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Andrew Tibot 16th Sep 2015 - 17:48

La Liga Opta Facts - September 18-20

Getafe v Malaga

Getafe are the only side in La Liga 2015/16 still searching for their first point.

The Blues have never lost their first four games of a La Liga campaign.

Getafe have won their last three home league games against Malaga, all by a 1-0 scoreline.

Malaga have won just one of their last 14 league games (D5 L8), failing to score in each of the last three.

Malaga are without a win in nine league trips to the Comunidad de Madrid, taking just one point from the 27 on offer.

There have been 12 red cards in 18 Primera Division meetings between these sides.

Fran Escriba's side have scored just two goals this season, with both coming from outside the box in the final 15 minutes of a game.

Malaga have had more shots (39, including blocked) than any other side still looking for their first La Liga goal this term.

Kameni has made more saves than any other goalkeeper this season (14).


Real Madrid v Granada

Real Madrid have only lost one of their previous 21 home league games against Granada, winning 18 and drawing two.

Los Blancos have won 27 and drawn one of their last 28 home league matches against sides from Andalusia.

Granada have won all three away league games under Sandoval; their best run on the road in top-flight history.

Real Madrid have not conceded in the league this season; their best ever unbeaten start to a campaign is four games in 1975/76.

Rafa Benitez's side are one of only two, along with Man City, yet to concede in the top five European leagues this term.

Against no side in top-flight history have Granada scored more goals than they have against Real Madrid (42).

Granada have been fouled a league-high 59 times this term.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored five times against Espanyol last time out, had only netted five times once before in La Liga; in this exact fixture last season.

The Portuguese winger did score his only La Liga own goal to date against Granada, however, back in February 2013.

Success has participated in two of Granada's four league goals this season (one goal, one assist).


Valencia v Real Betis

Valencia and Real Betis have alternated victories in their last seven top-flight meetings.

The last time Valencia scored five times in a league game was their last clash with Betis at the Mestalla (5-0 in February 2014).

Valencia have only lost one of their last 20 league games (W11 D8); 2-0 against Barcelona in April.

Real Betis have won just one of their last 24 La Liga away games (D5 L18); 3-1 at Levante in March 2014.

Valencia have won their last seven home games against Andalusian sides in La Liga, scoring 23 and conceding four.

Betis have not scored a second-half goal in any of their last five La Liga meetings with Valencia, though they have netted four before the break.

No side has been caught offside fewer times than Betis this season (three).

Paco Alcacer's only La Liga brace to date came against Real Betis in February 2014.

Adan has faced more shots on target than any other goalkeeper this season (16).


Eibar v Atletico Madrid

Eibar lost both league meetings with Atletico last season despite scoring once in each.

Los Armeros are still to keep a clean sheet in a La Liga game against a side from Madrid (W2 D1 L5).

Los Colconeros are unbeaten in nine away from home in La Liga (W4 D5); their second best run under Diego Simeone (12 in 2013).

Atleti have scored a league-high three goals from long distance this term.

Eibar are the first Basque side to stay undefeated after three games (W2 D1) since Athletic in 2009/10.
Atletico's five La Liga goals to date against Eibar have all arrived in the opening 25 minutes.

No player has conceded more fouls this season than Escalante (13).

Saul Berjon has scored one and assisted one of Eibar's two home league goals this term.

Juanfran, who made his Real Madrid first team debut at Ipurua in the 2004 Copa del Rey, has played more minutes in La Liga for Atletico under Diego Simeone than any other player (11,510).


Real Socidad v Espanyol

Real Sociedad have won three of their last four league meetings with Espanyol (L1).

The Basque side have only lost one of their last 10 league games at the Anoeta (W5 D4), losing 3-0 to Granada in May.

The Parakeets have lost four of their last five league games (W1).

Only Rayo (5) have had fewer shots on target this season than Real Sociedad (6) while only the side from Vallecas have had fewer total shots (19) than Espanyol (24).

Espanyol have conceded a league-high 58 fouls this term.

Jonathas has had a league-high five headed shots this season.

Sergio Canales has scored more goals against Espanyol than he has against any other La Liga opponent (5).

Jonathas has had more shots without scoring than any other La Liga player this season (13, including blocked).

Real Sociedad have failed to score in three games so far this season; only once have they gone further into a top-flight campaign without netting (five in 1991/92).


Sevilla v Celta Vigo

Sevilla have won four of their last five home league meetings with Celta (L1).

The side from Vigo have not scored more than once at the Sanchez Pizjuan in La Liga since winning 3-2 in May 1995.

Only in three previous La Liga seasons have Sevilla scored just one goal after three gameweeks (1957, 1967 (they were relegated) and 1982).

Los Celestes are unbeaten in eight league games (W4 D4) for the first time since 2002/03, when they equalled their best ever top-flight finishing position of fourth.

