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Lewis Constable 15th Oct 2014 - 16:17

Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 8 / October 17th-19th 2014

Granada v Rayo Vallecano

Rayo Vallecano have won four of their previous six meetings with Granada in the top-flight (L2).

The side from Madrid have won in two of their three trips to Los Carmenes in La Liga, losing the other.

Granada have lost three successive league games; they have not lost four in a row since returning to La Liga.

Granada have failed to score in their last two on home soil; they have not gone three home games without netting since September 2013.

Away from home, Rayo Vallecano have scored exactly twice in each of their last three league games.

Joaquin Caparros has only lost two of his nine meetings with Rayo as a La Liga manager, winning five and drawing two.

Granada have mustered just 51 shots all season; a league-low (includes blocked shots).

Leo Baptistao has scored four goals in six games with Rayo this season; he managed just one goal in 22 La Liga appearances last term.

El-Arabi ended a run of 10 games without a league goal with his strike against Malaga last time out.


Levante v Real Madrid

Real Madrid have won their last five league meetings with Levante, scoring 3.4 goals per game on average during this run.

Levante have lost their last three league games at the Ciutat de Valencia without scoring a goal; they last lost four in a row there in the top-flight back in October 2007.

Indeed the side from Valencia are the only team in La Liga yet to score at home this term.

On the other hand, Real Madrid are the leading away scorers in the division this season with 12 away goals.

Real Madrid have won four consecutive league games, scoring an average of five goals per game; they have not won five in a row in 2014 so far.

The side from the capital are unbeaten in nine trips to the Comunidad Valenciana (W7 D2); though their last defeat in the region did come at Levante in September 2011 (1-0).

Levante have had a league-low 15 shots on target this season, while only Deportivo (40) have faced more shots on target than them (37).

Mendilibar has only won one of his 10 meetings with Real Madrid as a La Liga manager (D2 L7).

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 22nd La Liga hat-trick against Athletic last time out, equalling the competition's all-time record.

Since arriving at Real Madrid in September 2013, Gareth Bale has assisted more of Ronaldo's goals than any other player (nine).


Athletic v Celta Vigo

Athletic are unbeaten in five league meetings with Celta Vigo, winning two and drawing three.

The Lions have only taken four points from seven games this season; their worst start to a campaign since 1979/80 (also four, assuming three points for a win).

Celta are without a win in 12 top-flight meetings with Basque sides (D7 L5).
Athletic are without a win in five league games (D1 L4); they have not gone six without a win since 2012.

Celta have scored in their last 13 La Liga games; this is their best run since one of 17 between June and December 1997.

Only Barcelona (69.88%) have averaged more possession away from home than Celta (55.8%) in La Liga this term.

Meanwhile, only Barcelona (67.4%) have averaged more possession on home soil than Athletic Club (64.89%).

Celta have lost a league-high six points from games they have scored the first goal in this term.

In the meeting between these sides at the San Mames last season, Benat scored his first, and so far only league goal for Athletic.

Nolito has assisted three of Larrivey's four league goals so far this term.


Barcelona v Eibar

Barcelona have become the first team in La Liga history to keep seven successive clean sheets at the start of a La Liga season.

The Catalan side have scored at least once in their last 55 home league games; their best run on home soil since one of 88 between 1952 and 1958.

Barca have won their last 20 home league games against Basque sides, keeping 11 clean sheets in the process.

Garitano's side are unbeaten in two away league games (W1 D1), keeping two clean sheets in the process.

Only Real Madrid (five) have scored more goals from outside the area than Eibar (three) this season.

Barcelona have received a league-low of just 10 yellow cards this term.

Luis Enrique's side have won more points with goals scored in the final 15 minutes than any other team (four).

Lionel Messi has made more assists than any other La Liga player this term (six).

Messi and Neymar (three each) have scored Barcelona's last six league goals between them.

Piovaccari became the first overseas player in La Liga history to score for Eibar when he netted their last goal.

Cordoba v Malaga

This will be the first Primera meeting between Cordoba and Malaga since Malaga's reformation. Before that, Cordoba had only lost two of 10 against them (W4 D4).

With four points from seven games, this is Cordoba's worst ever start to a top-flight season (assuming three points for a win).

Malaga are without a win in six away league games (D2 L4).

This will be Cordoba's third Andalusian derby of the season and they are yet to pick up a win (D1 L1); Malaga have won their only one to date this term.

Xavi Gracia's side have the worst shooting accuracy on the road this season, hitting the target with just 26.9% of their shots.

Four of Malaga's five league goals this season have come in the second-half; their most recent four.

