Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 26 - March 6 - 8
Levante v Eibar
Four of the last six league meetings between these teams, including games in the Segunda, have ended level, with both sides picking up one 2-0 win apiece.
The first clash between these sides this season remains the highest scoring draw in La Liga this term (3-3).
In that 3-3 draw, Pedro Lopez scored the only own goal by a Levante player this season and also the only own goal that Eibar have benefited from as a top-flight side.
If they beat Eibar, Levante will have won three consecutive home league games for the first time since January 2013.
Indeed, los Granotas have only lost one of their last eight league games at the Ciutat de Valencia (W4 D3).
Los Armeros have lost their last six league games, failing to score in each of the last four.
Indeed Eibar could become the first team to lose seven consecutive games in La Liga this term, though Cordoba are also currently on a run of six successive defeats.
David Barral has scored four of Levante’s last six home league goals.
Levante (59.96%) and Eibar (56%) have the two lowest pass completion rates in the opposition half in La Liga this term.
Deportivo La Coruna v Sevilla
Only against Athletic (34) have Deportivo won more top-flight games than they have against Sevilla (32), while only against Athletic (119) and Espanyol (110) have they scored more goals than they have against the Andalusians (106, same as Real Madrid).
Sevilla have not lost any of their last six league meetings with Depor; the first three in this run ended level with the last three all ending in wins.
Indeed, Sevilla have netted at least three times in three of their last four meetings with Deportivo, netting 12 in total and conceding five.
Deportivo have failed to score in their last three league games; indeed overall in La Liga this term only Levante (13) have failed to score in more games than Deportivo (12).
Depor have won three of their last six in La Liga at the Riazor (D1 L2), keeping clean sheets in all three victories.
Sevilla have lost their last four away league games; they’ve not lost five in a row on the road since January 2000 (seven).
Deportivo had 25 shots against Almeria last weekend; the most they have had in a game all season.
Unai Emery has never lost as a La Liga manager against Deportivo (W8 D2); his debut as a top-flight coach ended in a 3-0 win at the Riazor with Almeria back in 2007.
Deportivo’s only direct free kick goal this season came courtesy of Medunjanin in the reverse meeting with Sevilla.
Athletic Club v Real Madrid
Athletic have lost more games against Real Madrid than any other side in La Liga (85) while only against Espanyol (94) have the Whites won more games than they have against the Lions.
Despite that, only Barcelona (66) have beaten Real Madrid more often than Athletic (50) have in top-flight history, with 37 of those coming in the San Mames.
Real Madrid have won 17 of their last 19 league meetings with Athletic (D1 L1), scoring 60 goals in this period and conceding just 14.
Real Madrid have kept three clean sheets in their last four trips to Bilbao (all 3-0 wins), failing to do so in a 1-1 draw on their first trip to the New San Mames last season.
Isco recorded his only La Liga brace for Real Madrid against Athletic in September 2013.
Ibai Gomez is the only Athletic player to have scored against Real Madrid since January 2012; he has scored three goals in six games against Real since then, making them his favourite La Liga opponents.
A victory here would see the Lions record their longest winning streak of the campaign (3).
Athletic have kept three consecutive La Liga clean sheets; they have not managed four in a row since 1989.
Last weekend against Villarreal, Real Madrid drew their first league game of the season (W20 L4).
Athletic have scored fewer headed goals this season (7) than they have at this stage of any of the last 10 campaigns.
Real Madrid are the only side yet to see a yellow card for time wasting in La Liga this term.
Elche v Almeria
Elche have never lost a Primera Liga game against Almeria (W1 D2); against no side have the played more often without defeat in the top-flight.
Despite that, Elche won just three of their last 13 clashes with Almeria in the Segunda (D4 L7).
Two of Almeria’s four top-flight goals against Elche have been penalties, both of which were scored by Verza.
Two of Elche’s three victories at home this season have come in their last four league games at the Martinez Valero (L2).
Almeria have only lost one of their last five league games (W2 D2) but have lost three of their last four on the road (W1).
Almeria have failed to score in two successive league games; if they draw another blank here it will be their longest drought since May 2011 (5), the month they suffered their most recent relegation.
Almeria’s 13 away league goals this season have all come from inside the area, including Hemed’s penalty at Malaga.
The Red-and-Whites have conceded a league-high 178 corners this season.
Almeria are the only side yet to lose a single point from a winning position on the road this term.
Granada v Malaga
None of the seven top-flight meetings between these sides have ended in a draw, with Granada winning three and Malaga four.
Malaga have scored twice as many goals (16) as Granada (8) across those seven games.
If only Andalusian derbies counted this season, Granada would be bottom of the table with just one point. Malaga would be third on six points, courtesy of two wins.
Granada have only won one of their last 21 league games (D8 L12) and are without a win in four (D1 L3).
Granada have only scored more than once in two league games all season; the fewest of all sides.
Malaga have won just one of their last four away league games (D1 L2) but it did come last time out in the Camp Nou.
Juanmi has made more fouls without being booked than any other La Liga player this season (25).
Juanmi became the first Malaga player to score three successive league goals for the club since Isco in February 2013 when he netted the first against Getafe last weekend.
In the return fixture, El-Arabi netted Granada’s fastest goal since returning to the top-flight in 2011/12 (44 seconds).
Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano
Barcelona have won their last eight league meetings with Rayo Vallecano; their best current run against any side in this season’s La Liga.
