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Antony Heath 30th Aug 2012 - 15:22

Opta Facts La Liga 2012-13 Matchday 3

Celta de Vigo v Osasuna

Celta and Osasuna have alternated between a win and a defeat each in their last seven LigaBBVA meetings. Celta won the last clash.

Osasuna have only scored in five of their 17 visits to Celta in the top flight.

Celta have lost just one of their matches at home to the rojillos in La Liga (W12 D4 L1): their last meeting there.

The last time Celta lost their opening two games in Primera was in 1982-83 (19 seasons since).

Osasuna have only lost their opening three games in La Liga once before: 1956-57, when they finished sixth.

Celta have hit the post three times in La Liga this season, the joint-most (with Real Sociedad), and have seen their own woodwork struck on the most occasions (five).

17.5% of Osasuna's passes in La Liga this season have been played long (over 30yds) the highest proportion in the competition.

De Lucas scored Celta's first league goal in 2012/13, the fourth team he has scored for in Primera (Espanyol, Alavés and Real Murcia).

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Real Zaragoza v Málaga

Zaragoza have lost just one of their last six Liga BBVA matches at home to Málaga (W3 D2).

The maños have scored in all but one of their last nine league meetings with Málaga (0-0 in September 2011).

Zaragoza have lost just one of their last six league matches (W5).

Pellegrini's men have scored exactly once in their last nine LigaBBVA matches, the first side to do this since Hércules in 1980 (10 games).

The maños won just one of eight LigaBBVA matches against Andalucian sides last season (D1 L6), the last one (vs Granada in April 2012).

Apoño has scored more penalties than any other Spanish La Liga player (14, 10 with Málaga, four with Zaragoza) since his debut in 08/09.

Manolo Jiménez has faced Manuel Pellegrini seven times in La Liga and the two have never drawn (W4 L3).

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Deportivo v Getafe

Deportivo have won none of their last four games at home to Getafe in the league (D3 L1).

The Galicians have conceded nine goals in their last three La Liga meetings with the azulones.

Getafe are without a win in their last six league games on the road (D2 L4).

Depor are without a win in their last nine La Liga meetings with sides from Madrid (D2 L7).

Riki has scored three goals against his former club Getafe, his second-highest total in the top flight after Racing (seven).

Getafe's midfielder Diego Castro is the top-scoring Galician player in Primera over the last four seasons (26 goals).

Levante (2) are the only team to have had fewer shots on target than Getafe (6) in La Liga this season.

Depor have scored five goals in their opening two La Liga games for the first time since 2001/02.

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Mallorca v Real Sociedad

Mallorca are unbeaten in their last six LigaBBVA matches at home to Real Sociedad (W4 D2).

The baleraes have won their last four league games at home.

Caparrós' men have conceded just one goal in their last five games at home in LigaBBVA combined.

The Basque side, who beat Celta last time out, have not won two consecutive league games since November-December 2011.

Real Sociedad have not won away from home in their last 10 league games (D3 L7).

Mallorca are on a run of seven consecutive league games unbeaten at home to Basque sides (W4 D3).

Tomer Hemed has already scored as many goals from open play (exc. Penalties) as he did last season in the league (3).

Aguirretxe has scored the most braces (three) for Real in Primera in the last 10 seasons after Nihat (seven).

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Rayo Vallecano v Sevilla

Sevilla have never scored more than once in their 12 top-flight visits to Vallecas.

The hispalenses have won just one of their last seven league visits to Rayo (D1).

The Andalucians have scored in their last seven league matches against Rayo.

All three of Sevilla's league goals this season have come in the 11 minutes before half-time.

Botía was one of two players to score two own goals in La Liga last season (with Chechu Dorado).

Rayo Vallecano are the only side not to have drawn in La Liga in 2012 (along with Barcelona).

Both Rayo and Sevilla have only conceded goals to Spanish players in the league this season.

The nervionenses are, along with Getafe and Athletic, the only side to have scored two headers in the league this season.

Trashorras has scored the only goal from a direct free kick to date in La Liga this season.

Rayo Vallecano have lost both of their league matches when Clos Gómez has been referee.

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Athletic Club v Real Valladolid

Athletic have won four of their last six league meetings with Valladolid (D1 L1), scoring exactly twice in five of these matches.

The rojiblancos have won their last three league matches at home to the blanquivioletas, all ending 2-0.

Valladolid have only drawn more top-flight meetings with Zaragoza (24) than they have with Athletic (22).

Two of Real Valladolid's three league wins at San Mamés were by the same scoreline: 4-1.