With two goals and two assists, Fede Cartabia has participated in all four of Cordoba's league goals this season.

Cartabia has also been fouled more often than any other player this term (24).

Juan Carlos has made a league-high 26 saves this campaign.


Atletico Madrid v Espanyol

Atletico Madrid have won four of their last five league meetings with Espanyol (L1).

Indeed the Mattress-Makers have won more games against Espanyol than any other side in their top-flight history (75).

Atleti have scored at least once in each of their last nine home league clashes with Espanyol.

The Catalan side are without a win in seven away league games (D2 L5); their worst run on the road since 2012.

Espanyol have scored 56% of their goals this season in the final 15 minutes of games; a league-high proportion.

Curiously, Atletico are yet to concede a single goal in this period of the game.

Cholo Simeone's side have scored a league-high nine set piece goals this season.

Indeed, Atletico have also scored more headed goals than any other La Liga side this term (eight).

Only Levante (40.95%) have a lower average possession figure than Espanyol (41.33%) this campaign.

Sergio Garcia has participated directly in more than half (55.6%) of Espanyol's goals in this Primera season (three goals, two assists).


Deportivo v Valencia

Valencia are unbeaten in 14 league meetings with Deportivo La Coruna, winning nine and drawing five.

Indeed Los Che have not lost at the Riazor since October 2003, the season in which they won the Primera title (W6 D2 since).

Assuming three points for a win, this is only the third time Deportivo have had four or fewer points after seven La Liga games; on the other two occasions, they were relegated.

This is only the seventh time in La Liga history, and the first since 2008/09, that Valencia have remained unbeaten after seven games.

Nuno's side are one of only three, along with Celta Vigo and Real Madrid, to have scored in every game this term.

Los Che have the best shooting accuracy in the top-flight this season, hitting the target with 33.3% of their efforts.

Isaac Cuenca has already equalled his best La Liga goalscoring haul (two, also achieved with Barcelona in 2011/12).

No Spanish player has participated in more goals than Paco Alcacer this season (eight, four goals and four assists).


Elche v Sevilla

Elche are without a win in eight league meetings with Sevilla in the top-flight (D4 L4); a run that goes back to January 1977.

This is Sevilla's best start to a league season since 2008/09, when they had a club record 17 points from seven games and went on to finish in the Champions League places.

Elche have failed to score in their last two on home soil; they have not gone three in a row in the top-flight without netting since 1989 (five).

43% of Elche's league goals this season have been scored by defenders (three of seven); a league-high portion.

This game will see the team to have made the most fouls (Emery's team - 120) face the player to have conceded the most (Garry Rodrigues - 20).

Stephane M'Bia has already scored as many goals in all competitions this term has he managed last season (five, three in the league and two in Europe).

Carlos Bacca, who has taken a joint-high three penalties this season, missed from the spot for the first time in La Liga last time out against Depor; he had converted his previous three.

Coro has attempted more dribbles without completing one than any other striker in La Liga this season (nine).

Deulofeu has averaged an assist more frequently than any other player in La Liga this season (one every 83 minutes).

Villarreal v Almeria

Villarreal are unbeaten in four league meetings with Almeria, winning three and drawing one.

Almeria have never picked up a victory in five previous top-flight visits to El Madrigal (D2 L3).

The side from Castellon have alternated between victory and defeat in their last six home league games; they lost last time out.

The Andalusian side have won four of their last five away league games (L1).

Villarreal have hit the woodwork six times this term; a league-high alongside Real Sociedad.

Only Barcelona (eight) have faced fewer shots on target than Almeria (10) away from home this season.

Marcelino has never tasted defeat to Almeria as a La Liga manager, winning six and drawing once so far.

Verza has scored one and assisted two of Almeria's last four league goals.


Real Sociedad v Getafe

Real Sociedad have only recorded one victory in their last seven league meetings with Getafe (D4 L2).

The side from Madrid have never won in San Sebastian in seven previous top-flight visits, however, drawing five and losing two.

In 10 previous top-flight seasons, Getafe have never scored as few as four goals in the opening seven games.

Arrasate's side have gone 10 games without a clean sheet; their worst top-flight run since September 2011 (17).

The Blues have the lowest shot conversion rate in La Liga this term (6.9%).

Real Sociedad have gained a league-high five points in games where they have conceded the first goal this season.

The Basque side are one of two teams, alongside Elche, who are yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

Baba's goal against Cordoba last time out ended a run of 16 La Liga games without a goal.

Xabi Prieto has already assisted as many goals this term as he has in each of the last two top-flight campaigns (three).



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