Opta Facts La Liga 2012-13 Matchday 19
Athletic v Rayo Vallecano
Athletic Bilbao have scored and conceded in each of their last 14 league games against Rayo Vallecano, with the last time either side failed to net coming way back in 1993/94 (0-0).
The last four draws between these sides in La Liga have all finished 1-1.
Rayo have only won on one of their previous 13 visits to the San Mames in La Liga (D3 L9); 1-2 in 1999/00.
Athletic have lost their last two league games and have not lost three in a row within a single season since March 2012.
Fernando Llorente scored his only previous La Liga hat-trick in the last clash between Athletic and Rayo last season (3-2 win).
Rayo have won their last three league games and have not won four in a row in the top-flight since May 2002 (five).
Aritz Aduriz has scored a league-high four headed goals already this season.
Leo Baptistao has directly contributed to more goals than any other Brazilian player across Europe's top five leagues this season (six goals and five assists).
Real Valladolid v Mallorca
Valladolid have only won one of their last five home league clashes with Mallorca in Primera (1D 3L).
The Bermellones and the blanquivioletas have only drawn one of their last 13 league clashes, with that drawing coming at the Zorilla in 2007/08 (1-1).
Over the last 11 seasons, only against Real Madrid have Valladolid lost as many games as they have against Mallorca (eight).
Valladolid have lost their last two home games, they have not lost three in a row within the same season on home soil in the top-flight since 2003/04.
The Islanders have not won successive away games in the league since 2008/09.
Alberto Bueno scored the first goal of his La Liga career against Mallorca in the last clash between these sides back in 2009/10 (1-2 defeat for his Valladolid side).
Djukic's side have already drawn three games from losing positions on home soil this season, a league-high figure.
Hemed (seven) and Victor (five) have scored 12 of Mallorca's 17 league goals between them this term.
Espanyol v Celta Vigo
Espanyol have won their last three successive league meetings with Celta, they have not won four in a row against them in the top-flight since 1974/75.
Celta Vigo's last away win over the Pericos in La Liga was also the last time they won an away game by a 4+ margin (4-0 in 2003/04).
The Blue-and-Whites are unbeaten in two home games (1W 1D); they have not gone three without defeat in front of their own fans this term.
After their 3-1 victory over Valladolid last time out, Celta have the opportunity to win back-to-back league games for the first time this season.
Simao has scored a headed goal in each of Espanyol's last two league games played in Cornella.
Only Leo Messi (24) has scored more left-footed goals than Iago Aspas in La Liga this season (seven).
Danish midfielder Martin Krohn-Dehli has contributed 21% of Celta Vigo's assists this season, the highest proportion of any non-Spaniard in La Liga.
Espanyol have only won two of the eight games in which they have scored first this season, a league-low.
Osasuna v Real Madrid
Osasuna have won two and lost just one of their last four home meetings with Real Madrid in La Liga (1D).
Only Athletic (54) have scored more goals in Pamplona against Osasuna (52) than Real Madrid in La Liga history.
Real Madrid have won 10 of their last 13 against Osasuna in La Liga (1D 2L).
Only against Valencia (five) has Higuain scored more away goals than against Osasuna (four).
Osasuna have scored just four goals from set pieces this season, a joint-low figure.
Cristiano Ronaldo has directly participated in 10 of Real Madrid's last 16 goals against Osasuna in the league (seven goals and three assists).
Nino has scored seven home goals for Osasuna over the last two seasons; no player has scored more for the side from Pamplona.
Karim Benzema has already provided six assists this season, no striker has made more.
Osasuna have lost a league-high eight points from winning positions on home soil already this term.
Valencia v Sevilla
Sevilla have won their last five league games against Valencia, conceding just two goals in total in this run.
Sevilla have won five of their last eight trips to the Mestalla in the league, losing the other three.
Valencia have kept six clean sheets in their last seven home victories over Sevilla in La Liga, conceding just one goal in the other.
Valencia have not won three consecutive league games since November 2011.
With a victory over Osasuna last time out, Sevilla ended a run of five games without a victory (1D 4L), their worst run under Michel.
Soldado has either scored (five) or assisted (two) seven of Valencia's last 10 league goals.
There have been six red cards shown in the last seven league meetings between Valencia and Sevilla.
Valencia are one of three teams yet to score a goal from outside the area this season.
Jesus Navas has had more shots without scoring than any other player in La Liga this season (36).
Betis v Levante
Betis have failed to win any of their last five top-flight meetings with Levante, drawing one and losing four.
