Match facts: Euro race hots up
Facts and figures ahead matchday 35 in La Liga, with Osasuna and Malaga doing battle in the race for European places.
Sevilla - Levante
Sevilla have won all six games at home to Levante in the top-flight, scoring at least twice in each.
11 of Sevilla’s last 12 league goals against Levante have been scored by foreign players (Negredo last season is the exception).
A loss for Levante would equal their worst run of league defeats this season (three).
Last week Michel suffered his heaviest-ever defeat as a manager in Primera in the 1-5 reversal at Getafe.
Sevilla have won the most games 3-0 in La Liga this season (four).
Only Real Madrid’s substitutes (5) have scored more goals on the road in the league this season than Levante’s (4).
Between them Negredo (5) and Manu del Moral (5) have scored 10 of Sevilla’s last 12 league goals.
Jesus Navas has nine assists in the league this season, the most for a player outside Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Levante have only won one of their five league matches without Iborra playing in the league this season (D1 L3).
Velasco Carballo has awarded the most offsides in La Liga this season.
Racing – Athletic
Racing are on a run of eight league games without a win against Athletic in the league (D3 L5).
Athletic have lost on just two of their last nine league visits to Racing (W6 D1).
The Basque side have scored in eight of their last nine league visits to El Sardinero.
Racing have won just one of their last 11 top-flight matches against Basque sides, 2-1 against Real Sociedad in March 2011 (D4 L6).
Racing are without a win in their last eight league games at home (D3 L5), their worst-ever run in a single season in the Spanish top-flight.
Racing have lost their last four league games at home, their worst-ever run in the top-flight.
The montañeses are without a win in 15 league games overall (D6 L9), again their worst-ever run in Primera.
Cervera’s men have conceded 26 goals in their last 11 league games, scoring just six.
Bielsa’s men are without a win in six league games on the road (D2 L4).
Athletic have conceded exactly twice in each of their last seven league games on the road.
Racing have drawn the most matches after conceding the first goal in La Liga this season (7).
Fernando Llorente has scored more headed goals than any other player in Europe’s top-five leagues this season (10).
Osasuna – Málaga
Osasuna are unbeaten in their last five top-flight meetings with Málaga (W2 D3).
The side from Pamplona have scored in each of their last 10 meetings with Málaga in La Liga.
Osasuna have only won one of their nine previous top-flight meetings at home to Málaga since the Andalucian club re-formed (D4 L4).
Osasuna have only lost one of their last six league matches at home (W4 D1).
The rojillos are unbeaten in their last nine league games at home to Andalucian sides (W5 D4).
Pellegrini’s men are without a win in back-to-back league games (D1 L1) for the first time since January.
Málaga have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 10 league games on the road.
Only two of Málaga’s 16 goals away from home in La Liga this season have come in the first half.
Osasuna have won the eight league matches in which they have opened the scoring at home in the league this season.
Real Sociedad – Villarreal
Real Sociedad have won just two of their last 12 top-flight meetings with Villarreal (D5 L5).
The “Yellow Submarine” have lost just two of their nine visits to Anoeta in Primera (W4 D3).
Last season was the first time Villarreal had ever failed to score at Real Sociedad in La Liga (0-1).
The txuri-urdin have scored in six consecutive league matches, their best run this season.
Villarreal have picked up the joint-fewest points on the road in the league this season (nine: W2 D3 L11).
Villarreal have dropped the most points in the last 15 minutes of Liga BBVA matches this season (11).
Villarreal have scored the joint-fewest headed goals in the league this season (3), while Real Sociedad have conceded the fewest in this way (4).
Carlos Vela has scored four of Real Sociedad’s last five league goals.
Philippe Montanier’s side have conceded the most goals in the first 15 minutes of both the first (10) and second (12) halves of La Liga games this season.
Lotina (33%) has the highest win % so far of Villarreal’s three managers in the league this season (Molina 27%, Garrido 19%).