Kevin Gameiro has not scored a La Liga goal since May 10th, when he netted at the Balaidos.

If he scores in this game, Iago Aspas will have already equalled his top-flight goal tally of two from last season at Sevilla.

Last week, Fernando Llorente collected his first La Liga assist since October 2012 when playing for Athletic.

Nolito (three goals, one assist) and Fabian Orellana (two goals, one assist) have participated in seven of Celta's eight league goals this term.

Celta's last two league goals against Sevilla have both been from the penalty spot.

Sevilla have been shown exactly three yellow cards in all three league games this term.


Deportivo v Sporting

Deportivo have not beaten Sporting in the Primera since they sent them to the Segunda with a 3-0 win on the final day of the 1997/98 season.

Since that defeat, Sporting are unbeaten in six against Depor in La Liga (W3 D3); their best ever top-flight run against them.

Despite that, Deportivo have only ever lost one La Liga home match against the side from Asturias (W10 D6); 0-3 in 2008 with Manolo Preciado in the dugout.

Sporting have failed to score in all three games this season (D2 L1); their longest ever La Liga goal drought is five games.

Deportivo are unbeaten in seven league games (W2 D5); they have not gone eight or more unbeaten in the top-flight since February 2007.

Three of the last four Sporting goals against Deportivo in La Liga have been penalties, though none of them came in Galicia.

Sporting have scored all five penalties taken against Depor in the Primera this century; the most they have scored against any top-flight opponent in this period.

Mareo's side have made a league-high 103 clearances this term.

All seven goals scored by Deportivo against Sporting in La Liga this century have come from inside the box (two of them from the penalty spot).


Villarreal v Athletic

Villarreal have not lost any of their last 10 clashes with Athletic at El Madrigal (W8 D2), scoring 2.3 goals per game on average.

The Yellows have won more games (14) and scored more goals (44) against Athletic than any other opponent in their La Liga history.

Villarreal have claimed seven points from three games this season, yet only two seasons ago and also under Marcelino, they started with three successive wins.

Athletic have alternated between winning and not winning in their last five away games; they lost 2-0 to Eibar last time out.

Bakambu has scored three goals in his last two league games; only Cristiano Ronaldo (5) has more La Liga goals than him this season.

Six of Villarreal's seven league goals this season have come in the second-half, making them the most prolific team in this period.

Aduriz has scored four goals in his last four meetings with the Yellow Submarine.

Since his La Liga debut, Aduriz has scored more headed goals than any other player (40, Fernando Torres 39).

Villarreal's subs have scored a league-high three goals this term (Bakambu two and Samuel one).


Las Palmas v Rayo Vallecano

Las Palmas have only won one of their last five top-flight meetings with Rayo (D2 L2).

Rayo have only kept one clean sheet in 11 top-flight visits to the Canary Islands, but that came last time out in a 2-0 win at Las Palmas (2002).

El Pio Pio are without a win in 10 La Liga games (D4 L6); their worst run since 1980.

A 3-3 draw at Celta last time out saw Las Palmas net three times in a top-flight game for the first time since March 2002, when they recorded their last La Liga win (3-2 v Villarreal).

Los Vallecanos have won just two of their last 10 away league games (D1 L7), failing to keep a single clean sheet in this run (conceding 2.6 goals per game).

Last week, Las Palmas benefited from the first own goal of this La Liga campaign.

Only one of the last 22 goals Rayo have conceded away from home has come from outside the box, with three coming from the penalty spot.

Rayo have faced the most shots on target in La Liga this season (19).

All four goals conceded by Las Palmas this term have come from players of different nationalities: Spanish (Nolito), Chilean (Orellana), Danish (Wass) and French (Griezmann).


Barcelona v Levante

Barcelona have won all 10 home league games against Levante, keeping five clean sheets (including in each of the last four) and averaging 3.8 goals per game.

Barca won both meetings with Levante last season by a 5-0 scoreline.

Levante's heaviest ever top-flight defeat came at the Nou Camp against Barcelona in August 2013 (7-0).

Los Granotas are without a win in seven league games (D4 L3).

If they don't score in this game, Levante will equal their longest ever away La Liga goal drought of four games, last set in 1964.

Barcelona are unbeaten in 17 league games (W15 D2), keeping 11 clean sheets in the process.

Leo Messi and Neymar have both scored in 24 Barcelona games in all competitions, with the Catalans winning 22 of them (D1 L1).

Since promotion in 2011, Levante have the lowest average possession figure in La Liga (38.6%) while Barca have the highest (69.5%).

All six goals scored by these sides this term (Barcelona 4, Levante 2) have come in the second-half.

Luis Enrique's side have not conceded a headed goal in the league since October 2014, when Pepe scored in the Clasico.

Leo Messi has completed the most dribbles in La Liga this season (25), though Tono leads the way for defenders (7).



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