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Eden Jon 23rd Apr 2015 - 13:52

La Liga Primera Opta Facts: April 24-27


Opta Facts

Liga 2014/15

Jornada 33

Cordoba v Athletic

  • Cordoba have only won one of their last six league meetings with Athletic (D1 L3) though that was in this season's reverse fixture.
  • Cordoba have lost their last six home league games, conceding exactly twice in each.
  • Athletic have failed to score in four of their last five trips to Andalusia in La Liga.
  • Athletic's 4-0 win over Getafe last time out was their biggest victory of the season.
  • Cordoba are now without a win in 14 league games (D3 L11); a longer run than their 13 without victory at the start of the season (D7 L6) and the longest they have ever gone without a victory in a single top-flight season.
  • No side since Murcia (2003/04) has had 20 points or fewer after 32 La Liga games and all seven teams with 20 or fewer points at this stage of the campaign have finished last.
  • Aritz Aduriz has scored 14 league goals this season; just two short of his La Liga record of 16 last term.
  • Luca Toni (15) is the only player who is older than Aduriz to have scored more goals than him in the top five European leagues this term.
  • Athletic have earned just two points from behind all season; a league-low.
  • Cordoba, meanwhile, have lost the most points from leading positions at home this term (11).

Espanyol v Barcelona

  • Espanyol are without a win in 11 league meetings with Barcelona, losing the last six in a row with just one goal scored in total.
  • Barcelona have won more games against Espanyol than any other side in their top-flight history (92).
  • On home soil, Espanyol have won just one of their last 12 derbies against Barca (D3 L8), failing to score more than once in any of the 11 they didn't win.
  • Los Pericos are unbeaten in six league games (W2 D4); they have not gone six without defeat since February 2012.
  • Luis Enrique's side are unbeaten in eight; their longest run since the first eight games of the season (both W7 D1).
  • Los Cules have kept a league-high 10 away clean sheets this term; they have only kept eight in the Camp Nou.
  • Sergio Garcia has only scored one goal in 12 league meetings with Barcelona but that came in this season's reverse meeting.
  • Lionel Messi has scored just two goals in eight away games against Espanyol; his worst goals per game ratio against a side he has visited more than once.
  • Barcelona have conceded the fewest long distance goals this term (1); Espanyol the most (8).
  • Three of the five players to have been fouled the most this term play in the city of Barcelona (Lucas Vazquez 96, Neymar 80 and Messi 74).
  • Barcelona have committed the fewest fouls this term (322) while only Sevilla (532) have conceded more than Espanyol (521).

Atletico v Elche

  • Atletico have won five consecutive league meetings with Elche, their best record against them in the top-flight.
  • In the three clashes between the side under the tutelage of Simeone and Escriba, Atletico have always won 2-0.
  • Elche have only won two of their 46 Primera trips to Madrid (D8 L36) with both coming against Rayo Vallecano.
  • Atleti have only lost one of their last 36 home league games (D7) though that did come against a side from the Comunidad Valenciana (Villarreal).
  • The Mattress Makers have scored exactly twice in each of their last five league games, keeping three clean sheets.
  • Jonathas has won more points with his goals than any other player this term (14) while Griezmann is joint-second with Aduriz (12).
  • Elche have only lost one of their last five away from the Martinez Valero (W2 D2).
  • Atletico have made fewer saves than any other side in the competition this season (55) while only Barcelona (79) have faced fewer shots on target than they have (80).
  • Elche have conceded seven penalty goals this term; a joint-high with Sevilla.

Getafe v Levante

  • Getafe have only lost one of their seven top-flight home meetings with Levante, winning four and drawing two.
  • Despite that, the Blues have won just one of their last five against Levante overall (D3 L1), failing to score in three.
  • The side from the Madrid have conceded exactly once in each of their last six home league games (W4 D1 L1).
  • Levante have lost seven of their last eight away league games (W1), failing to score in five of them.
  • David Barrall (10) and Victor Casadesus (7) have earned 17 points with their goals this season; Levante have only won 29 overall.
  • Diego Marino has committed more errors leading to goals than any other player this season (6).
  • 12 of the last 14 goals in this fixture have come in the second-half with eight coming in the 71st minute or later.
  • Levante have had just 90 shots on target all season; 12 fewer than any other side.
  • Getafe have the worst crossing accuracy in La Liga this season (17.59%, including corners) despite attempting the third fewest crosses (597).

Real Sociedad v Villarreal

  • Villarreal have not lost any of their last six league meetings with Real Sociedad (W4 D2), winning all three under Marcelino.
  • The Yellow Submarine have already eliminated Real Sociedad from the Copa del Rey with a 2-2 draw in the Anoeta.
  • The Yellows have only failed to score in one of their 11 trips to Donastia in La Liga (W5 D4).
  • Villarreal are still to win away from home in La Liga in 2015 (D6 L2).
  • Real Sociedad have only lost one of their last 11 home league games (W7 D3).
  • Marcelino has won all seven meetings with Real Sociedad as a top-flight manager.
  • Carlos Vela has drawn more yellow cards than any other La Liga player this term (26).
  • In the reverse meeting between these sides, Moi Gomez scored the second of his two La Liga braces to date.
  • Real Sociedad have lost a league-high 13 points from winning positions at home this season while only Granada (15) have lost more from winning positions on the road than Villarreal (14).

