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Simon Gott 29th Jan 2015 - 15:35

La Liga Opta Facts - Matchday 21


Rayo Vallecano v Deportivo La Coruna

  • After starting the campaign with two draws, Rayo have gone 18 games without a match ending level (W7 L11).
  • The side from Madrid have lost three successive home games, scoring just once in this run; their worst streak in Vallecas since six straight league defeats last season.
  • Only two of Rayo's seven league wins this season have come at home (D1 L6), though one of those was against a Galician side.
  • Deportivo La Coruna have only won once away from home all season (D3 L5) and are yet to score more than once in a game on the road.
  • Indeed, the Galicians have scored fewer away goals than any other side this term (4) and have failed to score in their last five on the road.
  • Deportivo have lost their last nine visits to the Comunidad de Madrid in La Liga, not winning there since 2009.
  • The two outfield players to average the most long passes per game this season both ply their trade for Rayo Vallecano (Ze Castro 14.25, Trashorras 14).
  • Indeed, Roberto Trashorras has averaged more passes per game than any other La Liga player this season (77.28).
  • Excluding defenders, Manucho has scored more own goals than any other La Liga player over the last three seasons (2).


Real Madrid v Real Sociedad

  • Real Madrid are the only La Liga side yet to draw a game this season (W16 L3).
  • The Meringues have won six consecutive home league games, scoring at least three in all of these games at an average of four per match.
  • Real Madrid have only failed to score once at home over the last three seasons (September 2013, against Atletico Madrid).
  • Real Sociedad have not won at the home of the Whites since May 2004 (1-4), losing six and drawing one with 23 goals conceded since.
  • Indeed, the Basque side have conceded at least four goals on each of their last four trips to the Bernabeu.
  • Real Sociedad are the only La Liga side yet to win away this season (D5 L4).
  • The Whites have won their last 14 home league games against Basque sides, not tasting defeat to a side from the region since 2005.
  • Karim Benzema's goal last weekend ended his longest league drought of the season (five games).
  • Three of the last six penalties conceded by Real Madrid have been awarded against Sergio Ramos.
  • Real Madrid have won more spot kicks than any other side in the top five European leagues this term (9).
  • Xabi Prieto has scored nine La Liga goals against Real Madrid; against no other side has he scored more than three.
  • Since Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Spain, Real Madrid have won 2.2 points per game without him in the team compared to 2.5 with him, scoring 2.9 goals per game with him on average and 2.4 when he has been missing.
  • Despite that, the Whites lost their last game without their Portuguese superstar, with that coming against Real Sociedad earlier this season (2-4 in the Anoeta).


Eibar v Atletico Madrid

  • This will be Atletico Madrid's first ever top-flight trip to Ipurua.
  • Antonie Griezmann has only scored in five league games this season but has netted more than once in four of them.
  • Atletico Madrid have only kept one clean sheet in their last six league games.
  • Eibar's first ever La Liga defeat came against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon (2-1).
  • Eibar have conceded exactly once in their last five league games.
  • Since their 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad on the opening day of the season, Eibar have not kept a single clean sheet on home soil.
  • Xabi Irureta has made more saves than any other keeper this term (72) and has also averaged the most per game of all keepers to have played every match (3.6).
  • In their last two visits to Ipurua in the Segunda, Atleti have managed one win (3-0) and one defeat (1-2).
  • Atletico have won five of their last seven league trips to the Basque Country (L2).


Granada v Elche

  • Granada are the joint-lowest scorers in La Liga this season (13) and have only scored more than once on two occasions all term (first game and last game).
  • The side from Andalusia are now winless in 16 games (D7 L9); an all-time La Liga club record.
  • Granada have drawn their last four home games, with their last three all ending 1-1.
  • Elche have never won away at Granada in La Liga (D3 L7).
  • Los Ilicitanos have not beaten an Andalusian side in the league this term, drawing three and losing two.
  • Elche have conceded more goals from inside the box than any other side this season (38).
  • Together with Real Sociedad, Granada have lost a league-high 11 points from winning positions this season.
  • Jonathas has participated directly in 72% of Elche's league goals this season; a league-high proportion.
  • Manuel Iturra set up a goal last weekend for the first time in his La Liga career.


Celta Vigo v Cordoba

  • Celta are without a win in 10 league games (D2 L8); their worst run since 2006/07 (11).
  • The Galician side have only scored two goals across these 10 winless matches.
  • At the Balaidos, Celta are without a win in four, drawing two and losing two.
  • Cordoba's two away wins this season have both come via a 1-0 scoreline.
  • This will be the fourth meeting between these two sides in the top-flight; of the three previous clashes, two have ended level with Celta winning the only previous meeting in Vigo.
  • Celta Vigo have not beaten a team from Andalusia yet this season, drawing two, losing three and netting just one goal (against Cordoba in the reverse fixture).
  • Cordoba have not beaten a Galician team in La Liga since 1968/69 (D6 L2 since).
  • Cordoba are the only La Liga side yet to score from outside the area this season.
  • Celta Vigo's strikers have scored a league-high 84% of their goals this season, while Cordoba have conceded a league-high 22 goals to opposition frontmen.
  • Michael Krohn-Dehli has had more shots without scoring than any other player this term (24).


