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La Liga Week 13: Game by game preview

football11 November 2022 17:13
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Elche - Girona

This will be the first meeting between Elche and Girona in LaLiga. In all competitions, Elche are unbeaten in their last five meetings with Girona (W4 D1), three in LaLiga SmartBank and two in the promotion playoff to LaLiga.

At home, Elche have played 14 matches against Girona in all competitions without losing any of them (W9 D5) - the last being a 0-0 draw in the LaLiga promotion play-off final in August 2020.

Girona have lost just one of their last five visits to teams from the Valencia region in LaLiga (W3 D1), most recently to Valencia (0-1 last August), and have never lost in two consecutive away games to these sides.

Elche have won just one of their eight LaLiga games on Tuesday (D4 L3) and that was away from home, most recently against Real Betis (1-0 last April), while Girona have lost two of their three matches on that day in the competition (W1), with both defeats coming away from home.

Athletic Club v Real Valladolid

Athletic have won just one of their last six meetings with Real Valladolid in LaLiga (D3 L2), with that win coming away from home (4-1 in March 2020), having won four of their previous five against them in the competition (D1).

Athletic have not lost any of their last eight home matches against Real Valladolid in LaLiga (W5 D3), although the last three have ended in draws - only once have they drawn four or more in a row at home against the same opponent in the competition (five against Barcelona in 1970).

Real Valladolid are winless in their last nine visits to teams from the Basque Country in LaLiga (D4 L5), since a 2-1 win against Eibar in March 2019.

Athletic have not won any of their last seven games played on a Tuesday in LaLiga (D3 L4), since a 2-0 win over Espanyol in April 2017, and Real Valladolid have also failed to win any of their last seven on that day in the competition (D4 L3), since a 1-0 win over Girona in April 2019.

Athletic have lost three of their last five games in LaLiga (W1 D1), having lost just one of their first eight in the competition in the current campaign (W5 D2).

Osasuna v Barcelona

Osasuna have won just one of their last 12 matches against Barcelona in LaLiga (D3 L8) and that win came away from home, 2-1 in July 2020.

Barcelona have avoided defeat in their last six visits to Osasuna in LaLiga (W3 D3), alternating between a win and a draw in those six away games - they drew the last one, 2-2 in December 2021.

Osasuna have not lost any of their seven home games on Tuesday in LaLiga (W4 D3), winning the last two, while Barcelona have not lost any of their 33 Tuesday games in the competition (W23 D10) - it is the only day of the week that the Blaugrana side have not suffered a top-flight defeat.

Osasuna have five wins from their first seven home games in LaLiga in 2022/23 (L2), their highest home tally at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 2005/06 (W7).

Barcelona have taken 34 points after their first 13 games in LaLiga 2022/23 (W11 D1 L1), equalling their joint-fourth highest tally at this stage of a top-flight campaign (34 points in 2010/11) – they’ve only won more points at this stage in 2012/13 (37), 2013/14 (37) and 2017/18 (35).

Almería v Getafe

Almería have won two of their last three matches against Getafe in LaLiga (L1) after failing to win in their previous four against them in the competition (D2 L2).

Getafe have won five of their last 11 away games against Almería in all competitions (D2 L4), including their win in their last match away from home against them, 1-0 in Liga SmartBank in January 2017.

Getafe have failed to win in their last seven visits to teams from Andalusia (D3 L4), since a win 2-0 v Cádiz in December 2020, but they have drawn three of the last five away games against such sides in the competition (L2).

Almería have lost their last three games played on Wednesday in LaLiga, failing to score in those three matches, while Getafe have won two of their last four played on Wednesday in the competition (D1 L1).

Almería have won their last three home games in LaLiga, scoring exactly three goals in each. They last won 4+ in a row at home in the top-flight in May 2009 (4).

Sevilla v Real Sociedad

Sevilla have avoided defeat in their last nine games against Real Sociedad in LaLiga (W5 D4), keeping a clean sheet in five of those matches, their longest unbeaten run against them in the top-flight.

Sevilla are unbeaten in their last six home games against Real Sociedad in LaLiga (W4 D2), since a 1-2 defeat in April 2016 – on only one previous occasion have they avoided defeat at home in seven matches in a row against the txuri-urdin side in the competition (G8 W7 D1) in October 1957.

Real Sociedad have won three of their last five away games against Andalusian sides in LaLiga (D1 L1), as many wins as in their previous 13 matches away from home against such sides in the top-flight (D2 L8).

Sevilla are unbeaten in their last 11 games played on Wednesday in LaLiga (W7 D4), since a 1-3 defeat against Real Sociedad in December 2017. The Basque side have won their last two played on that day in the competition, after failing to win in their previous five (D1 L4).

