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Eden Jon 11th Sep 2014 - 9:52

La Liga Primera Opta Stats: Sept 12 - 15


Almeria v Cordoba

  • This will be the first ever top-flight meeting between Almeria and Cordoba.
  • Almeria won their last three home meetings with Cordoba in the Segunda Division.
  • Almeria have only won one of their last six league games at the Juegos del Mediterraneo (D3 L2) with that victory coming against then-bottom placed Real Betis in May.
  • Cordoba won none of their 17 away games in their last top-flight season (D6 L11).
  • Almeria won more Andalusian derbies last season than ever before in a top-flight campaign (four).
  • Cordoba's last away win in La Liga came against current reigning champions Atletico Madrid back in 1969 (2-1).
  • Cordoba have had fewer shots than any other La Liga side this season (14, including blocked).
  • Fernando Soriano (34) is the oldest player to have scored in the Primera this term.
  • Fede Cartabia scored Cordoba's first goal of the season last weekend; it was his first La Liga goal in his 27th appearance in the competition.

Barcelona v Athletic

  • Barcelona have won their last 10 home league meetings with Athletic; their best ever run against the Lions at the Camp Nou.
  • Indeed the Basque side have not taken a point at the Camp Nou since 2004, when they drew 1-1 with Ernesto Valverde as manager.
  • Barcelona are the first team to be the sole leader of La Liga after two games since Espanyol in 2008/09.
  • Athletic have not lost consecutive away league games since a run of three in a row in September 2013.
  • Barcelona have not lead La Liga on their own having won their first two games since 1997/98, when Luis Enrique was a member of the playing squad.
  • The two youngest scorers in La Liga this term both play for Barcelona; Munir El Haddadi (1/9/95) and Sandro Ramirez (9/7/95).
  • Since the start of last season, no side has scored more headed goals than Athletic (20).
  • Lionel Messi has scored in his last six meetings with the Lions at the Nou Camp (seven goals).
  • Barcelona are the only La Liga side yet to face a shot on target this term.
  • Markel Susaeta has scored more goals against Barcelona than any other current Athletic player (three).

Celta Vigo v Real Sociedad

  • Celta Vigo are without a win in seven La Liga meetings with Real Sociedad (D4 L3), their last victory coming back in 2006 (1-0).
  • The last three top-flight clashes between these sides at the Balaidos have ended level (0-0 in 2006, 1-1 in 2013 and 2-2 in 2014).
  • Celta have seen a man sent off in each of their last three clashes with the side from Donostia.
  • Celta have won their last three league games at the Balaidos, scoring nine times and conceding just twice.
  • Real Sociedad surrendered top spot in La Liga on the penultimate gameweek of 2002/03 with a defeat at the Balaidos; they also beat Real Madrid 4-2 in the Anoeta that season.
  • Only Luis Enrique's Barcelona (67) have made more dribbles than Celta Vigo (66) this term.
  • Carlos Vela is the last player to score four times in a La Liga game, doing so in this exact fixture last season.
  • Jagoba Arrasate's side have attempt 32 shots this season (including blocked); only Real Madrid (33) have fired in more.
  • Real Sociedad have conceded a league-high three first-half goals this term.

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid

  • Real Madrid have only won one of their last four derbies against Atletico in all competitions (D2 L1), though it was the Champions League final last season (4-1 in Lisbon).
  • The Red-and-Whites have the opportunity to win consecutive away derbies against Real Madrid for the first time in their league history.
  • Carlo Ancelotti has only won one of three meetings with Atletico in the Bernabeu (D1 L1); 3-0 in last season's Copa del Rey.
  • Diego Simeone has won more games against Real Madrid (3) than any other Atleti manager since promotion to the top-flight in 2002.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in four of his last five meetings with Atletico (seven goals in total).
  • Indeed, the Portuguese forward has scored more goals from the penalty spot against Atleti than against any other side in his career (six in all competitions).
  • Real Madrid have not lost any of their 22 games against Atletico in La Liga when Iker Casillas has started (W16 D6).
  • The Red-and-Whites are unbeaten in seven Madrid derbies in La Liga (W5 D2), their best ever unbeaten run against fellow capital-based sides.
  • 10 of Atleti's last 13 league goals have been headers, with eight of the last 10 coming from set pieces.
  • James Rodriguez scored his first, and so far only, Real Madrid goal in the first leg of the Supercopa against Atletico Madrid.
  • Atletico Madrid have the second-lowest pass accuracy in La Liga this term (70.6%); Real Madrid have managed the second-highest figure (85.6%).
  • Toni Kroos has assisted a goal in both of his La Liga appearances so far, with both coming from corner kicks.

Malaga v Levante

  • Malaga have won four of their last five league meetings with Levante (L1), with three of those wins coming at La Rosaleda.
  • Los Granotas have lost all five visits to La Rosaleda in the top-flight, failing to score on four of those five visits.
  • Jose Luis Mendilibar has only won one of his nine meetings with Malaga as a La Liga manager (D4 L4), though that did come at La Rosaleda (0-1 with Osasuna in 2011).
  • Levante are the only La Liga team yet to claim a point and the only one yet to score this season.
  • If Levante lose this game, Mendilibar will have started each of the last three seasons with three consecutive league defeats.
  • Only at Barcelona (nine) have Levante played more games and lost them all than they have at Malaga (five) in their top-flight history.
  • Malaga are the first team to see three red cards in the opening two gameweeks since Xerez in 2009.
  • Jesus has conceded five goals in two league games with Levante; the same number as Keylor Navas conceded in his last eight games with the Granotas.
  • Malaga are the only team to have seen two penalties awarded in their games this season (one in favour, one against) but both have been missed (Luis Alberto missed one and Carlos Kameni saved one).

