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Rich 15th Nov 2012 - 14:51

Opta Facts La Liga 2012-13 Matchday 12

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Osasuna v Málaga

  • Osasuna are enjoying their best ever run without defeat against Malaga in the top-flight and are unbeaten against them in six games (2W 4D).
  • In their last 10 visits to Pamplona in the top-flight, however, Malaga have only failed to score once (3-0 to Osasuna in October 2010).
  • The side from Navarra suffered their second highest home defeat ever in La Liga against Malaga back in October 2005, losing 6-1 to the Andalusians (after 8-1 v Athletic Bilbao in January 1959).
  • Mendilibar's side have only won one of their five home league games this season (D2 L2); 4-0 v Levante.
  • Manuel Pellegrini's side have failed to win any of their last three league games (1D 2L), they haven't gone four in a row without a win since January.
  • Malaga have conceded a league-high 44% of their goals in the first 15 minutes of games this season.
  • Osasuna, together with Espanyol, have lost a league-high five points from winning positions on home soil in La Liga this term.
  • Lamah and Armenteros have participated, between them, in eight of Osasuna's 12 league goals this season (four goals, four assists).
  • Joaquín has created more chances than any other player in La Liga this term (33).

Valencia v Espanyol

  • Valencia have only won one of their last six league meetings with Espanyol (4W 1D), though that was the last meeting between the sides last season.
  • Valencia have won their last four home clashes with Espanyol in the league, their best run against them since November 1980.
  • Los Che are unbeaten in 10 league games at the Mestalla (8W 2D).
  • The Catalan side haven't won two straight away games in La Liga since October 2011.
  • Valencia have won more games against Espanyol (70) than any other team in their top-flight history.
  • Soldado has netted in two of the last three league meetings between Espanyol and Valencia.
  • Joan Verdu has scored more goals (four) and created more chances (22) than any other player for los Pericos this season.
  • Tino Costa both scored and assisted a goal in the same game for the first time in his La Liga career in this fixture last season.
  • Nelson Valdez has scored a goal in second-half injury time in each of Valencia's last two home league wins.

Barcelona v Zaragoza

  • Barcelona have won eight straight games against Real Zaragoza in the league, they have never won nine in a row against them.
  • The Catalan giants have only ever lost two home league games against the side from Aragon, and both were by a 1-0 scoreline (1960/61 and 1965/66).
  • Zaragoza are the last team to score four goals in the Camp Nou in La Liga and not come away with three points (4-4 in 2000/01).
  • Barcelona have won 10 of their opening 11 league games for the first time in their history.
  • Manolo Jimenez's side are one of only two teams yet to manage a clean sheet in La Liga this season (with Granada).
  • Messi has netted more goals than any other player across Europe's top five leagues in the year 2012 - 48 in 32 league games.
  • Barcelona have won more points with goals in the final 15 minutes than any other team in this competition this term (eight).
  • Lionel Messi has netted in six of the last eight league meetings between these sides.
  • Helder Postiga has netted a joint-league-high three headed goals in La Liga in 2012/13.

Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao

  • Real Madrid have won 13 of their last 14 league meetings with Athletic.
  • The Whites have won seven straight games against the Basque side at home in the league, their best run against them since 1967/68.
  • These sides haven't drawn at the Bernabeu in the league since April 1998 (0-0).
  • Real Madrid have won their last four home league games; only city rivals Atletico (six) are on a better current run at home.
  • Athletic Bilbao have won their last two league games, they have never won three in a row in the league under Marcelo Bielsa.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has already netted six league goals against Bilbao at the Bernabeu, against no side has he netted more.
  • The Portuguese winger has scored eight in his last five against Athletic overall in the league; the one game he has failed to net against them in the league was also the only time Real haven't netted against the Basque side in the last eight seasons (0-1 in 2009/10).
  • Fernando Llorente has netted on each of Athletic's last two trips to the Bernabeu in the league.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has netted 28 penalties in La Liga, at least 12 more than any other player during his time in Spain.
  • Aduriz has participated in 10 of Bilbao's 16 league goals this campaign (eight goals, two assists).

Deportivo La Coruna v Levante

  • Deportivo have won three of their last four league games against Levante, losing the other.
  • Depor's three previous victories over Levante at the Riazor in La Liga have all been by the same scoreline - 1-0.
  • Deportivo's only two victories in the league so far this season both came at the Riazor and both involved a goal scored by a Portuguese player (Nelson Oliveira v Osasuna and Bruno Gama v Mallorca).
  • Levante are one of five teams in La Liga yet to lose consecutive league games this season (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico, Valencia).
  • Portuguese duo Pizzi and Bruno Gama have contributed directly to 64% of Deportivo's last 14 league goals between them.
  • Both of Levante's two away goals this season have been netted by Michel.
  • Oltra's side have hit the woodwork seven times already this season - only Real Madrid (11) have hit it more often.
  • Levante are the only team yet to score a headed goal in La Liga this season.

