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Rich 24th Apr 2013 - 16:36

Opta Facts La Liga 2012-13 Matchday 33

Rayo Vallecano v Osasuna

  • Rayo have only scored in one of their last four top-flight meetings with Osasuna, but that was in a 6-0 hammering at home last season.
  • That 6-0 win remains Rayo's biggest ever La Liga victory, and was also the last game in which Michu netted (twice) for side from Madrid.
  • Osasuna have only won one their seven trips to Vallecas in the Primera (1D 5L), only scoring in two of those seven games.
  • Rayo have lost successive league games on home soil; they have not lost three in a row at home since 2002/03, the last season they were relegated.
  • The Reds have only won one of their last seven league games, losing five of them (1D).
  • Rayo captain Piti has scored four of his team's last six league goals.
  • Ex-Rayo player Emiliano Armenteros has had more shots than any other Osasuna player this season (62), but has only scored three goals.
  • Only Barcelona (70%) average more possession than Rayo Vallecano (57%) in La Liga this season.
  • Osausna have only scored 26 league goals all season; only in one previous campaign have they ended with fewer goals (24 in 1985/86, when they played only 34 games).

Levante v Celta Vigo

  • Levante have not lost any of their three top-flight clashes with Celta (1W 2D).
  • The Galician side have scored exactly one goal in each of their three meetings with Levante in La Liga, with two of them ending 1-1.
  • Levante have only scored three goals in five games since the departure to the MLS of Obafemi Martins (1D 3L).
  • Celta Vigo are the only team in La Liga yet to win consecutive league games this term.
  • Las Granotas have lost three successive league games; they have never lost four in a row under Juan Ignacio Martinez.
  • Levante have scored a league-low of just two goals in the first 15 minutes of games this season.
  • Celta, meanwhile, have only scored five set piece goals this term; a league-low.
  • Only Lionel Messi (55%) has directly contributed to a higher portion of his team's goals than Iago Aspas (52%) this season.

Athletic v Barcelona

  • Athletic are without a win in six meetings with Barcelona at the San Mames in La Liga (D3 L3), their second-worst ever home run against the Catalans (eight).
  • Bilbao's last victory over Barcelona in the league, however, was recorded at the San Mames back in May 2006 (3-1).
  • Barcelona have logged more draws at the San Mames than any other away team in Spanish top-flight history (18).
  • Athletic Bilbao recorded a legendary 12-1 victory over Barcelona in 1931, their biggest ever home league win.
  • Only one of the eight goals Lionel Messi has netted against Athletic in La Liga has come at the San Mames, though that did earn his team a 2-2 draw there last season.
  • Ibai Gomez is one of only two players (with Piotr Trochowski) to have scored against both Barcelona and Real Madrid this season.
  • Cesc Fabregas (four goals, one assist) and Thiago (one goal, two assists) have contributed to eight of Barcelona's nine goals in Lionel Messi's absence.
  • Barcelona are unbeaten in six league games, winning five.
  • Barca have only scored three headed goals all season, a league-low.
  • Athletic Bilbao have conceded more set piece goals than any other side in La Liga this season (29).

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid

  • Atletico are winless in 22 league meetings with Real Madrid (6D 16L), the longest run without a victory by any side in any Spanish top-flight derby.
  • Real Madrid have won their last five trips to the Calderon in La Liga, their best ever away run against Atleti in the league.
  • Real Madrid are the only team Atletico have not beaten in the league since their promotion in 2002.
  • Atletico have conceded at least one goal in each of their last 16 home derbies with Real (2.3 goals per game on average).
  • The Whites have scored their first goal in the 14th minute of the game on average in their 10 trips to the Calderon since Atletico last won promotion.
  • Only in 1991/92 (16) have Atletico won more home games than they have in 2012/13 so far (14).
  • Gonzalo Higuain scored his first La Liga goal at the Calderon in February 2007 (1-1), in the only derby that Fernando Torres netted in for Atletico.
  • Since that day, only Lionel Messi (202) and Cristiano Ronaldo (143) have scored more La Liga goals than Higuain (104).
  • Atletico and Real Madrid have been given a joint-high eight penalties this term.
  • Falcao has become the first player since Diego Forlan in 2008/09 (32) to reach 25 league goals in a single campaign for Atletico.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored six of Real's last 10 derby goals, with five coming from dead ball situations (three penalties, two direct free kicks).
  • Only Atletico (25) have conceded fewer league goals than Real (30) so far this term.

Zaragoza v Mallorca

  • Zaragoza have only won one of their last 10 top-flight meetings with Mallorca (D3 L6).
  • Gregorio Manzano has only won one league game as a manager at La Romareda (D4 L2), but this was in his last visit.
  • In the last 10 years, at no other away ground have Mallorca won more often than they have at La Romareda (three).
  • Zaragoza are without a win in 15 league games (D5 L10), they have never gone 16 games without a win in the top-flight.
  • Victor Casadesus has scored in the last three league meetings between Zaragoza and Mallorca (three goals in total).
  • Helder Postiga has scored 38% of Zaragoza's league goals this season; only Falcao (45%) and Messi (43%) have scored higher proportions.
  • Alejandro Alfaro has scored more goals in the last two months (five) than he managed in his previous two seasons combined (four).
  • Zaragoza are the only team in La Liga to have won more away points (14) than home points (13) this term.
  • Mallorca have lost a joint-league-high 13 points from winning positions on the road in 2012/13.

