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Eden Jon 9th May 2013 - 12:29

Opta Facts La Liga 2012-13 - Matchday 35


Levante v Real Zaragoza

  • Levante have only won two of their 15 top-flight meetings with Zaragoza (D6 L7).
  • The sides have shared the spoils in four of their seven meetings in Valencia in La Liga, with the last three all ending 0-0.
  • Only against Barcelona (6%) and Real Madrid (12%) do Levante have a worse win rate in La Liga than against Zaragoza (13% - minimum five games played).
  • Levante have won just eight points since the start of February - a La Liga-low.
  • Zaragoza have won two successive league games for the first time in the year 2013.
  • Levante have lost their last two league games at the Ciutat de Valencia. They have not lost three in a row there since their promotion in 2010.
  • Zaragoza's last victory at Levante's ground in La Liga saw them escape relegation on the final day of the 2010/11 campaign (2-1 win).
  • Only Falcao (8) has scored more penalty goals than Apono in La Liga this season (7).
  • Levante have scored just two goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season, a league-low.
  • Zaragoza have scored the highest percentage of set piece goals in the league this term (60%).


Athletic Bilbao v Mallorca

  • Athletic have won two successive league games against Mallorca, they have not won three in a row against them since 2004.
  • The Lions have won six of their last nine league clashes with the Islanders in the Cathedral (D1 L2).
  • If they win this game, Mallorca will have lost more games at the San Mames than any other away side this century (currently seven).
  • The Red-and-Whites are winless in five league games; they have never gone six in a row without a victory in a single season under Marcelo Bielsa.
  • Bottom of the table Mallorca have 29 points from 34 games; the last team to have this exact record (Rayo Vallecano in 2002/03) were relegated.
  • The Balearic side have conceded a goal in more games than any other team this season (31 of 34).
  • The last seven goals scored by Athletic Bilbao in La Liga have come courtesy of seven different players.
  • Of Spanish players in La Liga this season, only Iago Aspas (50%) has directly participated in a higher portion of his team's goals than Aduriz (49%).
  • Mallorca have lost a league-high 16 points from winning positions on the road this season.


Valladolid v Deportivo La Coruna

  • Valladolid have won five of their last eight home La Liga meetings with Deportivo (D2 L1).
  • The Galician side have lost two successive games at the Zorrilla in La Liga without scoring a single goal; Riki was the last Depor player to net there in a 2-2 draw in 2007/08.
  • Real Valladolid have scored more goals against Deportivo than any other side in the top-flight this century (26).
  • Valladolid have only won one of their last six home league games (D3 L2).
  • Deportivo are unbeaten in seven league games (W4 D3), their best run since 2006/07 (eight).
  • Miroslav Djukic's side have lost the most points having scored the first goal of all teams in La Liga this season (24).
  • Deportivo have drawn three successive league games; they have not drawn four in a row since November 1998.
  • Javi Guerra has scored six goals already in the second round of the season; he only netted one before the Christmas break.
  • Deportivo are the only team in La Liga this season who are yet to win a point with a goal scored in the final five minutes of a game.


Osasuna v Getafe

  • Osasuna have drawn five of their last six league meetings with Getafe (1L).
  • Indeed, the Reds have not beaten the Blues at the Reyno de Navarra since 2008; incidentally the last time they scored five goals in a single league game (5-2).
  • The last three clashes between these sides in La Liga in Pamplona have all ended goalless.
  • Osasuna are winless in five league games (D2 L3); they have never gone six in a row without a win under Jose Luis Mendilibar.
  • The Reds have gone four successive home league games without scoring; they have never gone five in a row in their top-flight history.
  • Only the already relegated Greuther Furth (nine) have scored fewer home goals than Osasuna (12) across Europe's top five leagues this season.
  • Since the three point for a win rule was introduced, the five teams to have logged exactly 33 points after 34 games, as Osasuna do now, have all been relegated.
  • Osasuna are the only team yet to claim a single point from behind on home soil this term.


Espanyol v Real Madrid

  • After the draw at the Bernabeu earlier in the season, Espanyol could achieve consecutive games against Real Madrid without defeat for the first time since 1998.
  • Real Madrid have won their last four visits to Espanyol, however, their best ever run against the Pericos.
  • Espanyol have not beaten Real Madrid in La Liga since October 2007, with that victory coming at the Olympic Stadium in Monjuic (2-1).
  • Espanyol have lost their last two league games without scoring; their worst run with Javier Aguirre at the helm.
  • Real Madrid have won four of their six away league games with Diego Lopez in goal, only losing the first one (1-0 at Granada with an own goal by Ronaldo).
  • Gonzalo Higuain has scored nine league goals against Espanyol (same as v Valencia); against no side has he netted more.
  • Sergio Garcia has participated in seven of Espanyol's last eight home goals (four goals, three assists).
  • Javier Aguirre has never won a home league game against Real Madrid in eight attempts (D2 L6).
  • Espanyol have only recouped three points having conceded the first goal this season, a league-low alongside Rayo and Real Betis.
  • Real Madrid, on the other hand, have recouped a league-high 24 points from losing positions this season.