The Lions have lost their opening two league games for the first time since 2003/04 when they finished 5th, their best position in the last 14 seasons.

Athletic have conceded nine goals in their opening two games, the first side to do this in La Liga since Real Sociedad in 67/68 (9).

The rojiblancos have conceded the most goals in La Liga this season (nine) while Valladolid have concede the fewest (none).

Only one side has completed a higher % of passes in a match this season (Barcelona 92.3% vs Real Sociedad) than Valladolid did against Levante (90.3%).

Athletic players have managed a brace in three of their last seven league meetings with Real Valladolid (Toquero, Gabilondo and Aduriz).

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Levante v Espanyol

Levante have won three straight matches against Espanyol in Primera. They have only won four in a row against a side once before (vs Betis in 07/08 to 11/12).

The granotas have won four of their seven matches at home to the blanquiazules in Primera (D2 L1).

Levante have only scored more goals against Barcelona (21) than they have against Espanyol (20) in La Liga.

Espanyol are without a win in seven league games (L6), their joint-worst run since they went 14 in a row in 2008/09.

Levante have had the fewest shots on target in La Liga this season (two), while only two teams have faced more than Espanyol (14).

Wakaso has been involved in both of Espanyol's league goals this season (one goal, one assist); at Villarreal he wasn't involved in a single one in 17 games.

Espanyol are the most-fouled side in LigaBBVA this season (33), while Levante are the least (17).

Espanyol have started the season with two defeats for the third time in the last seven campaigns.

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Real Madrid v Granada

Real Madrid have won their last five league meetings with Granada (14 goals scored, four conceded).

Only Valencia (16) and Barcelona (18) have won more league games at home to Granada in La Liga than Madrid (15).

Granada's last league win at Real Madrid was in January 1974, as they went on to record their joint-highest finish in the top flight (6th).

Real Madrid scored 70 league goals at home last season, their second-highest tally ever (78 in 89/90).

Granada won four away games in La Liga in 2011/12, more than in any of their 17 previous top-flight campaigns.

Cristiano Ronaldo has had the most shots without scoring in LigaBBVA 11/12 (11).

The last Real Madrid player to manage three assists in a single league game was Mesut Ozil, against Granada in January.

Fabián Orellana has had the most shots on target without scoring in La Liga this season (4).

This is Real Madrid's worst start to a league campaign (one point from two games) since 2001/02.

Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to score in two consecutive La Liga games for the first time since last October.

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Barcelona v Valencia

Barcelona have won seven of their last 10 league meetings with Valencia (D3, F28 A6).

Valencia are without a win in 10 league clashes with Barcelona, their worst-ever run against the blaugrana.

Barcelona have won their last five league matches at home to Valencia - they have never won six in a row against them at the Camp Nou.

Valencia are one of just three sides to have scored four or more goals in a league game at the Camp Nou since 2000 (4-2 in 2002/03).

Messi has scored the most goals against Diego Alves in La Liga (11, Agüero six).

Soldado is the top-scoring Spanish player in La Liga over the last four seasons (53), though he has scored just one goal against Barcelona.

Valencia had just five shots in the 1-1 draw at Real Madrid, the lowest tally by a side in a La Liga match this season.

Jordi Alba managed his first league assist for Barcelona against Osasuna, he made five in 74 appearances for Valencia.

Jonas has now overtaken Juan Mata (six) as the player to have assisted the most goals for Soldado in La Liga (seven).

Valencia have suffered just one defeat in the first three matchdays of a season in the last 12 seasons: 0-3 vs Villarreal in 2007 (P35 W24 D10 L1).

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Real Betis v Atlético de Madrid

Atlético are unbeaten at Heliópolis in the league since 2006 (W3 D1).

The rojiblancos have scored exactly twice on each of their last three league visits to Betis.

Atlético are unbeaten in eight league matches (W5 D3), their best run since December 2008.

Falcao is the only La Liga player to have scored a hat-trick this season.

Falcao has scored (six) or assisted (two) eight of Atlético's last nine league goals on the road.

Real Madrid and Betis have conceded the most headed goals in the league this season (two).

Real Betis are the only side to have conceded more than one goal to an opposition defender in the league this season (2).

Atlético are unbeaten in five matches without Arda Turán playing in the league (W2 D3).

Last season, Atlético made the most fouls in the league, though only Málaga (17) have made fewer this season (18).

In 11 matches, Álvarez Izquierdo has never awarded Atlético Madrid a penalty in the league.

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