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Robert Alexander 12th Sep 2013 - 11:23

La Liga Opta Facts - Matchday 4

Atletico Madrid v Almeria

  • Atletico have only won two of their last eight meetings with Almeria in the top-flight (D5 L1), both in the Vicente Calderon.
  • The side from Almeria have drawn five different games against the Red-and-Whites in La Liga, more than against any other side in their top-flight history.
  • Atleti have won their opening three league games this season; they have not won their first four since the historic double winning campaign of 1995/96.
  • Almeria have scored exactly two goals in each of their three games this season but have yet to pick up a victory (D2 L1).
  • Diego Simeone's side have the best shot conversion rate in La Liga this term (30%).
  • Raul Garcia is the only player in Atletico's squad that has scored a top-flight goal against Almeria whilst wearing the Atleti shirt.
  • Almeria have lost a league-high seven points from games in which they have scored the first goal this term.
  • David Villa has hit the post the same number of times that he has hit the target in La Liga this term (three).
  • Almeria have conceded a league-high 57% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season.


Levante v Real Sociedad

  • Levante have won all five previous top-flight home games against Real Sociedad, scoring exactly twice in four of these victories.
  • Las Granotas have the chance to win two successive league games for the first time since December 2012.
  • Only against Hercules (15) and Cadiz (12) have Real Sociedad played more away games in their top-flight career without a victory than they have against Levante (five).
  • The Basque side have not lost successive league games since October 2012.
  • Despite conceding a league-high eight goals this season, Keylor Navas has also saved a league-high four big chances.
  • Levante have not won a home league game since March (D3 L3).
  • Levante are one of just three teams yet to score a home league goal this season.
  • Real Sociedad, meanwhile, have conceded just two shots on target in away games this season; a joint-low with Osasuna.
  • Joaquin Caparros's side have the lowest possession figure in La Liga this season (29%); something JIM's side had last term (35%).
  • Levante have won more points with goals in the 90th minute than any other team this season (two).


Barcelona v Sevilla

  • Sevilla have lost more games against Barcelona than any other side in their La Liga history (73).
  • Sevilla have not beaten Barcelona in the league since March 2007 (D3 L9), when Dani Alves scored the winning goal.
  • Sevilla have not won in the Nou Camp since 2002/03 (D2 L7), incidentally the last season in which they started with two draws and a defeat from their opening three games.
  • The Catalans have won all three league games this term, whilst the Andalusians are yet to record a victory (D2 L1).
  • Barca have won 16 consecutive home league games; their best run since 1974 (21).
  • On the other hand, Sevilla are without a win in 17 away league games (D6 L11); their last victory came last September when Michel was in charge (2-0 at Deportivo).
  • Neymar has yet to net his first league goal for Barcelona; his compatriot Ronaldinho scored his first La Liga goal against Sevilla at the Camp Nou.
  • Javi Varas was the most recent goalkeeper to save a Lionel Messi penalty in La Liga.
  • Barcelona have scored a league-high 10 first-half goals this term, but have only scored one after the break.
  • Barcelona have the highest possession rating in La Liga this season (71.7%), while Sevilla come third in this metric (61.4%).
  • Unai Emery has lost all six league games at the Nou Camp as a manager in La Liga and has never beaten the Catalans in the top-flight (D4 L7).
  • Since their victory over Barcelona in 2007, Sevilla have seen six players sent off against Barcelona in the league, while the Catalans haven't been reduced to 10 men in this period.


Villarreal v Real Madrid

  • Villarreal have lost in five of their last six clashes with Real Madrid in La Liga, though they did draw their most recent one against them (1-1 in El Madrigal in 2012).
  • Marcelino has lost all four of his previous home league meetings with Real Madrid as a manager (five goals scored, 14 against).
  • Real Madrid have won more times at El Madrigal than any other away side in La Liga history (seven).
  • Villarreal could become the first team for the Communidad Valenciana to win their opening four top-flight games since Valencia in 1951/52.
  • If Real Madrid win this game, Carlo Ancelotti's side will have bettered their points total after four games of any campaign under José Mourinho.
  • Cani (three) has scored more goals against Real Madrid than any other Villarreal player in the club's top-flight history.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in every league game he has played at El Madrigal (four goals in three games).
  • Giovani dos Santos has participated at least one goal in all three of Villarreal's victories this season (two goals, two assists).
  • Between them, Isco (three) and Benzema (two) have scored five of Real Madrid's six league goals this term.
  • Villarreal have scored a league-high two goals on the counter-attack this term.


Granada v Espanyol

  • Granada have won two and drawn one of their four league meetings with Espanyol since promotion, losing just once.
  • Three of the last four draws between these two sides in Granada have been goalless.
  • Granada are the only Andalusian side to have recorded a victory this season.
  • Javier Aguirre will be hoping to become the first Espanyol player to guide his side through the four opening games of a season without defeat since Jose Antonio Camacho in 1997/98.
  • Granada have only scored in two of their last eight clashes with Espanyol in the top-flight (three goals).
  • Espanyol are without a win in four away league games (D1 L3).
  • Piti, who scored Granada's goal in the draw in Vigo this season, is the only player to have missed a penalty in La Liga this season.
  • Thievy Bifouma has scored two goals in three league games this season; more than in his whole career at Espanyol (one in 21).
  • Allan Nyom has made a joint-high 19 tackles this season, 16 of them successful.
  • New Espanyol striker Gabriel Torje scored three goals for Granada last season, but all came in the year 2012.


