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Andrew Tibot 11th Apr 2015 - 16:49

La Liga Opta Facts - April 11-13

Real Madrid v Eibar

Eibar's 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture against Real Madrid remains their heaviest ever top-flight defeat.

James Rodriguez's goal in Vallecas last time out was his first away strike since netting in Eibar in that 4-0 win.

Real Madrid are unbeaten in 18 home league meetings with Basque sides (W17 D1), winning the last 15 in a row.

Only in one of their last nine clashes with Basque sides overall have the Whites conceded more than once; they have recorded three clean sheets in this period.

Indeed, Real Madrid have only failed to score in one of their last 22 clashes with teams from the Pais Vasco, though this came in their last meeting against a Basque team (0-1 at the San Mames).

Eibar are without a win in six away games; their worst ever top-flight away run (D2 L4, failing to score four times).

Real Madrid have hit the woodwork a league-high 23 times this term; Eibar are bottom with just one woodwork hit.

Real Madrid have lost just one of their last 19 home league games, averaging 3.42 goals per game in this period.

Indeed Carlo Ancelotti's side have not conceded more than once in any of their last 12 league games at the Santiago Bernabeu, keeping five clean sheets.

Real have recorded consecutive league wins for the first time since February, when they beat Deportivo and Elche.

Eibar's 1-0 win over Malaga last time out ended a run of 11 without a La Liga victory (D2 L9).


Malaga v Atletico Madrid

Malaga have won none of their last seven league meetings with Atletico Madrid, drawing three and losing four.

Indeed, Atleti have only lost one of their last seven visits to La Rosaleda (W3 D3), keeping a clean sheet in the last four.

Despite losing two of his three meetings with Diego Simeone as a La Liga manager (W1), Javi Gracia has seen his sides score the same number of goals as Simeone's have (5).

There have been three red cards shown in the last two La Liga clashes between these sides.

Atletico have kept four consecutive league clean sheets; they have not kept five or more in a row since February 2012 (6).

Diego Simeone's first league game in charge of Atletico was in this exact fixture; it finished 0-0.

With Simeone at the helm, Atletico have lost just one of their 31 league meetings with Andalusian sides: 2-0 v Almeria in February 2014.

Malaga have only won one of their last five league games (D1 L3), though they have not conceded more than once in any of them.

Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in seven league games (W4 D3), conceding just once in total in this run.

Antoine Griezmann has already equalled his best La Liga goal haul having netted 16 goals this term (he also scored 16 last season).


Sevilla v Barcelona

Sevilla have not won any of their last 15 league meetings with Barcelona (D3 L12), losing the last six in a row.

Indeed, the Andalusians have only kept one clean sheet in their last 23 against los Cules, conceding 58 in total.

Unai Emery has never beaten Barcelona as a top-flight manager, losing 10 and drawing four of 14 attempts. He has only seen his side keep one clean sheet in that period, conceding 37 and scoring just 13.

Despite that, Emery's sides have scored in each of their last six against Barcelona; before this, they had never scored in two in a row against the Catalan giants.

Lionel Messi has scored eight goals in his last six La Liga meetings with Sevilla, netting a brace and a hat-trick in the last two.

Against no side has Messi scored more in the top-flight than he has against Sevilla (18, level with Atletico).

If they win this game, Sevilla will have won more points this term (64) than they did in the entire 2013/14 season (63).

The Andalusians have never had more than 61 points at this stage of a La Liga season; indeed they have only got more in six seasons overall, finishing between third and fifth each time.

On all five previous occasions that Barcelona have had 74 or more points at this stage of the season (assuming three points for a win), they have gone on to win the title.

Sevilla have won five successive league games for the first time since March 2014 (6).

Since losing at the Anoeta, Barcelona have won 12 of their 13 league games (L1), keeping six clean sheets and scoring 3.38 goals per game.

Sevilla are unbeaten in 23 home league games (W17 D6); the last team to beat them on their own patch was Barcelona in February 2014 (1-4).


Almeria v Granada

Granada have never scored a top-flight goal against Almeria, conceding five in three games.

Almeria won the first two La Liga meetings between these sides before this season's reverse fixture ended goalless.

Three of Almeria's five La Liga strikes against Granada have come from the penalty spot.

Granada are joint-last with Cordoba on four points in this season's Andalusian mini league, though they did beat Malaga 1-0 in their last derby.

Hemed has scored two and assisted one of Almeria's last four home league goals.

Almeria have conceded the same number of goals in their last two league games (8) as they did in the previous six.

Only six of the 63 teams to have had 25 points or fewer at this stage of a season (as Almeria have) have survived, assuming three points for a win.

Only three of the 51 teams to have had 24 points or fewer after 30 games (as Granada do now) have stayed up, assuming three points for a win.

Never in Spanish top-flight history have three sides from the same region all been relegated.


Celta Vigo v Rayo Vallecano

Celta Vigo have not won any of their last 13 top-flight meetings with Rayo (D2 L11), failing to score in seven of the last eight.

Indeed Rayo have won their last eight La Liga meetings with Celta Vigo; their longest winning run against a single side in top-flight history.

After failing to win any of their first six top-flight trips to the Balaidos (D3 L3), failing even to score five times, Rayo are unbeaten in six there (W4 D2), keeping four clean sheets.

Rayo's last three goals against Celta have all come courtesy of Alberto Bueno.

Indeed, Bueno has scored all four of his team's goals against Galician sides in this La Liga campaign.

There has been a goal inside the first half an hour in each of the last five league meetings between these teams.