The last two meetings between these sides in Seville have ended in 0-1 away victories for the side from Valencia.
Real Betis, who have lost their last two home league games, have not lost three in a row on home soil since 1988/89.
Real Betis have lost their last two home league games 1-2, and have conceded exactly once in each of their last five in Heliopolis.
Levante have lost just one of their last five league games (3W 1D).
If Betis win this game, they will have registered 11 wins from 19; only once before have they had more than that at the same stage (in 1934/35 when they had 14 and went on to win the title.
The side from Seville are the only team in La Liga yet to net a penalty.
JIM's side have averaged less possession than any other team in the Spanish top-flight this season (34.23%).
Mario has played more minutes without being shown a yellow card (855) than any other defender in La Liga this term.
Real Sociedad v Deportivo La Coruna
Real Sociedad have only won four of their last 18 La Liga clashes with Deportivo, drawing four and losing 10.
The Galician side have lost three of their last four top-flight trips to the Anoeta (1W), failing to score in each of those defeats.
Montanier's side have only won two of their last six home league games (D2 L2).
Deportivo La Coruna are the only team in La Liga yet to yet to win an away game this season.
A Portuguese player has found the net in all three of Deportivo's league victories this season (Nelson Oliveira, Bruno Gama, Pizzi).
Aguirretxe, the top scoring Spanish player for Real Sociedad since their promotion, netted in both of the last two top-flight meetings between these two sides.
Only Barcelona (34) have scored more left footed goals than Real Sociedad (13) in the league this term.
Daniel Aranzubia has conceded more goals/game than any other keeper in La Liga this season (2.33).
Abel Aguilar has scored all three of his league goals this season away from the Riazor; he is the top away scoring foreign midfielder in the league.
Atletico Madrid v Zaragoza
Atletico Madrid have won their last four home league meetings with Zaragoza; they have not won more consecutive games against them in the Calderon since 1991/92 (a run of six).
The side from Aragon have not won consecutive games against the Red-and-Whites since 2006/07.
Atletico Madrid have won all nine home league games this season and have not won 10 in a row in the same campaign since 1975/76.
Raul Garcia has scored in both of the two league games that Falcao has missed for Atleti this term (1W 1D).
Only four of the 17 goals that Falcao has scored this season have come away from the Calderon.
Zaragoza have won three and drawn one of the four away games that Helder Postiga has netted in this term (four goals in total).
Adrian Lopez scored his so far only league brace for Atleti against Zaragoza in the Calderon last season (3-1 win).
Of all Spanish midfielders in La Liga this season, only Joaquin (55) has created more chances than Koke (40).
Malaga v Barcelona
Malaga have lost all eight league games played against Barcelona since their promotion ahead of the 2008/09 season.
The Catalan giants have won their last four trips to La Rosaleda in the league, their best ever run of away wins against the side from Andalucia.
Since 2000, Barcelona have won 16 different league games against Malaga; no team has won more against the Southern side.
Malaga are the last team to score five or more goals in a league game against Barcelona, doing it in their most recent win over Tito Vilanova's side (5-1 in 2003).
Lionel Messi has scored a hat-trick in each of Barcelona's last two games against Malaga, including in their last trip to La Rosaleda.
If they avoid defeat in this game, Barcelona will set the record for the best ever first-half of a 20 team La Liga season.
With 31 points, Malaga have posted their best ever top-flight haul after 18 games.
Andres Iniesta has already posted his best ever assists tally in a single La Liga campaign (11).
Joaquín, with three assists, and Roque Santa Cruz, with three goals, have contributed to five of Malaga's last six league goals between them.
Malaga have scored more own goals than any other La Liga team this season (two).
Barcelona have scored more goals than any other side this term (61) while Malaga have concede the fewest (12).
Getafe v Granada
Both previous top-flight meetings between Getafe and Granada have ended in 1-0 home wins.
In their last 20 meetings with sides from Madrid, Granada have only won one (the game against Getafe last season)
The side from Andalucia have conceded at least one goal in all nine away games this season and have yet to draw one on the road (3W 6L).
If they lose this game, the Blues will have lost three successive league games for the first time since September 2011.
The side from Madrid are one of only three teams in La Liga who are yet to score a goal in the final 15 minutes of the first-half.
The last 16 goals scored by Getafe have been netted by Spanish players. In fact, only Athletic Bilbao have had players from fewer different nationalities score for them than Getafe (two).
Luis Garcia's side have hit the woodwork fewer times than any other team this season (two).