Rayo Vallecano v Elche

  • Rayo have lost three of their previous four La Liga meetings with Elche, scoring only in the game they managed to win (3-0 in Vallecas last season).
  • Rayo Vallecano are without a win in five league games (D2 L3) and are winless in three on home soil (D1 L2).
  • Elche are winless in four league games (D2 L2), though their last triumph did come on the road (1-0 at Malaga in May).
  • Rayo's joint-biggest home win came against Elche last season (3-0).
  • Elche have only won one of their 43 visits to sides from Madrid in the top-flight (D7 L35) though that win did come against Rayo (1-0 in April 1978).
  • Elche have the lowest shooting accuracy in La Liga this term (20%).
  • Paco Jemez's side saw six players booked in their match against Deportivo, more than any team in a single game this season.
  • Rayo's two league goals this season have both been scored by Bueno and assisted by Aquino.
  • Alberto Bueno scored his first La Liga brace against Elche in Vallecas last season.

Valencia v Espanyol

  • Valencia are winless in three league meetings with Espanyol (D2 L1) and are without a clean sheet in eight against them.
  • On home soil however, Valencia are unbeaten in six against the parakeets in La Liga (W5 D1).
  • The side from Barcelona are without a win in 10 league games (D3 L7); their worst run since October 2012 (12).
  • Espanyol have not won any of their last 19 league trips to the Comunidad Valenciana (D5 L14).
  • Valencia have won more games against Espanyol (71) than any other side in their top-flight history.
  • No side has conceded more goals in first 15 minutes after the break this season than Sergio Gonzalez's team (two).
  • Only Granada (38) have been fouled more often than Valencia (33) this season.
  • Victor Sanchez has assisted both of Espanyol's goals this term, assisting more than once in a single season for the first time for the Parakeets.
  • Valencia new boy Alvaro Negredo has scored six goals in his last six meetings with Espanyol.

Sevilla v Getafe

  • Sevilla have the chance to win four successive home league games against Getafe for the first time in the Primera.
  • The side from Nervion are unbeaten in nine home league games (W6 D3); they have not gone 10 without defeat since December 2006 (16).
  • Getafe have only won two of their last 14 away league games (D3 L9).
  • The side from Madrid have lost their last four visits to Andalusia without troubling the scorers.
  • Against Almeria, Alvaro Vazquez scored a goal in La Liga for the first time in 18 months.
  • Carlos Bacca's goal against Espanyol last time out ended his longest goal drought since joining La Liga (seven games without a goal).
  • Cosmin Contra's last league game as a player at the Sanchez Pizjuan ended in a 1-0 victory for Getafe (2009).
  • Sevilla have conceded a league-high 47 fouls this season, 15 more than Getafe.
  • Mariano Barbosa has conceded more goals (two) than he has made saves (one) this term.

Granada v Villarreal

  • All four top-flight meetings between these sides have been won by the home team.
  • The Yellows have failed to score on both previous visits to Los Carmenes in La Liga.
  • Joaquin Caparros has only won two of his top-flight clashes with Marcelino Garcia Toral in La Liga (D3 L4) with both wins coming during his spell at Athletic.
  • If they win this game, Granada will have registered their best ever start to a top-flight campaign after three games played (seven points).
  • Granada have lost three of their last five home league games (W2), failing to net in all three defeats.
  • Villarreal have the opportunity to win three successive top-flight away games for the first time since 2008, when Manuel Pellegrini was at the helm.
  • Nigerian Success is the youngest player to have registered an assist in La Liga this term.
  • Ikechukwu Uche is the top scoring African player since the start of last season with 15 La Liga goals; Youssef El-Arabi (12) is second on the list.
  • Sergio Asenjo has the best save percentage in La Liga this season (88.9%).

Eibar v Deportivo La Coruna

  • This will be the first ever La Liga meeting between Eibar and Deportivo La Coruna
  • Deportivo failed to win either of their two clashes with Eibar in the Segunda last season, drawing one and losing one.
  • Mikel Arruabarrena scored one of his two braces last season in Eibar's 2-1 win over Depor in Ipurua.
  • Eibar have won their last three league games in Ipurua by a scoreline of 1-0 (two in the Segunda, one on their debut in the Primera).
  • The Galician side won more away games than any other team in the regular phase of the Segunda Division last season.
  • Eibar are the only La Liga team to have netted more than once from outside the box this season (two).
  • Deportivo have the second-highest shooting accuracy in La Liga (54.5%), behind only fellow Galician side Celta Vigo (65%).
  • Eibar have conceded a league-high 33 shots already this term.
  • German Lux has the lowest save percentage of any La Liga keeper this season; keeping out just one of the five shots on target he has faced (20%).





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