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Lewis Constable 28th Aug 2014 - 14:55

Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 2 / August 29th-31st 2014

Getafe v Almeria
Getafe are unbeaten in five previous home meetings with Almeria in La Liga, winning two and drawing three.
All three draws between these sides at the Alfonso Perez have finished 2-2.
Francisco has now managed more top-flight games than any other Almeria manager (39), though he is still third for most wins (11, one behind Hugo Sanchez and three short of Unai Emery).
The Blues have netted at least twice in all five previous home La Liga meetings with Almeria.
Almeria have never won away from home against a side from Madrid in the Primera (D5 L11).
Getafe only won two home league games under Cosmin Contra last term, but they were both 1-0 and both came against Andalusian sides.
Angel Lafita had more shots than any other player who didn't score last weekend (six).
Fernando Soriano has now overtaken Albert Crusat (14) as the top scoring midfielder in Almeria's top-flight history (15).
Vicente Guaita faced more shots on target than any other goalkeeper on MD1 (nine).

Valencia v Malaga
Valencia have won their last five home league meetings with Malaga, their best ever run against the Andalusian side.
Nuno's side had the youngest starting eleven on the opening round of La Liga matches (an average of 24 years and 178 days).
Malaga have played 13 La Liga games at the Mestalla without winning; at no ground have they played more often without a victory (level with the Bernabeu).
Malaga have the opportunity to win their opening two La Liga games for only the second time in their history (after 2002/03).
Valencia have conceded in their last seven home league games, last keeping a clean sheet in a 5-0 demolition of Real Betis in February.
On the opening day, Malaga won a La Liga game despite receiving two red cards for the first time since 2000 against Valladolid.
Lucas Orban was the only substitute to score last weekend.
Luis Alberto last week became the first Malaga player to both miss a penalty and score in the same La Liga game since Joaquin in 2012.
Nuno faced Malaga on two occasions as a Primera goalkeeper and failed to pick up a win (D1 L1).

Athletic Club v Levante
Athletic have won six of their last seven home league meetings with Levante (L1).
Los Granotas put themselves into the history books by becoming the last team to win a La Liga game at the old San Mames (1-0 in 2013).
Jose Luis Mendilibar has lost eight of his 11 league meetings with Athletic as a manager (W2 D1).
Athletic gained a league-high 21 points from losing positions last season, with 15 of them coming on home soil.
Levante have only lost three of their last nine away league games (W2 D4).
Gorka Iraizoz became the first Athletic goalkeeper to both concede and save a penalty in the same league game since Inaki Lafuente in 2004.
Levante won the ball with 88% of their tackles last weekend; a league-high proportion.
Against no side has Aritz Aduriz scored more La Liga goals for Athletic than he has against Levante (six).
Athletic have seen a red card shown in three of their last four league meetings with Levante.


Cordoba v Celta Vigo
Cordoba have not won any of their two previous La Liga meetings with Celta Vigo (D1 L1), failing to score on both occasions.
The last three clashes between the sides outside the top tier have all ended goalless.
Cordoba beat Barcelona 1-0 in their last La Liga home game, though it came back in 1972.
Celta Vigo won more away games last term than in any previous top-flight campaign (8).
Nolito has scored 12 goals in 2014 so far, that's the same total that Iago Aspas managed in his final season with Celta (2012/13).
Celta Vigo had more shots than any other side on MD1 (20, including blocked).
Ryder Matos and Fidel were the only two Cordoba players to manage a shot on target last weekend.
Nolito and Joaquin Larrivey were the only two players to both score and assist a goal on the opening weekend of La Liga action.
Juan Carlos made six saves last weekend; a joint-high with Vicente Guaita.

Atletico Madrid v Eibar
This will be the first top-flight meeting between Atletico Madrid and Eibar.
The Red-and-Whites beat Eibar 1-0 on the last competitive meeting, back in the Segunda Division in 2002.
Atleti have lost three of their previous five La Liga debut matches against Basque sides, winning the other two.
Eibar remained unbeaten in four meetings with Madrid-based sides last season, winning two, drawing two and keeping four clean sheets.
Atletico are without a win in four league games (D3 L1); they are just one short of their longest winless run under Diego Simeone (five).
Eibar became the first La Liga side to win their first game since Almeria in 2007.
Atletico Madrid's 0-0 draw last weekend saw them become the first reigning champion to start the campaign with a stalemate since Barcelona in 2005 (0-0 v Alaves).
Mario Mandzukic scored his first Atleti goal in his first competitive home game against Real Madrid in the Supercopa.
Javi Lara became the first player to score a free kick on his La Liga debut since Betis's Fabian Monzon against Barcelona in 2008.

