Spanish La Liga Opta Facts 15-16 January
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Almeria v Real Madrid
The Merengues have won four of their six matches against Almeria in the Spanish top flight.
However they have only managed one victory in three league matches at the Estadio del Mediterráneo.
Almeria are only the seventh side to fail to win in their first eight home games of a season in the Spanish top flight.
On eight of the 10 occasions that Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in the league this season, he has gone to score again in the same match.
Real Madrid have won 12 of their last 13 league games.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored eight goals in Real´s last five league games.
Real Madrid have won the last 13 league matches when Kaká has been playing, scoring an average of 3.5 goals per game.
Diego Alves is the only goalkeeper to have saved more than one penalty in La Liga this season.
José Mourinho´s side have conceded the fewest goals from set pieces in the Spanish top flight this season (three).
Athletic Bilbao v Racing Santander
Athletic have won their last three league games against Racing.
Racing have won only one of their last 15 league matches at San Mamés.
Bilbao have won five of their last six matches at home in Liga BBVA, though lost their last game against Deportivo.
Only Lionel Messi (11) has scored in more Liga BBVA matches than Fernando Llorente (10) this season.
Racing have drawn their last three league games.
Racing have had more shots than 11 sides in Liga BBVA this season (189), but are still the division´s lowest scorers (14 goals).
Los montañeses have failed to score with all three of their penalties this season in the league.
Bilbao are the only side apart from Real Madrid to have scored with more than one direct free kick this season (three each).
Fernando Llorente has scored seven headed goals this season, the most in Liga BBVA.
Atletico Madrid v Mallorca
Diego Forlán scored in both league meetings with Mallorca last season.
Los Colchoneros have won only one of their last 10 games against Mallorca in the league.
However they have lost only one of the last nine at the Vicente Calderón.
Mallorca have lost three of their last four away matches in Liga BBVA.
Los Bermellones have used only 44 substitutes this season, five fewer than any other side in Primera.
Mallorca have conceded the joint-fewest headed goals in La Liga this season (one).
No side has scored more goals in La Liga in 2011 than Mallorca (seven).
Prior to last night, the last time Atlético conceded four goals in a league match was against Mallorca in March.
Atlético have conceded the most goals from outside the box in La Liga this season (seven).
Barcelona v Malaga
Barcelona have scored an average of three goals per game in their last nine league meetings with Málaga.
The Blaugrana have won 17 of their last 18 top-flight encounters at home to Málaga, conceding eight goals and scoring 50.
David Villa has scored four goals in his last four appearances against Málaga in the league.
This match sees the league´s best attack (Barcelona - 57 goals), meet its worst defence (Málaga - 37 goals conceded).
Pedro has scored nine goals in Barca´s last nine league games.
Victory in this match would see Barcelona surpass Real Madrid´s run of 12 straight league wins from last season.
Barcelona have the best shot conversion rate in the league this season (22.7%: 4.4% higher than Real Madrid).
No side has scored more goals from corners and indirect free kicks than Málaga this season in the league (nine).
Getafe v Real Sociedad
Getafe have won all three of their matches at home to Real Sociedad in the Spanish top flight.
Juan Ángel Albín has scored in Getafe´s last two matches at home in the league.
Getafe have conceded three goals in both home games in all competitions in 2010.
Real Sociedad are on a run of four straight league defeats, shipping 12 goals in this run.
Xabi Prieto has scored or assisted six of Real Sociedad´s last 10 league goals.
Real Sociedad have made the most crosses in the Spanish top flight this season (460).
Erreala have conceded the most second-half goals in La Liga this season.
Real Sociedad have dropped 17 points in matches where they have scored first in the league this season (the most).
Getafe have dropped just two points in matches where they have scored first: only Real Madrid (0) have dropped fewer.
Real Zaragoza v Levante
Levante won their last meeting with Real Zaragoza in the Spanish top flight: their first in 10 encounters.
Los Blanquillos have never lost at home to Levante in the Primera, averaging 3.2 goals per game.
Real Zaragoza have won just one of their last eight league games.
Levante have scored exactly once in eight of their nine away games in the league this season.
Levante have lost three consecutive league games for the third time this season.
Los Granotes have averaged just 41.6% possession in matches this season, the lowest in Liga BBVA.
Felipe Caicedo has scored five of Levante´s last nine league goals.
Levante are the only side in Liga BBVA who have scored more than half of their goals with the left foot (10/19).
Sevilla v Espanyol
Sevilla failed to score in both league meetings with Espanyol last season.
Los Periquitos have won on just one of their last nine league visits to Sevilla.
Osvaldo scored twice in the last meeting between the sides, and has been involved in seven goals in Espanyol´s last seven league games (goal or assist).
No side has a greater disparity between points won at home (24) and away (seven) than Espanyol in Liga BBVA this season.
Sevilla have won their last two league matches: they have not won three in a row since November 2009.
Espanyol have won only one of their last five league away matches.
Los Nervionenses have completed a higher proportion of their dribbles (52%) than any side in Liga BBVA this season.
Frédéric Kanouté has scored five of Sevilla last six goals in La Liga.
Espanyol are yet to concede a goal in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season, but have shipped the most goals in the final 15 minutes (11).
Sporting Gijon v Hercules
Sporting have won four of their last five matches against Hércules in the Spanish top flight, though the last meeting was in 1997.
Sporting Gijón are without a win in their last 11 league matches, failing to score more than once in any of these games.
Málaga and Xerez were the only two sides to go 12 games without a win in Liga BBVA last season.
Hércules have failed to score in their last five away matches in the league.
Sporting Gijón have received 69 yellow cards in La Liga this season, the most.
Sporting Gijón are the only Liga BBVA side yet to score from outside the box this season.
David Trezeguet is yet to score away from home in the Spanish top flight.
Los rojiblancos have dropped more points after scoring first at home than any side in Liga BBVA this season (10).
Valencia v Deportivo La Coruna
Deportivo La Coruña are without a win in their last 10 league meetings with Los Che.
Five of Valencia´s last seven league goals against Depor were scored by David Villa (now at Barcelona).
Los Che are unbeaten in their last five league games at home.
Deportivo have failed to find the net in six of their nine away games in Primera this season.
Valencia have won their last three league matches, all thanks to a goal scored in the final 10 minutes.
Depor´s only away win in the league this season came in the Comunitat Valenciana, 1-0 at Levante.
No side has scored fewer goals in the second half of Liga BBVA matches this season than Valencia (nine).
Deportivo are the only Liga BBVA side not to have conceded a goal to a penalty this season.
Villarreal v Osasuna
Villarreal are without a win in their last six league meetings with Osasuna.
Osasuna are unbeaten in their last four league visits to El Madrigal.
Osasuna´s matches have produced only 36 goals this season, the fewest in Liga BBVA.
Villarreal have taken 25 points from the 27 available at home in the league this season.
The Yellow Submarine has conceded just three goals at home in the league this season, fewer than any other side.
Osasuna have failed to score in five of their last six league games, and in seven of their nine on the road this season.
Osasuna are unbeaten against sides from the Comunitat Valenciana this season (two draws, one win).
Only Barcelona have made more passes in the Spanish top flight than Villarreal this season (8686).
Giuseppe Rossi has been involved in more goals than any player outside of Real Madrid and Barcelona (nine goals, five assists).