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Andrew Tibot 1st Apr 2015 - 9:30

La Liga Opta facts - April 3-6

Eibar v Rayo Vallecano

The one previous La Liga clash between these sides came in this season's reverse fixture and was won 3-2 by Eibar.

The reverse fixture against Eibar is the only league game this season in which Rayo have not been shown a single yellow card.

None of the last 11 clashes between these sides in all competitions have ended level, with Eibar winning five, Rayo six and both sides scoring exactly 14 times.

Los Franjirrojos have lost their last four away league games in a row, conceding an average of three goals per game.

Los Armeros are without a win in 10, scoring just three goals. They did end a season-high run of eight successive defeats last weekend, though.

No side has scored fewer goals than Rayo (1) in the first 15 minutes this season, while no side has netted fewer than Eibar in the final 15 (3).

Rayo have gained a league-high 10 points with goals in the final 20 minutes this season.

At least one of Alberto Bueno (nine goals, one assist) or Gael Kakuta (two goals, two assists) has participated in 12 of Rayo's 13 goals from the second round of La Liga fixtures.

Eibar have the lowest pass completion rate in La Liga this season (67%) while Rayo have the fourth best (78%).

 

 

Sevilla v Athletic Club

Athletic have lost just one of their last eight clashes with Sevilla in the league (W6 D1), scoring in all eight games.

A win here would see Athletic record six straight victories for the first time in La Liga since 1984, when they last won the title.

On the other hand, a win for Sevilla here would see them equal their best winning run of the campaign (4, set in September).

Sevilla have not gone more than 22 home league games unbeaten, as they are currently, since October 1957, when they went 24 without defeat.

55 points from 28 games is Sevilla's best ever start to a La Liga campaign, beating the 54 points they had at this stage in 1951, 2007 and 2009 (assuming three for a win).

Against no side in his La Liga career has Susaeta scored more goals than he has against Sevilla (4).

Ernesto Valverde's one previous European final appearance as a manager ended in defeat to Sevilla in the 2007 UEFA Cup (as Espanyol manager).

Athletic have only won one of five league games without Aritz Aduriz this season (D1 L3), scoring 1.1 goals per game when he has played and 0.4 per game when he has not.

Carlos Bacca (three goals) and Ever Banega (two assists) have contributed between them to each of Sevilla's last five home league goals.

 

 

Cordoba v Atletico Madrid

Cordoba have only won one of their eight previous top-flight home games against Atletico (D3 L4), losing the last three without scoring.

Atleti have only ever lost once to a side from Andalusia in La Liga under Diego Simeone (2-0 at Almeria in February 2014), winning 22 and drawing seven.

Cholo Simeone's side are on their longest run without an away goal all season; 335 minutes since Mandzukic's goal against Eibar.

Cordoba have lost their last nine league games; defeat here will see them equal the second longest losing run in La Liga history (10), behind only Las Palmas's run of 11 in 1960.

11 of Atletico's last 13 league goals have come in the first-half.

No side has conceded more set piece goals (17) nor scored fewer from set pieces (5) than Cordoba this season.

On the other hand, Atleti have scored a league-high 30 goals from set pieces which equates to 57% of their total goal haul; another league-high.

Of Cordoba's 11 league goals at the Arcangel this season, only one has featured none of Ghilas (four goals), Andone (three goals), or Fede Cartabia (two goals, three assists).

Nabil Ghilas is the only player to have scored twice against Atleti in La Liga this term.

Fernando Torres, who has not scored in Andalusia in La Liga since October 2005, scored his first goal in the Spanish top-flight since May 2007 last weekend.

 

 

Almeria v Levante

Levante have only lost one of their seven previous top-flight clashes with Almeria (W5 D1), scoring in all seven of those games.

Almeria are now without a win in six league games (D3 L3); Francisco was sacked after a run of eight without a win (D2 L6).

Almeria are one away from setting a new club record for consecutive home La Liga draws (four, currently three, the last two 0-0).

Defeat here would see Lucas Alcaraz equal his longest run of league defeats since joining Levante (three, currently two).

Levante have failed to score in 15 league games this season; a league-high.

JIM's two La Liga clashes against the side he used to manage have both ended 1-1.

Only Carlos Vela (25) has drawn more yellow cards than Wellington Silva (20) this season.

David Barral (5) and Kalou Uche (3) have scored eight of Levante's last 10 league goals between them.

No side has conceded more goals in La Liga this season to European players than Almeria and Levante (31).

 

 

Malaga v Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad have only lost one of their last eight league visits to La Rosaleda (W6 D1).

A 5-0 win at Oviedo in 1997 is Real Sociedad's only bigger away win in La Liga than their 5-1 hammering of Malaga in December 2004, when Nihat and Kovacevic both bagged braces.

A 1-0 defeat to Malaga in the reverse meeting provoked the sacking of Jagoba Arrasate.

The Basques have won three consecutive league games for the first time since January 2014.

Los Boquerones have only failed to score in one of their last 11 home league games, and if they win here they will equal their longest run of home wins this season (3).

Against no side has Juanmi scored more La Liga goals than he has against Real Sociedad (2).

Indeed Juanmi has scored in each of the last four league games in which his team has found the back of the net.

