• Villarreal have lost in five of their last six clashes with Real Madrid in La Liga, though they did draw their most recent one against them (1-1 in El Madrigal in 2012).
  • Marcelino has lost all four of his previous home league meetings with Real Madrid as a manager (five goals scored, 14 against).
  • Real Madrid have won more times at El Madrigal than any other away side in La Liga history (seven).
  • Villarreal could become the first team for the Communidad Valenciana to win their opening four top-flight games since Valencia in 1951/52.
  • If Real Madrid win this game, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will have bettered their points total after four games of any campaign under José Mourinho.
  • Cani (three) has scored more goals against Real Madrid than any other Villarreal player in the club’s top-flight history.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in every league game he has played at El Madrigal (four goals in three games).
  • Giovani dos Santos has participated at least one goal in all three of Villarreal’s victories this season (two goals, two assists).
  • Between them, Isco (three) and Benzema (two) have scored five of Real Madrid’s six league goals this term.
  • Villarreal have scored a league-high two goals on the counter-attack this term.