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Jon Riley 6th Feb 2013 - 17:14

La Liga Opta Facts Matchday 23

Opta Facts
La Liga 2012-13
Matchday 23

Mallorca v Osasuna

  • Mallorca and Osasuna have drawn each of their last four top-flight games, with three of those ending 1-1.
  • The Balearic side have won four of their last six home games against Osasuna in the Primera, drawing the other two.
  • Osasuna have drawn nine different games away from home at Mallorca in their La Liga history; at no away ground have they drawn more.
  • Mallorca are without a win in seven home league games (D2 L5), their worst home run since 2006/07 (eight).
  • Mendilibar´s side have scored fewer away goals than any other side in the league this term (seven).
  • Tomer Hemed has scored more goals against Osasuna than any other team (three).
  • No Osasuna player has participated in more goals than Emiliano Armenteros this season (three goals, three assists).
  • The seven away goals scored by Osasuna on the road this term have been netted by six different players; only Kike Sola has scored more than once.
  • Mallorca have scored the first goal of the game just six times this season, a league-low.

Celta Vigo v Valencia

  • Celta Vigo have lost five of their last six league games against Valencia, though their only victory in this run was in the last meeting at the Balaidos (3-2 in 2006/07).
  • Los Che have won two of their last three league trips to Vigo, keeping a clean sheet in each victory.
  • Vigo have only won one of their last nine league games (3D 5L), conceding exactly one goal in all of these nine games.
  • Valencia have won their last three away games, a run that coincides with the appointment of Valverde as manager.
  • Iago Aspas has participated in 54% of the goals Celta have scored in the Balaidos this season (four goals, three assists).
  • Five of the eight goals that Valencia have netted on the road this term have been headers.
  • Valencia are the only league team yet to score from outside the box this season.
  • Cetla have scored fewer goals from set piece situations than any other team in La Liga this season (four), while Valencia are one of the top scorers in this respect (15).
  • Three of the four goals than Nelson Valdez has netted this season have come as a substitute.

Levante v Malaga

  • Levante have only won two of their previous seven top-flight meetings with Malaga (5L), though both victories came at the Ciutat de Valencia.
  • In both of their La Liga victories over Malaga, Levante scored exactly three goals.
  • Four of Malaga´s five victories over Levante in the Primera have ended with exactly the same scoreline (1-0).
  • JIM´s side have won seven of their 10 home league games this season, only losing to Barcelona (0-4) and Real Madrid (1-2).
  • Malaga have won just one of their last five league games (2D 2L), but this was their last away game (3-2 in Mallorca).
  • Only Barcelona (12) have scored more goals from outside the area than Levante this season (seven).
  • Malaga are the only team to have had three different players score a penalty this season (Eliseu, Joaquin, Isco).
  • Isco has won more points (seven) with his goals (six) than any other Malaga player this term.
  • Levante and Malaga are the two teams to have lost the fewest points after scoring the first goal this season (two).

Deportivo La Coruna v Granada

  • Deportivo have won four of their last five against Granada in the top-flight (1D).
  • Granada have only ever won one of their nine trips to Galicia to face Depor in the Primera (4D 4L), and that win came on their first ever visit there (1-4 in 1941/42).
  • Granada have failed to score in each of their last four trips to A Coruna in La Liga, though they did manage to draw their last trip there 0-0.
  • Depor have conceded more goals than any other team in La Liga this term (48) but have kept a clean sheet in all three of their victories to date.
  • All three of Granada´s away wins this season have ended 2-1.
  • Portuguese winger Pizzi has participated in five of the last six Deportivo goals in La Liga (three goals, two assists).
  • Of keepers to have played over 10 games this season, only Willy Caballero (75.9%) has a better save percentage than Tono (74.5%).
  • Deportivo have lost more points having scored the first goal than any other team in La Liga this term (15).
  • Alvaro Negredo (3.1) is the only Spaniard to average more shots per game than Riki (2.6) in this La Liga campaign.

Real Madrid v Sevilla

  • Real Madrid have won five of their last six league games against Sevilla (1L).
  • On home soil, Real Madrid have won 21, drawn one and lost just two of their last 24 against Sevilla in La Liga.
  • The Andalusian side have not won in the Communidad de Madrid since December 2008 (D4 L9), though their last victory was in the Bernabeu (4-3).
  • Sevilla are yet to lose a league game with Unai Emery at the helm (2W 1D).
  • Real have not lost on home soil since December 2011 (18W 4D), their best run at home since April 2003 (49 games unbeaten).
  • The three goals conceded by Beto in all competitions this season for Sevilla have all been from the penalty spot.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has netted seven goals in his last four home league games.
  • The Whites have conceded the fewest goals in the second-half this term (nine) and the fewest in the final 15 minutes (three).
  • This game will see the two players to have created the most chances from open play this season clash (Ozil 46 and Navas 42).
  • It will also see two of the three players to have missed the most clear cut chances this season face off (Negredo 17 and Ronaldo 13).
  • Alvaro Negredo has now reached double figures for goals in each of the last six seasons.
  • Unai Emery has only managed one point from five previous trips to the Bernabeu in La Liga.

