November 1966 (14).
  • There have been six red cards in the last six top-flight clashes between these sides in Bilbao.
  • Aduriz (four goals) and Susaeta (one goal and one assist) have contributed to each of Athletic's last six home goals in La Liga.
  • Los Rojiblancos have conceded just seven set piece goals all season; only Barcelona (6) have conceded fewer.
  • Deportivo's 10 away league goals this season have been scored by eight different players, with only Borges and Toche netting twice.
  • Javi Casas was the last player born in Bilbao to score for Athletic against Deportivo in La Liga in the game that secured their top-flight status in May 2006.



Levante v Atletico


  • Levante are unbeaten in four home league meetings with Atletico (W3 D1).
  • Overall in the competition, los Granotas have only won one of their last five against the Mattress Makers (D1 L3).
  • Against no La Liga side has Diego Godin scored more goals than he has against Levante (two, in his last three meetings with them).
  • No side has netted more braces in La Liga this season than Antoinie Griezmann (seven, level with Messi), with the second of these coming in the reverse meeting with Levante.
  • The Frenchman has scored more goals from throw-ins than any other player in the top five European leagues this term (3).
  • Levante have only won one of their last 11 home league meetings with sides from Madrid (D5 L5) though that came last season against Atleti (2-0).
  • Diego Simeone's side are unbeaten in six away league games (D3 L3); their best run since September 2013 (13).
  • If they win in Orriols and Valencia lost at the Santiago Bernabeu, Atletico will guarantee themselves a third place finish.
  • David Barral is level with Mustapha Riga as Levante's all-time La Liga top scorer on 17 goals.



Villarreal v Elche


  • Villarreal are unbeaten in three previous La Liga meetings with Elche (W1 D2).
  • Overall, the Yellow Submarine are unbeaten in five against Elche in all competitions, winning two and drawing three.
  • In each of their three top-flight clashes with Villarreal, Elche have scored one more goal than they did in the previous game (0, 1, 2).
  • Only Valencia (13) have taken more points from Valencian derbies than Villarreal this term (8), while Elche would be third in this mini-league on four.
  • Villarreal are without a win in nine league games (D6 L3); their worst run since May 1999 (14).
  • Villarreal have only scored twice in this nine game run, failing to net seven times.
  • Elche have won four of their last five league games (L1), keeping three clean sheets in the process.
  • Elche have scored a league-high 21% of their goals from outside the box this season, while Villarreal have conceded a league-high 19% of theirs from range.
  • Jonathas has won more points with his goals than any other player this term (16).



Almeria v Malaga


  • Almeria have never lost to Malaga CF at home in La Liga (W2 D2).
  • Malaga have only scored one goal in their four visits to Almeria in the top-flight (1-1 in October 2010).
  • However, overall Almeria have won just one of their last La Liga meetings with Malaga (D2 L2), though this was this season's reverse fixture.
  • Tommer Hemed scored the first of his two La Liga braces this season in that game.
  • Only Sevilla (16) have taken more points from Andalusian derbies this season than Almeria (11), though Malaga (9) are just behind them going into this game.
  • Malaga have lost their last five away league games, scoring just once in total in this run (1-3 at the Bernabeu).
  • In total, los Boquerones are without a win in eight league games (D3 L5), their worst run in a single season since the end of 2009/10, when they went 11 without victory.
  • Almeria have made fewer passes than any other team this season (11027) while only Eibar (67.86%) have a lower pass completion rate (70.39%).
  • Malaga have conceded a goal in the 89th minute or later in three of their last four league games.



Celta v Sevilla


  • Celta have won their last two home league meetings with Sevilla without conceding a single goal.
  • The Andalusian side are undefeated in five away from home (W4 D1); they have not gone six or more without defeat since November 2011 (seven).
  • Celta Vigo have only lost one of their last six league games (W3 D2), with that coming at home to Real Madrid.
  • If they lose this game and Valencia beat Real Madrid, Sevilla will be unable to qualify for next season's Champions League via their league position.
  • No team has finished fifth more often in a 20-team La Liga season than Sevilla (this would be their fifth).
  • These two clubs were temporarily relegated for financial reasons in 1995 but were re-instated at the time the league was expanded to 22 clubs for two seasons.
  • Vicente Iborra has scored more goals this term than he has ever managed before in a La Liga campaign (5).
  • The Galicians have seen a league-high 25 yellow cards for dissent this term, while only Villarreal (1) have been shown fewer than Sevilla (7).
  • Velasco Carballo sent off Planas in the 21st minute of the reverse meeting between these sides this term. It was the third fastest red card of the campaign, with the two faster ones also handed out by referee from Madrid.



Rayo Vallecano v Getafe


  • Rayo have won six and lost just one of seven previous La Liga meetings with Getafe, though that defeat did come at home last season.
  • The side from the south of Madrid have lost all four Madrid derbies this season, failing to score in three of them.
  • Rayo have only won one of their last eight provincial derbies in La Liga, though that came against Getafe this season (D1 L6).
  • Rayo have drawn their last two league games; they have not drawn three in a row within the same season since June 2003 (four).
  • Rayo have only lost one of their last seven home league games, winning five and drawing one.
  • Getafe are without a win in five (D1 L4), losing their last four and scoring just once in total across the four defeats.
  • Getafe have scored a league-low 34% of their goals before half-time this season while Rayo have scored a league-high 60% of theirs after the break.
  • Getafe have lost just five points from winning positions all season, a joint-low shared with Barcelona, while they have gained a joint-league-high seven from behind away from home this term (with opponents in this game, Rayo).
  • Rayo have had the second highest average possession figure in each of the last two La Liga campaigns (58.49% in 2012/13 and 59.78% in 2013/14) but they have fallen to fourth in this table this season (57.23%) behind Barcelona, Real Madrid and Celta Vigo.


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