• On the last occasion Rayo scored a home league goal against Barcelona, they went on to win the game (1-0 in 2002).
  • The Catalans have won their last five league meetings with Rayo, their best run against the side from Vallecas.
  • Barcelona have scored more goals v Rayo (19) than against any other side since 2011/12. Barcelona inflicted upon Rayo Vallecano their heaviest ever top-flight defeat (7-0 back in 2012).
  • Lionel Messi has scored in every meeting between these sides since Rayo’s promotion in 2011 (seven goals in four games).
  • Rayo have lost three successive league games; they have never lost four in a row under Paco Jemez.
  • Barcelona have gone on to win the league on all five previous occasions where they have opened with five successive wins (2013, 2010, 1998, 1991, 1985).
  • No side in any of Europe’s top five leagues has conceded more goals per game on average than Rayo this term (three).
  • Roberto Trashorras has created a league-high 14 chances this season, while Cesc Fabregas (13) is second alongside Ivan Rakitic.
  • Tata Martino’s side have the highest possession figure in La Liga (70.1%), while Paco Jemez’s side are one place behind (65.8%).