Opta Facts La Liga 2011-12 Match Day 34
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Málaga CF v Real Sociedad
Since Málaga's refoundation, there has been just one 0-0 draw in their 17 top-flight meetings with Real Sociedad, the first (December 1999).
Málaga have lost four of their last five top-flight matches at home to Real Sociedad (W1).
Erreala have scored 12 goals to just six for Málaga in their last five visits to La Rosaleda in Primera.
Pellegrini's men have bagged 16 goals in their last six league matches at home, conceding six.
Montanier's men are on their worst away run of the season in LigaBBVA, six games without a win (D1 L5).
Manuel Pelligrini has never won a LigaBBVA match at home to Real Sociedad (D2 L1).
González González has already been referee for a Málaga-Real Sociedad game in Primera (1-2 last year).
Real Sociedad's last four league goals have been scored by Carlos Vela.
Real Betis v Osasuna
Betis have won just two of their last seven top-flight meetings with Osasuna (D1 L4).
The side from Seville are without a win in their last three league games at home to the rojillos (D1 L2).
Real Betis have failed to score in their last three games at home to Osasuna in the top-flight, conceding eight.
The béticos are unbeaten in three league games at home, their joint-best run this season.
Mendílibar's men have lost just two of their last nine league games on the road (W3 D4).
The side from Navarre have won on just one of their last seven visits to Andalucía in Primera (D2 L4).
Raúl García has already scored more league goals with Osasuna this season (9) than in his previous four campaigns with Atlético combined (7).
The rojillos have drawn the most league matches after scoring first on the road this season (four).
Betis have conceded the most goals to opposition substitutes at home in La Liga this season (five).
Mendílibar has drawn his two previous league visits to La Palmera.
Real Madrid v Sporting Gijón
Real Madrid have lost just two of their last 14 league meetings with Sporting (W10 D2).
The Asturians have conceded 26 goals in their last 10 league meetings with Madrid, scoring just four.
The blancos are without a win in their last three league matches against Sporting at the Bernabéu in the month of April (D1 L2).
Last season the rojiblancos were the only side not to concede a goal at the Bernabéu in the league.
In the last three seasons, Real Madrid have only failed to score at home once, all of them in April (2010 vs Barça, 2011 Sporting, 2012 Valencia).
Sporting are on a run of nine league games without a win on the road (D2 L7).
Sporting have conceded 18 goals in the last 15 minutes of league games this season, more than any other side.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored seven league goals from outside the box this season: the last player to score as many in one campaign was Forlán in 08/09 (8).
It is five years since Real Madrid failed to score in consecutive league games at home (February 2007).
Real Madrid have now scored more league goals than last season, and are three off the all-time record for a season in Primera (107).
Real Zaragoza v Granada CF
Zaragoza have won just one of their last four meetings with Granada in Primera (D1 L2).
Granada have won just one of their 13 matches at Real Zaragoza in the top-flight, their first match there (October 1942).
The Aragonese side have won their last four matches at home to Granada in the top-flight.
The granadinos have scored just one goal in their last seven top-flight visits to Zaragoza combined.
Manolo Jiménez' men have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 league games at home.
Granada are unbeaten in two consecutive away games (W1 D1), they have not gone three unbeaten in the top-flight since September 1969.
Lafita has won the most penalties in LigaBBVA this season (3).
Granada have conceded the joint-most goals from outside the box in LigaBBVA this season (10, level with Levante).
Against Athletic the nazaríes dropped their first two points after opening the scoring in the league this season.
Five of Granada's last seven league goals have been scored by defenders. Their defenders are responsible for a higher proportion of their goals than any other LigaBBVA side this season (37%).
Zaragoza have picked up the most points thanks to goals scored in the last 15 minutes of league games this season (12).
Villarreal v Racing
Villarreal are without a win in their last two league meetings with Racing: they have never before gone three without a win against them in the top-flight.
Villarreal have scored exactly twice in seven of their last 10 LigaBBVA meetings with Racing.
The cántabros have only won one of their 11 visits to Villarreal in La Liga, 3-0 in February 2003 (D1 L9).
On Thursday Villarreal ended a run of four league games at home (D3 L1) without a win, their poorest run since March/April 2006.
Racing are without a win in six on the road in the league (D2 L4), failing to keep a clean sheet in this run.
Four of Racing's last seven league goals away from home have been scored by Stuani.
Against Málaga, Villarreal won a league game after going behind for the first time since May 2011 vs Getafe.
