Spanish La Liga Opta Facts - 30-31 January
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Atletico Madrid v Malaga
- These two sides have shared the points only once in their last 11 league meetings; six wins to Atletico and four to Malaga complete the record.
- Atletico are unbeaten in their last 23 home meetings with Malaga in the top flight, and have won the last five.
- The Colchoneros have kept a clean sheet in each of the last four occasions that they have hosted Malaga at the Vicente Calderon in La Liga.
- Last Sunday's defeat against Getafe ended a run of three consecutive wins for Atletico in the league.
- Malaga are winless in their last 12 away fixtures in La Liga; their last win on the road was last season, against Osasuna.
- Last Sunday's defeat against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu ended a run of four consecutive draws away from home for the Andalusians.
- The Colchoneros have dropped the most points from leading situations so far in La Liga (14).
Deportivo La Coruña v Real Madrid
- Deportivo and Real Madrid have not shared the points in their last 14 meetings in the league, seven wins to each side in the process.
- Deportivo have a very good record at home against Real; the Galician side are unbeaten in 17 meetings at the Riazor, and have won the last six.
- Miguel Ángel Lotina's side have managed only two wins in the last seven match-days of this campaign, however they have won their last two at home.
- Real Madrid have conceded only one goal in the last five match-days of La Liga, but have managed to win only three games.
- Away from home, the Merengues have won only one of their last four fixtures; two defeats and a draw complete the record.
- Away from the Bernabeu, Manuel Pellegrini's side have also failed to score in three of their last four league games.
- Real Madrid are the only side to have won all of their games in which they have taken the lead in this season (14).
Espanyol v Athletic Bilbao
- Neither of these two sides have managed to score more than one goal in the last four league meetings between each other.
- The Catalans are unbeaten in their last 11 home meetings with Athletic; four draws and seven wins, including the last three.
- Mauricio Pochettino's side have collected seven points in their last three home games, while the Basques have picked up only one in their last three on the road.
- Espanyol have conceded the most goals in the last 15 minutes of play in La Liga (11), while Athletic have shipped only three in the first-half, a league-joint low alongside Barcelona.
Getafe v Racing Santander
- The record between Getafe and Racing in La Liga is perfectly even: both sides have managed five wins, with one draw completing the record.
- Getafe have won three games and lost two at home against Racing.
- Getafe remain the only side in La Liga yet to draw this term, they have recorded 10 wins and nine defeats in the first 19 match-days of this campaign.
- Míchel's side are on a run of four consecutive wins at the Coliseum in La Liga, and have kept a clean sheet in the last two.
- Racing are unbeaten in the last four match-days (three wins, including the last two away from home, and a draw).
- Racing have recouped the most points from trailing situations this term (eight).
Real Valladolid v Almeria
- Real Valladolid and Almeria have met seven times so far in the top flight: both sides have won twice; three draws (including earlier this season) complete the record.
- Real Valladolid are unbeaten in their three previous meetings with Almeria at home: two wins and a draw, in which period they have not conceded a single goal.
- Real Valladolid have won only one of their last 11 league fixtures, and picked up only one point from their last four.
- José Luis Mendilibar's side have lost their last two games at home, without scoring a single goal.
- Almeria have won only once in the last nine match-days.
- Juan Manuel Lillo's side have picked up only one point from their last six away fixtures of this campaign.
Sevilla v Valencia
- Sevilla have managed only one point from their last three encounters with Valencia in La Liga.
- However, the Andalusians are unbeaten against Valencia in their last six meetings at home, and have kept a clean sheet in the last four.
- Last Saturday's 1-0 win over Almeria ended a run of four consecutive defeats for Sevilla in the league.
- Sevilla have not scored more than one goal per game over the last seven match-days of La Liga.
- Valencia have lost only one of their last 15 league fixtures (2-3 against Real Madrid), and have won four of their last six.
- Away from home, Unai Emery's side are unbeaten in eight league games, and have conceded only three goals in the process.
- David Villa is the player who has attempted the most shots so far in this campaign, but he has been overtaken by Lionel Messi at the top of the goal-scoring chart, 15 goals for the Argentinean, 14 for the Spaniard.
Sporting Gijon v Barcelona
- Sporting have managed only one point from their last 10 meetings with Barcelona in the top flight.
- Sporting's last win against Barcelona was in September 1994, since then the Blaugrana have won nine of the ensuing 10 meetings.
- Barca have netted 10 goals in total over their last two visits to Gijon, conceding just two.
- Sporting have lost their last two league fixtures against Atletico and Racing, and won only one of their last four at their home ground (1-0 against Getafe).
- Barcelona are the only side still unbeaten in this campaign, 15 wins and four draws.
- Pep Guardiola's side have won their last three league fixtures, without conceding a single goal.
- At home the Blaugrana have won eight of the nine games they have played so far this term.
- Lionel Messi has bagged six goals in his last three games of La Liga, to secure top-spot in the scoring chart with 15 goals.
- Barcelona boast the best attack of this competition (49 goals).
Tenerife v Real Zaragoza
- Real Zaragoza are unbeaten in their last 10 meetings with Tenerife in the top flight, four wins and six draws.
- The last four meetings played in Tenerife between these two sides have all ended as draws.
- The team from the Canary Islands are winless in the last six match-days, and have managed only one win in the last 11.
- Real Zaragoza are also without a win in 10 games in La Liga, and have managed only three points in the process.
- Away from Zaragoza, Real are winless in 24 top flight games; their last away win was in October 2007, at Almeria, since then they have recorded 18 defeats and six draws.
Villarreal v Osasuna
- These two sides have shared the points on the last four occasions they have met in the top flight.
- The last three encounters between Villarreal and Osasuna have ended with the same scoreline (1-1).
- Osasuna have managed only one win at Villarreal's ground in nine previous meetings, five wins to the hosts and three draws (including the last two) complete the record.
- Villarreal are unbeaten at home in eight league games (six wins and two draws).
- Osasuna have won their last two league fixtures, 2-0 at home against Espanyol and 2-1 away to Xerez.
- Brazilian striker Nilmar has scored a goal in each of his last three league games for Villarreal.
- Villarreal have scored the most goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half (12), but have conceded seven in the opening 15 minutes of the game (a league-high).
- These two sides share the record for the most red cards picked up so far this season, seven.
- Villarreal have also conceded the most penalties (six).
Xerez v Mallorca
- The only previous meeting between these two sides in the top flight was Mallorca's 2-0 win earlier this season.
- Newly promoted Xerez have picked up only one point from the last eight match-days this term.
- At home, Xerez are on a run of four consecutive defeats, in which they have always conceded more than one goal.
- Mallorca are currently fourth in the table with 34 points, but only seven of these have been gained away from home.
- Xerez have scored only eight goals this term, a league-low.
- Mallorca have been the most prolific side of La Liga after half-time (26 goals).