The Catalans have kept a clean sheet in seven of these eight victories (conceding just once in the other), scoring 34 goals in total.
Of the sides they have faced at least 30 times in La Liga, only against Murcia (8%) and Granada (12%) do Barcelona have a lower loss percentage than they do against Rayo (13%).
Rayo had two players sent off in the reverse fixture between these sides; the only time they have been reduced to nine men this season (Morcillo and Aquino).
At least one Barcelona player has netted two or more goals in six of the last seven La Liga clashes between the sides.
Rayo have only won one of their 15 visits to the Camp Nou in the top-flight (D2 L12) and that was the only occasion they managed a clean sheet there.
Barcelona recorded a 9-0 victory against Rayo in 1979; their joint-biggest winning margin in La Liga history. No side has managed nine in a La Liga game since that hammering.
Barcelona have won seven of their last eight league games (L1), scoring three or more in every victory (a total of 29 goals, 3.63 per game).
Barcelona’s 1-0 defeat at home to Malaga in their last game at the Camp Nou ended a run of six successive home wins.
Rayo have lost their last three away league games, their worst run since September 2013 (4).
Alberto Bueno became the first Rayo player in the club’s top-flight history to net four goals in a single game last weekend.
Real Sociedad v Espanyol
The last nine league meetings between these sides have produced three victories apiece and three draws.
Indeed on Espanyol’s last six trips to San Sebastian in the top-flight, they have won two, drawn two, lost two, scored four goals and conceded four.
The last three meetings between Real Sociedad and Espanyol have all seen a goal in the 88th minute or later.
Real Sociedad have won more games against Espanyol (50) than any other side in La Liga, while only against Athletic (184) have they scored more goals (175).
Real Sociedad have won just one of their last five league games (D2 L2), failing to keep a clean sheet in any of them.
In the Anoeta, however, the Basque side have only lost one of their last eight league games (W5 D2), keeping three clean sheets.
Espanyol have only won two of their last 16 away league games (D2 L12).
No La Liga player has had more shots this season without hitting the target once than Markel Bergara (9).
Los Pericos are the only side in the competition yet to score a goal in the first 15 minutes of the second-half this season.
Villarreal v Celta Vigo
Villarreal have only lost one of their last five league meetings with Celta (W2 D2), keeping two clean sheets in the process.
No side has scored more goals against Celta this season than Villarreal did in the reverse fixture (3, same as Real Madrid at the Bernabeu).
In that game, Moi Gomez scored the first of his two La Liga braces (the other came against Real Sociedad).
Villarreal have won seven successive league games at El Madrigal, keeping a clean sheet in the last six and conceding just once in total.
Indeed, victory in this game would see the Yellow Submarine equal their top-flight record of eight successive home wins set in April 2005 and equalled in October 2008.
Victory in their last away game saw Celta end a run of seven road trips without victory (D1 L6).
Only Barcelona’s forwards (81%) have scored a higher percentage of their side’s goals than Celta’s this season (77%) while Villarreal have conceded just 35% of their goals to opposition frontmen this term; a joint-low with Real Madrid.
Gerard Moreno has directly participated in three of Villarreal’s last four league goals (two goals, one assist).
Celta have been shown a league-high 17 yellow cards for dissent this season.
Atletico Madrid v Valencia
Atletico have won just two of their last nine league meetings with Valencia (D3 L4).
Atleti’s 3-0 victory at the Vicente Calderon over los Che last season ended a run of three without a win at home to Valencia in La Liga (D2 L1).
Miranda scored Atleti’s only own goal of the season so far in the reverse fixture against Valencia; no side has benefited from more own goals than los Che this term (3).
Atletico have only lost one of their last seven league games (W5 D1), though they could go two games without a win for the first time this season if they fail to beat Valencia.
In the Vicente Calderon, the Red-and-Whites have won 10 of their last 11 league games (L1), scoring at least twice in all 10 wins (30 goals in total, 2.73 per game).
Valencia have only lost one of their last 12 league games (W9 D2) and have kept two clean sheets in their last three (one goal conceded in the other).
In no other La Liga season has Pablo Piatti directly contributed to more goals than he has this term (seven goals and five assists).
The Mattress Makers have won all five home league games that Miranda has missed this season.
Valencia have scored a joint-league-high 10 goals in the first 15 minutes of games this season (level with Real Madrid).
Only Real Madrid (20), meanwhile, have scored more goals in the first half an hour of action than Atleti (19) this term.
Atletico have been reduced to 10 men in each of their last two La Liga clashes with Valencia.
Cordoba v Getafe
This will be Getafe’s first ever trip to the Nuevo Arcangel in La Liga.
Getafe have only won one of their last eight league meetings with Cordoba, including the Segunda (D4 L3).
In the reverse fixture at the Coliseum (1-1), Patrick Ekeng and Baba both scored their only goals of the league season to date.
Cordoba have lost all six of their second round fixtures so far this season.
If they are beaten by Getafe and Eibar take at least a point, Cordoba will become the first team to lose seven successive games this season.
Getafe’s last six games have alternated between home wins and away defeats, with all six being settled by the odd goal.
Cordoba have benefited from just five goals from European players all season; a league-low.
Alvaro Vazquez has scored five of Getafe’s last eight league goals.
Pantic has made more headed clearances than any other La Liga player this term (107).