Espanyol v Granada

  • Espanyol have won their last three home meetings with Granada in La Liga, with the last two both ending 3-0.
  • Granada have only won away at Espanyol once in their La Liga history; 3-2 in 1971/72, when they recorded their joint-best top-flight finish (sixth).
  • Four of the last five draws between Espanyol and Granada in La Liga have ended goalless, including this season's reverse fixture.
  • Espanyol are unbeaten in nine home league games (W5 D4), a run that coincides with the arrival of Javier Aguirre.
  • Granada have only won two of 11 league games with Alcaraz in charge this season (18%), a worse record than they managed under Anquela (five in 23, 24%).
  • Three of the last four Granada league goals have been headers, with all three logged by different players: Nolito, Aranda and El-Arabi.
  • Sergio Garcia has scored four of Espanyol's last seven home goals, having scored just once at Cornella all season before this run.
  • Granada's midfielders have contributed just five goals all season, a La Liga-low figure.

Malaga v Getafe

  • Malaga have won exactly half of their six home meetings with Getafe in La Liga (W3 D2 L1), with each victory coming by the odd goal.
  • The side from Madrid are without a win in seven league trips to Andalusia (D3 L4), with their last win coming in December 2010 against Almeria (3-2).
  • Malaga have only won two home league games in the year 2013, with both ending 1-0 (D3 L2).
  • Getafe have lost their last two league games; they have not lost three in a row all season.
  • The only time a Getafe player has scored a brace at La Rosaleda was also the only time the Blues won there in La liga (2-1 with goals from Veljko Paunovic).
  • Julio Baptista, who has scored each of Malaga's last two league goals, has also scored in his last two against Getafe in La Rosaleda.
  • Getafe have been shown six red cards in La Liga against Malaga; only against Zaragoza (seven) have they seen more players dismissed.
  • Malaga have conceded just four goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season; a league-low with Real Madrid.
  • Of all goalkeepers to have played 10+ games this season, Willy Caballero has the best save percentage (74.5%).

Valladolid v Sevilla

  • The last time Sevilla won in Pucela in La Liga was back in October 1996; a season in which they were relegated. Since then they have drawn three and lost four.
  • Valladolid have only won one of their last seven league games (D3).
  • Sevilla have the second-worst away record in La Liga this season (eight points), and have not won away since September (3D 10L).
  • Valladolid have scored five of their last six goals against the Andalusians in La Liga before the half-time break.
  • Beto is yet to manage a clean sheet in 12 games for Sevilla in all competitions (10 league, two cup).
  • Real Valladolid were shown six yellow cards in their return fixture against Sevilla; the joint-most they have been shown in one game this season.
  • Jesus Navas (213) and Antonio Rukavina (143) have made the most open play crosses in La Liga this term.
  • Real Valladolid have scored a league-high three own goals this term.
  • Unai Emery has faced Valladolid six times as a La Liga coach and has never drawn (W4 L2).

Real Sociedad v Valencia

  • Real Sociedad have won three successive league games against Valencia; they have not won four in a row against them since 1991/92.
  • Los Che have, however, won three of their last four trips to the Anoeta in La Liga, losing only their latest trip there (0-1 last season).
  • Real Sociedad have not won two successive home meetings with Valencia in the top-flight since they abandoned their former stadium Atocha (three between 1990/91 and 1992/93).
  • The Basque side have only lost one of their last 22 league games (W12 D9) and that was in the Bernabeu against Real Madrid (4-3 in January).
  • Valencia are winless in four away league games, though they have drawn three of those.
  • Roberto Soldado has scored four goals against Real Sociedad in La Liga since he moved to Valencia, but all four have come at the Mestalla.
  • Valencia and Real Sociedad have both won exactly 35 points since Ernesto Valverde took over at the Mestalla.
  • Valencia have won a league-high eight points thanks to goals netted after the 89th minute this season.

Real Betis v Deportivo La Coruna

  • Betis have only won one of their last 10 home games against Deportivo in La Liga (D3 L6), failing to score in eight of these games.
  • The Green-and-Whites have remained unbeaten in seven home league games (W3 D4), their best run on home soil since their most recent promotion.
  • Deportivo are unbeaten in five league games (W4 D1), they have not gone unbeaten in six in La Liga since 2009.
  • If they win in Seville, Depor will have won three successive top-flight away games for the first time since 2006 under Joaquin Caparros.
  • The Blue-and-Whites have conceded a joint-high 64 league goals this season, and have also conceded the most first-half goals (35) and the most headed goals (15).
  • Real Betis are the only La Liga team yet to have lost a point following a goal scored in the final 10 minutes this term, while Deportivo are the only team yet to win one in this period.
  • Excluding the own goal by Inigo Lopez, Ruben Castro (seven goals, four assists), Dorlan Pabon (five goals, two assists) and Jorge Molina (four goals) have participated in 19 of Real Betis's last 20 league goals.
  • Deportivo have lost a league-high 23 points from winning positions this season.

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