Malaga v Deportivo

  • Malaga are unbeaten in seven home league meetings with Deportivo though six have ended level.
  • Malaga have drawn their last two home league games; they have not drawn three in a row since May 2010.
  • The Galician side are without a win in 10 league games (D4 L6); their worst run since March-May 2010.
  • Deportivo are without a win in 13 against Andalusian sides in the top-flight (D5 L8), their last win coming against Malaga back in January 2013.
  • Deportivo have conceded the most goals from outside the area in open play this season (7) and are one of two sides still to score one.
  • Los Herculinos have been in front in just three away games all season; a league-low.
  • Victor Sanchez's last La Liga brace came against Malaga back in March 2006.
  • Seven of Malaga's last eight La Liga goals have come in the second-half, with Fernando Torres's own goal the only to come before the break.
  • In seven La Liga games refereed by Estrada Fernandez, Deportivo have conceded three penalties; against no top-flight side has the Catalan referee awarded more spot kicks.

Almeria v Eibar

  • Almeria are unbeaten in three home league meetings with Eibar (Segunda), winning two and drawing one.
  • Eibar earned their biggest top-flight win to date in the reverse fixture against Almeria, winning 5-2.
  • After winning just one of their first 14 home league games this term (D6), Almeria recorded their biggest win of the season in their last home game (3-0 v Granada).
  • Garitano's side have only lost one of seven meetings with Andalusian teams in La Liga this term (2-1 at Malaga).
  • Almeria were relegated on the only previous occasion they had under 30 points after 32 games (26 in 2010/11).
  • The Basque side are without a win in seven away league games (D2 L5), scoring just two goals in total.
  • Eibar have won 354 fouls all season; a league-low.
  • With Fernando Soriano in the starting line-up, Almeria have only lost against Real Madrid and Barcelona at home this season, winning two and drawing five. Without him in the starting line-up at home, they have taken just one point from six games.
  • Almeria have conceded more corners than any other side this season (229) while only Cordoba (124) have taken fewer than Eibar (125).

Sevilla v Rayo

  • Sevilla have won their last four league meetings with Rayo Vallecano, a run that coincides with Unai Emery joining the club.
  • Sevilla have drawn their last two league games; they have not drawn three in a row since October 2003 (four).
  • Rayo have conceded six goals in two of their last three away league games.
  • Sevilla have already equalled their points total from the whole of last season (63).
  • Sevilla need just one more victory to guarantee a European spot for next term.
  • If Rayo win this game, they will be mathematically guaranteed to play in La Liga for a fifth consecutive season (next term) for the first time in their history.
  • Sevilla are unbeaten in 24 home league games (W17 D7); the longest current run in La Liga.
  • Carlos Bacca scored his first La Liga goals against Rayo Vallecano when he netted the first of his so far five top-flight braces.
  • Miku, who scored his first goal since September 2013 last weekend, has scored more goals against Sevilla than any other La Liga side (4).

Celta v Real Madrid

  • Real Madrid have won 12 of their last 14 league games against Galician sides (D1 L1), only losing this fixture at the Balaidos last season.
  • That defeat is the only time Real Madrid have failed to score in their last 14 against Celta.
  • Real Madrid were beaten 5-1 in Vigo in Aprill 1999; the 5-0 hammering by Barcelona in 2010 is their only heavier loss since then.
  • The Olives have not lost any of their last three league games (W2 D1) and have only failed to score in one of their last 13 (v Barcelona).
  • Real Madrid have lost four of their last eight away league games.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored eight goals in four league meetings with Celta, netting a hat-trick in the last clash.
  • Ronaldo has recorded 14 assists this season; the most he has ever recorded in a top-flight campaign.
  • Including games played in Europe for former sides, Carlo Ancelotti has won none of his three away games against Celta Vigo (D1 L2).
  • Only Messi (16) and Ronaldo (14) have made more assists than Nolito this term (11).
  • Real Madrid have lost the same number of games when Luka Modric has played this season (W13 L3) than they have when he has been missing (W12 D1 L3).
  • Celta have drawn five games from losing positions this term; a league-high shared with Elche.

Valencia v Granada

  • Granada have lost six of their seven league meetings with Valencia since returning to the top-flight, drawing the reverse fixture this season.
  • Since taking over at Valencia, Nuno has won every home league game against an Andalusian side, scoring exactly three goals each time.
  • Only in one of their last 32 home league games against Andalusian sides have Valencia failed to score (0-1 v Sevilla in March 2011 - W25 D3 L4).
  • Defeat in the Camp Nou put an end to Valencia's unbeaten run of 10 games (W7 D3); their best in La Liga since February 2011.
  • Los Che are unbeaten in nine home league games, winning eight, drawing one and keeping clean sheets in each of the last five.
  • Granada have alternated between home draws and away defeats in their last six games and have not won on the road since September (D3 L11).
  • Since they returned to the top-flight, only Atletico (10) have scored more won goals than Granada (8).
  • Valencia have benefited from more opposition own goals than any other side this term (4).
  • Success scored his only La Liga goal to date in the reverse meeting with Valencia.
  • Since returning to La Liga, Granada's only red card in a game against Valencia (Mikel Rico) came when Undiano Mallenco was the referee.

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