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Rich 27th Feb 2013 - 16:22

OPTA Facts La Liga 2012-13 Matchday 26

Getafe v Zaragoza

  • Getafe have only won one of their last 11 top-flight meetings with Real Zaragoza (5D 5L), though that was the reverse meeting this season (1-0 away).
  • Los Manos are unbeaten in five trips to Madrid to face Getafe in La Liga, winning two and drawing three.
  • Both of their top-flight victories at the Coliseum have come via a 2-0 scoreline.
  • Adrian Colunga has directly participated in more goals than any other Spanish player in La Liga in the year 2013 (five goals, three assists).
  • In the last two league meetings between Getafe and Real Zaragoza, seven red cards have been shown (four to Getafe, three to Zaragoza).
  • Luis Garcia's side have won their last two home league games; they have not won three in a row on home soil this season.
  • Zaragoza are without a win in eight league games (D3 L5), their worst ever run under Manolo Jimenez.
  • Only Valencia (12) have scored more headed goals than Getafe (10) this season.

Real Madrid v Barcelona

  • Real Madrid have gone four successive home league games without a victory against Barcelona (1D 3L), they have not gone five on home soil since 1973/74.
  • The fifth victory of that run against a Barcelona side led by Dutch legend Johan Cruyff was also Real Madrid's heaviest home league defeat in the Clasico (0-5).
  • After recording their best ever run of five successive league wins in the Clasico, Barcelona have won just one of the last four (2D 1L).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in three of the last four Clasicos in La Liga, with Real losing on the last occasion he failed to net (1-3 in 2011/12).
  • Lionel Messi has scored on three of Barcelona's last four trips to the Bernabeu in La Liga (four goals in total).
  • Jose Mourinho's side are unbeaten in 24 home league games (W20 D4), with Barcelona themselves the last away team to win there back in December 2011 (3-1).
  • The Catalans have won more away games than any other team in Europe's top five leagues this season (11).
  • After his goal at the Riazor, Gonzalo Higuain became the third player to net 100 league goals for Real Madrid this millennium (after Cristiano Ronaldo (136) and Raul (134).
  • Real Madrid have not won a league Clasico at the Bernabeu since Raul netted his last goal against Barcelona (May 2008, 4-1).
  • Xavi has assisted three of the last four goals Lionel Messi has netted in the league away at Real Madrid.
  • Jose Mourinho has only won one of his five clashes with Barcelona in La Liga (D2 L2) and that was in the Nou Camp.
  • With his double against Granada, Lionel Messi extended his record to 10 consecutive away games without failing to score.
  • Of all the players to have scored at least six goals this season, David Villa has the best minutes/goal ratio of all Spaniards (107.7).
  • Mesut Ozil has created a chance more frequently than any other regular player in La Liga this term (one every 23.2 minutes on average).

Deportivo La Coruna v Rayo Vallecano

  • Deportivo have only won two of their last eight top-flight meetings with Rayo, drawing three and losing three.
  • The Galician side have the opportunity to win two straight La Liga games against Rayo at the Riazor for the first time in their history in this game.
  • Rayo have never won at the Riazor in the Primera, but five of their eight trips there have ended level (3L).
  • The Galicians have lost six successive league games; with defeat here, they would equal their worst ever run of top-flight defeats set between 66/67 and 68/69.
  • Paco Jemez's side have lost three away games in a row; they have not lost four in a row on the road all term.
  • Riki has scored 10 goals already this season, reaching double figures for a single Liga campaign for the first time.
  • Pizzi (three goals, three assists) and Riki (six goals) have been involved in all of Deportivo's last 10 league goals between them.
  • Deportivo have conceded a league-high 14 goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season, while Rayo have shipped a league-high eight in the opening quarter-hour.
  • Depor have lost more points after scoring the first goal of the game (18) than any other team in the Primera this season.

Osasuna v Athletic Bilbao

  • Osasuna have only won one of their last seven against Athletic in the top-flight (1D 5L), though that was at the Reyno last season (2-1).
  • The Lions have only won one of their last eight trips to face Osasuna in La Liga (3D 4L).
  • The side from Navarra have won their last three home league games; they have not won four in a row on home soil in the same season since March 2008.
  • Athletic have lost their last three league games; they are yet to lose four in a row under Marcelo Bielsa.
  • Osasuna have not lost any of the seven games that Kike Sola has scored in this season (5W 2D).
  • Fernando Llorente has scored on his last two trips to the Reyno de Navarra in La Liga, but has only scored in one game all season.
  • Osasuna have drawn a league-high four games 0-0 this term.
  • Mendilibar has only one two of nine games against former club Athletic in La Liga (D1 L6), though both victories did come on home soil.
  • Only Jesus Navas (49) has had more shots without scoring than Ander Herrera (37) this term.

Valencia v Levante

  • Valencia are without a win in two derbies against Levante (1D 1L), they have never gone three in a row without one against their city rivals in La Liga.
  • Las Granotas have picked up three consecutive draws at the Mestalla, with two of those finishing goalless.
  • Los Che have never lost a home derby against Levante in the Primera (4W 3D), but they have not won one since January 2007 (3-0).
  • Both Valencia defeats with Valverde as manager (in 11 games, won seven and drawn two) have come on home soil (0-1 against Rayo and 0-5 v Real Madrid).
  • JIM's side have failed to win any of their last four league games (1D 3L), their worst run since February 2012 (eight).
  • Roberto Soldado has scored in six of Valencia's eight home wins this season (seven goals).
  • The last nine goals scored by Levante in the league have come from eight different players, with only Barkero netting twice (one penalty).
  • Aly Cissokho has scored two goals in La Liga (both from headers) despite attempting only two headed shots.

