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Rich 16th Oct 2012 - 11:16

Opta Facts: La Liga 2012-13 Matchday 8

Espanyol v Rayo Vallecano

  • Espanyol have won four successive games against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga, their best ever run against a side from Madrid in the top-flight.
  • Rayo have never won at Espanyol in La Liga in 11 visits (3D 8L), only at Valencia have they played more top-flight games without winning (13).
  • Espanyol have only taken two points from their opening seven games this season, equalling their worst ever start to a top-flight campaign (2003/04).
  • Five of the last seven teams to take exactly two points from their opening eight league games have been relegated that season, though Espanyol were one of the two to survive (03/04).
  • Three of Rayo's last four away wins in the league have come via the same scoreline - 2-1.
  • Espanyol have lost more games after having scored the first goal than any other team in the division this campaign (two).
  • Paco Jemez's side have conceded five penalties already this term, a joint-high with Parma across Europe's top five leagues.

Malaga v Valladolid

  • Six of the last seven draws between these sides in La Liga have ended goalless.
  • Malaga have only beaten Valladolid in three of their last nine home clashes with them (D3 L3).
  • Valladolid's four victories at Malaga in the top-flight have all been by the odd goal.
  • Malaga have gone seven straight home games in the league without defeat (5W D2) and haven't lost at La Rosaleda since March (0-2 v Betis).
  • Oscar has participated in 54.5% of Valladolid's goals this season (four goals, two assists).
  • Angel Di Maria (seven) is the only player to have created more big chances than German player Ebert in La Liga this season (five).
  • Oscar has scored four goals from just four shots on target in La Liga this term.
  • The Southern side have conceded just four goals from seven games this season, the lowest figure in the league.

Real Sociedad v Atletico Madrid

  • Real Sociedad have only won one of their last seven league games against Atletico (2D 4L).
  • The Red-and-Whites have won their last two away games against Sociedad in the top-flight; only once before have they won three straight games there (84/85 - 86/87).
  • Real Sociedad have beaten Atletico Madrid 10 times at the Anoeta since the stadium opened in 1993/94; against no team have they won more (also beaten Racing 10 times).
  • Real Sociedad have won their last five home league games, they haven't won six in a row since 1997/98.
  • Atletico Madrid have won their last six league games, they haven't won seven in a row since 1991/92.
  • Falcao has netted in his last five league appearances, he has never scored in a six in a row since joining La Liga.
  • The Colombian scored his first and so far only away league hat-trick at Real Sociedad last season.
  • Atletico have scored more first-half goals (nine) than any other La Liga side this term.

Osasuna v Real Betis

  • Osasuna and Betis have only drawn one of their previous 24 La Liga clashes in Navarra (0-0 in December 1982).
  • In their last five clashes with Osasuna in La Liga, Betis have only lost once (3W 1D), though that was at the Reyno de Navarra last season.
  • Mendilibar's side have only won one of their seven league games this term, though that was their last home game (4-0 v Levante).
  • On the last occasion that Osasuna had managed just four points from seven league games, they were relegated to the second division (1993/94).
  • Ruben Castro scored in both meetings with Betis last season (two goals in total).
  • Jose Luis Mendilibar has only won one of his six league duels with Real Betis (3D 2L).
  • The side from Navarra have conceded five goals in the final 15 minutes of league games this season, a league-high with Espanyol and Granada.
  • Alvaro Cejudo and Lass are the two players to have hit the most shots this season without scoring a goal (18 each).

Valencia v Athletic

  • Valencia have beaten Athletic in six of their last seven clashes with them (1D).
  • Los Ches have only won three of their last eight home meetings with the Basque side, however, drawing four and losing one.
  • The last time Valencia had eight points or fewer after seven games was in 1999/00, a season they finished third in the league.
  • Valencia are unbeaten in eight league games at the Mestalla (6W 2D).
  • Athletic have only won two league games away from San Mames in 2012, and both have come by the odd goal (3-2 at Rayo and 1-0 at Racing).
  • Soldado has now failed to score in his last five league games; his worst run at Valencia without a goal is eight games.
  • With his four goals already this term, Aduriz has now scored more goals for Athletic than for any other club in his La Liga Career (26, Mallorca 23 and Valencia 17).

