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Rich 23rd Jan 2013 - 19:13

OPTA Facts La Liga 2012-13 Matchday 21

Celta Vigo v Real Sociedad

  • Celta Vigo have lost their last two top-flight clashes against Real Sociedad; they have not lost three in a row against them since 1982/83.
  • Vigo have won five of their last seven against Sociedad at the Balaidos in La Liga (D1 L1).
  • The last time Real Sociedad won in Vigo in La Liga was way back in 2003/04 (5-2); coincidentally the season Celta were relegated from the Primera.
  • Paco Herrera's side have won just one of their last seven league games (D2 L4), though this was in their most recent home game (3-1 v Valladolid).
  • Defeat in the Bernabeu in their most recent away game ended an unbeaten run on the road of four games for Real Sociedad (W2 D2).
  • Imanol Agirretxe, who scored the winner against Barcelona last time out, scored his only brace of the season so far against Celta.
  • Iago Aspas has scored in four of Celta Vigo's five wins this season (five goals in total).
  • Real Sociedad have recouped a league-high 11 points after conceding the first goal so far this term.
  • Celta Vigo have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last seven league games.

Levante v Real Valladolid

  • Levante have lost their last three against Valladolid in La Liga, failing to register a single goal in the process (six goals conceded).
  • There has never been a draw between Levante and Real Valladolid in the top-flight.
  • JIM's side have lost their last two league games; they have not lost three in a row since November 2011.
  • Real Valladolid have won their last two league games; they have not won three in a row this season.
  • Obafemi Martins, top scorer for Levante with six goals, has still not scored a goal in 2013.
  • Real Valladolid had 77% of possession in the reverse fixture against Levante this season, the most of all teams in a single game this term excluding Barcelona.
  • Levante have won more points thanks to goals in the final five minutes than any other team in La Liga this season (seven).
  • Djukic's side have made more successful long passes than any other team this season (824), while JIM's side have made the fewest (384).

Real Zaragoza v Espanyol

  • Real Zaragoza have won their last four league meetings with Espanyol, their best ever run against the Pericos in La Liga.
  • The Blue-and-Whites have lost on four of their last five trips to La Romareda in La Liga, claiming their only point in this run back in December 2007 (3-3).
  • The last time Zaragoza lost four or more consecutive top-flight games, then-manager and current Espanyol gaffer Javier Aguirre was sacked in December 2011.
  • After only seven games played, Espanyol have won more games under Aguirre (three) than they did in 13 under Pochettino this term (two).
  • Only Falcao (seven) has scored more penalties than Zaragoza's Apono this season (four).
  • Espanyol have lost more points following goals conceded in the final five minutes than any other top-flight team this season (five).
  • Zaragoza are yet to lose a game in which they have scored the first goal this season (W5 D1).
  • Espanyol have netted a league-high seven goals from corners this season.
  • Paco Montanes is the only Zaragoza player to have scored a goal from outside the area at La Romareda this season.

Deportivo v Valencia

  • Deportivo are winless in 13 league games against Valencia (D5 L8).
  • The last meeting between the sides at the Riazor ended in a 2-0 win for Valencia and resulted in relegation for Depor after 20 successive seasons in the top-flight.
  • Since 2004/05, Valencia have won more times at the Riazor than any other La Liga side (five).
  • Deportivo have the opportunity to win successive home games in the Primera for the first time since April 2011.
  • Valverde's side have won their last two away league games; 2-1 in Granada and 1-0 in Osasuna.
  • Between them, Riki (four) and Pizzi (three) have scored 64% of Deportivo's home league goals this season.
  • Roberto Soldado has scored three of the last four league goals scored by Valencia against Deportivo.
  • Deportivo have conceded a league-high 10 headed goals this season, while Valencia have scored a joint-high eight in this way.
  • Only Real Madrid (20) and Barcelona (15) have hit the woodwork more often than Deportivo (11) this season.

Real Madrid v Getafe

  • Real Madrid have won seven of their last eight derbies against Getafe, though the one they lost in this run came earlier in this campaign (1-2).
  • The Whites have won their last four against the Blues on home soil, scoring exactly four times in each of their last two.
  • Getafe have only won one of their eight top-flight trips to the Bernabeu; 1-0 in February 2008, Madrid's last home league derby defeat.
  • Mourinho's side have only won two of their last five league games (D2 L1) but remain unbeaten at home this season (W7 D2).
  • The Blues are winless in six away league games (D4 L2).
  • Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo (eight each) have scored 16 of Real Madrid's last 22 goals against Getafe in La Liga.
  • Getafe's first ever goal against Real Madrid in La Liga was scored by current Real player Raul Albiol back in 2005.
  • Angel Di Maria scored his first away brace for Real Madrid against Valencia last time out.
  • Adrian Colunga has provided 20% of all assists for Getafe this season, the highest proportion of any La Liga striker.
  • Real Madrid have scored a league-high six goals on the counter attack this season.

