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Eden Jon 20th Nov 2014 - 12:38

La Liga Primera Opta Stats: Nov 21 - 24


Athletic Club v Espanyol

  • Athletic have kept three consecutive La Liga clean sheets; they have not kept four in a row since 1988/89.
  • If they win this game, Espanyol will have recorded four successive league wins over Athletic for the first time in their history.
  • Espanyol were the last away team to score four goals at the old San Mames (4-0 in 2013) and were also the first away team to win at the new San Mames (2-1 in 2014).
  • During his time at Espanyol, Sergio Garcia has scored more goals against the Lions than any other team (four).
  • The Parakeets are without a win in nine away league games (D2 L7); they have not won on the road since a 2-1 win at La Rosaleda in March.
  • The Lions have won their last three league games on a Friday, scoring nine and conceding none.
  • Athletic have only conceded one goal when Xabier Etxeita has started in goal this season; they have conceded 11 when he hasn't been in the starting line-up.
  • Sergio Gonzalez's side have scored 64% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games this term; a league-high proportion.
  • Ernesto Valverde has only won 12.5% of games against Espanyol as a La Liga manager; the lowest ratio against any side he has faced at least three times.

Atletico Madrid v Malaga

  • Atletico Madrid have only won three of their last seven La Liga meetings with Malaga (D3 L1), with all three wins coming by the odd goal.
  • Malaga were one of only four away teams to take a point at the Vicente Calderon last season (1-1 on the penultimate gameweek).
  • The Red-and-Whites have conceded more goals in their last two games (four) than they had in the five preceding matches combined (three).
  • Diego Simeone has drawn more matches with Malaga (3) than any other side as a La Liga manager.
  • Mario Mandzukic has scored in his last three La Liga games; his best run in the Spanish top-flight.
  • With 21 points from 11 games, Malaga have recorded their best ever start to a top-flight campaign.
  • Atleti substitutes have scored five league goals this season; a joint-high with those of Barcelona.
  • Nordin Amrabat has participated in more league goals than any other Malaga player since the start of last season (five goals, eight assists).
  • Atletico have scored a league-high 14 goals from set pieces this season, though Malaga have only conceded twice this way; a joint-low with Barcelona.

Eibar v Real Madrid

  • This will be the first league meeting between Eibar and Real Madrid, and the first meeting in any competition since the 2004 Copa del Rey.
  • The Whites have only visited Ipurua once before in a competitive game and they failed to win (1-1 in the 2004 Copa del Rey).
  • Iker Casillas, who was Real Madrid's goalkeeper that day, has kept a clean sheet in his last three away league games.
  • Real Madrid have won their last four away league games with a goal difference of +17 (19 goals scored, two conceded).
  • The side from the capital have scored 21 away goals this term; Eibar scored 25 at home in their entire promotion winning Segunda campaign last season.
  • Eibar have only lost one of their five top-flight home games so far, winning the first and drawing the most recent three.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in 18 of his last 19 league games (27 goals); he only played nine minutes in the one he didn't score in (away to Real Valladolid).
  • Mikel Arruabarrena is the only Eibar player to have scored a brace this season and he is also the only player to score in consecutive La Liga games for the club.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored against every team he has faced in the Spanish top-flight; Eibar would become the 29th team he has scored against if he nets in this game.
  • Real Madrid have had a league-high 199 shots this term (including blocked); Eibar have faced a league-high 159.
  • Los Armeros have scored a league-high 62% of their goals in the first-half this term.

Barcelona v Sevilla

  • Barcelona have won their last five league meetings with Sevilla; they have not won six in a row against them since 1975.
  • Sevilla have only taken one point from their last 10 trips to the Nou Camp (0-0 in 2011).
  • That 0-0 draw in 2011 was the last time Barcelona shared a goalless draw in front of their own fans in the top-flight.
  • Sevilla's last league win at the Nou Camp came back in 2002; a famous 3-0 win that saw Barca fans protesting against chairman Joan Gaspart.
  • Lionel Messi has scored 15 goals in 16 league games against Sevilla; incidentally the team Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the most La Liga goals against (16).
  • Barcelona have gone 106 minutes without a home goal; they have not gone two home league goals without scoring since April 2008.
  • Sevilla are currently on their longest winless run of the campaign; two games (D1 L1).
  • Ivan Rakitic has completed more passes than any other Barcelona player this term (616); he topped this category for Sevilla last season (1,387).
  • Barca are one of only two teams (with Recreativo) that Unai Emery has faced as a La Liga manager and never beaten (D4 L9).
  • Luis Suarez has already recorded the same number of assists this season as he managed in his first Premier League campaign with Liverpool (three in 10/11).
  • Sergio Busquets is the only Barcelona midfielder to have recorded a La Liga assist this term.

