Spanish La Liga Opta Facts - 23-25 October
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Almeria v Hercules
- These two sides have met four times so far in the top-flight, between 1979 and 1981.
- Hercules have won three of their four meetings with Almeria in La Liga without conceding a goal; a 2-0 win for Almeria completes the record.
- Almeria have managed only one win from their last nine league fixtures, at the Riazor against Deportivo in September.
- Deportivo's last win at home was in May (4-2 against Villarreal); since then, they have picked up only two points from the ensuing four games at home.
- After scoring two goals at the Camp Nou against Barcelona, Hercules have failed to score in their last two away games - a goalless draw at Zaragoza and a 3-0 defeat at Getafe.
- Overall, Herculess have failed to score in five of their last six away games in the top-flight.
- Esteban Vigo's side have scored seven goals this season, only one of which has come in the second half.
Espanyol v Levante
- Espanyol are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Levante in La Liga (four wins and three draws).
- However, three of the last four meetings between these two sides have ended level.
- At home, the Catalans are unbeaten against Levante in La Liga (three wins and two draws).
- Espanyol have not shared the points in their last 12 league games, since the goalless draw in last April's derby with Barca.
- Espanyol have alternated wins and defeats in their last 10 league fixtures - a run started with a 1-0 defeat against Zaragoza and continued until last Saturday's 1-0 win against Mallorca.
- At home, Espanyol are on a run of four consecutive wins in the league, and have kept a clean sheet in the last two.
- After losing the opening three games of this campaign, Levante have collected eight points in the last four match-days, as a result of two wins and two draws.
Getafe v Sporting Gijon
- These two sides have met only four times in the Spanish top division: Getafe lead by two wins to one, one draw completes the record.
- Sporting have scored exactly one goal in each of these four fixtures.
- At Getafe, the hosts have scored six goals in their two previous meetings against Sporting (5-1 and 1-1).
- Getafe have won three of their last four league games on home soil.
- Last Saturday's 2-0 win over Sevilla was Sporting's second in their last 17 league games.
- Sporting are winless in their last 11 away games in La Liga (seven defeats and four draws).
- Sporting have failed to score in three of their last four games on the road.
- Getafe have conceded seven goals in the second half so far - a joint-high in this campaign.
- All of Getafe's 11 goals have been scored from open play; Getafe are the only side in La Liga yet to score a goal from a set piece.
Osasuna v Malaga
- Osasuna have beaten Malaga only once in their last 16 meetings in the top-flight (2-1 away from home in December 2005).
- Osasuna's last win in Pamplona against Malaga was in March 1990 (2-0); since then, the hosts have collected only four points in eight meetings with Malaga in La Liga.
- Both meetings between these two sides last season ended in a draw.
- Osasuna have won only one game so far this season (3-1 at home against Real Sociedad): three draws and as many defeats complete their record in this campaign.
- At home, Osasuna are unbeaten in their last nine league games (four wins and five draws).
- Malaga have picked up seven points from their last three games on the road (two wins and a draw).
- Six players have been sent off in the last three league meetings between Osasuna and Malaga.
- Malaga have conceded the most goals in the first half in la Liga so far (nine).
- Malaga have also scored the most goals from dead balls so far (seven).
Real Madrid v Racing Santander
- Real Madrid are on a run of six consecutive wins against Racing in La Liga.
- The Merengues have not conceded a goal in their last five meetings with Racing.
- At home, Real have beaten Racing in eight of their last nine encounters; a 2-1 win for the guests in December 2005 completes the record.
- Real Madrid are unbeaten in La Liga since April (2-0 defeat against Barcelona); since then they have notched up 11 wins and three draws.
- That loss against Barcelona was also the only league game that Real didn't manage to win at home in their last 22.
- José Mourinho is continuing at Real his unbeaten run at home in league games: he is now unbeaten in 139 games, since losing against Baira Mar with Porto in February 2003.
- The last team to score more than one goal in a single game against Real Madrid were Osasuna last May.
- Since then, Real have conceded only six in 10 fixtures, three of which have come this campaign - currently the best defence in La Liga.
- Real are yet to concede a goal in the first half this season.
- Racing are winless in their last eight games on the road (five defeats and three draws).
- Ronaldo is currently La Liga's top-scorer with six goals, four of which have come in his last two games; he is also the player with the most shots on target so far (20).
- Ronaldo is also the player who has assisted the most goals in this campaign (four).
Real Sociedad v Deportivo La Coruña
- Deportivo have won the last two meetings with Real Sociedad in La Liga (in 2006/07).