Getafe v Levante

  • Getafe have never lost against Levante at El Coliseum in their five previous top-flight encounters (3W 2D).
  • Getafe have won their last two league games, their best run since four straight victories in December 2010.
  • Levante have failed to win any of their last eight away league games (2D 6L), with their last victory on the road coming back in March (3-1 at Real Sociedad).
  • Abdel Barrada and Diego Castro have participated in 87.5% of Getafe's goals this season in the league (seven of eight).
  • Of all players to have managed at least two goals in La Liga this term, Obafemi Martins has touched the ball the fewest times (73).
  • Luis Garcia's side are the only team in the Spanish top-flight yet to hit the woodwork this season.
  • Although they haven't enjoyed as a good a start as last season, this is still Levante's third best ever start to a La Liga campaign after seven games.
  • Diego Castro has netted all 11 penalties he has taken in La Liga so far.
  • JIM's side have conceded more goals from outside the area than any other team in the Spanish top-flight this season.
  • Michel has scored two goals from only three shots on target in the league this season.

Sevilla v Mallorca

  • Sevilla have lost their last two league games. On the last occasion that they lost three in a row, they sacked their manager (January-February 2012).
  • The Islanders have also lost their last two games. If they lose in Sevilla, Joaquin Caparros will have lost three successive league games with Mallorca for the first time.
  • Sevilla have found the net in each of their last 11 home league clashes with Mallorca. The last occasion they failed to net was in the season they were last relegated to the second tier.
  • Negredo has scored 50% of Sevilla's league goals this season (four of eight).
  • Mallorca are the only La Liga team for whom all of their league goals this term have come from strikers.
  • Joaquin Caparros has won three and lost eight of his 14 clashes with former club Sevilla in the top-flight, and has only won once at the Bombonera (2-0 with Deportivo in 2005/06).
  • The Andalusians have only won one of their last eight league games without Medel, losing five and drawing two.
  • Mallorca have faced more shots than any other team in La Liga this season (122).

Granada v Zaragoza

  • Granada have won their last two league games; they haven't won three in a row in La Liga since January 1974.
  • Zaragoza have lost four of their last five league games (1W) and haven't drawn any of their last 18.
  • Manolo Jimenez's side have failed to score in any of their last seven league defeats.
  • Zaragoza have failed to score in seven of their eight last trips to the home of Granada; the one occasion they did was when they recorded their only victory in this run.
  • Zaragoza have yet to concede a single goal in the final 15 minutes of a match this season, a joint-low with Real Madrid, while Granada have shipped a joint-high five goals in this period.
  • The Andalusians, together with Getafe, have conceded a joint-high four goals to opposition subs this campaign.
  • Helder Postiga has been caught offside more times than any other player in this competition this term.
  • Zaragoza have needed more shots to score a goal (16.6) than any other team in La Liga 2012/13.
  • Tono has made more saves than any other goalkeeper in La Liga this season.
  • Granada (9.2%) and Zaragoza (8.1%) have the worst shot conversion rates in the Spanish top-flight this season.

Real Madrid v Celta Vigo

  • Real Madrid have beaten Celta Vigo in eight of their last 13 clashes in the league (2D 3L).
  • The Whites have only won one of their last five home clashes with Celta, however, drawing two and losing two.
  • Vigo have won their last two trips to the Bernabeu, they have never won three in a row at Real Madrid.
  • Mourinho's side are unbeaten in 15 home league games (12W 3D). Barcelona were the last side to beat them back in December 2011.
  • The Vigans have lost all three away league games this season by the same scoreline (1-2).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has netted six goals from 11 shots on target in his last three league appearances.
  • Iago Aspas has created more chances than any other La Liga player this season (25), nearly double that of the most creative Real player (Alonso and Di Maria - 13).
  • Real Madrid are, together with Zaragoza, the only team not to have conceded a goal in the final 15 minutes this season.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a goal against every team he has faced in La Liga so far (25) - of current sides, Celta Vigo are the only side he has yet to face.
  • Sergio Ramos has conceded more fouls than any other defender this season (18) but is yet to receive a single yellow card.

Deportivo v Barcelona

  • Deportivo have only won one of their last 15 league clashes with Barcelona (D4 L10).
  • The Catalan giants have won their last two away league games against Depor. The last time they won a third consecutive game at the home of the Galician side was in 1991/92, the last time Deportivo were promoted to the top-flight.
  • Barcelona have won 11 away league games in 2012, the most across Europe's top five leagues.
  • The Galicians have gone six league games without a win since they beat Osasuna on the opening day of the campaign.
  • Lionel Messi has scored four braces in just seven league games this season.
  • Oltra's side have had the fewest number of shots on home soil in La Liga this term (25).
  • Only Real Betis (28.6%) have converted a higher proportion of their chances away from home than Barcelona (26.5%) this season.
  • Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have had more shots from direct free kicks than any other players this campaign (seven).
  • David Villa has netted a goal every 36 minutes in the league this season, the third best rate among all players to have found the net in La Liga.




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