Los Vascos have lost a league-high 14 points with goals conceded in the final 30 minutes of games this season, while Malaga are one of two (with Barcelona) not to lose any.

Real Sociedad's last seven league goals have all been scored by different players: Finnbogason, Castro, Agirretxe, Inigo Martinez, Canales, Xabi Prieto and an Arribas own goal.

Last week, Imanol Agirretxe scored and assisted in the same league game for the first time since April 2013 against Valencia.

 

 

Real Madrid v Granada

Real Madrid have won nine of their last 10 league meetings with Granada, losing the other 1-0 at Los Carmenes following a Cristiano Ronaldo own goal.

No player to have played in La Liga this season was born when Granada last won at the Bernabeu (1-0 in January 1974).

Real Madrid have lost six of their 28 league games this season; the last time they had lost as many at this stage, they went on to win the league (2007/08).

Granada have lost seven of their last eight away league games (D1), conceding 2.5 goals per game on average.

The Whites have scored a joint-high 19 goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season; Granada have conceded a league-high 17 in this period.

Abel Resino has never lost at the Bernabeu as a La Liga manager, drawing 1-1 with Atletico in 2009 and winning 1-0 with Levante in 2007.

Cristiano Ronaldo has had 31% of Real Madrid's shots in La Liga this season, the highest proportion of any player.

Riki is the only current Granada player to have scored against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, netting twice there with Deportivo.

Karim Benzema has scored in his last three league meetings with Granada.

Granada have lost a league-high 15 points from winning positions on the road this term.

 

Valencia v Villarreal

Valencia have won their last two league derbies against Villarreal; they have never won three in a row.

Indeed los Che have won their last four meetings with Villarreal on home soil; their best ever winning run against the Yellows at the Mestalla.

Manu Trigueros became the first player in Villarreal's top-flight history to score a goal and an own goal in the same game when he did so in this season's reverse fixture.

Giovani dos Santos has participated in four of Villarreal's last six La Liga goals against Valencia (three goals and one assist).

Only Atletico (38) have won more points on home soil than Valencia (37) this term.

Valencia have won their last seven league games at the Mestalla; their best run on home soil since September 2010 (eight).

Only Koke (eight) has assisted more headed goals than Pablo Piatti (five) this season.

Only Barcelona (21.3%) have a higher shot conversion rate than Valencia (20.9%) this term.

Valencia have conceded just 11 goals from open play all season; a league-low with Barcelona.

 

 

Getafe v Deportivo La Coruna

Getafe are unbeaten in six league meetings with Deportivo (W4 D2), their last defeat coming back in 2009 at the Coliseum (0-2).

Depor have won three and drawn two of their eight top-flight visits to Getafe (L3).

The Blues have won three of their last four home league games, though all came under the stewardship of Quique Sanchez Flores and all three ended 2-1.

Deportivo are without a win in six league games (D2 L4), failing to score five times.

Alvaro Vazquez has scored six of the Blues' last 12 league goals.

Deportivo have had more individual penalty takers than any other La Liga side this season; five.

Diego Castro has scored more goals against Deportivo than any other La Liga opponent (5).

Deportivo are the only side yet to claim a single point from a losing position away from home this season.

Getafe have gained more points than any other La Liga side this season with a goal scored in the final five minutes of play (seven).

 

 

Celta v Barcelona

Celta are winless in four home league meetings with Barcelona (D1 L3), a run that goes back to 2004.

If they win this game, Barcelona will become the team with the most away wins against Celta Vigo in La Liga history (currently level with Atletico on 19).

Los Celestes are one of four teams to have beaten Luis Enrique's Barcelona in La Liga.

Eduardo Berizzo has already won five home league games this season; Luis Enrique only won six in the whole 2013/14 season at Celta.

Barcelona have won their last five away league games, scoring four goals per game on average.

Nolito has assisted 28% of Celta's goals this season; a league-high proportion.

Lionel Messi has made a league-high 15 assists this season; his best record in a single campaign is 18 in 2010/11.

Barcelona have scored the most goals from inside the area this season, while Celta have scored a league-high 97% of theirs from in the box.

No side has scored fewer first-half goals than Celta this term (seven), while Barcelona have scored the most after the break (54).

Barcelona have averaged a league-high 69.55% of possession this term, whilst only the Catalans and Real Madrid are ahead of Celta (58.1%).

 

 

Espanyol v Elche

Espanyol have only won one of their last five top-flight meetings with Elche (D2 L2) though that did come in this exact fixture last season (3-1).

Elche have only won one of their 18 La Liga trips to Espanyol (D5 L12), 3-0 in 1966.

Espanyol have failed to score in three successive league games; they last went longer without netting back in December 2009.

Elche have lost their last two league games, failing to score in both and conceding seven.

Since they returned to La Liga, only two Elche players have scored La Liga braces and both of them did so against Espanyol (Coro and Jonathas).

Kiko Casilla has kept more clean sheets than any other La Liga goalkeeper in 2015 (6).

Coro scored five goals in La Liga last season; more than he mustered in any of his eight seasons with Espanyol.

Sergio Garcia has participated directly in 10 of Espanyol's last 19 league goals (six goals, four assists).

While Espanyol are the only La Liga team yet to concede a goal from a penalty this term, no side has conceded more goals from the spot than Elche (7).

 

 
 
 

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