La Liga Opta Facts - August 21 - 24
Malaga v Sevilla
This exact fixture ended the 2014/15 La Liga season, Malaga losing 2-3 at home to their Andalusian rivals.
Malaga have only won one of their last five league meetings with the side from Nervion (D2 L2), with Unai Emery in the Sevilla dugout for all five.
Malaga won four and lost four of their eight Andalusian derbies last season.
Sevilla remained unbeaten in local derbies last term, winning seven and drawing one.
Unai Emery has only lost two of his 13 meetings with Malaga as a La Liga manager (W8 D3).
Malaga CF have only lost one of six games when opening a La Liga season at home (W4 D1); that was a 1-3 defeat to Valencia in 2010/11.
Sevilla have not started a league season on the road since 2010/11, when they won 4-1 at Levante.
Tremoulinas assisted two of Sevilla's three goals in their last league meeting with Malaga.
Only against Espanyol (13) have Malaga CF recorded more La Liga victories than they have against Sevilla (11).
Espanyol v Getafe
Espanyol have only won one of their last three home league meetings with Getafe, losing the other two.
That win, 2-0 in September 2014, was the Parakeets' only home win in their last six against sides from the capital (D3 L2).
Sergio Gonzalez's side won just one of their final six home league games last term (D3 L2).
The side from Madrid are without a win in eight in the league (D2 L6), scoring six and conceding 24 in those games.
Espanyol will start a league season at home for the first time since 2010/11, when they beat Getafe themselves 3-1.
Getafe will start on the road for the fourth successive season; they lost in the previous three openers in this run.
Espanyol committed a league-high 615 fouls last term.
New signing Moi Gomez scored his first away goal in La Liga at the Power8 Stadium as a Villarreal player in February 2014.
Deportivo v Real Sociedad
Deportivo are without a win in four league meetings with Real Sociedad (D3 L1).
Depor have only lost one of their last 10 La Liga meetings with Basque sides at the Riazor (W7 D2), but that 0-1 defeat to Real Sociedad in 2013 did send them down to the Segunda.
The Galicians have only won one of their last 16 league games (D8 L7).
This is the first time in La Liga history that Deportivo and Real Sociedad will meet on the opening day.
The Basques have only won one of their last nine opening La Liga games when starting away from home (D3 L5); 1-2 at Sporting in 2011/12.
Only one of Deportivo's last nine league goals has come before the break.
Agirretxe is the only current Real Sociedad player to have scored more than once against Depor in La Liga whilst wearing the Real shirt (2).
New signing Jonathas scored for Elche against Deportivo in a La Liga match back in April.
Gonzalo Castro has directly participated in each of his side's last three league goals (one goal, two assists).
Atletico v Las Palmas
Atletico Madrid and Las Palmas have not met in the Primera since 1987/88, when the side from the Canaries finished bottom and were relegated.
Los Rojiblancos have only lost one of their last 12 top-flight meetings with the Yellows (W8 D3).
Indeed, los Pio Pio are winless in 16 La Liga games at the Vicente Calderon (D4 L12), last winning there in September 1969 (2-1).
Atletico, without a win in four in the league, have not gone five without victory since February-March 2012.
Las Palmas are without a win in 40 top-flight trips to Madrid (D11 L29).
The side from the capital are unbeaten in five opening league games when starting on home soil (W3 D2), keeping a clean sheet in all five games.
Las Palmas are unbeaten in three when starting a La Liga season away from home (W1 D2).
Gabi and Fernando Torres both started the most recent competitive game between these sides, which Atletico won 1-0 away in the 2005/06 Copa del Rey.
Jonathan Viera (3) and Araujo (3) scored Las Palmas's last six away league goals last season between them.
Las Palmas veteran Juan Carlos Valeron has scored once against former club Atleti in La Liga, netting for Deportivo in a 3-2 win in June 2003.
Rayo Vallecano v Valencia
Rayo Vallecano have won one, drawn one and lost one of three home league meetings with Valencia under Paco Jemez.
These sides met four times last season, twice in La Liga and twice in the cup. Rayo failed to win any of them (D2 L2).
Valencia are unbeaten in nine league games against sides from Madrid (W5 D4).
Rayo will start a season on home soil for the fourth consecutive season; they are unbeaten in the last three openers, winning two, drawing one and keeping three clean sheets.
Los Che have only lost one of their last 14 opening La Liga fixtures (W10 D3).
Only against Real Madrid (25) have Rayo lost more games in their top-flight history than they have against Valencia (20).
Valencia have had a man sent off in each of their last three league games against Rayo.
Los Che have only lost one of their last 17 league games (W10 D6).
Valencia's 77 points last season equalled their best ever La Liga haul in a 38-game season (also in 2003/04).