Espanyol v Sevilla
Espanyol are without a win in nine league games (D3 L6); their worst run since October 2012 (12).
Until this season, Sevilla had only started one La Liga campaign with a draw since their most recent promotion; that was in 2008/09 when they finished third.
Sevilla have won more games (62) and scored more goals (215) against Espanyol than against any other side in their top-flight history.
If Sevilla win this game, they will have won four consecutive games against los Pericos for the first time in the Primera.
Sevilla ended a run of 22 away league games without a win (D8 L14) with victory in this fixture; it was their third longest away drought.
Undiano Mallenco was also the referee when Sevilla won 3-2 at Espanyol on the final day of the 2010/11 season; a result which saw them finish fifth.
Against no side has Sergio Garcia netted more often in La Liga than he has against Sevilla (5). Indeed the Catalan player scored both of his team's goals against the Andalusian side last term.
Garcia participated in a higher percentage of his team's goals than any other Primera player in 2013/14 (12 goals, nine assists).
No side received more yellow cards on MD1 than Sevilla (four).
Sevilla's only win without Beto in La Liga last season came on the final day against Elche (D2 L2, both defeats coming away from home).

Villarreal v Barcelona
Villarreal have beaten Barcelona on eight different occasions in the league, that's four times as many victories as against Real Madrid (two wins).
The Catalans have won four and drawn one of their last five league games at El Madrigal, however.
Barcelona came from two goals down to win this fixture 3-2 last season, drawing level with two own goals.
Marcelino Garcia Toral has never beaten Barca as a La Liga manager (D2 L6).
Villarreal only won two of their last seven home league games last season, drawing three and losing two.
Indeed Barcelona only won three of their last seven league games on the road last term, with their most recent win coming against Villarreal.
Luis Enrique's Barcelona had a league-high 71.6% of possession on MD1.
Lionel Messi has scored seven goals in his last six league meetings with the Yellow Submarine.
Munir El Haddadi, who scored on his La Liga debut last week, is currently the youngest player to have scored in the top five European leagues this week (born 1/9/95).
Neymar scored his first La Liga brace against Villarreal at the Camp Nou last term.

Deportivo La Coruna v Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano have never won at the Riazor in La Liga, though they have drawn six of their nine visits.
Despite that, los Rayistas have only lost one of their eight trips to Galicia in La Liga from 2001 onwards (W3 D4), keeping three successive clean sheets.
50% of the 18 clashes between these sides have ended level, including the most recent one (0-0 at the Riazor in March 2013).
Rayo have only won away from home three times in 2014, with their most recent away win coming at Granada in April (3-0).
Of Deportivo's last 12 La Liga goals against Rayo, only one has been scored by a Spanish player (Juan Carlos Valeron in May 2001).
There has been a red card shown in the last four meetings between these sides at the Riazor (three for Depor, one for Rayo).
Deportivo La Coruna committed a league-high 26 fouls last weekend.
Indeed no player in Europe's top five leagues conceded more fouls than Juan Dominguez (seven) last weekend.
Roberto Trashorras, who made a league-high 3,640 touches last season, was only beaten in this category (112) by Rakitic (130) and Iniesta (126) on MD1 of this campaign.

Real Sociedad v Real Madrid
Real Sociedad have lost seven and drawn one of their eight meetings with Real Madrid since returning to La Liga in 2010.
Indeed the Whites are unbeaten in seven league trips to the Anoeta (W5 D2).
Real Madrid have averaged 4.2 goals per game over their last five league clashes with Sociedad.
Real Sociedad's last home win over the side from Madrid came back in 2004, with Valery Karpin grabbing the only goal of the game.
Real Sociedad have not lost their opening two games in La Liga since 2001/02, when they finished the campaign in 13th.
Only nine of Karim Benzema's 73 league goals for Real Madrid have been headers (12.3%).
Cristiano Ronaldo has netted seven times in his last three meetings with Real Sociedad.
Xabi Prieto has scored six of his side's last eight goals against the Whites, including a hat-trick at the Bernabeu in 2013.
Indeed the Real Sociedad captain remains the last player to score a league hat-trick against Iker Casillas.
Asier Illarramendi has only scored twice in 82 previous La Liga appearances, but one of those came on his return to the home of former side Real Sociedad in this fixture last term.

Elche v Granada
Elche started this season in exactly the same way as they finished the last, by conceding three goals away from home.
Despite that, only league winners Atleti (10) conceded fewer home goals than los Ilicitanos last term (12).
Granada were the only team to win from behind in La Liga on MD1.
The Andalusian side will return, in this game, to the ground that saw them clinch promotion to the Primera Division (1-1 in the second leg of the segunda play-off final).
If they win this game, Granada will have won three successive league games for the first time since returning to La Liga.
Both meetings between these teams last term ended in 1-0 wins to Granada.
Los Franjiverdes have only won one of their last nine home games against sides from Andalusia in the top-flight (D4 L4).
Babin and Lucas Orban were the only two defenders to score last weekend.
Granada and Sevilla (both one) were the only two teams to concede the same number of goals as they faced (shots on target) last weekend (Barcelona didn't face a single shot on target).
Elche, the lowest scorers on home soil last term, scored 10 of their 13 home goals in the second-half.

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