Liga - Match facts: Unbeaten Sevilla face Barca test

Thu, 20 Oct 15:12:00 2011

All the key facts and stats ahead of the weekend's fixtures in La Liga, as Sevilla bid for their first win at the Camp Nou in nine years.

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Atletico de Madrid v Mallorca

Atletico have won just four of their last 14 league meetings with Mallorca.

Since their return to Primera, Atletico have lost just one of their matches at home to the islanders in the league.

All four of Mallorca’s draws at Atletico have been by the same scoreline (1-1).

Mallorca suffered their biggest-ever defeat in the league at Atletico: 7-0 in February 1988.

Jose Antonio Reyes has had the most shots in LigaBBVA this season without scoring a goal (22).

Mallorca have scored the joint-most penalties of any team in Europe’s top five leagues this season (three).

Tomas Pina has committed the third-most fouls in LigaBBVA this season (19).

Mallorca have conceded the most goals from corners in the league this season (four).

Mallorca have won just one of their last 16 league games on the road in the league.

Atletico have failed to score in five of their seven league games this season, but scored four in each of the other two.

Barcelona v Sevilla

Sevilla have won on just six of their 67 league visits to Barcelona’s ground, losing 51 times and drawing just 10.

Sevilla have conceded more goals at Barcelona than any other side in Primera (188).

Barcelona have won their last seven league games at home to Sevilla, scoring 22 goals and conceding just three.

Sevilla’s last win at the Camp Nou came in 2002/03 (3-0).

Pep Guardiola’s men are unbeaten in the league since April vs Real Sociedad (11 games).

After Barca, Sevilla have the second-longest unbeaten run in LigaBBVA currently (nine matches).

Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in their last seven league games at home, and are just two games off matching their record for most consecutive shut-outs from 1986/87.

Sevilla have alternated between a home win and away draw in all seven league games this season.

Sevilla’s last two away games in LigaBBVA have ended goalless.

Barcelona have recorded the highest average possession in the league this season (74.9%).

All 26 of Barca’s league goals this season have come from inside the area in open play.

Pep Guardiola’s men have already netted nine goals in the opening 15 mins of LigaBBVA matches this season, five more than their nearest rival in this (Betis, four).

Sevilla are, along with Betis and Levante, the only side not to have shipped a goal in the opening 30 minutes of league games this season.

Leo Messi has been involved (goal or assist) in over half of Barcelona’s league goals this season (15/26).

Malaga v Real Madrid

Last season against Real Madrid, Malaga suffered their heaviest-ever top flight defeat (7-0 in March).

Malaga have not beaten Real Madrid in the league since 1983/94 (6-2, as CA Malaga), losing 19 and drawing eight games since then.

The Malaguenos have lost 13 of their last 14 meetings with Real Madrid in the league.

Real Madrid have won eight of their last 10 away games in LigaBBVA.

Malaga have scored three of the four goals from direct free kicks in LigaBBVA this season.

Pellegrini’s men have also scored the most goals from set pieces in the league this season (seven).

Malaga and Real Madrid have scored the joint-most goals from outside the area in the league this season (four).

José Mourinho’s men have scored the most goals in the last 30 minutes of league games this season (14), seven more than the next side (Barcelona).

Real Madrid (125) and Malaga (122) have received the most fouls in LigaBBVA this season.

Malaga have received the fewest yellow cards in La Liga this season (eight).

Last week Higuaín became the third player since 2003 to score back-to-back hat-tricks in La Liga games (after Messi and Ronaldo).

Gonzalo Higuaín has the best minutes per goal ratio in LigaBBVA this season (one every 39 minutes).

Cristiano Ronaldo has only scored more goals against Getafe (eight) than he has against Malaga in Primera (seven).

Osasuna v Real Zaragoza

These two sides have a very balanced head-to-head in La Liga, with 24 wins to Zaragoza, 23 to Osasuna and 11 draws.

Real Zaragoza have failed to win in their last six league visits to the Reyno de Navarra, though they have managed four draws in this run.

The Manos have failed to score on 11 of their last 15 league visits to Osasuna their worse recent record at any ground.

However, Aguirre’s men have scored more goals on the road (five) than at home (four) in the league this season.

Osasuna have only opened the scoring in one home game this season, with this being their only win.

Osasuna have taken just three points from the last 15 available in LigaBBVA (three draws).

Last season Zaragoza were bottom of LigaBBVA after seven games, with three draws and four defeats.

Osasuna are unbeaten at home in the league this season, while Zaragoza are yet to win on the road.

These two sides have the poorest defences in the league this season: Osasaun 15 goals conceded, Zaragoza 13.

All 15 of the goals conceded by the rojillos in the league this season have come from inside the box.

Javier Aguirre’s men have faced the most shots in LigaBBVA this season (130).

Racing Santander v Espanyol

Racing have lost just one of their last 12 league meetings with Espanyol.

The Montaneses have only beaten Valencia (28 times) more often in La Liga than Espanyol (27).

Racing have netted only one goal in their last six league games combined.

All three matches at El Sardinero this season have ended in a draw (two 0-0s, one 1-1).

All but one of Espanyol’s six l league goals this season have come in the second half.

Just one of the Catalonian side’s last 13 league matches has ended in a draw.

