• Villarreal have only lost one of their last eight home clashes with Malaga in La Liga (W5 D2).
  • Malaga have been reduced to 10 men in three of their last four league meetings with Villarreal.
  • Bernd Schuster is the manager to have recorded the biggest away win at El Madrigal in Villarreal’s La Liga history (5-0 with Real Madrid in 2007).
  • Marcelino Garcia Toral has never defeated Bernd Schuster as a La Liga manager in four previous meetings (D1 L3).
  • Villarreal have the chance to equal their best ever to start to a La Liga campaign after 15 games (30 points), recorded in 2010/11 under Juan Carlos Garrido.
  • Malaga are one of only two sides yet to win away from home in La Liga this term, alongside bottom side Betis.
  • Ikechukwu Uche has the opportunity to score in four consecutive La Liga games for the first time in his career.
  • The Yellows are one of only two sides (with Atleti) who are yet to concede a penalty this season.
  • Villarreal have scored 33% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games; the highest proportion in the top-flight.
  • Malaga have not won any of their three previous Friday fixtures this season (D1 L2).