Rayo Vallecano v Real Betis

  • Rayo Vallecano have won their last three against Real Betis in La Liga, their best ever run against the side from Sevilla.
  • Real Betis have won four of their eight previous trips to Vallecas in the Primera, but are winless in their last three (2D 1L).
  • Rayo have won their last two home league games; they last won three on the bounce in the top-flight back in 2001/02.
  • Real Betis, meanwhile, have won their last three away league games, their best top-flight run since February 1997 (four in a row).
  • Only Leo Messi (14 with 29 goals) has won more points with his goals than Piti (13 with nine) this season.
  • Ruben Castro needs one goal to become the leading Spanish scorer for Real Betis in this millennium (currently level with Joaquin and Fernando on 28).
  • Rayo have won more points with goals in the last 10 minutes (eight) than any other La Liga team this season.
  • Only Barcelona (37) and Real Madrid (22) have scored more away goals than Betis (17) this season.

Barcelona v Osasuna

  • Barcelona have won five of their last six league games against Osasuna (1L).
  • The Catalan giants have won seven of their last eight against the Reds in the Camp Nou (1L).
  • Osasuna have only scored once in these eight trips to face Barcelona, but that goal by Pandiani was enough to record their most recent win in the Camp Nou.
  • Barcelona defeated Osasuna 8-0 on home soil last season and in doing so inflicted on the Navarrans their joint-heaviest top-flight defeat.
  • The Catalan side have not lost successive league games since May 2009, though the second in this run came against Osasuna.
  • Osasuna have won just one of their last nine away league games (D2 L6), though that win came in Barcelona (3-0 v Espanyol).
  • Lionel Messi, who scored both away goals in the reverse fixture, has netted eight of Barcelona's last 14 in this fixture.
  • Messi has scored in his last 10 league games, his best record in La Liga.
  • Barcelona have the best conversion rate in La Liga this season (29.5%) while Osasuna have the worst (8.2%).

Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid

  • Over the last 10 clashes between Athletic and Atletico, the sides have an equal record (five wins apiece).
  • The two red-and-white sides have not shared the spoils since December 2005, when they drew 1-1 in the San Mames.
  • Over the last seven years, Atletico Madrid have won four away games against Bilbao; against no side have they won more on the road in this period.
  • Only against Valencia (seven) has Fernando Llorente scored more La Liga goals than against Atletico (five).
  • Madrid have not lost either of their two games without Falcao this season (W1 D1), with Raul Garcia finding the net in both of them.
  • Aritz Aduriz has scored 48% of Athletic's goals this season, the highest proportion of any player in the top-flight.
  • Only Barcelona and Manchester United (18) have won more games than Atletico in the top five European leagues this season (15).
  • Diego Simeone's side have scored just one goal in the first 15 minutes all season, a league-low.
  • The Lions have conceded seven goals to penalties already this season, the most in La Liga.

Mallorca v Malaga

  • Malaga have only lost one of their last nine against Mallorca in La Liga (D4 L4).
  • On the Island, Mallorca have only mustered one win in their last six against the Andalusian side in the top-flight (D2 L3).
  • Joaquin Caparros' side have won just one of their last 15 league games (D3 L11) - a 2-1 victory at Betis in December 2012.
  • Mallorca have failed to win any of their last six on home soil (D2 L4), their worst run since January 2007 (eight).
  • The last time Mallorca had exactly 17 points after 20 games was 2008/09; they finished that campaign in ninth place.
  • Mallorca have conceded a league-high nine goals from outside the area this term, including a league-high three from direct free kicks.
  • Roque Santa Cruz has scored four of his five league goals from the bench this term; he has scored more goals as a substitute than any other La Liga player.
  • Malaga have conceded just two goals from set pieces all season, the lowest figure in the Spanish top-flight.

Sevilla v Granada

  • Last season, Granada won their first ever La Liga away game against Sevilla at the 14th attempt (D2).
  • Sevilla have only won one of their last eight league games (D2 L5).
  • Granada have conceded at least once in each of their last 13 away league games, their worst run since promotion in 2011.
  • Quique Pina's side have seen a pattern of loss, draw, win over their last six league games. For this to continue, they are due a defeat here.
  • Sevilla top scorer Alvaro Negredo (eight goals) has now gone five league matches without a strike, his worst run of the season.
  • Sevilla, who have suffered a league-high eight red cards this season, suffered their first expulsion of the season in the first round against Granada (Diego Lopez).
  • Granada have scored just 11 goals from inside the area (excluding penalties) all season, a league-low.
  • Jesus Navas has had more shots without a goal than any other player in La Liga this term (38).
  • Recio scored his first goal for Granada against Rayo last week with his first (and so far only) shot of the season.




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