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Antony Heath 1st Nov 2012 - 15:49

Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 10


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La Liga 2012-13

Matchday 10



Malaga v Rayo Vallecano

Malaga have only won four of their previous 14 top-flight meetings with Rayo (2D 8L).

At home, however, the side from Andalusia are unbeaten in six top-flight meetings with Rayo, winning four and drawing two.

Rayo Vallecano have scored exactly two goals in each of their last three league meetings with Malaga (2W 1L).

Of all teams Rayo have faced more than three times in the Primera Liga, they have the best win percentage against Malaga (57.1%).

Pellegrini's side are unbeaten in eight league games at La Romareda and haven't lost on home soil since March (0-2 v Real Betis).

Paco Jemez's side, on the other hand, have lost five of their last six league games (1W).

Malaga have conceded the fewest goals in La Liga this season (five), while Rayo have conceded the most away from home (14).

Leo Baptistao has scored four goals from just five shots on target on the road in the league this term.

Only Iago Aspas (26) has created more chances than Joaquin (24 - same as Ivan Rakitic) in La Liga this season.

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Barcelona v Celta Vigo

Barcelona have won their last four league meetings with Celta, they haven't won five in a row against them since January 1993.

The Vigans have drawn five of their last eight league games at the Nou Camp, however, losing the other three.

Celta's only victory away at Barcelona in La Liga (2-0 in 1941/42) was also the only time that they have prevented the Catalans from scoring on their own patch in 46 previous league meetings.

Barcelona have won eight of their nine league games this season. With victory here, Tito Vilanova would become the first Barcelona manager ever to start a season with nine wins from the opening 10 games.

Celta Vigo have lost all four away games in La Liga so far this season, conceding exactly twice in each one.

Vilanova's side have gained more points from losing positions than any other in La Liga this campaign (seven).

Only Hemed (70%) has directly participated in a higher portion of his side's goals than Leo Messi (59%) in La Liga this term.

At least one of Messi and Fabregas has participated in 13 of Barcelona's last 15 league goals.

David Villa has scored more goals off the subs bench than any other player in La Liga this season (three).

Cesc Fabregas has made seven assists in La Liga this season - no player across Europe's top five leagues has made more.

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Real Madrid v Real Zaragoza

Real Madrid have won five of their last six league meetings with Zaragoza (1L).

Zaragoza are one of only three teams to have beaten Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in La Liga in Jose Mourinho's time at the club (3-2 in 10/11).

Real Madrid have won six of their last seven home league clashes with Zaragoza, losing the other.

The side from Aragon have not drawn a game against Real Madrid in the capital since March 2004 (1-1).

Mourinho's side have won 13 and lost none of their last 16 home league games (3D).

Only the current top four in the table have won more games in 2012 than Zaragoza have this year (14).

After Cristiano Ronaldo (57), Helder Postiga is the top scoring Portuguese player in any of the top five leagues over the last two seasons (13).

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in his last five league games (nine goals); his best run is seven (last season).

Only Mesut Ozil (16) has assisted more league goals for Ronaldo than Gonzalo Higuaín (eight) during his time at Real Madrid.

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Valencia v Atletico Madrid

Valencia have only won two of their last seven league meetings with Atletico Madrid (3D 2L).

Four of Valencia's last five home wins against Atletico have seen Los Che score exactly three goals.

Atletico are without a win in nine league trips to the Mestalla; their last win their came back in March 2003 (1-0).

Valencia have only taken 11 points from their opening nine games this season, their worst start in 12 seasons.

Atletico, on the other hand, have won eight of their nine games this season, they have never won nine of their opening 10 top-flight games.

David Villa (32) is the only Spanish player to have scored more home goals over the past three La Liga seasons than Roberto Soldado (31).

Falcao scored his first ever free kick goal with his first ever attempt in Atletico's last away game at Real Sociedad.

All three of Tino Costa's assists in the league this season have been converted by headers.

Simeone's side have netted exactly the same number of first and second half goals this season (11).

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Real Sociedad v Espanyol

Real Sociedad have only won one of their last 10 league meetings with Espanyol (4D 5L).

The side from North Spain have kept two successive clean sheets on home soil against Espanyol (1W 1D), they haven't kept three in a row against them since 1975.

Real Sociedad have won more home games against Espanyol (4) than any other side in their top-flight history.

Montanier's side have won 10 home league games in 2012 so far, only the current top four have won more.

Espanyol have gone three games unbeaten in the league (1W 2D), their best run without a defeat since March.

