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Lewis Constable 16th May 2015 - 9:34

La Liga Opta Facts - May 17

Villarreal v Malaga
Villarreal have only lost one of their last nine home La Liga meetings with Malaga, winning five and drawing three.
Overall, however, Villarreal have only won one of their last six against Malaga (D3 L2).
The side from Castellon have not won or even scored in any of their last three league clashes with sides from Andalusia.
Malaga have lost three of their last four trips to the Community of Valencia (W1), failing to score on two separate occasions.
The Yellows have only won one of their last five league games at El Madrigal, though that was the only one in this run that they scored in (1-0 v Elche).
Marcelino has won just one of his seven clashes with Malaga as a La Liga manager (D3 L3).
Javi Guerra, who has scored in his last two league games, has not netted in three in a row since October 2013 as a Valladolid player.
Malaga are the only side against whom both Dos Santos brothers have scored in La Liga (Giovani with Mallorca in 2013 and Jonathan with Villarreal this season).
Nordin Amrabat has contributed to more goals than any other Malaga player in the league this season (six goals and four assists).

Elche v Athletic
Elche are unbeaten in nine home league meetings with Athletic, winning six and drawing three.
Across grounds, Elche have lost just one of their last seven against the Red-and-Whites (W3 D3), keeping four clean sheets in the process.
Elche have won their last three league games against Basque sides.
Athletic, meanwhile, have only lost one of their last seven visits to the Comunitat Valenciana (W2 D4).
Elche have won their last two home league games; they have not won three in a row in La Liga since November 1977.
The Basque side, who have drawn their last three league games, have not drawn four in a row since December 1999.
Jonathas has participated in 57.6% of Elche's league goals this season (12 goals, seven assists).
Aritz Aduriz has scored more goals than any other Spanish player in the top five European leagues in the year 2015 (11).
Athletic have earned just two points from losing positions all season; a league-low.

Deportivo v Levante
Deportivo have lost their last two home meetings with Levante in La Liga without scoring a single goal.
The Galician side have equalled their longest run of games without a La Liga win (14, set for the first and only previous time between 1965 and 1966).
Levante have only lost one of their last five league games (W2 D2).
Four of Deportivo's last five league goals have been headers.
David Barral has now scored 11 goals this season; his best ever La Liga goal haul.
Levante have mustered just 102 shots on target this term; a league-low.
Deportivo have only won 31 points this season; they are still four short of their last top-flight points tally of 35, which saw them relegated in 2012/13.
Only Parma (68) and QPR (67) have conceded more goals than Levante (65) in the top five European leagues this season.
No La Liga side this season has drawn more games than Deportivo (13).

Atletico v Barcelona
Atletico are without a win in nine league meetings with Barcelona (D2 L7), their worst ever run in this fixture.
In the Calderon, Atletico are without a win in four against Barcelona (D1 L3).
Barcelona will be La Liga champions if they win this game; ironically Atletico won the title last year with a victory away at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona have only lost one of their last eight league trips to Madrid (W5 D2), losing at the Bernabeu in October.
The Red-and-Whites are unbeaten in 13 league games (W7 D6), conceding in only four of them.
Luis Enrique's side have won their last five league matches, scoring 20 and conceding none.
Luis Suarez has recorded 14 assists in La Liga this season; only in one campaign (17 with Ajax in 2009/10) has he recorded more since moving to Europe.
Gabi has assisted two of Atleti's last three league goals against Barcelona.
Atletico faced seven shots on target in the return meeting with Barca this term; the most they have faced in a league game since the start of last season.
Against no side has Lionel Messi scored more career goals in all competitions than he has against Atletico (22, level with Sevilla).
Messi has not scored in any of his last five games at the Vicente Calderon, however, with his last strike there coming in the 2012 Copa del Rey final.
Neymar has now scored 52 career goals for Barcelona, the first of which came against Atletico in the 2013 Supercopa.
Only against Villarreal (9) has Fernando Torres scored more La Liga goals than he has against Barcelona (7).

Real Sociedad v Granada
Four of the last five meetings between these sides in La Liga have ended level.
The Basque side are unbeaten in five home La Liga clashes with Granada, winning three and drawing two.
Real Sociedad have only lost one of 12 home league games under David Moyes (W7 D4), 0-1 to Rayo in January.
Granada, who have won their last two league games, have not won three in a row in the top-flight since January 1974 (4).
In their top-flight history, Granada have never won fewer points (31) or scored fewer goals (26) after 36 games than they have this term.
Granada have won more games against Real Sociedad (13) than against any other side in their top-flight history.
El-Arabi has scored three of his side's last four league goals.
Carlos Vela has only scored eight league goals all season; he is on course to register his lowest tally for Real Sociedad.
The Mexican frontman has scored four goals in his last three games against Granada, however.

