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Simon Gott 14th Mar 2013 - 20:04

Opta Facts La Liga 2012-13 Matchday 28


Deportivo La Coruna v Celta Vigo

  • Deportivo are without a win in four consecutive derbies against Celta in La Liga (1D 3L), they last went five in a row without a victory in 1998/99.
  • Celta Vigo have won their last two trips to the Riazor in the Primera without conceding a single goal.
  • Deportivo have kept a clean sheet in each of their last seven top-flight derby wins (18 goals in total scored).
  • Juan Carlos Valeron has scored more goals against Celta than any other club in his La Liga career (four).
  • Deportivo are without a win in nine league games (D2 L7), with four of those games coming under new manager Fernando Vazquez.
  • Celta have only managed one clean sheet in 14 away games this season, though they did win that game (1-0 in Zaragoza).
  • Despite them both occupying relegation spots at the moment, Celta Vigo and Deportivo have never both been relegated in the same top-flight season.
  • Argentinean Augusto Fernandez has scored in three of his last four away league games for Vigo.
  • Celta have scored a league-low of just 10 goals away from home this term.
  • Depor have lost the most points from games in which they have scored the first goal this season (18).


Real Sociedad v Valladolid

  • Real Sociedad are without a win in four top-flight meetings with Valladolid (2D 2L), their last victory coming at the Anoeta back in 2002/03 (2-1).
  • The Basque side have, however, won six of their last seven home clashes with Valladolid in La Liga, though they lost the last one there (1-3 in 2002/03).
  • After their victory at the Anoeta last time, Valladolid have the opportunity to record successive top-flight wins there for the first time in their history in this game.
  • Antoine Griezmann scored twice in the 2-2 draw between the sides earlier this season; his only brace of the campaign to date.
  • Real Sociedad have gone nine league games without defeat (5W 4D), their best run since promotion in 2010.
  • Valladolid are unbeaten in three league games (1W 2D); they have not gone four without defeat all season.
  • Carlos Vela has participated in 40% of Real Sociedad's goals this season, the most of all players for the side from San Sebastian.
  • With his goal against Malaga, Manucho overtook Martins as the top scoring African player in La Liga this season (eight goals).
  • Only one of the last nine goals scored by Real Sociedad on home soil in La Liga has come in the first-half, a penalty by Vela against Levante.


Getafe v Athletic Bilbao

  • Getafe have only won one of their last six league meetings with Athletic (D4 L1), though this was the reverse fixture this season (1-2 in San Mames).
  • Athletic have never won at the Coliseum in eight top-flight visits, though five of those games have ended in draws.
  • The Blues are without a win in two home games with Athletic in the Primera; they have never gone three in a row without one.
  • Luis Garcia's side are unbeaten in four league games (3W 1D) and have won three in a row at the Alfonso Perez.
  • Athletic have won their last two league games; they have never won three in a row under Marcelo Bielsa.
  • With four goals and three assists, Adrian Colunga has participated at least one goal in each of his five league appearances at the Coliseum in 2013 (3W 2D).
  • Aritz Aduriz has gone seven league games without a goal; his worst run since his return to Bilbao.
  • Getafe have kept two successive league clean sheets; only once before (November 2007) have they kept three in a row in the top-flight.
  • Aduriz has scored nine goals on the road in La Liga this term, the most of all Spanish players and behind only Messi and Ronaldo league-wide.


Real Madrid v Mallorca

  • Real Madrid have won their last four successive league meetings with Mallorca; they have never won five in a row against the Islanders.
  • The Whites have won seven of their last eight against Mallorca on home soil (1L).
  • The 5-1 victory recorded by Mallorca under Manzano at the Bernabeu back in 2003 remains Mallorca's biggest ever away win in La Liga.
  • After taking 25 points in 2013 so far, Real Madrid would be top of La Liga had it started on New Year's Day.
  • After wins against Granada and Sevilla, Mallorca can record three successive league wins for the first time this season.
  • Gonzalo Higuain (six) and Cristiano Ronaldo (six) have scored 12 of the last 19 Real Madrid goals against Mallorca in La Liga between them.
  • Top scorer for Mallorca this season, Tomer Hemed, has scored five of his eight league goals away from the Iberostar this term.
  • Mesut Ozil netted a brace in this fixture last season; it remains his only league brace at the Bernabeu so far.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has already scored three braces in 2013; the most in the top five European leagues.
  • Real Madrid have conceded a league-low of just 11 goals in the second-half this season.


Valencia v Real Betis

  • Valencia have beaten Real Betis in five of their last seven league meetings with them (2L).
  • The Andalusians are without a win in 18 top-flight trips to the Mestalla (3D), losing each of their last seven clashes there.
  • Five of the last six wins achieved by Betis against Valencia in the top-flight have come via the odd goal.
  • In Bilbao, Ernesto Valverde's side ended a run of six games without defeat in La Liga (3D).
  • Betis have only taken one point from the last 12 available on the road (3-3 in Anoeta).
  • Jorge Molina, Ruben Castro and Dorlan Pabon, with three goals each, have scored nine of the last 10 Real Betis goals between them.
  • Together with Real Madrid, Valencia have attempted the joint-second-most shots from outside the area this season (139) but have yet to score a goal from distance.
  • Betis, meanwhile, have only conceded one goal from outside the box this season, a league-low.
  • Pepe Mel's side were shown two red cards at the Mestalla last season; they have not been shown more red cards in a game since they visited Montjuic in April 2007 (three).
  • Ernesto Valverde has never beaten Real Betis as a La Liga manager (6D 2L).