Celta's last eight league goals in the Balaidos have all come in the second-half; they have not scored before the break on home soil since October 24th (Larrivey v Levante).

Celta Vigo have won just one of their last six league games (D2 L3) but have scored at least once in 10 of their last 11.

Rayo had 11 shots in the first-half in their last match against Real Madrid; the most they have managed before the break all campaign.


Getafe v Villarreal

Villarreal have won their last two league meetings with Getafe; only once have they won three in a row against them in the top-flight, and that was the first three La Liga meetings between the sides.

Getafe have not scored in either of their last two against Villarreal at the Coliseum, though the last three in this fixture have seen two 1-0 wins apiece and a 0-0 draw.

The Yellow Submarine's last four goals against Getafe have all arrived before half-time.

Getafe have won four of their last five league games at the Coliseum, losing the other by the odd goal (0-1 v Real Sociedad).

The Blues have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven home league games, conceding exactly once in each of the last five.

Away from El Madrigal, Villarreal are still to pick up three points in 2015 (D5 L2), drawing their last two on the road 0-0.

Sarabia has directly participated in three of Getafe's last four home league goals (one goal, two assists).

Getafe have only won one of their nine league games under referee Jose Antonio Teixeira Vitienes (D5 L3) while Villarreal have only lost one of their five with him in the middle (W2 D2).

Marcelino Garcia Toral has lost just one of his four trips to the Coliseum as a top-flight manager with his sides scoring exactly once on all four visits.


Espanyol v Athletic Club

Espanyol's defeat in the reverse fixture against Athletic ended a seven game unbeaten run against the Lions (W5 D2).

Athletic have won more games (68) and scored more goals (276) against Espanyol than against any other side in their league history.

However, Espanyol have also won more games (61) and scored more goals (227) against the Lions than versus any other side in La Liga.

Victor Sanchez has scored four in his last four league games against the Lions.

Athletic eliminated Espanyol from this season's Copa del Rey thanks to 2-0 win at Cornella-El Prat, with Aduriz and Etxeita on the scoresheet.

Ernesto Valverde has only won two of his nine meetings with Espanyol as a La Liga manager (D3 L4).

Espanyol have only lost one of their last six home league games (W3 D2), keeping four clean sheets in the process.

Defeat in their last away league game saw Athletic end a run of four unbeaten on the road (W3 D1) in which they had kept three clean sheets.

Aritz Aduriz has participated in five of Athletic's 10 away goals this term (four goals, one assist); one more than De Marcos has (one goal, three assists).


Real Sociedad v Deportivo La Coruna

Real Sociedad have only lost one of their last five league meetings with Deportivo La Coruna (W2 D2).

Indeed on home soil Real Sociedad have also lost just one of their last five against Depor (W3 D1), keeping three clean sheets and conceding just once in each of the other two.

The 0-0 draw between the sides in this season's reverse fixture was the first in the top-flight since December 1991.

The Basque side have lost just one of nine home league games under David Moyes (W6 D2), 0-1 v Rayo in January.

Indeed Real Sociedad have won seven and lost just one of their last 10 home league games overall (D2).

Sociedad are unbeaten in nine league meetings with Galician sides (W3 D6); the best run in their top-flight history.

Deportivo are without a win in eight league games (D3 L5); their worst run since March 2013 (nine) in the season they last suffered relegation.

Depor have won just one of their last 12 away league games (D4 L7), failing to score in eight of them and netting just five times overall (0.42 per game).

Finnbogason has scored one and assisted one of Real Sociedad's last two league goals; this after not contributing directly to a goal all campaign before this run.


Cordoba v Elche

Cordoba have only won one of their last seven top-flight meetings with Elche (D4 L2), failing to score in four of them.

Despite that, Elche have never won in Cordoba in the top-flight, drawing two, losing five and failing to score a single goal.

Seven of the last nine league meetings (including Segunda) between these sides have seen at least one clean sheet (Cordoba keeping five, Elche four).

Only against Espanyol (26) have Cordoba scored more La Liga goals than they have against Elche (19).

Only one Andalusian side in La Liga history has had fewer than 19 points (as Cordoba do now) after 30 games, when assuming three points for a win; the now dissolved CD Malaga had just 14 in 1977.

Cordoba have only won one home league all season (D6 L8) and that was the only time they scored more than once in front of their own fans (2-0 v Granada).

The draw against Deportivo last time out saw Cordoba avoid equalling Las Palmas' unwanted La Liga record of 11 consecutive defeats, set in 1960.

Elche have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six away league games, scoring five and conceding seven.

Florin Andone has scored Cordoba's last three league goals, as well as netting the last goal they conceded (an own goal).


Valencia v Levante

Valencia have lost their last two derbies against Levante and have only won one of the last six (D2 L3).

Despite that, Levante have never won at the home of their rivals in the top-flight (D4 L5), failing to score five times in the process.

The last derby at the Mestalla between these sides saw Valencia end a run of four consecutive draws against Levante with victory.

Six of the last eight goals in this fixture have come in the 70th minute or beyond.

Levante have gone 12 league games without a clean sheet; their worst run since 2008 (13).

Valencia have only lost one of their last 16 league games at the Mestalla (W13 D2), keeping a clean sheet in each of the last four.

Levante have gone 12 league games without a draw (W4 L8), the same number of games that have passed since their most recent clean sheet.

Levante's victory at Almeria in their last away game ended a run of 11 without a win on the road (D3 L8).

David Barral (16) is now just one short of Mustapha Riga (17) as Levante's all-time leading La Liga goalscorer.


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