Barcelona v Getafe

  • Barcelona have won seven of their last eight league games against Getafe (1L).
  • The Catalan giants have won their last three home games against the Blues; they have never won four in a row against them in La Liga.
  • Only in the Mestalla (nine) have Getafe played more games in the Primera without a victory than in the Camp Nou (eight).
  • Barcelona have won 19 of their 22 league games this season but have dropped points in two of their last three (1D 1L).
  • Getafe have lost their last three away league games; they have not lost four in a row on the road under Luis Garcia.
  • Lionel Messi has participated in seven of the last 11 goals scored by Barca in this fixture (three goals and four assists).
  • Of all players to have scored five or more La Liga goals this term, David Villa has played the fewest minutes (585).
  • Lionel Messi has scored in his last 12 league appearances, his best ever top-flight run.
  • Barca are the only team in La Liga yet to concede a headed goal this season.

Real Zaragoza v Real Sociedad

  • The last six top-flight clashes between Zaragoza and Sociedad have all been home wins.
  • Zaragoza have the chance to win four successive home games against Real Sociedad for the first time in their history in this game.
  • Zaragoza have gone five games without a win in La Liga (2D 3L), they have never gone six without one under Manolo Jimenez.
  • Montanier´s side have only lost one of their last six away league games (2W 3D), and that was in the Bernabeu (4-3).
  • Helder Postiga scored his first goal for Zaragoza in La Liga against Real Sociedad at La Romareda last season, and went on to record a brace.
  • The three left footers Chory Castro (five), Griezmann (three) and Vela (nine) have scored 48% of Real Sociedad´s goals this term.
  • Only Leo Messi (47%) has scored a higher percentage of his team´s goals than Helder Postiga (43%) this season.
  • Of all players to have recorded at least three assists in La Liga this season, Ruben Pardo is the youngest.
  • Zaragoza have only scored in one of their last four home league games, and that was in a 1-2 defeat to Real Betis.

Athletic Bilbao v Espanyol

  • The last time Espanyol won at the San Mames in La Liga was back in April 2001, since then Athletic have won six and drawn five of the 11 clashes.
  • Despite this, the Lions are winless in four against the Catalan side in La Liga, drawing two games 3-3 and losing two 1-2.
  • The only league goal scored by Fernando Llorente this season was in the reverse fixture against Espanyol.
  • If the Basque side remain unbeaten in this game, they will have gone four without defeat for the first time this season (currently 1W 2D).
  • Javier Aguirre´s side would be top of La Liga if it had started four gameweeks ago (3W 1D).
  • Botxo´s side have conceded a league-high seven penalty goals this season.
  • The Blue-and-Whites have lost more points thanks to goals in the final five minutes than any other team this season (five).
  • Espanyol have committed more fouls than any other team in La Liga (379).
  • Gorka Iraizoz has made more saves than any other keeper in the Primera (101).

Rayo Vallecano v Atletico Madrid

  • Rayo have lost their last three derbies against Atletico in La Liga, their worst ever run against los rojiblancos in La Liga.
  • Atleti are unbeaten in five trips to Vallecas in La Liga (3W 2D), keeping a clean sheet on three occasions in the process.
  • Rayo have not recorded a home win against Atletico in La Liga since January 1994 (2-1).
  • Vallecano have won their last three home league games, they have not won more in a row since their best ever run of nine in 1977/78.
  • Atletico have lost four of their last six away league games, winning only once (1-0 in Granada).
  • Radamel Falcao has scored in all three of his league appearances against Rayo, including one in the victory in Vallecas last season.
  • Andrija Delibasic scored a goal in the reverse fixture this season after a 19 pass move, the most of any goal excluding Barcelona in La Liga this season.
  • Atletico have only scored 2% of their goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season, a league-low figure.

Betis v Valladolid

  • The last top-flight meeting between these sides in Seville ended with Betis being relegated to the second division (1-1).
  • Valladolid have not beaten Real Betis since January 2003 (5D 3L).
  • Betis have only lost one of their last 10 home league games against los pucelanos, and that was the only game in this run that they failed to score in (6W 3D).
  • Real Betis have gone three games without a win for the first time this season (1D).
  • If Betis score, they will break their record for most consecutive home games without failing to net, beating the 25 between 1996 and 1997.
  • Valladolid have won only one of their last five away league games (1D) but this came in Sevilla (2-1).
  • Only one of the last 10 goals Real Betis have scored against Valladolid in La Liga has arrived before the half-time break.
  • Valladolid have scored a league-high 11 goals in the first 15 minutes of games this season.
  • Rukavina is the only outfield player to have played every minute of every game in La Liga so far this season.





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