Malaga v Espanyol

  • Malaga have won four successive games against Espanyol at La Rosaleda (La Liga), their best ever top-flight run against them.
  • These sides have not drawn a league game in Malaga since 2000 (0-0), the identical result of the reverse fixture this season.
  • Malaga have scored an average of 2.5 goals per game over their last four home league meetings with los pericos.
  • Manuel Pellegrini's side have won just one of their last five home league games, though they have only lost one of them (3D).
  • Espanyol have lost their last two away games, their worst run under Javier Aguirre.
  • Malaga have netted a joint-league-low of just four home goals in 2013 so far.
  • Espanyol have failed to score in their last three league games, with their last goal being scored by Sergio Garcia against Real Betis back in February.
  • Malaga have played just 1,224 long passes this season, the lowest figure in La Liga.
  • Joaquin has created more chances per game on average than any other Spanish player in this competition so far this season (2.72).

Sevilla v Real Zaragoza

  • Sevilla have scored at least three goals in each of their last five home La Liga meetings with Zaragoza (18 in total, only three conceded).
  • Manolo Jimenez has lost both of his two previous trips to former club Sevilla with Zaragoza in league and cup, conceding seven goals without reply (0-3 in league, 0-4 in cup).
  • Zaragoza have only won one of their last 10 trips to the Andalusian capital to face Sevilla (2D 7L); 1-0 in 2005.
  • Zaragoza are the only team in La Liga yet to win in 2013 and have only scored one goal on the road this calendar year.
  • Sevilla have won five consecutive league games in Nervion; they have not won more games in a row since 2006/07 (11).
  • Beto has conceded at least one goal in all eight games played with Sevilla in all competitions (15 in total).
  • Sevilla have benefited from the most goals by players of different nationalities this season (nine).
  • Helder Postiga has conceded the most fouls (76) and been caught offside the most times (41) in La Liga this season.
  • Between them, Negredo (five goals, one assist), Medel (four goals) and Rakitic (two goals, two assists) have had a hand in each of Sevilla's last 12 home league strikes.
  • Sevilla and Zaragoza are two of the five teams to have conceded a joint-high seven goals from corners this term.

Osasuna v Atletico Madrid

  • Osasuna have lost their last two home league meetings with Atletico Madrid; they have never lost three in a row against them in La Liga.
  • The Red-and-Whites have won five of their last six league meetings with Osasuna (1D).
  • Mendilibar's side have won three of their last four home league games, though they did lose their last game at the Reyno against Athletic (0-1).
  • Atletico Madrid are without a win in two league games (1D 1L), their worst run of the season so far.
  • Between them, Kike Sola (four) and Nino (three) have scored 58% of Osasuna's league goals at the Reyno this season.
  • Diego Costa has only ever scored one hat-trick in La Liga and that was in Pamplona against Osasuna in a 3-2 victory in April 2011.
  • Osausna are the only team in La Liga to have lost every game in which they have conceded the first goal this season (10).
  • Atletico have won the most games by just one goal in La Liga this term (nine).


Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano

  • Barcelona have won their last four league meetings with Rayo, scoring 19 goals and keeping four clean sheets.
  • The side from Madrid have only won one of their 13 league visits to the Camp Nou (2D 10L), 0-2 in 2000 with both goals scored by Jon Perez Bolo.
  • The Catalans have won 12 of their 13 league games at the Camp Nou this season, with only Real Madrid managing a point (2-2 in October).
  • Rayo have gone four away league games without a win (1D 3L), three of those without scoring a single goal.
  • Lionel Messi has scored five goals in three games against Rayo since their promotion to La Liga.
  • Since 1998/99 (when Opta began collecting data), only Michu (15) has scored more goals in a single La Liga campaign for Rayo than Piti in 2012/13 (11).
  • Of the top 10 scorers in Europe's top five leagues this season; Lionel Messi has the best conversion rate (35%).
  • Between them, Piti (three) and Dominguez (two) have scored five of Rayo's last six away league goals.
  • Dani Alves has made more assists than any other La Liga player in 2013 (five).
  • Rayo have the best shot conversion rate from outside the area in the Spanish top-flight this season, scoring with 22.2% of their shots from distance.
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored more goals against sides from Madrid than against all other sides in the top-flight combined (eight, three against Rayo).


Granada v Levante

  • Granada won their only previous home meeting with Levante in La Liga last season (2-1).
  • Indeed, Levante have won two of the other three meetings between these sides in the Primera, meaning all three have been won by the respective home side.
  • Despite winning their first two games under Lucas Alcaraz, Granada have now gone four games without a win under their new boss (1D 3L).
  • Levante have gone six league games without a win (D3 L3) but have drawn their last two away games in a row.
  • Guillherme Siqueira scored his first top-flight penalty in this fixture last season and has since added seven more.
  • Obafemi Martins, who has left Levante to join the MLS, has won more points with his goals than any other Levante player this season (six, with seven goals).
  • Granada have lost more points from leading positions on home soil than any other La Liga team this season (11).
  • The Andalusian side have scored a joint-league-low of just three headed goals this term.


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