A win in their last match at Rayo Vallecano ended a run of 11 games without a win on the road for Espanyol, a run during which they picked up just one point.

Racing have used the most players in the league this season (24).

The last time Racing failed to win any of their opening seven games in La Liga was in 1928/29, the first-ever top-flight campaign in Spain.

Real Betis v Rayo Vallecano

Rayo have won just one of their last 11 top-flight meetings with Betis, drawing four.

All three of Betis’ top-flight wins at home to the Franjirrojos at the Benito Villamarin have come when they have kept a clean sheet.

The Rayistas have won only one of their last 20 matches in the top flight (vs Getafe), drawing 10 of these.

Defeat in this match would equal Betis’ worst losing streak in the top flight in the last 20 years (four games). The last time they lost four in a row, they were relegated (2008/09) at the end of the season.

Rubén Castro has participated in all three of the goals that Betis have scored while he has been on the pitch this season (two goals, one assist).

Rayo have conceded the most goals in the 15 minutes after the break (four) in the league this season.

Rayo have dropped the joint-most points from winning positions in LigaBBVA this season (five, all away from home).

After Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano have faced the fewest shots in La Liga this season (68).

In eight games under Undiano Mallenco, Betis have received one red card, in the only game in which they failed to score with him as ref (Betis 0-2 Sevilla in 2008).

Real Sociedad v Getafe

Real Sociedad have only beaten Getafe twice in eight top-flight meetings.

Erreala’s two top-flight wins over the azulones were by a score of 3-0 and 4-0.

Getafe’s 0-4 home defeat to Rayo last season was their biggest-ever top-flight defeat at the Coliseum.

Getafe have scored the joint-fewest goals at Anoeta (two) of any ground in Primera where they have played at least four times.

Getafe’s centre-forward Miku has had the most shots off target in LigaBBVA this season without missing the target with a single one (seven).

Casquero and Cata Díaz have started the joint-most games for Getafe in the top-flight (136 each).

Imanol Aguirretxe has hit the woodwork on the most occasions in LigaBBVA this season (three).

Real Sociedad have scored the most headed goals in the league this season (four).

Getafe have conceded the most goals in the last 15 minutes of league matches this season (five).

Getafe have dropped the joint-most points after scoring first in LigaBBVA matches this season (five, along with Rayo).

Four of Getafe’s six league goals this season have been scored by Miku.

Sporting de Gijon v Granada

Granada have managed only one win in their nine previous trips to Sporting in Primera.

Between them, Granada and Sporting have scored just five goals in seven matches in the league this season, all in the second half.

Granada have lost all three away games in the league this season so far, failing to score each time.

Sporting have failed to score in their last three league games at home.

It is 10 years since a side scored as few goals as Granada after seven games in Primera (Mallorca scored one in seven in 2001/02).

Five of the previous nine teams to accrue under two points in their opening seven games in Primera went on to be relegated.

Granada have conceded the most goals from outside the area in La Liga this season (four of eight).

Sporting have conceded the most headed goals in the league this season (five).

Valencia v Athletic

Valencia are yet to lose at home in the league this season, only dropping points against Barcelona.

Athletic are on a run of three straight games unbeaten in the league.

Both Valencia and Athletic have scored in all but one of their league matches this season.

The Basque side have lost their last five league matches against Valencia.

They have won on just one of their last 21 league visits to Mestalla, in 2007/08, managing four draws in this run.

Bielsa’s side are the only team who are yet to keep a clean sheet in LigaBBVA this season, and have not kept one in their last 18 league games.

Only once before have Bilbao gone 19 league games without keeping a clean sheet (2002).

Valencia have made the most changes to their starting line-up from one game to the next in LigaBBVA this season (26).

Los Che are, along with Real Sociedad, the side who have conceded the most goals in the first 15 minutes of league matches this season (three).

Valencia have lost just one of their last 11 league games, and have won six.

Fernando Llorente has had the most headed shots in LigaBBVA this season.

Villarreal v Levante

The last meeting between the sides (at Villarreal in February) saw Levante pick up their first-ever top-flight win against the Yellow Submarine (six defeats, one draw previously).

Villarreal have won only one of their last 11 league games (six draws, four defeats).

The Yellow Submarine have only failed to score in two of their last 30 league games at home.

Levante are on a run of five straight league wins this season, the longest run by a side in Primera this season.

Prior to this streak, Levante had never won more than three in a row in the Spanish top flight.

Levante have used just 15 different players in their starting XIs this season, fewer than any other side in LigaBBVA.

Five of the last eight teams to concede under four goals in their opening seven games (as Levante this season) in Primera have gone on to win the league.

Aside from Barcelona and Real Madrid, Levante are only the eighth side to take 17 points from their opening seven games in Primera.

Only once before have Villarreal had fewer points after seven top-flight games (three in 2009/10).

In seven games, Levante have seen an opponent sent off on six occasions this season, four more than any other side in LigaBBVA.

Follow these matches live with Eurosport-Yahoo! this weekend: Saturday - Malaga v Real Madrid 19:00 and Barcelona v Sevilla 21:00; Sunday - Atletico Madrid v Real Mallorca 17:00, Valencia v Athletic Bilbao 19:00 and Villarreal v Levante 21:00.

Reuters

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