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Lewis Constable 12th Mar 2015 - 17:58

Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 27 - March 13 - 15

Valencia v Deportivo La Coruna
Deportivo La Coruna have not won any of their last seven trips to the Mestalla in La Liga, drawing three and losing four.
After 14 games unbeaten against the Galicians in La Liga (W9 D5), Los Che lost this season's reverse fixture at the Riazor 3-0.
Indeed that defeat was the first in the Nuno era for Valencia; it remains Deportivo's heaviest win and Valencia's biggest defeat this season.
If only home points counted, Valencia would be second in the table (34 points), behind only Atletico (35) and ahead of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
There have been three red cards in the last three clashes between these sides; two for Depor and one for Valencia.
Los Herculinos have only won one of their last 10 away league games and have failed to score in seven of their last eight, only netting in the victory at Rayo Vallecano (2-1).
Deportivo are the only side yet to claim a point from a losing position on the road this term.
No side has benefited from more own goals than Valencia this season (three, level with Real Sociedad) while no side has conceded more own goals than Deportivo (2).
Luisinho has made a league-high 86 interceptions this term.
A league-high eight different players have scored at least three league goals for Valencia this season, while only two have reached that mark for Depor; a joint-low.

Espanyol v Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid have only ever won once at Cornella-El Prat in La Liga (D1 L3).
Despite that, the Mattress Makers have won five and lost just one of their last six league games against Espanyol overall, keeping four clean sheets.
That one defeat was Atleti's only defeat in the first round of games last season; the campaign in which Diego Simeone's men were crowned champions.
Atleti have drawn their last two league games; their longest run without winning all season.
Espanyol, who have only failed to score in one home game all season (v Depor), have won three of their last four home league games, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion.
Espanyol have conceded a league-high eight goals from long distance this season.
Lucas Vazquez has been fouled more frequently than any other La Liga player this term (every 23.2 minutes) while Christian Stuani has committed a foul most frequently (19.9).
Mario Mandzukic has made the most headed shots in La Liga this season (21) while only Cristiano Ronaldo (5) has scored more in this way (4).
Felipe Caicedo is Espanyol's leading scorer at the Power8 Stadium in all competitions this season with nine goals.

Eibar v Barcelona
This will be Barcelona's first ever league trip to Ipurua.
In five previous debuts away at Basque sides in La Liga, Barca have won two (Arenas and Real Union), drawn one (Alaves) and lost two (Athletic and Real Sociedad).
After a run of eight trips to the Basque Country without a win (D3 L5), Barcelona won 5-2 in Bilbao on their last trip to the region.
Los Cules have gone 11 trips to Euskadi without a clean sheet, last keeping one there in La Liga against Athletic in October 2008 (0-1).
If they win this game, Barcelona will have recorded their biggest run of away wins (five, currently four) within a La Liga season since January 2013 (10, under Tito Vilanova).
No side has lost fewer points from winning positions in La Liga this season than Barcelona (three, level with Malaga).
Barcelona are the outright top scorers for the first time in La Liga this season (76 goals) and also have the best defensive record (16 conceded).
The Catalans are the only side in La Liga this season yet to concede a goal from outside the area.
Leo Messi has now scored more hat-tricks than any other player in La Liga history (24, he overtook Cristiano Ronaldo last week).
Luis Suarez has scored in his last four appearances in all competitions; his best run since joining Barcelona.
Only Pep Guardiola's Bayern (655) have completed more passes per game than Luis Enrique's Barcelona (594) this season.

Rayo Vallecano v Granada
The first La Liga meeting between these sides in Vallecas came on the final day of the 2011/12 season and saw both teams escape relegation (Rayo won 1-0 with a goal from Tamudo).
Indeed that game was the final match of Abel Resino's first period at the helm of Granada.
There has never been a draw between these teams in the top-flight before, with Rayo winning five and Granada two.
Rayo's two home wins over Granada in the Primera have both ended 1-0.
Los Franjirrojos have won consecutive home league games for the first time this season (v Villarreal and Levante).
Abel Resino has already won as many games as Joaquin Caparros this season despite managing 11 games fewer (2), though he has only taken one point from three away games as Granada boss.
Rayo have conceded a league-high 25 first-half goals this season, though no side has scored fewer than Granada in this period (7).
Alberto Bueno has scored 45% of his side's goals this term; a La Liga-high.
Babin is the only outfield player yet to miss a minute of play this campaign (2,340 minutes played).

Celta v Athletic
Athletic eliminated Celta from this season's Copa del Rey with a 4-2 win at the Balaidos; Aduriz grabbing a brace.
The Basques have not lost to Celta in the league since October 2006 (W2 D4).
Celta have not beaten Athletic at the Balaidos in La Liga since March 2003, losing twice and drawing three times since then.
Athletic have won their last three league games; they have not won four in a row since February 2011.
Celta conceded as many goals against Villarreal last weekend as they had in the six previous league games (4); a run in which they had mustered three clean sheets.
Defeat to Villarreal also ended a five game unbeaten run for los Celestes (W3 D2).
Athletic have kept four successive clean sheets in La Liga for the first time since April 1989, when Biurrun was goalkeeper.
Athletic have earned just one point from a losing position all season; a league-low.
The Lions' defenders have scored four of their eight away league goals this season; no team's defenders have scored more. Indeed overall, Celta have conceded a higher proportion of their goals to opposition defenders (21%) than any other side.