Levante v Athletic

  • Levante are without a win in eight league games (D4 L4); they have not gone nine without victory since the 2007/08 campaign.
  • The last three league games at the Ciutat de Valencia have all ended level.
  • The Basque side are without a win in seven league games for the first time since March 2009 (D2 L5).
  • The Lions have lost their last two away league games without even troubling the scorers.
  • Athletic have won the last three league meetings between these sides, netting at least twice on each occasion.
  • This game has not ended in a draw since January 2007 (0-0) with Athletic winning nine and Levante winning three since that stalemate.
  • Eight of the last nine clashes between these sides have produced at least three goals.
  • Levante have not beaten a Basque side in the league since becoming the last team to win at the Old San Mames on the penultimate matchday of 2012/13 (D4 L3 since).
  • No outfield players in La Liga this season have misplaced more passes than Ander Iturraspe (225) and Oscar de Marcos (219).
  • Mikel San Jose is the top scoring defender in all competitions for La Liga sides this season with six goals to his name.


Almeria v Getafe

  • Getafe are without a win in four away league games (D2 L2).
  • Despite their recent poor from on the road, Getafe have scored in each of their last six games away from the Coliseum.
  • Getafe's two wins away from the Comunidad de Madrid this term have both finished 2-1.
  • Almeria are the only La Liga side yet to win at home this season (D3 L6).
  • Indeed the last five games played at the Estadio Juegos del Mediterraneo have seen the visiting side come away with the three points.
  • The side from Andalusia have lost their last six against teams based in Madrid, scoring just two goals in total.
  • Almeria have faced a league-high 112 shots on target this season.
  • Corona played his 150th top-flight game for Almeria last weekend, becoming the first player to reach this milestone since the club were reformed.
  • Pablo Sarabia both scored and assisted a goal in the same La Liga game for the first time last weekend.


Sevilla v Espanyol

  • Defeat to Valencia last weekend ended a run of six without defeat for Sevilla (W5 D1) as well as a run of five consecutive clean sheets.
  • Sevilla have won more games against Espanyol than any other side in their top-flight history (63).
  • Sevilla are the only unbeaten home team in La Liga this season (W7 D3) and have only failed to score once on home soil (v Eibar in gameweek 15).
  • If they avoid defeat in this game, Sevilla will have gone through a whole year without losing a home game.
  • Espanyol have only won once away from home all season (D2 L6) and have also only managed one clean sheet on the road.
  • Espanyol have not beaten Sevilla in the league since January 2011 (1-2), drawing three and losing five since then, including losing the last four on the bounce.
  • Of the last seven occasions that the Catalan side have found the net, Felipe Caicedo has scored in five of them.
  • Two of the three players to have made the most fouls in La Liga this term will face off in this game (Krychowiak 51 and Stuani 46).
  • No side has seen more opposition players sent off this term than Espanyol (4).


Barcelona v Villarreal

  • Barcelona have won their last three league games since suffering defeat in San Sebastian, scoring 4.3 goals per game on average.
  • Barcelona scored their first penalty of the season last weekend (MD20); the longest they have had to wait since 1998, when Opta started recording this data.
  • The Camp Nou has not seen a draw in La Liga this season (eight home wins, one away win).
  • No visitor to Barcelona has managed to score more than once all campaign.
  • Villarreal have not beaten the Catalan giants since 2007/08 (2-1 in the Camp Nou), losing eight and drawing three off 11 duels since then.
  • The side from Castellon are unbeaten in 10 league games (W7 D3), their best top-flight run since November 2008 (17).
  • Barcelona are one of two teams in La Liga yet to concede from outside the area this season, while Villarreal have conceded a league-high 24% of their goals from range.
  • The six players to average the most touches in the opposition half this season all play for Barcelona (Messi 78, Alves 67, Alba 59, Xavi 57, Iniesta 56 and Rakitic 56).
  • This match includes five of the seven players to have missed the most clear chances this season (Messi 14, Uche 10, Vietto, Suarez and Neymar all 9).
  • Only Messi (10) and Ronaldo (9) have made more assists from open play than Denis Cheryshev this season (8).
  • Two of the three regular keepers with the best save percentage rates in La Liga will face off in this game (Claudio Bravo 80.4% and Sergio Asenjo 76.4%).


Malaga v Valencia

  • After a run of three successive league wins, Malaga have gone four without tasting victory (D2 L2).
  • On the other hand, Valencia are unbeaten in seven league games, winning five and drawing two.
  • The Andalusian side are winless in four against Valencia (D1 L3), scoring just once in total in this run.
  • Los Che have not won at La Rosaleda in three visits, however, failing to score in all three of these games.
  • Valencia have not lost to an Andalusian side since October 2013 (1-2 v Almeria), winning six and drawing five of 11 league games since then.
  • Malaga have gained a league-high 12 points from losing positions this season and are also the only side yet to lose a point from a winning one.
  • Of all players to have had at least 10 shots this season, Samuel has the best shooting accuracy (83.33%).
  • Of all players to have had at least 10 shots this term, Dani Parejo has the best shot conversion rate (43.75%).
  • In no season has Diego Alves saved more than the three penalties he has kept out this term (same as 2009/10 and 2010/11); he has saved 15 in La Liga overall.



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