Villarreal's last seven league goals against Racing have been scored by foreign players.
Clos Gómez has awarded the most penalties to away sides in the league this season (4).
Racing have failed to score in more LigaBBVA matches than any other side this season (15).
Rayo v Atlético
Rayo have won six of their 21 top-flight meetings with Atlético in Primera (D5 L10).
The colchoneros are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Rayo in the top-flight (W2 D2).
Rayo have only won one of their last nine Madrid derbies at home in the top-flight (D2 L6): vs Getafe earlier this season (2-0).
Atlético are without a win in their last six league games on the road (D3 L3).
Atlético have lost their last three league games on the road, scoring just three goals in their last six.
Rayo have drawn the joint-fewest games in La Liga this season (4, level with Real Madrid) and the joint-fewest at home (1, level with Barcelona).
Rayo have saved the most penalties in the league this season (2).
Only Barcelona (17) have kept more clean sheets than Atlético in La Liga this season (13).
The rojiblancos have used the fewest substitutes in LigaBBVA this season (87).
Atlético are the only LigaBBVA side yet to pick up a single point thanks to goals scored in the last 15 minutes of games, while Rayo are the only side yet to drop a point in this period.
Levante v Barcelona
Levante have only won one of their 13 top-flight meetings with Barcelona (5-1 in 64/65).
Guardiola's men are unbeaten in their last four league visits to the Ciutat de València, but have drawn three of them 1-1 (W1).
The culés have won their last 10 league games, their best run this season (31 goals, seven conceded).
Barcelona have scored in their last 12 league games, an average of 2.91 per match.
Levante have scored the most league goals from penalties this season (6) after Real Madrid (11).
Messi has scored in his last nine league games, his best-ever run.
Barcelona are the only LigaBBVA side yet to lose by more than a single goal this season.
Koné has scored in his last three league games, his best run in Spain.
Levante have won three of their last four at home in the league (L1).
Barcelona have scored the joint-most goals from direct free kicks in La Liga this season (4: Messi 2, Xavi 2).
Getafe v Sevilla
Getafe have won six of their last eight league meetings with Sevilla (L2).
The Madrid side have only lost one of their seven top-flight games at home Sevilla (W4 D2 L1).
A win for the azulones would mean four straight league wins at home for the first time since January 2010.
Getafe's defenders have scored just one goal between them in the league this season, fewer than any other team's.
Miku has only scored more goals against Deportivo (three) than he has against Sevilla in Primera (2).
Míchel is meeting his former club. At Getafe he won 38% of his 81 league games, while Luis García has won 34% of 32 games there.
Getafe have conceded a higher proportion of their goals to headers (30%) than any other side in La Liga this season.
Getafe have won the joint-most LigaBBVA games by a single-goal margin this season (nine, level with Granada).
Athletic v Mallorca
Athletic have won just two of their last nine league meetings with Mallorca (D3 L4).
The leones have won just one of their last seven league games (D2 L4).
Mallorca have won two of their last three league games on the road (L1).
Bielsa's side have lost just one of their last nine league games at home (W5 D3).
Athletic (18) have scored the most headed goals of all teams in Europe's top-five leagues this season (Marseille and Schalke 16 each).
Fernando Llorente has scored the most headed goals in Europe's top five leagues this season (nine) and has already equalled his total from 10/11.
Hemed is Mallorca's top scorer away from home in the league this season (five goals: four from penalties).
The only previous league meeting between the sides refereed by Estrada Fernández ended in a win for Mallorca (1-0 in 10/11).
Espanyol v Valencia
Espanyol are on a run of five league games without a win (D3 L2).
Valencia have won more matches against Espanyol than any other side in Primera (70).
The pericos have won just two of their last 12 league games (D5 L5).
Valencia have won just two of their last 10 league games on the road (D5 L3).
Unai Emery's men drew their last league match on the road 0-0 at Real Madrid, becoming only the third side to pick up a point there this season.
If only games from the second half of the season counted, Espanyol would be 18th in LigaBBVA with 14 points.
Mauricio Pochettino's men have scored at least three goals in their last two league wins at home and four of their last five.
Los che have won their last four league games on the road in which they have been winning at half-time.
Soldado (six), Aduriz (three) and Feghouli (two) have scored 58% of Valencia's league goals on the road this season.
Alvaro has failed to score in his last five league games this season, three short of his worst run of the campaign (eight games).