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Eden Jon 8th Jan 2015 - 12:28

La Liga Opta Stats : Jan 9 - 12

Liga 2014/15 Jornada 18

Levante v Deportivo La Coruña

  • Levante have only won two of their last seven top-flight meetings with Deportivo (D1 L4) and both of those victories came away from home.
  • The Galician side have won their last three away games against Levante in La Liga, winning the most recent one 4-0 in 2013.
  • Indeed that 4-0 drubbing is the heaviest victory either side has managed in this fixture in top-flight history.
  • Juan Carlos Valeron scored the final goal of his La Liga career in that 4-0 win.
  • David Barral has scored three goals in six top-flight meetings with Depor; only against Osasuna (4) has he scored more often.
  • Levante are unbeaten on home soil in the league since Lucas Alcaraz took charge (W2 D2).
  • Victor Fernandez has not won consecutive games as a La Liga manager since 2007, when he took charge of Real Zaragoza.
  • Deportivo are the only side yet to reclaim a point having conceded the first goal of the game this season.
  • Levante have conceded a league-high 21 second-half goals this term.

Real Madrid v Espanyol

  • Real Madrid have won nine of their last 11 league meetings with Espanyol (D2).
  • The side from the capital have scored in their last 34 home league games against Espanyol, last failing to net in a 0-0 draw back in 1978.
  • Real Madrid have won more games against Espanyol than versus any other side in their top-flight history (93).
  • Nine of the last 10 goals scored by the Whites in this fixture have come in the second-half.
  • Real Madrid ended their longest run of wins under Carlo Ancelotti last time out; the run of 12 superseded Jose Mourinho's run of 11 consecutive wins that ended in March 2012.
  • Espanyol have only won one of their last 12 away league games (D2 L9), but that did come on their last trip to the capital (3-1 in Vallecas).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in his last 17 home league appearances, netting 30 goals in total.
  • Only 7.1% of Real Madrid's league goals this season have come from Spanish players; a league-low proportion.
  • Christian Stuani has scored more goals off the bench than any other player (4).
  • Ronaldo has scored eight penalty goals this season; at least five more than any other player.

Malaga v Villarreal

  • Malaga have scored exactly two goals in their last five home league meetings with Villarreal (W3 D1 L1).
  • Villarreal have taken at least a point in six of their last nine visits to La Rosaleda (W2 D4) but have lost their last two trips there.
  • Malaga have seen four players sent off in their last six league games against the Yellows.
  • Indeed the Andalusian side have been shown more red cards against Villarreal than any other side in their top-flight history (nine).
  • Current Malaga boss Javi Gracia spent three seasons as a player for Villarreal, playing his final La Liga game for the club in 2003 (against Atletico).
  • Malaga have scored in their last 11 league games, their best run since September 2012 (12).
  • Villarreal have only lost one of their last 11 away league games (W5 D5); 2-1 against Sevilla back in October.
  • 35% of the goals conceded by Malaga this season have come in the second-half; a league-low proportion.
  • Villarreal are the only La Liga side this season to have seen goals scored by players from four different continents (when defined by official FIFA confederation).

Celta Vigo v Valencia

  • Celta Vigo have won just two of their last seven home league games against Valencia (D2 L3).
  • Los Che have won seven of their last nine league games against Celta Vigo overall (L2).
  • Valencia suffered their heaviest defeat of the season so far in Galicia when they lost 3-0 at Deportivo La Coruna.
  • There has not been a draw between these sides in La Liga since 2003 (2-2 in the Mestalla), a game in which current Celta boss Eduardo Berizzo found the net.
  • If they fail to score in this game, Celta will equal the La Liga record of eight games without a goal, set by Sabadell in 87/88 and equalled by Castellon in 90/91.
  • Los Che have won their last three league games; a victory here would seem them equal their longest winning run under Nuno (four).
  • Valencia have scored a league-high nine goals in the first 15 minutes of games.
  • Only Atletico (12) have scored more goals from corners than Valencia (9) this season.
  • Four of Joaquin Larrivey's seven league goals this season have been assisted by Nolito.

Eibar v Getafe

  • This will be the first ever top-flight meeting between these sides and the first league clash since 2004, when Getafe won 2-1 in the Segunda.
  • Getafe have won four of their last six clashes with Eibar in all competitions (D1 L1) including both cup clashes this season (3-0 in the Coliseum and 2-1 in Ipurua).
  • The Blues have taken at least a point on six of their last eight trips to the Basque Country (W2 D4) and won their only trip there so far this season (2-1 in the Anoeta).
  • Manu del Moral, top scorer in Getafe's La Liga history (37 goals), has only scored once in four meetings with his former side.
  • Eibar have lost just one of their last five league games (W3 D1) but that did come in their last game at Ipurua (0-1 v Valencia).
  • Getafe are without a win in seven league games (D4 L3), their worst run under now-departed manager Cosmin Contra.
  • Los Armeros have scored a league-high 67% of their goals in the first-half this term.
  • Excluding caretaker managers, only one of the four bosses to take charge of a new team this season has opened with a win (D2 L1).

