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Simon Gott 25th Sep 2015 - 16:40

Opta Facts Liga 2015/16 Jornada 6

 

Valencia v Granada

  • Valencia are unbeaten in nine La Liga meetings with Granada (W8 D1), scoring in each of the last 14.
  • The Granadinos have never won at the Mestalla in the top-flight (D2 L19), keeping just one clean sheet in 21 trips (0-0 in February 1973).
  • Valencia have drawn their last three home league games; they've not drawn four in a row since 1985.
  • The last game against Betis was the first time Valencia had not won at home to an Andalusian team under Nuno; before that, they had won every one, scoring 3+ goals each time.
  • Granada have lost three successive league games for the first time since October of last year (4).
  • Valencia have failed to score in their last two league games; they have not gone three or more without netting since January 2008 (4).
  • Only once in the last 17 seasons have Valencia recorded just one victory from their first five games; that was in 2012/13 and they ended up fifth.
  • Only twice in their history have los Che scored just two goals (or fewer) after five games (1959/60 and 1969/70).
  • Negredo, who has scored Valencia's only home league goal this season, has scored in all five previous clashes with Granada in the competition (five goals).

 

Barcelona v Las Palmas

  • Barcelona are unbeaten in 16 league games at the Camp Nou against Las Palmas (W14 D2), scoring 51 times and conceding just nine.
  • The Yellows have scored exactly once on each of their last three league trips to face Barca (D2 L1).
  • Las Palmas are without a win in 12 away Primera Division games (D5 L7), their last win coming in the Canary Islands derby at Tenerife back in December 2001 (3-1).
  • Barcelona conceded four goals in La Liga last time out for the first time since October 2012, on that occasion they beat Deportivo 5-4.
  • With nine goals scored in five games, this is Barcelona's worst goalscoring start to a campaign since 2010/11 (also nine).
  • Only one of Barcelona's last 10 league goals at the Camp Nou has arrived in the first-half, Messi's first against Deportivo last season.
  • Indeed, Barca are yet to score a first-half goal this term.
  • With three goals and two assists, Messi has participated in five of the Catalan side's last six league goals.
  • David Simon has participated in two of the Yellows' three away goals this term, scoring one and assisting one.
  • Sergio Araujo, meanwhile, has participated in three of Las Palmas' five La Liga goals this term overall (one goal, two assists).

 

Real Madrid v Malaga

  • Real Madrid have lost just one of their 28 league meetings with Malaga CF (W21 D6), scoring at least once in every game.
  • Malaga have never won at the Bernabeu in the top-flight (D2 L12), losing all three occasions where they have manged to net more than once.
  • The Whites are unbeaten in 29 home league games against Andalusian sides (W28 D1), scoring 3.8 goals on average and conceding 0.7.
  • Malaga have lost eight of their last nine away league games (W1).
  • Karim Benzema has scored four of Real Madrid's last six league goals.
  • Only against Granada (8) has Benzema scored more La Liga goals than he has against Malaga (6).
  • Malaga are the only side in the top five European leagues still looking for their first goal this season.
  • This is the first time Malaga have got to five games without scoring since they reformed in 1994.
  • Carlos Kameni has made a league-high 20 saves this season.
  • Keylor Navas has made 11 saves in five games this season in La Liga; he made the same number in the six games he played last term.

 

Sevilla v Rayo Vallecano

  • Sevilla have won their last five league meetings with Rayo, a run that coincides exactly with Emery's arrival at the club, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three.
  • Sevilla have scored at least once in all 15 home league games against Rayo (W12 D2 L1).
  • Sevilla have lost their last two league games at the Sanchez Pizjuan; they have not lost three in a row on home soil since December 2010.
  • Los Franjirrojos have only lost one of their last four away league matches (W2 D1).
  • Sevilla, as they do now, had exactly two points from five games in 2013/14 but recovered to finish fifth.
  • Not since the 1967/68 season have Sevilla scored as few as two goals after five games of a top-flight campaign.
  • Javi Guerra (2 goals) and Trashorras (one goal, one assist) have participated in three of Rayo's four league goals this term between them.
  • Guerra has scored more goals against Sevilla than any other opponent in La Liga (four goals in five games).
  • Excluding Malaga, who are still to score, Sevilla have the lowest shot conversion rate in La Liga this term (3.9%).
  • Roberto Trashorras has made a league-high 393 passes this term.


Villarreal v Atletico Madrid

  • Villarreal have only won one of their last seven league meetings with Atletico (D1 L5), failing to score four times.
  • On home soil, the Yellows are winless in three against Atleti in La Liga (D1 L2), conceding exactly once in each game.
  • Marcelino has only won three of his 11 La Liga games as a manager against Atletico, drawing two and losing six.
  • Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in 10 away league matches (W5 D5), conceding in only three of them.
  • Simeone's side are on a run of three away games without conceding; their best run on the road since May 2013 (6).
  • The Yellow Submarine have equalled their best ever start to a La Liga season (13 points from five games, also achieved in 2008/09).
  • Villarreal have won four straight games at El Madrigal, scoring nine and conceding just three.
  • Villarreal have had more unique goalscorers than any other side in La Liga this term (7).
  • Antoine Griezmann has scored more braces than any other La Liga player in the year 2015 (7).