Granada v Mallorca

  • Granada have won three and drawn three of their seven clashes with Mallorca in the top-flight (1L).
  • The Balearic side have never won in three previous trips to Los Carmenes in the Primera but are unbeaten in two (2D).
  • After their 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture, Granada have the opportunity to complete their first league double since promotion ahead of last season.
  • Tomer Hemed has scored two of Mallorca's last three goals against Granada, including the goal that earned a draw in this fixture last term.
  • El-Arabi began his scoring run of four successive games against Mallorca earlier this season, the best run by a Granada player since their promotion, but has not scored since this run ended.
  • Mallorca are winless in eight league games (D2 L6) and have lost their last four in a row on the road.
  • No Granada player has scored more league goals than Odion Ighalo since the start of last season (10) and the striker has scored in three successive games.
  • Mallorca have scored a higher percentage of headed goals than any other team in La Liga this season (33%, level with Valencia).

Espanyol v Real Valladolid

  • The last four league meetings between Espanyol and Real Valladolid have all ended in draws, with Espanyol winning the previous game back in 2008 (1-0 at home).
  • Los Pericos have won five of their last seven in La Liga against Valladolid on home soil (1D 1L).
  • Valladolid have not lost any of their last six trips to Barcelona to face Espanyol in the Primera when they have found the back of the net (4W 2D).
  • Espanyol have won their last five league games in Cornella and are unbeaten in six there since Javier Aguirre took charge.
  • After their 2-1 win in Vallecas last time out, Real have the opportunity to win successive top-flight away games for the first time since March 2009.
  • Oscar (nine) and Manucho (seven) have scored almost half of Real Valladolid's league goals this season (47%).
  • Valladolid have scored a league-high 11 goals in the first 15 minutes of games this term.
  • Victor Sanchez, the most booked player in La Liga this term, has picked up eight of his 13 yellows since Aguirre took charge of Espanyol.
  • Joan Verdu, who scored a penalty in the reverse fixture with Valladolid, has scored more goals on home soil than any other Espanyol player this campaign (five).

Malaga v Atletico Madrid

  • Malaga have only won one of their last five clashes with Atletico in La Liga on home soil (D2 L2).
  • Malaga have scored exactly three times in three of their last four home victories over Atleti in La Liga.
  • The Red-and-Whites have kept two successive clean sheets at La Rosaleda in La Liga; they last bettered that with a run of five shutouts there that ended in 1972/73.
  • Manuel Pellegrini's side have won just one of their last four home league games (D2 L1), though that was the last game there (1-0 v Athletic).
  • Diego Simeone, who opened with a 0-0 draw against Malaga, has the best win percentage of any Atleti manager since their promotion (59.6% in La Liga).
  • Isco has scored four of Malaga's last six league goals, though just one came at La Rosaleda and that was a penalty.
  • Falcao has scored more penalties than any other player in Europe's top five leagues this season (eight).
  • Atletico Madrid have won more games by the odd goal than any other team in the Primera this season (nine).
  • Malaga have lost just two points having scored the first goal this season, a league-low.
  • Only Thibaut Courtois (13) has kept more clean sheets than Willy Caballero (10) this season.

Real Sociedad v Real Betis

  • Real Sociedad have drawn five of their last seven league clashes with Betis (1W 1L).
  • Nine of Real Sociedad's last 10 home victories over Betis in La Primera have arrived by the odd goal (the exception; 2-0 in March 1998).
  • Real Sociedad have only lost one of their last 15 league games; 4-3 against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu (6D).
  • If they do not lose this game, los txuri-urdin will accumulate nine successive home games without defeat in the top-flight for the first time since November 2003 (29).
  • The Green-and-Whites have lost their last three away league games without netting a single goal.
  • No player has scored as a substitute against Sociedad at the Anoeta this season; Deportivo are the only other team yet to concede to a sub on home soil.
  • Betis are the only team in La Liga yet to lose a point to a goal in the final 10 minutes this season.
  • Real Socieded have been fouled the second most times this season (389) and have committed the second least fouls themselves (300).
  • Carlos Vela has won more penalties than any other player in La Liga this season (four).

Sevilla v Celta Vigo

  • Sevilla have won three of their last four clashes with Celta Vigo in La Liga, though they did lose the reverse fixture this season (2-0 in the Balaidos).
  • Celta's last four victories at the Pizjuan have all ended 1-0, though Sevilla themselves have kept a clean sheet in their last three home victories over the Galician side.
  • Nine of the last 10 goals scored by Celta against Sevilla in the league have come from foreign players.
  • Sevilla have won four consecutive home league games, they have not enjoyed a longer run within one season since 2006/07 (eight).
  • Iago Aspas has participated in 10 of Celta's last 13 league goals (six goals, four assists).
  • Sevilla have scored the highest percentage of goals in the final 15 minutes before half-time this season (29%) but have conceded the highest portion in the quarter-hour after the break (30%).
  • Only in one game this term (away at Valencia; one) have Sevilla had fewer shots on target than the two they managed at the Balaidos earlier in the campaign.
  • Sevilla have won all three games against a team managed by Abel Resino in La Liga, though they have had a different manager in each one (Ramos, Jimenez, Michel).

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