Getafe v Osasuna

  • Getafe have shared the spoils with Osasuna in five of their last seven league duels, three of them ending goalless.
  • In fact, against no side have Getafe drawn more often in La Liga than they have against the Reds (seven).
  • Miguel Flano scored an own goal in Osasuna's most recent defeat at the Alfonso Perez in the top-flight, but also scored in the Pamplona side's only victory there.
  • Getafe have only taken one point from three games this season, the same record they had at this stage of Luis Garcia's first season at the helm (2011/12).
  • Together with Betis's Nosa, Orial Riera has attempted a joint-high five headed shots this season but has still to score his first goal.
  • The Blues (5.2%) and the Reds (3.1%) have the two lowest shot conversion rates in La Liga this term.
  • Osasuna have lost their opening three games for only the third time in a top-flight season (56/57, 12/13). They have never lost their opening four.
  • No goalkeeper has made more saves than Miguel Angel Moya in La Liga this season (15).
  • Osasuna have attempted more than double the amount of crosses (127) as Getafe have (61) in La Liga this season.


Malaga v Rayo Vallecano

  • Malaga have only lost one of their six previous home meetings with Rayo Vallecano at La Rosaleda (D2) since their reformation.
  • The side from the Costa del Sol have only won one of their last eight league games (D2 L5).
  • No player born in Spain has ever scored for the Blue-and-Whites in the Primera against the side from Vallecas.
  • Since their reformation, Malaga have never endured a worse start to a top-flight season after three games than they have this season (one point).
  • Roberto Trashorras has made the most passes (256), successful passes (218) and passes in the final third (50) this season.
  • Duda, who has been yellow carded more often than any other Malaga player in history (54), has now been sent off six times for the Andalusian side in La Liga - a joint-club-high with Dario Silva.
  • Rayo Vallecano attempted 23 shots last weekend; the most of any club in a single game this term.
  • The Madrid side are the only team in La Liga yet to concede a right-footed goal this season.
  • Pedro Morales, who scored his club's last goal last season and first goal of this term, scored his first ever La Liga goal against Rayo in a game which he also provided two assists in.
  • Saul Niguez has committed a league-high 11 fouls this season.


Real Betis v Valencia

  • The last five league meetings between Betis (W3) and Valencia (W2) have all been decided by the odd goal.
  • Pepe Mel's side have gone four league games without a win (D2 L2) and against Celta last time out ended a run of 10 games unbeaten on home soil (W5 D5).
  • Los Che have lost six consecutive league games in Seville, though only two of those came at the Villamarín.
  • The last time that Real Betis had scored fewer goals after three game-weeks of a season than they have this term, they were relegated (none in 08/09).
  • Ruben Castro has needed fewer touches to score a goal than any other player in La Liga this term (five).
  • Valencia have conceded a joint-high two headed goals already this term.
  • Eight of the last nine Real Betis goals against Valencia in La Liga have been scored after the half-time interval.
  • The game against Valencia was the only home game in which Real Betis did not see a single player booked last season.
  • Real Betis and Valencia are the only two teams in La Liga who haven't benefited from a goal from a midfielder this season.
  • Nosa has put a league-high five headed shots off target this season.


Elche v Valladolid

  • Elche have beaten Valladolid in four of their six home meetings in the top-flight (D1 L1).
  • Elche have found the net each once in all six home duels with Valladolid in La Primera.
  • Valladolid are one of only three teams that Elche beat on home soil in their last season in the top-flight (1-0 in 88/89).
  • If they continue their current run, Fran Escriba's side must score three goals in this game (none in the first, one in the second, two in the third).
  • Valladolid have scored exactly one goal in all three league games this season, only winning the one in which a defender scored (Marc Valiente against Getafe).
  • Richmond Boakye scored an equalising goal after 94 minutes and 10 seconds last week, the latest goal scored in La Liga so far this term.
  • Manucho has the record for the quickest yellow as a substitute this term, getting booked just two minutes and 21 seconds after coming off the bench.
  • Cristian Sapunaru is one of two players (with Sergi Darder) to have been booked in all three appearances this season.
  • Omar Ramos has completed 11 of the 21 dribbles he has attempted this term; the same number that Lionel Messi has completed from his 22 attempts.


Athletic Bilbao v Celta Vigo

  • Athletic have only won one of their last four home meetings with Celta in La Liga (D2 L1), though this was the last one they played (1-0 last season).
  • Celta Vigo suffered their heaviest ever top-flight defeat against Athletic at the old San Mames (10-0 in 1942).
  • The Galician side did, however, enjoy their joint-heaviest ever away win in the top-flight at the mythical San Mames (6-1 in 2002).
  • Aritz Aduriz has scored in three of the last four league meetings between these sides, including the goal in Bilbao's home victory last term.
  • Only Almeria (seven) have lost more points from winning positions than Celta Vigo (four) this season.
  • Aritz Aduriz scored the last headed goal at the old San Mames last season, in the Lions' final victory at their old stadium (2-1 v Mallorca).
  • Athletic's last two league goals have been scored by substitutes (Ibai Gomez and Oscar De Marcos).
  • Of all players to have attempted more than 10 tackles, Augusto Fernandez is the only one to maintain a 100% tackle success rate.
  • Ander Herrera has had more shots without hitting the target than any other player in La Liga this season (four).


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