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Stuart Dalgleish 7th May 2013 - 14:29

La Liga Opta Facts: 8 May

Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid

  • Celta Vigo have only won one of their last nine home meetings with Atletico in the top-flight (D4 L4).
  • Eight of the last nine home victories by Celta in this fixture have been by the odd goal.
  • Atletico suffered their heaviest ever La Liga defeat in an away game against Celta Vigo back in 1954 (8-1).
  • Celta are unbeaten in three league games (W2 D1), they are yet to go four in a row without defeat this term.
  • Atleti are unbeaten in six away league games (W3 D3); they have not gone unbeaten in seven in a row within a single season since 1996/97.
  • Abel Resino has lost both of his two previous meetings with former club Atletico as a La Liga manager, though both were away games (2-0 with Granada, 1-0 with Levante).
  • Thibaut Courtois has gone 598 minutes of football on the road without conceding a goal, with Leo Bapistao the last person to score against him back in February.
  • Iago Aspas is the first player born in Spain to reach 10 top-flight goals for Celta since Juan Sanchez in 1998/99 (13).
  • Falcao has scored 26 league goals this season, his best record in a single campaign since he moved to Europe (beating the 25 he scored in his first season at Porto).


Real Madrid v Malaga

  • Real Madrid have won seven of their last eight home league meetings with Malaga, drawing the other last season (1-1).
  • Malaga suffered their heaviest ever away defeat at the Bernabeu when they lost 0-7 there in 2011.
  • Malaga have never won in 31 previous trips to face Real Madrid on their own patch in La Liga (D6 L25).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 10 goals in seven league meetings with Malaga, including two hat-tricks.
  • Real Madrid have won 14 league games in 2013 already - only Bayern Munich have won as many in the top five European leagues.
  • Malaga have lost their last three away league games; their worst run of the season.
  • Karim Benzema has scored at least one goal in three of his last four league meetings with Malaga (four in total).
  • Manuel Pellegrini has never won in seven visits to the Bernabeu as an away manager (D3 L4), seeing his sides concede more than double the amount of goals they have scored (7/17).
  • Of the five teams Real Madrid have lost to this season (all away defeats), they have beaten four of them at home already, scoring 3.5 goals per game on average; only Malaga remain.
  • If Real Madrid fail to win this game, Barcelona will be proclaimed champions of La Liga.

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