Rayo Vallecano v Valencia

  • After their victory in the Mestalla this season, Rayo have the opportunity to win successive top-flight games against Valencia for the first time in their history.
  • Los Che have won their last two trips to Vallecas in La Liga, they have never won three in a row there.
  • Rayo are winless in three successive home league games (D1 L2), they have not gone four in a row without a win since their return to the Primera in 2011.
  • After winning their first four away games under Ernesto Valverde, Valencia have gone five without a win on the road (D3 L2).
  • Paco Jemez's side have won just two of their eight league games without Leo Baptistao in the starting eleven this season (D1 L5).
  • With his goal last week, Roberto Soldado reached 19 league goals for the season - his best ever return in a La Liga campaign.
  • Rayo have scored a league-high 30% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season.
  • Valencia have scored a league-high 16 headed goals this season, while Rayo have netted a joint-low of just five this way.
  • Real Betis have won four of their last five home meetings with Celta Vigo in La Liga (1L).
  • The Green-and-Whites have the opportunity to do the double over a team for the first time this season in this game, having won at the Balaidos in the reverse fixture.
  • Abel Resino has won both of his two previous visits to Real Betis as a La Liga manager, with his side scoring twice on each occasion (2-0 with Atleti, 2-1 with Granada).
  • Pepe Mel's side are without a win in three league games in Villamarin but are unbeaten in eight (W3 D5) at home.
  • Colombian Dorlan Pabon has scored more goals this season than any other winter signing in La Liga (six).
  • Celta Vigo have lost a league-high 13 games by the odd goal this season.
  • Betis are the only team who are yet to lose a point following a goal conceded in the final five minutes in this campaign.
  • The Galician side have only scored two or more goals in one away game all season, and they lost that game 2-3 at Rayo Vallecano.


Atletico Madrid v Barcelona

  • Atletico Madrid have lost five successive league games against Barcelona; they worst ever run against them.
  • Barcelona won 6-0 in the Calderon in 2007, the biggest ever home defeat suffered by Atletico in their La Liga history.
  • In no away ground over the last 10 seasons have Barcelona lost more games than at the Calderon (four).
  • Atletico need to win both of their last two home league games this season to equal their top-flight record for most home wins in a single campaign (16 in 1991/92).
  • Barcelona will be crowned champions of La Liga if they win this game, whatever Real Madrid do against Espanyol in this gameweek.
  • With a goal in this game, Falcao would join Gonzalo Castro as the only two players to have scored in two league games v Barcelona this season.
  • Atletico Madrid have been on the end of more La Liga goals from Leo Messi than any other team in the competition (17).
  • Diego Simeone's side have scored the second highest portion of set piece goals this season (50%); Tito Vilanova's side have scored the lowest portion (14%).
  • Barcelona are the top scorers in Europe's top five leagues this season (105) while Atletico have the joint-fourth best defensive record (28 goals conceded).
  • Falcao has scored 44% of Atletico's league goals this season, a joint-high with Messi.
  • Alexis Sanchez has participated in nine of Barcelona's 15 league goals since April (four goals, five assists).


Malaga v Sevilla

  • Malaga have only won one of their last five home league meetings with Sevilla (1D 3L), though this was the last one they played (2-1 in 2012).
  • Manuel Pellegrini's side have already won both of their previous two home derbies this season by a 4-0 scoreline (v Betis and Granada).
  • Since Sevilla's last away win (v Depor in September), every other team in the top five European leagues has won at least one away game.
  • Unai Emery's side have not kept a single clean sheet in 14 away league games since that win in A Coruna.
  • Malaga have conceded just five goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season, a league-low shared with Real Madrid.
  • Malaga are the only team in La Liga yet to lose a game having scored the first goal this season.
  • If Alvaro Negredo scores in this match, he will equal his record for successive games scored in this season (three).
  • Sevilla have scored a league-low of just 13% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season.
  • Only Mesut Ozil (85) has created more chances than Ivan Rakitic (83) in La Liga this season, while Joaquin (79) has been the most creative Spaniard.


Real Sociedad v Granada

  • Real Sociedad have won 12 of their 15 home meetings with Granada in La Primera (D2 L1).
  • The Red-and-Whites have only scored in one of their last five trips to San Sebastian in La Liga, but that did earn them their only ever win there (2-0 in 1973/74).
  • Sociedad have won three straight league games at the Anoeta; they have not won four in a row there in a single season since March 2012.
  • Granada have won two successive league games; they have not won three in a row since promotion to the top-flight.
  • Imanol Agirretxe has participated in six of the last nine goals logged by Real Sociedad in the league (four goals, two assists).
  • Excluding penalties, Odion Ighalo is Granada's top scorer since they won promotion to La Liga in 2011 (11 goals).
  • Real have won 39% of their top-flight games under Philippe Montanier, a very similar record to that of his compatriot Raynald Denoueix (43%).
  • Granada have won nine games already this season, exactly the same number relegated Villarreal managed in the whole of last term.
  • Only Barcelona (27%) and Real Madrid (17.4%) have better shot conversion rates than Real Sociedad (16.9%) this season.



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