Cordoba v Rayo Vallecano
The reverse fixture between these sides this season, which Cordoba won 1-0 away, was the first ever top-flight clash.
Cordoba are without a win in 10 home La Liga games against sides from Madrid, drawing three and losing seven.
Cordoba have failed to score in their last six league games; they have never gone seven or more without a goal in the top-flight.
Rayo are unbeaten in three league games (W1 D2); they have not reached four without defeat since April 2014.
Only two teams in La Liga history have scored fewer goals after 36 games than Cordoba (21) have this term (CD Malaga in 1989/90 (20) and Logrones in 1994/95 (15)).
Cordoba have lost 11 points from winning positions at home this season; a joint-high with Athletic Club.
Conversely, no side has won more points from losing positions on the road this term than Rayo Vallecano (7).
Manucho has scored more away goals this term than ever before in a single La Liga campaign (4).
Only Lucas Vazquez (105) has been fouled more often than Fede Cartabia (94) this season.

Getafe v Eibar
Getafe are unbeaten in five home league meetings with Eibar (W2 D3), though they all came in the Segunda.
Getafe have lost their last four league meetings with Basque sides; their worst ever top-flight run against sides from the Northern Spanish region.
Indeed the Blues have lost their last five games overall; their worst run inside a single La Liga campaign.
Eibar have lost 15 of their last 18 league games (W1 D2).
Garitano's side have faced more shots than any other side this season (521) and have also fired in the fewest themselves (339).
Eibar have averaged just 41.71% of possession this term; a league-low.
Getafe have gained more points with goals in the final 10 minutes than any other La Liga side this season (12).
23 of Eibar's 30 league goals this term (excluding six from Piovaccari and an own goal) have been scored by their Spanish players; a league-high proportion (77%) when excluding Athletic (100%).
Getafe have taken just 36 points from 36 games this term; a joint-low for them at this stage of a top-flight season along with 2013/14.

Espanyol v Real Madrid
Espanyol are without a win in 14 league meetings with Real Madrid (D3 L11), last beating them back in October 2007 (2-1).
The Catalan side have failed to score in five of their last six home league games against Real Madrid.
The Parakeets have only lost one of their last 10 league games (W4 D5) and that was against Barcelona.
Carlo Ancelotti's side are unbeaten in eight in La Liga (W7 D1) and have scored in their last 10.
Real Madrid have conceded 32% of their goals to headers this term; a league-high proportion.
Iker Casillas has conceded exactly twice in each of his last three league games.
Since the second round of fixtures started, only Claudio Bravo (8) has kept more clean sheets than Kiko Casilla (8).
Real Madrid have scored a league-high 14 goals from outside the area this term, while Kiko Casilla has conceded more goals from range than any other goalkeeper (7).
Real Madrid have earned 16 points having conceded the first goal of the game this campaign; a joint-high with Rayo Vallecano.
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 20 away league goals this season; just two fewer than Espanyol have managed in the Power8 Stadium (22).

Valencia v Celta Vigo
Valencia have only lost one of their last 20 La Liga games against Celta in the Mestalla (0-1 in October 2002).
Nuno's side are unbeaten in 11 league games on home soil (W10 D1), conceding just once across the last seven.
Indeed Valencia have already recorded more home wins this term (15) than ever before in a 20-team La Liga season.
Celta have only lost one of their last seven league games (W3 D3) and that was against Real Madrid.
No La Liga midfielder has scored more goals this season than Dani Parejo (12, level with James Rodriguez).
No La Liga defender this term has registered more assists than Jose Gaya (6, the same as Dani Alves and Marcelo).
Just 2% of Celta's goals this term have come from long range; a league-low proportion.
Indeed Celta have also conceded 59% of their goals in the first-half of games; a league-high proportion.
Diego Alves has become the first goalkeeper to save four penalties in a single La Liga season since Recreativo's Asier Riesgo in 2008/09.

Sevilla v Almeria

Sevilla have won their last four league meetings with Almeria.
If they win this game, Sevilla will have recorded the highest top-flight points total in their 109 year history (73).
In 11 previous top-flight clashes with Almeria, Sevilla have only failed to score once and that was the first meeting back in December 2007.
Almeria have lost their last six away league games, scoring just once in total and conceding 15.
Kevin Gameiro has scored more goals off the bench than any other La Liga player this term (6).
Sevilla are one of only two teams, along with Valencia, yet to lose a game having scored the first goal this campaign.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo (11) has scored more winning goals than Carlos Bacca (8) in La Liga this season.
Sevilla's games have seen more penalties than those of any other side this season (18, 10 in favour and eight against).
If he scores in this game, Aleix Vidal will become the third player to score on both sides of this La Liga fixture, after Alvaro Negredo and Rodri.




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