Sevilla have failed to win in their last six home games in LaLiga (D3 L3) and they last went winless in 7+ consecutive matches at home in the top-flight in September 1987 (G7 D3 L4).

Espanyol v Villarreal

Villarreal have drawn 20 games against Espanyol in LaLiga (G42 W15 L7), more than against any other opponent in the competition.

Espanyol have won only one of their last 12 home games against Villarreal in LaLiga (D8 L3), 3-1 in October 2018, failing to score in seven of those 12 matches.

Espanyol have won only one of their last 12 games played on a Wednesday in LaLiga (D4 L7), 1-0 v Alavés in September 2021, while Villarreal have won five of their last seven played on this day in the competition (D1 L1).

Espanyol are unbeaten in their last three home games in LaLiga (W1 D2) after losing their previous three at home in the competition, but they have only won one of their last nine on home soil (D4 L4), 1-0 v Real Valladolid the last October.

Villarreal have failed to win in their last six away games in LaLiga (D2 L4), failing to score in all these six matches – this is their longest run without an away goal in their top-flight history.

Mallorca v Atlético de Madrid

Mallorca have won their last two games against Atlético de Madrid in LaLiga, after winning just one of their previous eight against the Red and White team in the competition (D3 L4).

Atlético de Madrid have lost just two of their last five away games against Mallorca in LaLiga (W2 D1) after losing their previous three matches on the road against the Balearic side in the competition.

Mallorca have failed to win in their last seven games played on a Wednesday in LaLiga (D2 L5), failing to score in five of them, while Atlético de Madrid have lost only one of their last 19 away from home on a Wednesday in the competition (W13 D5).

Mallorca have won only one of their last six home games in LaLiga (D2 L3), 1-0 v Almería the last September, conceding just one goal in each of the last three.

Atlético de Madrid have won only one of their last four games in LaLiga (D2 L1), after winning four of their previous five in the competition (L1).

Rayo Vallecano v Celta Vigo

Rayo Vallecano are winless in their last three games against Celta de Vigo in LaLiga (D2 L1), only once have they gone four consecutive games without winning against them in the top-flight (run of seven in April 1996 - D4 L3).

Rayo Vallecano are unbeaten in their last 11 LaLiga home games against Celta de Vigo (W10 D1), while they have won 75% of their games against them (P16 W12 D2 L2) - their highest win percentage against a single opponent with at least 10 games in Vallecas in the competition.

Celta de Vigo have won on just one of their last 22 visits to Madrilenian teams in LaLiga (D7 L14), winning 3-0 against Getafe in October 2021.

Rayo Vallecano have lost three of their last four games played on Thursday in LaLiga (W1), conceding five goals in each of those defeats. Meanwhile, Celta de Vigo have failed to win their last 12 games played on Thursday in the competition (D3 L9), losing the last four.

Rayo Vallecano have won their last three games in LaLiga; they last won four in a row in the top-flight in January 2013 under Paco Jémez (4).

Valencia v Real Betis

Valencia are winless in their last four LaLiga games against Real Betis (D1 L3) since a 2-1 win in February 2020. Only once have they gone at least five consecutive games without winning against them in the competition (run of six in January 1978 - D3 L3).

At home, Valencia have lost their last two games against Real Betis in LaLiga without scoring; they have never gone three consecutive home games without winning against them in the top-flight.

Real Betis have won in their last three away games against Comunidad Valenciana teams in LaLiga; they have never recorded at least four consecutive wins on the road in such games in their history.

Valencia are unbeaten in their last six home games in LaLiga on Thursday (W5 D1), meanwhile Real Betis have won four of their last eight games played on the road on Thursday in the competition (D1 L3).

Valencia are winless in their last three LaLiga home games, losing the last two (D1) – the last time they lost three consecutive games at the Mestalla in the competition was in September 2016 under Pako Ayestarán (run of four).

Real Madrid v Cádiz

Real Madrid have just won one of their last four games against Cádiz in LaLiga (D2 L1), drawing twice under Carlo Ancelotti (0-0 in December 2021 and 1-1 in May 2022).

At home, Real Madrid have failed to win in their last two games against Cádiz in LaLiga (D1 L1) after winning 11 of their previous 12 home games against them in the top-flight (D1).

Cádiz have won just three of their 37 visits to Madrid in LaLiga (D5 L29), two of them in the 21st century (1-0 vs Real Madrid in October 2020 and 1-0 vs Getafe in April 2021).

Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 14 LaLiga games played on Thursday (W12 D2), including a 6-0 win against Levante in their only game that day under Carlo Ancelotti. Meanwhile, Cádiz have lost four of their six games played that day in the top-flight (W1 D1).

Real Madrid have failed to win in their last two games in LaLiga (D1 L1); they last failed to win three successive games in the competition in November 2020 under Zinedine Zidane (D1 L2).