Almeria v Sevilla

  • In 10 previous top-flight meetings between these sides, there has never been a draw (seven Sevilla wins, three for Almeria).
  • Almeria have only won one of their previous five La Liga home games against Sevilla (L4), with that win coming in 2007 with current Sevilla manager Unai Emery in charge.
  • No away side has won more games at the Juegos del Mediterraneo than Sevilla (4, alongside Barcelona).
  • Aleix Vidal could join Alvaro Negredo and Rodri as the only players to have scored for both sides in this Andalusian derby.
  • Sevilla have won their last five league derbies, they have not won six or more in a row since 1986 (eight).
  • Unai Emery has won seven and drawn one of his eight league meetings with former club Almeria.
  • Almeria have won both league games under Juan Ignacio Martinez.
  • Sevilla have conceded the highest percentage of set piece goals in La Liga this term (59%).
  • Almeria have lost the most points from winning positions on home soil this season (seven).

Athletic v Elche

  • Elche have not won any of their 20 previous away league games against Athletic (D6 L14).
  • Despite their excellent overall home record in this fixture, the Lions have only won one of their last six against Elche overall (D3 L2).
  • Elche have kept four clean sheets in their last six meetings with Athletic.
  • Athletic have scored 64% of their goals through set pieces this season; a league-high proportion.
  • The Basque side have already lost the same number of games this season as they did last term (8) and have already lost more on home soil (three to two).
  • Elche are without a win in seven league games, their worst run within a single La Liga season since they were last relegated in 1989 (16).
  • The Lions have not won any of their four games without Aritz Aduriz this season, failing to score in all four of them.
  • Athletic and Elche are the only two La Liga sides yet to benefit from a goal from a substitute this term.
  • Jonathas has either scored or assisted 67% of Elche's goals this season; a La Liga-high proportion.

Granada v Real Sociedad

  • Granada have only won one of their last seven La Liga meetings with Real Sociedad (D3 L3).
  • Despite that, the Andalusian side have won seven and lost just one of their last nine (D1) at home to the Basques in the top-flight, though that defeat did come last season.
  • Carlos Vela has scored three goals in his last two league meetings with Granada.
  • Indeed, the Mexican striker's last league brace came at the home of Granada last season (he has since scored a hat-trick).
  • Joaquin Caparros is enduring his longest spell without a win as a La Liga manager (D5 L8).
  • Granada are without a win in 13 league games; only once in their La Liga history have they suffered a longer run (15 in 1970).
  • On top of that, Granada have scored just 14 goals in their last 26 games and have only scored more than once on one occasion in this run.
  • Real Sociedad are without a win in eight league games, failing to score five times in the process.
  • Granada and Real Sociedad are the two teams to have lost a league-high nine points from winning positions this season.

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid

  • Atletico Madrid are without a win in eight against Barcelona in La Liga (D2 L6); their joint-longest run without one in this fixture in La Liga history (also eight between 1981 and 1985).
  • Despite that, the Red-and-Whites remained unbeaten in six clashes with Barca last season in all competitions (W1 D5), eliminating them from the Champions League and winning the title in this corresponding fixture at the Nou Camp.
  • The last 15 league meetings between the teams have produced 63 goals, an average of 4.2 per game.
  • Fernando Torres has scored more goals against Barcelona than any other current La Liga player (7).
  • Atletico Madrid have scored a league-high 19 headed goals while Barcelona have conceded a league-low of just one.
  • Barcelona have failed to score four times in the league already this season; only once since Pep Guardiola's first season (six, 2013/14) have they drawn more blanks.
  • Indeed since 2008/09, in no campaign have Barca had fewer points after 17 games than they do this term (38).
  • Only against Sevilla (18) has Lionel Messi scored more goals than he has against Atletico Madrid (17).
  • Despite that, the Argentine striker has gone three games without a goal against the Mattress Makers; his longest drought in this fixture.
  • Antoine Griezmann has scored eight league goals this season, just five fewer than Fernando Torres managed in his first Primera campaign (13).
  • The Frenchman has netted a league-high four headed goals this term.
  • Marc Bartra has played more minutes without committing a foul than any other outfield player (341).
  • Luis Suarez has created a chance more frequently than any other La Liga player (one every 30 minutes on average).

Rayo Vallecano v Cordoba

  • Rayo Vallecano and Cordoba have never met in the top-flight before.
  • Cordoba have not won any of their last eight Segunda clashes with Rayo, drawing one and losing seven.
  • Cordoba are the only team to have scored every goal from inside the area this season (13).
  • Rayo Vallecano have lost four of their last five home league games (W1), conceding an average of 2.25 goals per game across these defeats.
  • Indeed, the side from the capital have only kept one clean sheet in seven on home soil.
  • Cordoba have kept three clean sheets in their last four league games, though they did concede five in their last away game against Barcelona.
  • Cordoba have not won any of their four games this term with Nabil Ghilas not starting (D2 L2).
  • Indeed the Algerian forward has scored in both of his side's La Liga wins this season.
  • Ze Castro has averaged more long passes per game than any other player this campaign (14.8) and has also played the most minutes without having a single shot (862).



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