Celta Vigo v Mallorca

  • Celta Vigo have won six of their last 10 in La Liga against Mallorca (1D 3L) but have only been able to win one of their last five.
  • The side from Galicia have won six of their last nine in La Liga against the Islanders in the Balaídos (1D 2L).
  • The last three draws between these sides in the top-flight have all ended 2-2.
  • Celta Vigo are unbeaten in four home league games (3W 1D), their best top-flight run since 2005/06 (five).
  • Mallorca have lost their last six league games, their worst run of defeats since 1991/92 (seven).
  • Iago Aspas is only the third Spanish player to have reached five goals in one La Liga season since 1998/99 (after Jesuli and Juan Sanchez).
  • Three of Mallorca's four away league goals this season have been netted by Tomer Hemed.
  • Mallorca have conceded more goals from outside the area than any other side in the top-flight this term (five).

Getafe v Valladolid

  • Getafe have won two, drawn two and lost two of their six previous top-flight clashes with Real Valladolid.
  • Getafe's two victories against Real Valladolid have both come at the Coliseum and both by a 1-0 scoreline.
  • Only once before in the six top-flight clashes between these sides has a team netted more than once; Valladolid's 3-0 away win in 2007/08.
  • Getafe have lost their last two league games and haven't lost three in a row since January 2011.
  • Valladolid, meanwhile, are unbeaten in three (1W 2D), their best run since a five game stretch between April and March 2010.
  • All six goals Getafe have scored on home soil in the league this season have come in the second-half of games.
  • Valladolid have benefited from more goals from their midfielders than any other team in the top-flight this campaign (10).

Granada v Atletico Madrid

  • Granada have only won two of their last 16 league duels against Atletico (D5 L9).
  • The side from Madrid have only won on two of their last 10 trips to Granada in La Liga however, drawing four and losing four.
  • The last five draws between these two sides in La Liga have all been goalless.
  • Granada have lost their last two league games at Los Carmenes; only once before in their top-flight history have they lost three successive home games in one season (1960/61).
  • Los Colchoneros have only lost one of their last 17 league games (13W 3D), though this was in their last away game (0-2 at Valencia).
  • Mikel Rico is the only Spaniard to have scored for Granada this season; indeed no team has benefited from fewer goals from Spanish players than the Andalusians in La Liga (two - same as Real Madrid).
  • Atletico have won nine and lost none of the last 10 league games in which Falcao has scored. They haven't lost a game with a goal from the Colombian since April 2012 against Real Madrid.
  • Atletico have netted a joint-league-high three goals in second-half stoppage time this season (level with Barcelona).

Sevilla v Real Betis

  • Sevilla have failed to win any of their last four league derbies against Betis (2D 2L), they have never gone five in a row without a win against them.
  • Betis have won their last two derbies at the Sanchez Pizjuan (both 2-1); only once before have they won three in a row in La Liga at the home of their rivals (a run that ended in 1987/88).
  • The side from Nervión have only won one of their last six league games (1D 4L).
  • The Green-and-Whites have won three of their last five away league games (scoring 10 and conceding nine in those five games).
  • Benat has scored Betis's last three league goals against Sevilla, all from direct free kicks.
  • Sevilla have suffered four red cards in their last five derbies in La Liga against Betis, while Betis have suffered just one in this run.
  • Cicinho has made a joint-high 47 tackles in La Liga this season and has won an outright-high 38.
  • Pepe Mel's side are the only team yet to have won a penalty in La Liga this term.
  • Jesus Navas has made more open play crosses than any other player in Europe's top five leagues this season (86).
  • Sevilla have conceded fewer goals to opposition strikers than any other team in La Liga this season (four).
  • Betis are one of three teams to have not won a single point after conceding the first goal this season (with Osasuna and Celta Vigo).
  • Alvaro Negredo has netted in the last two Seville derbies in La Liga.

Real Sociedad v Rayo Vallecano

  • The last three clashes between Sociedad and Vallecano in La Liga have all been won by at least a four goal margin.
  • Real Sociedad have scored at least once in all 13 previous home meetings with Rayo in La Liga and have only lost one of these games (1-2 in 1992/93).
  • Sociedad have lost their last two home games (both 1-0); they haven't lost three consecutive home games in La Liga since February 2007.
  • Los Franjirrojos have won their last two league games; they haven't won three in a row in the same season since February.
  • Rayo are one of four teams to have scored a joint-high four goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season and have shipped an outright-high five in this period.
  • Rayo have conceded more goals after 11 games this season (25) than ever before at this stage of a La Liga campaign.
  • Paco Jemez's side have conceded more goals to Spanish players than any other team in La Liga this season (13).
  • Rayo Vallecano have been shown a league-high 45 yellow cards this term.



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