Real Sociedad are the only team that still haven't scored in the final 15 minutes this season.

Either Carlos Vela or Antoine Griezmann have participated in 70% of Real Sociedad's league goals this campaign.

Sergio Garcia has scored two away goals for Espanyol since the start of last season. No player has netted more for the Pericos in this period.

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Deportivo v Mallorca

Deportivo have only won two of their last eight league meetings with Mallorca (4D 2L).

The Islanders have failed to win any of their last six trips to the Riazor in La Liga (3D 3L), with their last victory at Depor in the league coming back in May 2005.

Nine of Deportivo's 10 top-flight victories over Mallorca have come via the odd goal.

Deportivo are without a win in eight league games (4D 4L), their worst top-flight run since October 2010 (nine).

Mallorca have lost their last four league games; they haven't lost five in a row since a run of seven straight defeats in 1991/92.

Pizzi has created more chances than any other Portuguese player in any of Europe's top five leagues this season (17).

Deportivo have lost seven points from winning positions this year, only Espanyol have lost more (10).

Victor Casadesus has created more chances/game from open play than any other player on average in La Liga this season (2.2).

Alex Bergantinos has fired in a joint-high of six shots in La Liga this season without missing the target (same as David Villa).

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Osasuna v Valladolid

Osasuna and Valladolid have drawn eight of their last 10 encounters in La Liga.

The last victory by the home side in this fixture dates all the way back to April 2002 (1-0 in the Zorilla).

The last five clashes between these sides in Pamplona have all ended level, with three of the five finishing 1-1.

The Rojillos haven't beaten Valladolid on home soil in the top-flight since December 2001.

Valladolid have lost their last three away league games, they haven't lost four or more in a row since May 2009.

Osasuna are the only team in La Liga yet to net a goal in the opening 15 minutes of a game this campaign.

Of the players to have scored four or more league goals this season, Oscar has converted the highest percentage of his shots on target (83%).

Osasuna have lost a joint-league-high five points from winning positions on home soil already this season (with Espanyol).

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Granada v Athletic

Granada have only won two of their last nine clashes with Athletic Bilbao in La Liga (4D 3L).

Six of the last eight clashes between the sides in Granada have, however, ended level.

Athletic have netted exactly three times in all four of their away wins against Granada in the top-flight.

Granada haven't lost two straight top-flight games at Los Carmenes in the same season since they were last relegated to the second tier (1975/76).

Bielsa's side have lost five of their last six away league games (1D) and haven't won away from San Mames since April (1-0 at Racing Santander).

Over the last three seasons, Fernando Llorente (25) and Aduriz (13) have scored more headed goals than any other Spaniards in La Liga.

El-Arabi has directly contributed to each of Granada's last four league goals (three goals, one assist).

Gorka Iraizoz has made a save more frequently than any other 'keeper in La Liga this season (every 16.4 minutes), while Tono is second in this list (18.4).

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Sevilla v Levante

Sevilla have gone two consecutive clashes against Levante without a win (1D 1L) for the first time in their top-flight history.

Sevilla have beaten Levante in six of their seven home clashes with them in La Liga.

The Andalusian side have netted exactly four goals in four of their last six victories against Levante in the Primera.

Michel's side have lost three of their last four league games, conceding at least twice in all four of those games (nine in total).

Levante have won their last three league games, they haven't won four in a row since their best ever top-flight run of seven straight wins last season.

Alvaro Negredo is the Spanish player to have won most points for his side with is goals in La Liga this season (six).

Only Barcelona (41.43%) have converted a higher percentage of their shots on target into goals in La Liga than Levante this term (41.38%).

Jesus Navas has had more shots without scoring (including blocked) than any other La Liga player this season (22).

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Getafe v Betis

Getafe have only won one of their last six clashes with Betis (4D 1L).

Betis have only ever won once at the Coliseum in La Liga (2-0 in 2004/05, the season they finished in the Champions League spots).

Betis have won eight previous La Liga games on a Monday, the fifth most of all teams together with Sevilla.

Getafe have lost four of their last seven home league games (2W 1D).

Betis have taken 16 points from their opening nine games this season, their best start in any of the last nine seasons.

Pedro Leon has completed more crosses than any other La Liga player this season (22).

Three of Benat's four assists this season have been converted by headers. Only Cesc Fabregas (seven) has set up more goals than the midfielder.

Since the start of last season, only Messi (12) and Ronaldo (10) have hit the woodwork more times than Ruben Castro (seven) in La Liga.

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