- Prior to that season, Real Sociedad had won three times in a row against Depor, without conceding a single goal.
- Real Sociedad have lost four of their last five league fixtures - a 1-0 win against Espanyol completes the record.
- Martín Lasarte's side have scored a goal in each of their three games at home this season.
- Deportivo have only four points after the first seven match-days of this campaign - their worst start to a season in La Liga since three points were awarded for a win (1995/96).
- Last season after seven games the Galicians were joint-third with 15 points.
- Deportivo and Real Zaragoza are the only two sides yet to win a game in La Liga this season.
- Deportivo have the worst attack of La Liga: only three goals scored and five games have ended without them scoring any.
- Deportivo have used 26 different players in this campaign (a record), but only two have been able to find the net so far.
- Deportivo have conceded the most headed goals this season (four).
Real Zaragoza v Barcelona
- Barcelona have won eight of their last 10 league meetings against Real Zaragoza (including the last four), drawing one and losing another.
- The Blaugrana have won four of the last five encounters against Zaragoza played at La Romareda; one win for the hosts (1-0 in April 2007) completes the record.
- Zaragoza have conceded 246 goals in 112 league matches v Barcelona, more than against any other side in La Liga.
- Real Zaragoza are yet to win a game in this campaign, and they are currently bottom of the table with three points.
- Zaragoza's last win in the league came against the other Catalan side Espanyol, in May (1-0).
- Los Blanquillos have drawn their last two games played at La Romareda.
- The Blaugrana are unbeaten away from home since February (a 2-1 defeat in Madrid against Atletico); since then, Guardiola's men have won eight and drawn two in La Liga.
- Barcelona have scored their 12 goals with eight different players this season - the joint-most.
- No Barcelona player has managed to score in two consecutive league games yet this season.
Sevilla v Athletic Bilbao
- Sevilla have lost only once in their last 13 league matches against Athletic (2-0 at the San Mames in January 2008), winning 11 times.
- At home, Sevilla are unbeaten against Athletic since December 1993; since then, they have notched-up seven wins and six draws at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán against the Basque side in the top-flight.
- The Rojiblancos have scored more goals against Athletic (202) then against any other side in La Liga.
- Sevilla have won only once in their last four league games.
- Athletic have won only one of their last 15 league games on the road, losing nine and drawing five.
- Frédéric Kanouté has already scored seven goals in La Liga against Athletic Bilbao, more than against any other opponent.
- Luis Fabiano is waiting for his first goal in La Liga this season - the Brazilian striker has already scored three goals against Athletic in his career.
- Athletic Bilbao are the only side in La Liga yet to concede a goal from a set piece this season.
Valencia v Mallorca
- Valencia have won 28 of their 46 previous games against Mallorca in the top-flight; nine wins for the Balearic side and nine draws complete the record.
- Valencia have won only once in their last five league meetings with Mallorca, losing three times and sharing the points once.
- At home, Los Che have lost only once against Mallorca in 23 encounters in La Liga (0-3 in March 2008), winning 16 times and drawing six times.
- Before losing at Barcelona last Sunday, Valencia were unbeaten in their last seven league games.
- Valencia are unbeaten at home in La Liga in 2010, as they have won 13 and drawn two league games at the Mestalla.
- Mallorca have picked up only one point in their last four league games on the road, failing to score in three of those matches.
- Valencia have already scored five headed goals this term (a league-high); three of these were scored by striker, Aduriz.
Villarreal v Atletico Madrid
- This will be the 19th meeting between these two sides in La Liga: Villarreal lead by seven wins to six, with five draws.
- Last season Villarreal had the better in both fixtures, with the same scoreline (2-1).
- Atletico have managed to win only once at the Madrigal in La Liga, 1-0 in April 2007.
- Last Sunday's 2-2 draw against Hercules ended Villarreal's run of five consecutive wins.
- Villarreal are currently joint-second in the La Liga table, one point behind leaders Real Madrid; last season after the first seven match-days they were bottom, with only three points.
- Villarreal had a better start in 2008/09, when they had 17 points after the first seven fixtures; on that occasion, they ended fifth on 65 points.
- At home, the Yellow Submarine have won 10 of their last 11 games, losing only at the Camp Nou to Barcelona last May (4-1).
- Atletico have managed only one win in their last 13 games on the road.
- The Colchoneros have kept only one clean sheet away from home since start of 2010, a 4-0 win against Real Valladolid back in January.
- Diego Costa has netted a goal in each of his last three games for Atletico.
- Villarreal have been the most prolific side in the first half so far (11 goals scored).