Opta Facts La Liga 2013/14 Matchday 9
Real Madrid have won 10 and lost none of their 12 home league meetings with Malaga (D2) since the Andalusian side were reformed.
Jose Mourinho, the most recent Real manager before Carlo Ancelotti, registered his biggest league win with the Whites against Malaga (7-0 in 10/11).
Malaga have never beaten Real Madrid in the Spanish capital, neither in the current denomination nor as the now-defunct CD Malaga (D6 L26).
Real Madrid have gone 11 home league games without a clean sheet; their worst run since 1998/99-1999/00 (14).
The Andalusian side are without a win in nine away league games (D3 L6), their worst run since January 2010 (12).
Karim Benzema has scored in four of Real Madrid's last five meetings with Malaga in La Liga (five goals).
Indeed, Benzema has scored more league goals against Malaga (five) than any other side in either La Liga or Ligue 1.
Bern Schuster has only won one of his six meetings with his former side as a La Liga manager (D2 L3).
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 11 league goals against Malaga, including two hat-tricks.
Roque Santa Cruz has scored more La Liga goals against Real Madrid than any other side (three goals in four games, with all three being scored for Malaga).
There has not been a league draw between these sides since the 3-3 draw at the Mestalla on the final game of the 2006/07 season that saw Real Sociedad relegated to the second division.
If they win in Valencia, Real Sociedad will have recorded their best ever run of top-flight victories against Los Che, having won their last four going into this game.
The Basque side recorded their heaviest ever La Liga victory at the Mestalla last season, winning 5-2.
Imanol Agirretxe scored in both meetings with Valencia in La Liga last season, netting three goals in total.
Valencia are unbeaten in four league games (W3 D1), scoring exactly once in each of the last three.
Real Sociedad, on the other hand, are without a win in seven (D4 L3), their worst top-flight run since November 2011 (eight).
Arrasate's side have scored just one goal in the first-half all season, a league-low, and that was their first of the campaign (Vela against Getafe).
Real Sociedad have scored four own goals against Valencia since January 2003; more than against any other side in this period.
Jonas has scored four of Valencia's last six league goals and is the only player currently playing for Los Che who has scored against Real Sociedad in La Liga (two goals).
Osasuna have only won one of their last seven home league clashes with Barcelona (D3 L3), 3-2 in 2012.
Overall, Barcelona have scored 24 goals in their last seven meetings with the Reds; an average of 3.4 per game.
Osasuna will be hoping to become the first team to prevent a Barcelona victory all season; the Catalans have won all eight league games and both of their two Champions League games.
The side from Navarra suffered their joint-highest ever La Liga defeat at the hands of Barcelona in September 2011 (8-0).
Osasuna and Barcelona are two of the four La Liga teams yet to draw a game this term; indeed no side has waited longer for a draw than these two, who both last shared the spoils on gameweek 33 of last term.
Barcelona need four goals in this game to equal Real Madrid's record as the team to have scored the most goals against Osasuna in their top-flight history (currently 148 for Real Madrid).
Tata Martino's side have kept a league-high four clean sheets this season.
Barcelona have now scored in a La Liga record 64 consecutive league games; almost doubling the next best run in this category (Real Madrid's 35 between November 1951 and December 1952).
Oriol Riera has scored Osasuna's last three league goals and is now just two away from being Osasuna's top league scorer in the year 2013 (Kike Sola, five).
Messi and Pedro are the only two La Liga players to score a hat-trick on the road this term.
Espanyol have only won two of their most recent six home league meetings with Atletico (D1 L3), scoring three or more goals in each victory.
The Red-and-Whites have won all three league meetings with Espanyol (with Diego Simeone as boss), the last two both finishing 1-0.
Espanyol have not lost successive league games at Cornella-El Prat since Javier Aguirre took charge.
After winning four of his first six meetings with Atleti as Osasuna manager, Aguirre has lost his last three against his former side - two with Zaragoza, one with Espanyol.
The Red-and-Whites have won their opening eight league games of a season for the first time in their history and they (and Barcelona) are now one away from equalling Real Madrid's record nine game winning start in 1968/69.
Espanyol have the worst passing accuracy in La Liga this season; just 70.75%.
Only one of Espanyol's last eight league goals has come before half-time.
Arda Turan has scored more goals against Espanyol than any other side during his time in La Liga (three).
Diego Costa has scored Atletico Madrid's last six league goals; since their most recent promotion, no Atletico player has scored seven successive goals for them.
Granada have only lost one of their four top-flight meetings with Getafe (W2 D1) and that was their first ever La Liga meetings with them (1-0 in the Alfonso Perez).
The Blues have lost both top-flight trips to Los Carmenes without scoring a single goal (three conceded).
Granada have lost three of their four home league games this season 1-0, though they did win their most recent home game against Athletic.
Luis Garcia's side have won their last three league games; they have not won four in a row since December 2010.
Granada are without a win in nine league games played in Andalusia (D3 L6); their last victory came way back in December 2010 in Almeria.
