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Simon Gott 27th Nov 2013 - 19:41

La Liga Opta Facts Matchday 15


Getafe v Levante

  • Levante have only won once against Getafe at the Coliseum in the Primera; 1-0 in their most recent visit (D2 L3).
  • In each of their last four home meetings with Levante in the league, the Blues have conceded exactly one goal.
  • Jaime Gavilan scored his only brace for Getafe in the top-flight against Levante in 2010 in Getafe's most recent victory against los Granotas in the Coliseum (4-1).
  • Luis Garcia has only won one of his four meetings with his former club as a La Liga manager (D2 L1).
  • Getafe are without a win in three home league games (D1 L2); they have not gone four in a row without a win on home soil all year.
  • Since recording their best victory of the season against Espanyol in October (3-0), Levante have gone four games without a win (D1 L3).
  • There have been nine penalties awarded in games involving Levante this season (four in favour, five against); a joint-high with those involving Real Madrid.
  • Miguel Angel Moya conceded more goals last weekend (seven) than in his eight previous league games combined this season (four).
  • Getafe are the only side to have scored more than one own goal in La Liga this season (two).


Villarreal v Malaga

  • Villarreal have only lost one of their last eight home clashes with Malaga in La Liga (W5 D2).
  • Malaga have been reduced to 10 men in three of their last four league meetings with Villarreal.
  • Bernd Schuster is the manager to have recorded the biggest away win at El Madrigal in Villarreal's La Liga history (5-0 with Real Madrid in 2007).
  • Marcelino Garcia Toral has never defeated Bernd Schuster as a La Liga manager in four previous meetings (D1 L3).
  • Villarreal have the chance to equal their best ever to start to a La Liga campaign after 15 games (30 points), recorded in 2010/11 under Juan Carlos Garrido.
  • Malaga are one of only two sides yet to win away from home in La Liga this term, alongside bottom side Betis.
  • Ikechukwu Uche has the opportunity to score in four consecutive La Liga games for the first time in his career.
  • The Yellows are one of only two sides (with Atleti) who are yet to concede a penalty this season.
  • Villarreal have scored 33% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games; the highest proportion in the top-flight.
  • Malaga have not won any of their three previous Friday fixtures this season (D1 L2).


Elche v Atletico Madrid

  • Elche have lost seven of their last nine meetings with Atletico in the top-flight (W1 D1).
  • Only against Real Madrid (24) have Elche lost more La Liga games than they have against Atletico (21) in their Primera history.
  • The last draw between these sides in La Liga was a 4-4 draw back in 1978; this remains the highest scoring game between these sides in the top-flight.
  • Elche are yet to win against a side from Madrid in La Liga this season (D1 L2).
  • Elche have won just eight points in the Martinez Valero this season, one fewer than their total points haul on the road (nine).
  • Atleti scored more goals in their last game (seven) than Elche have managed on home soil all season (six).
  • Coro (three goals, one assist) and Fidel (one goal, two assist) have participated in all six of Elche's home league goals this season.
  • Atletico Madrid have won 23 of the 24 league games in which Diego Costa has found the net (30 goals in total).
  • David Villa has scored in four of Atletico Madrid's last five league games (six goals).



Celta Vigo v Almeria

  • This is the first ever top-flight meeting between Celta Vigo and Almeria.
  • On the last occasion these sides faced off in the second tier, the Galician side ran out 4-3 winners in the Balaidos (February 2012).
  • Almeria's first ever top-flight game (since their reformation) was in Galicia, in the Andalusian side won 3-0 (v Deportivo at the Riazor).
  • All three Celta Vigo victories this season have been against Andalusian sides, yet all three have come away from the Balaidos.
  • Celta Vigo are the only side in La Liga this season yet to win a home game.
  • Almeria have the opportunity to win three consecutive away games for the first time in their top-flight history.
  • Luis Enrique's side have lost 10 points from winning positions this season; a joint-high with Valladolid.
  • Almeria have scored just 33% of their goals in the second-half of games this term; the lowest percentage in La Liga.
  • Celta top scorer Alex Lopez has only scored one of his five league goals this season in the Balaidos.


Real Madrid v Valladolid

  • If Real Madrid win this game, they will equal their record run of victories against Real Valladolid in the top-flight (six between 1987 and 1989).
  • Real Valladolid's last victory in the Bernabeu in La Liga came on the final day of the 1999/00 season; just five days after Real claimed their eighth European Cup win.
  • The Whites have won their last six home league meetings with Valladolid, scoring 4.6 goals per game on average.
  • Real Madrid have won all four league games since Xabi Alonso returned from injury, averaging five goals per game in this run.
  • JIM's side have recorded a league-high, six draws this season.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo could play his 150th league game for Real Madrid here (163 goals against 27 sides).
  • Valladolid have scored a league-high 44% of their goals via headers this season, while only 6% of the goals Real Madrid have conceded have been headed; a joint-low with Granada.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has had 47 shots on target in La Liga this season; just three fewer than the whole Valladolid side (50).
  • Juan Ignacio Martinez's side have lost a league-high eight points from winning positions away from home this season.
  • Karim Benzema has scored in four consecutive league games (five goals); he has never scored in five in a row for the Whites.
  • Carlo Ancelotti used seven different Spanish players in Real Madrid's starting eleven last weekend; the most he has ever used.