 

Eibar v Celta

  • Both meetings between these sides last season, the first ever top-flight clashes, ended 1-0 to the away side.
  • Los Armeros have won two of their previous four home league meetings with the Galician side (D1 L1), one of those with Jose Luis Mendilibar in the dugout (2-1 in 2005 in the Segunda).
  • Celta have gone 32 consecutive games without a 0-0 draw; the longest active run of any current La Liga side.
  • Eibar have only kept four clean sheets in 21 Primera Division home games, but two of them have come in their last three games.
  • Celta have won their last two away league games and could equal their best ever away La Liga run of three, recorded twice in 2006 and once in 2002.
  • With five goals and three assists, Nolito has participated in more goals than any other La Liga player this season (8).
  • Three of the top seven players for shots on target this term play for Celta: Nolito and Iago Aspas with 10 (joint third) and Orellana with seven (joint-seventh).
  • Only Villarreal (23.9%) have a higher shot conversion rate this term than Celta (21.9%) and Eibar (21.2%).
  • Excluding Barcelona and Real Madrid, the side from Vigo have the highest average possession figure in La Liga this season (61.07%).

 

Sporting Gijon v Real Betis

  • Sporting's 3-0 victory against Real Betis on the last day of last season secured their automatic promotion from La Liga, alongside the Andalusian side.
  • The Green-and-Whites have won six of their last seven league visits to El Molinon, with three of them finishing 2-1 (Primera and Segunda).
  • Betis have won five of their last six top-flight clashes with Sporting, though they did lose the most recent one (2-1 at El Molinon).
  • Sporting have only kept one clean sheet in their last 12 La Liga clashes with Betis, conceding a total of 27 goals in these games.
  • Sporting and Betis have only drawn 0-0 in two of their 46 previous top-flight games, the most recent of these coming way back in 1989.
  • The side from Asturias have scored as many goals in their last two La Liga games as they had in the preceding six (four).
  • Real Betis have won just one of their last 25 away La Liga games (D6 L18), winning 3-1 at Levante in March 2014.
  • No ground has seen fewer La Liga goals this term than El Molinon (1, same as La Rosaleda).
  • Rafael van der Vaart has scored four goals in three league games against Sporting, including a sublime hat-trick at the Bernabeu in 2008.

 

Deportivo v Espanyol

  • Deportivo are unbeaten in three La Liga clashes with Espanyol (W1 D2), keeping three clean sheets in the process.
  • Los Pericos have only won one of their last seven league visits to the Riazor (D2 L4), the only game in this run in which they scored (3-2 in 2009).
  • Deportivo won their only La Liga title thanks to a 2-0 home win over Espanyol on the final day of the 1999/00 campaign.
  • Current Espanyol manager Sergio Gonzalez played 294 league games for Deportivo between 2001/02 and 2009/10, more than any other Depor player in this period.
  • Espanyol have scored three headed goals this season; half of their tally of six in the entire 2014/15 campaign.
  • Only Levante (17) have used fewer players than Deportivo (18) in La Liga this term.
  • Espanyol have conceded a league-high 96 fouls this season.
  • If they win this game, Espanyol will have recorded three successive league victories for the first time since February 2013 (3).
  • Deportivo have only won one of their last nine home league games (D4 L4), conceding 13 goals and scoring just 10 in this run.

 

Getafe v Levante

  • Getafe have only won five of their 16 top-flight meetings with Levante (D7 L4), though four of them came in the Coliseum.
  • Los Granotas have taken at least a point in three of their last four visits to the Alfonso Perez in La Liga (W2 D1).
  • Lucas Alcaraz has only won one of his five visits to the Coliseum as a La Liga manager (D1 L3), though that was with Levante last season (1-0).
  • Pedro Leon is one of seven players to score for both of these sides in La Liga, alongside Fabio Celestini, Nacho, Nano, Baba Diawara, Pedro Rios and Michel.
  • Getafe have not won successive home games since recording three in a row between January and February under Quique Sanchez Flores.
  • Levante have failed to score in eight of their last 12 away league games (W2 D1 L9).
  • Emiliano Velazquez has participated in two of the Blues' three league goals this term (one goal, one assist).
  • All five Levante goals this season have come from different players: Camarasa, Verza, Casadesus, Morales, Deyverson.
  • No side has seen more cards this season than Getafe (19, level with Eibar).

 

Real Sociedad v Athletic

  • Real Sociedad and Athletic Club have met 136 times in La Liga, with the side from San Sebastian winning 45, drawing 35 and losing 56.
  • Only against Espanyol (51) have Real Sociedad won more La Liga games than they have against Athletic (45).
  • Athletic have won 19 away league games against Real Sociedad; against no side have they won more often on the road.
  • The last three Basque derbies between these sides in La Liga have ended 1-1.
  • Real Sociedad are unbeaten in six against Athletic (W3 D3), they've not reached seven since 2000 (15).
  • Indeed that 15 game unbeaten run between 1993 and 2000 remains Real Sociedad's best ever unbeaten run in this fixture.
  • Los Rojiblancos ended that run with a 2-0 win in San Sebastian in January 2001 thanks to a brace from Joseba Etexeberria. Since then, they have only kept one clean sheet away to the side from Donostia (2-0 in 2007).
  • Real Sociedad have scored in their last six derbies against Athletic; their best league run since 1982 (10).
  • Real Sociedad's biggest league win over Athletic is 5-0, achieved in both 1976 and 1995.
  • The side from San Sebastian's 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Athletic in 1930 remains their biggest ever top-flight home defeat.
  • Carlos Vela has scored three goals in four home league meetings with Athletic, netting twice with Real Sociedad and once with Osasuna.
  • Only two Spanish players have scored a hat-trick for a La Liga club (all comps this season); Aduriz in the Supercopa and Agirretxe against Granada in La Liga.
  • That treble was Agirretxe's first ever competitive hat-trick.
  • Jonathas has scored two goals and made two assists in two league meetings with the Lions.
  • Ernesto Valverde is yet to win a league derby against Real Sociedad during his second spell in charge of Athletic (D3 L1).

 

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