Opta Facts La Liga - Matchday 11
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La Liga 2011-12
Atlético de Madrid - Real Zaragoza
Atlético have only lost one of their last six league meetings with Zaragoza (four wins, one draw).
The rojiblancos have won their last three at home to Zaragoza in the league.
The maños have won on just three of their last 21 visits to the Vicente Calderón in the top flight (six draws, 12 defeats).
Both meetings between the sides last season ended 1-0 to Atlético.
Since 2003/04, only four players have had more shots on target in LigaBBVA than Zaragoza's Luis García (264): Villa, Forlán, Eto'o and Messi.
Real Zaragoza have won only one of their last six league games (three defeats).
Zaragoza are one of the three teams to have shipped the most goals in La Liga this season (17).
Atlético are currently unbeaten in six league games at home, their best run since October 2009.
Only Barcelona have conceded fewer goals at home in the league this season than the colchoneros (1).
Barcelona v Mallorca
Mallorca have scored on each of their last four visits to the Camp Nou in Primera, the only current side in Primera to be on such a run (Getafe, three).
It is seven years since a side managed to score in their fifth consecutive trip to Barcelona's ground in the top flight (Real Zaragoza, Sep 2004).
Mallorca have won three times at the Camp Nou since 2000 in the league, the joint-most of any side (along with Depor).
Barcelona have scored in their last 18 league meetings with the islanders.
The last time Messi, Villa and Pedro all scored in the same match in the league was at Mallorca in February.
All 10 of Lionel Messi's league goals this season have come at the Camp Nou.
Last time out Barcelona scored their first goal of the season that wasn't from open play or from inside the box (Xavi direct free kick).
In this match Barcelona could keep a ninth consecutive clean sheet at home in the league for only the second time in their history (last time was in 1986).
Mallorca have won only one of their last 17 away games in the league since the start of last November.
The islanders' last clean sheet on the road in the league came in March 2010, a run of 27 games.
Málaga v Espanyol
Five of the six goals in the last three clashes between Málaga and Espanyol have come in the first half.
Carlos Delgado Ferreiro was the referee in this exact fixture last season: it ended in a 2-0 home win for the boquerones.
Just one of the 20 meetings between Málaga CF and Espanyol in Primera have ended in a draw (11 Málaga wins, eight for Espanyol).
The boquerones have won their last three games at home to Espanyol in the top flight, and five of their last six.
Málaga have scored at least twice in seven of their last eight games at home to the Catalonians in the league.
Málaga have won six of their last eight home league games, losing only to Barcelona and Real Madrid.
After taking just one point from 11 league games away from home, Espanyol have since won their last two on the road (1-0 in each).
Espanyol have not won three consecutive away matches in Primera since March 1962, and have only achieved this twice before in their history.
Osasuna v Levante
Levante have never failed to score against Osasuna in the top flight.
Osasuna are unbeaten in their last three games at home to Levante in Primera (two wins, one draw).
However the rojillos have never been ahead at home to Levante at half time in Primera.
Osasuna have lost only one of their last eight league matches with Eduardo Iturralde González as referee (three wins, four draws).
Osasuna are unbeaten in their last seven league games at home, winning five.
Levante are on a run of six games unbeaten on the road in the league, winning their last three and conceding only two goals in this run.
Levante's starting XI this season has been on average 31 years and 3 months old, the oldest in Europe's top five leagues this season (Fulham 30 years, five months).
Villarreal were the last side to win eight consecutive league games in the Spanish top flight (2006/07), a run Levante could equal in this match.
Racing Santander v Real Betis
Betis have won 22 of their 56 meetings with Racing in the top flight, drawing 21 and losing 13.
Racing have only won one of their last eight league games at home to Betis.
Pepe Mel's side have scored on seven of their last eight visits to Racing in Primera.
The montañeses are the only LigaBBVA side yet to win this season.
Héctor Cúper's men have failed to score in three of their four games at home in the league this season.
Just one of Racing's six league goals this season has come at home.
Racing have picked up the fewest points at home in LigaBBVA this season (three).
Racing have averaged just 32% possession in games in La Liga this season, lower than any other side.
Real Sociedad v Real Madrid
Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last eight league meetings with Erreala, winning six.