Almeria v Villarreal
Villarreal are unbeaten in five league meetings with Almeria (W4 D1), keeping four clean sheets.
The Yellow Submarine have scored two or more goals in five of their last six La Liga clashes with Almeria (11 in total).
Almeria have only lost one of their five top-flight home games against Villarreal (W3 D1) but it did come last season (2-3).
Almeria have only won one of their last 13 home league games (D6 L6) though they are unbeaten in three; their best run of the campaign.
Almeria have failed to score in their last three league games; their worst run in La Liga since May 2011 (5).
Villarreal are without a win in five league games away from El Madrigal, drawing three and losing two.
Only Cordoba (11) have lost more points from winning positions on home soil than Almeria (9) this season.
Meanwhile, no side has lost more points from winning positions on the road this term than Villarreal (12, level with Granada).
No side has conceded more goals to opposition substitutes this season than Almeria (6), while no team's subs have netted more often than those of Villarreal (8).


Malaga v Cordoba

Malaga's 2-1 victory at Cordoba in the reverse fixture provoked the sacking of former Cordoba manager Albert Ferrer.
Ghilas's 90th minute consolation goal in that game remains Cordoba's latest strike since returning to the top-flight.
Malaga have lost just one of their last four league games in La Rosaleda (W2 D1).
Six of Malaga's seven home league wins this season have been by the odd goal, with the 4-0 hammering of Rayo the exception.
Miroslav Djukic has lost both trips to Malaga as a La Liga manager, though he has seen his side score on both occasions (1-3 with Hercules, 1-2 with Valladolid).
No side has lost fewer points from winning positions than Malaga this season (three, level with Barcelona).
Cordoba have scored a league-low four and conceded a league-high 17 goals from set pieces this term.
Bebe has had more shots without scoring than any other La Liga player (30).
Only Lionel Messi (4.54) has completed more dribbles per game than the Portuguese player (3.22) this season.

Sevilla v Elche
Sevilla have never been beaten on home soil against Elche in the top-flight (W12 D5), failing to score only once in 17 games (0-0 in 1976).
Indeed, los Ilicitanos have faced Sevilla in Nervion more often without winning than any other side in La Liga history (17).
Sevilla are unbeaten in 21 home league games (W15 D6) and have now gone over a year in all competitions without being beaten on home soil (0-2 v Real Betis on 13/03/14).
Elche have only lost one of their last four away league games (W2 D1) though that did come in Andalusia (0-1 v Granada).
Elche's six away wins since returning to La Liga have all been by the odd goal; they have not won by more than one goal away from home in the top-flight since December 1973 (2-0 v Castellon).
Jonathas has directly contributed to 65% of his team's goals this season (nine goals, six assists); a league-high share.
Sevilla have had a wider range of goalscorers than any other La Liga side this term (15).
Elche have seen two players sent off in two previous top-flight matches refereed by Estrada Fernandez.
Grzegorz Krychowiak and Jonathas have both committed a league-high 62 fouls this season.

Real Madrid v Levante
Levante were one of only two teams to beat Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid in their title winning campaign.
Real Madrid have won eight of their previous nine home league games against Levante; they were beaten by los Granotas in 2006/07 but still went on to win the title.
Los Blancos are unbeaten in 20 home league games against sides from Valencia, winning 16 and drawing four, including the 1-1 against Villarreal two weeks ago.
Lucas Alcarez is still waiting for his first away league win as Levante manager (D2 L7).
If they fail to win this game, Real Madrid will equal their longest winless La Liga run under Carlo Ancelotti (three, currently two).
Real Madrid have scored a league-high eight goals from outside the area this season, while Levante have conceded the most from inside the box (45).
Real Madrid have scored the most first-half goals this term (36), while no side has scored fewer than Levante in this period (7).
Real Madrid have got more players in double figures for La Liga goals this season than any other side (three, Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale).
Perez Montero has given fewer fouls per game against Real Madrid than any other side in the Primera (9.88 on average).
The Whites have hit the woodwork more often than any other side this season (19).
Of all players to have scored 10+ goals this season in La Liga, Gareth Bale has the worst shot conversion rate (15.15%).


Getafe v Real Sociedad

Getafe have only lost one of their last eight league meetings with Real Sociedad (W3 D4).
The Basque side have only won one of their seven trips to the Coliseum in La Liga but they did inflict Getafe's heaviest ever home defeat in the competition (4-0 in 2011).
Los Xatafies have won their last three home league games (all 2-1); they have not won four in a row on home soil since March 2013 under Luis Garcia.
Real Sociedad are the only side yet to win away in La Liga this season (D6 L6).
Yoda's only La Liga brace so far came in the reverse fixture against Real Sociedad.
Real Sociedad have lost a league-high 16 points from winning positions this season.
Getafe have won more league games on a Monday than any other side in La Liga this season (3).
The Blues have gained more points with goals in the final five minutes than any other La Liga team (seven).
Markel Bergara has had more shots without hitting the target with a single one than any other La Liga player this campaign (nine, including blocked).

 

 

 
 
 

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