Mallorca – Real Zaragoza
Mallorca have only lost two of their last 10 league meetings with Real Zaragoza (W6 D2).
At home, the bermellones have won their last five league meetings with the maños.
Zaragoza have faield to score against Mallorca in their last two league meetings. They have never gone three straight matches without scoring against ttheme in Primera.
The islanders have failed to score in their last two league games at home. They have not gone three without netting since April 2006.
Just two of Mallorca’s last 11 league goals have been scored at home.
Zaragoza have taken 16 points from their last nine league games, compared to 15 from their previous 24.
The Aragonese side have picked up the most points thanks to goals scored in the last 15 minutes of league games this season (12).
Zaragoza have scored a higher % of their goals in the last 15 minutes than any other La Liga side this season (41%), Mallorca have scored the lowest % in this period (9%).
Víctor Casadesús has failed to score in seven league games, his worst run of the season.
Granada – Getafe
Getafe won their only previous top-flight encounter with Granada 1-0 earlier this season.
Failure to win in this match would put Granada on their second-longest winless run of the season in the league (D2 L1), two short of their run of six between September and October 2010.
The azulones have failed to score in their last three league games on the road.
Miku has scored four goals in the last three league matches in which Getafe have found the net.
Casquero’s only league goal this season came against Granada.
Against Sevilla, Getafe managed their joint-second-biggest win ever in Primera, after 5-0 vs Espanyol.
The Madrid side are, along with Valencia, the side who have benefitted most from opposition own goals in La Liga this season (4).
Granada are the only side whose defenders (11) have scored more goals than their strikers (9) in La Liga this season. Their defenders are the highest-scoring and their strikers the lowest-scoring in the competition.
Abel Resino has drawn his two previous La Liga matches as a manager against Getafe 1-1.
Granada have dropped the fewest points after opening the scoring in LigaBBVA this season (2), both in their last game against Athletic.
Atlético Madrid – Espanyol
Atlético have only won six of their last 26 top-flight meetings with Espanyol (D9 L11).
The rojiblancos have only won three of their last 12 games at home to the pericos in La Liga (D4 L5).
Atlético have won more matches (47) and scored more goals (186) at home to Espanyol than any other side in Primera.
A win in this match would mean only Real Madrid (nine) have won more often at the Vicente Calderón in the league than Espanyol (four) since Atlético’s last promotion.
Atlético would be fourth had the league started when Simeone took over as coach (25 points).
The rojiblancos have won just four of their last 13 league games (D4 L5).
The pericos are the only LigaBBVA side yet to win on the road in 2012 along with Sporting (D5 L2).
Sergio García has scored only five league goals this season but they have won Espanyol seven points. Falcao’s 22 strikes have won his side only six.
Falcao has scored in all but one of Atlético’s seven home league matches since Simeone took over.
Sporting Gijón – Rayo Vallecano
The Asturians have won their last seven games at home to Rayo in the top-flight, conceding just one goal in this run.
In 15 visits to Asturias in the top-flight, Rayo have only ever managed one win (2-0 at Real Oviedo in 1997) D2 L12.
Sporting won their last league game at home (3-2 vs Levante), but have not won back-to-back games at El Molinón this season.
The Sportinguistas have only won five league games at home this season, their second-lowest total in a full top-flight campaign after 97/98 (two).
Rayo have only scored more away goals in two previous full top-flight campaigns (21), and are five off their record (26).
The Madrid side have lost their last four league games on the road, they have not lost five in a row in the top-flight since April 2003.
Rayo are the only team yet to pick up a point in the last 15 minutes of La Liga matches this season.
Michu has scored 15 league goals this season, another one would see him equal Hugo Sánchez’s tally during his time as a rayista.
Michu’s goals (15) have won his side more points (10) than any other midfielder’s in the league this season.
Rayo have lost all three league games this season in which the injured Javi Fuego has not played.