Madrid have lost on only one of their last 11 visits to play teams in the Basque Country in the league (1-0 at Athletic Bilbao in Jan 2010), winning nine.
The merengues have scored exactly twice on each of their last four league visits to Real Sociedad.
The last time Undiano Mallenco was referee for this match, the game ended 2-2 at Anoeta (November 2005), with each side having a player sent off.
Real Sociedad have lost only one of their last eight league games at home, but have won only one of the last five.
Real Madrid have kept three consecutive clean sheets on the road in the league for the first time since February 2009.
The merengues' last two away games have ended with the same scoreline: 4-0.
So far this season, Real Madrid have either scored at least three goals (seven times) or failed to score (twice) in their league matches.
Ángel di María has made the most assists in LigaBBVA this season (seven).
Real Madrid have won the last 67 league games in which they have taken the lead (since 1-2 vs Osasuna in May 2009).
Sevilla v Granada
Sevilla have the historical advantage over Granada, with 13 wins to their opponents' seven in this fixture in Primera (six draws).
Granada have never won at Sevilla in Primera, racking up 11 defeats and only two draws in 13 visits.
Granada have failed to score in eight of their 13 visits in Primera to Nervión.
Marcelino's men are, along with Levante and Barça, one of the only unbeaten sides left in Primera this season.
Against Racing last time out, Sevilla dropped points at home for the first time this season (four wins previously).
Sevilla have drawn the joint-most matches in LigaBBVA this season (five).
Granada have lost all their away matches in the league this season, failing to score in all four.
Granada have failed to score in their last four league games and have bagged just two goals all season.
Granada however won the only game in which they managed to take the lead in the league this season.
Sevilla have lost only one of their last 14 league matches against other sides from Andalucía (1-3 vs Almería in Dec 2010).
Only once before has a side scored just two goals in their opening 10 league games in Primera: Espanyol in 1970/71.
Sporting de Gijón v Athletic de Bilbao
Sporting are without a win in their last 13 matches at home to Basque sides in the league, since a 3-2 win over Real Sociedad in December 1993.
Athletic are unbeaten in nine straight league visits to Sporting since 1991, but have drawn the last three.
The Basque side have scored in all but one of their last 14 league visits to El Molinón.
Fernando Llorente scored in both games against Sporting last season.
Only Racing (three) have picked up fewer points at home in the league this season than Sporting (four).
Athletic have not kept a clean sheet on the road in the league since January (13 games).
After going eight league games without a win, Sporting Gijón have now won their last two in a row.
Sporting have conceded the most headed goals in the league this season (six).
Valencia v Getafe
Valencia have won their last three against Getafe in the league.
In the last meeting between Valencia and Getafe, Roberto Soldado scored four goals against his former club (4-2 at Getafe in April).
Getafe have never won at Valencia in Primera, losing six and drawing just one of their seven visits.
The azulones have never scored a first-half goal at the Mestalla in Primera.
Valencia are unbeaten in their last seven at home in La Liga.
Roberto Soldado has scored 10 goals in Valencia's last nine matches at home in the league.
Getafe are without a win in 15 league games on the road in 2011 (five draws).
15 games without a win on the road is the longest current run by any side in Primera.
Valencia have failed to score more than once in five successive league games for the first time since March 2009.
Daniel Güiza has scored three goals in his last three league appearances against Valencia.
Villarreal v Rayo Vallecano
Villarreal have only lost one of their six top-flight meetings with Rayo Vallecano.
Both sides have scored in all but one of the six meetings between Rayo and Villarreal in Primera (0-1 at Vallecas in 00/01).
Rayo's only win over Villarreal in Primera stands as their highest-scoring match ever away from home in the top flight: 1-5 in 2000/01.
Since 03/04, only Villa (31) has scored more penalties in LigaBBVA than Tamudo (22, level with Ronaldinho).
Koke's goal in Heliópolis was the first time Rayo had scored with a penalty in the league this season, after missing their first two.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo (59) and Messi (50) have had more shots in Primera this season than Giuseppe Rossi (42).
Cani has been substituted off on the joint-most occasions in LigaBBVA this season (seven).
Villarreal have the same number of points after nine games this season (7) as they did in 98/99 when they were relegated.
Rayo have won their last two league games 2-0.