Thanks to their recent victory over Athletic, Lucas Alcaraz has now won more La Liga games than any other Granada manager since their last promotion (eight).
Granada have had just 20 shots on target this season; a league-low.
Youssef El-Arabi has scored in both of Granada's two league victories this season (three goals).
Adrian Colunga has participated directly in four of Getafe's last five league goals (three goals, one assist).
Almeria v Rayo Vallecano
Almeria have only ever won four top-flight games against sides from the capital, though all four have come at the Juegos del Mediterraneo.
Los Franjirrojos beat Almeria 2-1 in their last meeting in the Segunda back in 2003/04, though Rayo were relegated to the Segunda B that season.
This will be the first ever top-flight meeting between Almeria and Rayo Vallecano.
Almeria have not won in the top-flight since the penultimate game of the 2010/11 season, when they beat Mallorca 3-1 at home.
Rayo have lost their last four top-flight away games, scoring just once and conceding 15.
Almeria have averaged just 41.5% possession on home soil this term; a league-low.
The Andalusian side have faced 24 shots on target on home soil this season, the most in the top-flight.
Three of the five league goals that Rodri has netted for Almeria this season have come courtesy of assists from Suso.
With his two assists this season, Trashorras has now set-up more goals than any other Rayo player since their most recent promotion (10).
Betis have won seven of their last home meetings with Elche in the top-flight (D1), averaging three goals per game over the last three.
Elche have only found the net in one of their last five visits to Betis in the top-flight, but they still lost that game (3-1 in 1989).
Elche are one of only two teams to have conceded seven in a game against Betis in the top-flight (7-1 in 1961), together with Zaragoza.
Elche have won two successive league games; they have not won three on the bounce since 1973/74 (four).
The side from Seville have only lost one of their last 14 home league games, winning seven and drawing six.
Fran Escriba's side have conceded a league-high three goals from outside the area this season.
Of the five goals Betis have scored at home this term, only one has come in the first-half and that was their first at Villamarin this season.
After eight games played, Coro is just one short of equalling his best ever top-flight goal haul (four in 2006/07 with Espanyol).
Salva Sevilla has participated in three of Real Betis' five home league goals this term (two goals, one assist).
Valladolid are unbeaten in four top-flight meetings with Sevilla (W2 D2), their last defeat coming away from home in 2009 (4-1).
Since their last promotion, Sevilla have played more games at the Jose Zorrilla without a victory than any other away ground (seven, four draws and three defeats).
JIM's side have only won one of their eight league games this season (D3 L4) but have drawn three of their last five.
Sevilla are still without an away win with Unai Emery at the helm, losing seven and drawing six of 13.
Sevilla have been shown a league-high 30 yellow cards this season.
In the last 10 top-flight meetings between Valladolid and Sevilla, seven red cards have been shown.
Patrick Ebert has set-up Real Valladolid's last four league goals, with Javi Guerra netting three of them.
With four goals apiece, Ivan Rakitic and Kevin Gameiro have scored 61% if Sevilla's league goals this season.
Cala and Reyes are the only two players currently at Sevilla who have scored against Valladolid in the Primera.
Celta Vigo have scored exactly one goal in their four meetings with Levante in the Primera but have only won one (D2 L1).
At the Balaidos, the Galcian side have never beaten Levante in the top-flight (D1 L1).
Celta are without a win in six league games (D2 L4); they have not gone seven or more without a win since 2006/07 (11), when they were last relegated to the Segunda.
Levante have only lost one of their last six away league games (W3 D2).
Orriols' side have averaged just 37.4% possession this season; a league-low figure.
Celta have conceded just 25% of their goals against in the first-half this season, a league-low proportion.
Joaquin Caparros has lost only one of his six league visits to the Balaidos as a manager, drawing two and winning three.
Baba needs just one more goal for Levante this season to equal his total goal haul in a season and a half at Sevilla (three).
Between them, Charles (three) and Nolito (two) have scored 62.5% of Celta Vigo's league goals this season.
Athletic Bilbao have only won one of their last 15 league meetings with Villarreal (D3 L11), conceding at least once in all 15 games.
The Yellow Submarine have only lost one of their last six visits to Botxo in the Primera (W4 D1).
The side from Bilbao have conceded the first goal in all three games at the new San Mames but have not lost any of them (W2 D1).
Marcelino's side have lost only one of their four away league games this term (W2 D1).
Villarreal have won a league-high 128 fouls this term, while Bilbao have committed a league-high 80.
As Bilbao manager, Ernesto Valverde has won three of his four meetings with Villarreal in La Liga (L1).
Only Barcelona (10) have had more unique goalscorers than Athletic and Villarreal this season (8).
Aduriz is the only current Athletic player who has scored on home soil for the Lions against Villarreal in La Liga, doing so back in February 2006.
Cani has assisted four of Villarreal's last five league goals.
Giovanni dos Santos has scored four goals in eight league games for Villarreal this season; he is now just two short of his record La Liga goal haul (six in 2012/13, with Mallorca).