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Nic Ladds 28th Oct 2011 - 10:45

OPTA Facts - La Liga Weekend 11

Atlético de Madrid v- 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.




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