Athletic v Barcelona
Athletic have lost three successive league games against Barcelona; they have not lost four in a row since 2000 (5).
Los Rojiblancos have only won one of their last nine league meetings with Barcelona in the San Mames (D4 L4).
Athletic and Barcelona have met eight times on the opening day in La Liga before, with the Basque side winning just once, 3-1 in 1949/50 (D2 L5).
Athletic have only won one of their last six openers when starting at home (D3 L2), 1-0 v Espanyol in 2009/10.
Barcelona have started with a win in each of the last six campaigns, scoring 26 times and conceding just once.
Athletic are unbeaten in seven league games (W4 D3); they have not gone eight in a row without defeat since November 2011 under Bielsa.
Luis Enrique's side have kept clean sheets in six of their last seven league games, conceding only in the last one against Deportivo.
Barcelona have scored more goals against Athletic than any other opponent in La Liga history (319).
Messi has participated in six of his team's last eight league goals against Athletic (two goals, four assists).
Athletic's last 11 home league goals against the Catalans have all come from inside the box.
Sporting v Real Madrid
The last two teams to play Real Madrid on the opening weekend (Real Betis and Cordoba) have ended the season relegated.
The side from Asturias have only won one of their last 12 league meetings with Real Madrid and that came at the Bernabeu (D1 L10).
The Whites are unbeaten in seven trips to El Molinon in La Liga (W5 D2), keeping a clean sheet in all seven games.
Real Madrid have only started a league season against Sporting once, beating them 2-0 at home in 1989/90 in a game in which Abelardo made his La Liga bow.
The side from the capital have lost just one of their last five when starting a season on the road (W3 D1), losing 2-1 in A Coruna in 2008/09.
Sporting have started their last five La Liga campaigns with a defeat.
Real Madrid are unbeaten in 10 league games (W9 D1), scoring 40 goals in the process.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored six of Real Madrid's last seven away league goals, the last four of which came against current keeper Casilla.
No Liga Adelante defender played more minutes in 2014/15 than Sporting pair Luis Hernandez and Bernando (3690 level with Cesar Caneda).
Cheryshev could make his league debut for Real Madrid against the first Spanish team his father represented.
Levante v Celta Vigo
Levante have lost their last three league meetings with Celta without scoring a single goal.
Levante have never beaten the Galicians on home soil in the top-flight (D1 L3).
Levante have never started a top-flight season with a victory, drawing five and losing five on the opening day.
Celta started each of their last six La Liga seasons at home; they have won their last three when opening on the road.
The side from Valencia are without a win in four league games (D2 L2), failing to score in three of them.
Los Celestes are unbeaten in five away league games (W2 D3); they have not gone six without defeat in La Liga since December 2006.
Only one of Levante's five La Liga goals against Celta has arrived in the first-half.
Levante had the fewest shots on target in the Primera last term (103).
Since their most recent promotion, only Nolito (13 in 2014/15) has made more assists for Celta in a single campaign than Iago Aspas (seven in 2012/13).
Betis v Villarreal
Betis are unbeaten in three La Liga meetings with Villareral (W2 D1).
The Yellow Submarine have only won one of their last nine top-flight trips to Andalusia (D4 L4), winning 2-0 at Cordoba last season.
Betis have only started at home in one of their last 14 Primera seasons and they lost that game (0-1 v Recreativo in 2008/09).
The side from Castellon have started away from home in each of their last 11 La Liga campaigns, winning each of the last two (W3 D4 L4 overall).
Marcelino has won just two of his seven meetings with Betis as a La Liga manager (D4 L1), once with Recreativo and once with Racing.
Villarreal are without a win in 11 league games (D8 L3), failing to score in five of them.
The Andalusian side failed to score in just one of their last 17 home games last season (Segunda), their final one against Sporting (0-3).
Only Real Madrid (686) and Barcelona (625) had more total shots last season than Villarreal (507).
Ruben Castro participated in 59% of Betis's league goals last season, scoring 32 and assisting 11.
Granada v Eibar
Both meetings between these sides last season, the first ever top-flight clashes, ended level.
Granada have conceded exactly once in each of their last four La Liga openers.
Eibar started last season, their first ever top-flight campaign, with a 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad.
Granada are unbeaten in four league games (W3 D1), keeping a clean sheet in each of their last three.
The Basque side failed to win any of their five league trips to Andalusia last season (D3 L2).
Eibar had the lowest possession figure in La Liga last term (41.78%).
El-Arabi has scored at least eight goals in all three top-flight seasons as a Granada player.
Arruabarrena participated directly in exactly half of Eibar's 14 away league goals last season, scoring five and assisting two.