Deportivo La Coruna v Real Sociedad

  • Deportivo have only won three of their last 10 top-flight meetings with Real Sociedad (D2 L5).
  • The side from San Sebastian have taken at least a point in three of their last five trips to the Riazor in La Liga (W2 D1).
  • The last league meeting between these sides saw Real Sociedad condemn Deportivo to the Segunda Division with a 1-0 in June 2013.
  • Deportivo have only lost one of their last four league games (W1 D2) but that was their most recent home match (1-2 v Getafe).
  • Real Sociedad have only won two league games all season but those two wins have come against the reigning Liga (Atletico) and Champions League (Real Madrid) champions.
  • Deportivo are the only team to have saved two penalties this season; German Lux and Fabricio have both saved one each.
  • Carlos Vela has scored just two league goals this season, but he has scored once in each of Real Sociedad's two wins.
  • Fabricio has the best save percentage in La Liga this term (87.5%).
  • Real Sociedad have earned a league-high eight points from losing positions this term.

Rayo Vallecano v Celta Vigo

  • Rayo Vallecano have won their last seven La Liga meetings with Celta Vigo, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three.
  • Indeed, this run of seven consecutive wins is Rayo's longest against a particular opponent in their top-flight history.
  • If they win this game, Rayo will have beaten Celta Vigo more often than any other team in Vallecas in the Primera (10, currently nine).
  • Joaquin Larrivey has averaged 0.64 goals per game in La Liga with Celta this term, almost double his goals per game rate with Rayo last season (0.34).
  • Rayo have lost their last three league games, conceding an average of four goals per game.
  • Celta Vigo have kept three successive clean sheets; they have not kept four in a row in La Liga since April 2006.
  • Nolito has either taken or set up 51% of Celta Vigo's shots this term; a league-high proportion.
  • Rayo have conceded a league-high 12 first-half goals this season.
  • Alberto Bueno has scored three goals in four La Liga clashes with Celta Vigo.

Levante v Valencia

  • Levante have won their last two home derbies against Valencia, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion.
  • Victory in this game would see los Granotas win three consecutive home games against their rivals for the first time in the top-flight.
  • Valencia have won both regional derbies this season so far; Levante lost their only previous one.
  • Until their 0-0 draw in MD11, Valencia had claimed exactly the same number of points as they had scored goals in every game this season.
  • Levante have gained four points from three games under Lucas Alcaraz; just one fewer than they managed in eight games under Jose Luis Mendilibar this term (five).
  • Victor Casadesus has scored three of Levante's last four league goals.
  • Six of Valencia's last seven La Liga goals have come from corners, with four of them assisted by Pablo Piatti.
  • Levante are one of only two La Liga sides yet to score a header this term (Getafe are the other).
  • Nuno's side have scored a league-high eight goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this term.

Elche v Cordoba

  • This will be the first top-flight meeting between these sides for over 45 years (0-0 in January 1969).
  • Elche have won five of their seven previous La Liga meetings with Cordoba (D1 L1).
  • Cordoba won their first ever La Liga clash with los Ilicitanos 1-0 in 1963, but this remains their only top-flight away win at Elche.
  • Elche have won just one of their last seven league games at the Martinez Valero (D3 L3), though that was their most recent home game (2-1 v Espanyol).
  • Cordoba have drawn more games than any other La Liga side this term (six).
  • Four of the last five teams to have won none of their first 11 La Liga games have been relegated at the end of the campaign.
  • Jonathas has scored Elche's last four league goals, two of them via headers.
  • Cordoba have scored a league-high 88% of their goals in the second-half this term.
  • Fede Cartabia has assisted 38% of his team's goals this season; a La Liga-high.

Villarreal v Getafe

  • Villarreal have won six of their nine home games against Getafe in La Liga but have lost their last two (D1).
  • The Blues have scored at least twice in four of their last five trips to El Madrigal in the league.
  • The Yellow Submarine have alternated between victory and defeat in their last eight home league games, losing last time out.
  • The Blues have only lost one of their last six league games (W3 D2) and that was at home to reigning champions Atletico Madrid.
  • Getafe have won more points with goals scored after the 89th minute than any other team this season (three).
  • Marcelino's side have lost six points with goals conceded in the final 10 minutes of games this term; a league-high.
  • Getafe are the only team yet to either score or concede a headed goal in La Liga this term.
  • Ikechukwu Uche has only scored one goal in seven clashes with Getafe in La Liga, and that was with Recreativo back in 2007.
  • Pablo Sarabia has created a chance every 27.7 minutes in La Liga this term; the most frequent rate of any regular player.

Granada v Almeria

  • Joaquin Caparros has won five and drawn one of his last six meetings with Almeria in La Liga.
  • Almeria won both meetings with Granada last season, the first two top-flight clashes between the sides. They scored five and conceded none across those games.
  • Verza scored a penalty in both clashes between these sides last term.
  • Granada have lost their last three home league games; they have never lost four in a row in the top-flight.
  • Both Granada and Almeria have lost a league-high seven points from winning positions this term.
  • Almeria have lost their last four league games, conceding exactly twice in three of them.
  • Only Getafe (7.84%) have a lower shot conversion rate than Granada (8.33%) this season.
  • Francisco's side have conceded just 36% of their goals in the first-half this term; a joint-low with Getafe.
  • Granada are the lowest scorers in La Liga this season with just six goals, two of them coming from outside the area.




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