Espanyol v Real Sociedad

  • Espanyol are unbeaten in five La Liga meetings with Real Sociedad, winning two and drawing three.
  • On home soil, the Parakeets have not lost to Sociedad since September 2002 (W3 D4), when Darko Kovacevic scored brace in a 3-1 win for the Basque side.
  • The last three draws between these sides in Barcelona in the top-flight have finished with the same scoreline (2-2).
  • Javier Aguirre has never lost a home game as a top-flight manager against Real Sociedad (W4 D3).
  • Espanyol have never lost consecutive league games at the Cornella El-Prat with Javier Aguirre in the dugout.
  • Real Sociedad have only lost one of their last six league games (W4 D1), and that was in the Bernabeu against Real Madrid (5-1).
  • Sergio Garcia (three goals against Rayo) and Carlos Vela (four against Celta) both scored their first ever La Liga hat-tricks last weekend.
  • Espanyol would find themselves in the relegation zone if only first-half goals counted (19th with just 11 points).
  • Only Cristiano Ronaldo (39%) has fired in a higher percentage of his team's shots than Antoine Griezmann (23%) in La Liga this season.


Betis v Rayo Vallecano

  • Betis are without a win in seven top-flight meetings with Rayo Vallecano (D2 L5), scoring just two goals.
  • On home soil, los Beticos have lost their last three La Liga meetings with Rayo Vallecano, their worst ever top-flight run against the side from Vallecas.
  • If they win in Villamarin, Rayo will have recorded their best ever run of away wins against a single opponent in the top-flight (four).
  • Only in 1990/91 (seven points) have Real Betis had fewer points after 14 games played than they have this season (nine).
  • Betis are without a win in seven league games (D1 L6), their worst run since November 2011, when they went 10 without a win (D1 L9).
  • Betis have conceded 11 headed goals already this term; four more than any other side (Valencia with seven).
  • Rayo have conceded more goals than any other side in La Liga (34). Never in their history have they conceded this many at the same stage of a top-flight campaign.
  • Jorge Molina has directly contributed to 55% of Real Betis's goals this season (five goals, one assist); the highest portion in La Liga (excluding own goals).
  • No La Liga player has completed more passes than Rayo midfielder Roberto Trashorras this season (1,042).
  • Lass Bangoura, who scored his first goal in Villamarin in 2011, has gone 1,610 minutes without a La Liga strike; he last netted against Atletico in February.


Granada v Sevilla

  • Granada have only won one of their last nine home meetings with Sevilla in La Liga (D5 L3).
  • Los Nazaries have only won two of their seven league games in Los Nuevos Carmenes this season (L5), keeping just one clean sheet in the process (v Athletic).
  • Sevilla have not won three consecutive league games, nor two consecutive away games, since April 2012, when they won 3-0 at Granada.
  • If either side wins this game, they will have taken the most points from games between the four Andalusian sides in La Liga during the first round of games this season.
  • Carlos Bacca has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season; of all La Liga players, only Messi, Ronaldo and Diego Costa have more.
  • Yacine Brahimi has attempted an average of 10.5 dribbles per game this season, the highest proportion in La Liga.
  • Ivan Rakitic made two assists in Sevilla's last league game; the last time he had managed this was against Granada last season.
  • El-Arabi has scored 55% of Granada's league goals this season (six of 11); he scored a hat-trick in Granada's last home game against Malaga.
  • Sevilla have conceded a league-high two goals from direct free kicks this season and have also conceded a joint-high eight in the final 15 minutes of games.
  • Lucas Alvarez has never won a La Liga game as a manager against either Sevilla (D1 L4) or a side managed by Unai Emery (D2 L2).


Valencia v Osasuna

  • Valencia have won three consecutive meetings with Osasuna in La Liga, scoring nine goals without reply.
  • In the Mestalla, Osasuna are without a win in nine top-flight outings (D1 L8), only scoring in one of these games.
  • If they lose this game, Valencia will have gone four consecutive home games at the Mestalla without collecting a point for the first time since April 2008, under Koeman.
  • Valencia had 18 points after 14 league games last season, when Mauricio Pellegrino lost his job; they have one point fewer at this stage.
  • If Osasuna win this, it will be their third away win of the campaign; a figure they have finished with at the end the last three La Liga campaigns.
  • Osasuna are the only team yet to concede a goal from outside the area in La Liga this season.
  • Eight of the last nine league goals scored by Osasuna against Valencia have come from Spanish players.
  • In the last two league meetings between these sides at the Mestalla, there have been three red cards shown.
  • No La Liga player has been used as a substitute more often this season than Sergio Canales and Manuel Omwu (10).


Athletic v Barcelona

  • Athletic have only won one of their last 23 league meetings with Barcelona (D7 L15); 3-1 in May 2006 with Iraola on the scoresheet.
  • The Basque giants have conceded at least one goal in each of their last 15 home league meetings with Barcelona.
  • Barcelona will play their first game in Athletic's new stadium; their first ever trip to the old San Mames in La Liga ended in a 5-1 defeat.
  • Alexis Sanchez, who has scored in four of his last five league appearances, was the last Barcelona player to score in the old San Mames.
  • Athletic have conceded just 5% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season; a league-low. Barca have conceded 50% of their goals in this period; a league-high.
  • Valverde's side have won a league-high 14 points from losing positions this season; 11 of them on home soil.
  • The Lions have only played one league game on a Sunday at their new stadium so far, drawing 1-1 against Valencia.
  • Neymar has won more fouls than any other player in La Liga this season (46); an average of 3.83 per game.
  • Athletic have scored a league-high seven headed goals this season.
  • Seven of Barcelona's 10 previous league meetings with sides managed by Ernesto Valverde have ended level (W1 L2).
  • Cesc Fabregas has participated in six of Barcelona's last 10 league goals (four goals, two assists).


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