• Athletic have only won one of their last 16 trips to the Sanchez Pizjuan in La Liga (D6 L9); 1-2 in November 2011.
  • However with victory in the last meeting between the sides, Sevilla ended a run of four consecutive league defeats against Bilbao.
  • Unai Emery is enjoying his best ever run of league victories as Sevilla manager (three). The Andalusian side have not won four in a row since 2009 (five).
  • Athletic have taken 29 points from 15 games this season; their best record at this stage since 82/83 (32, assuming three points for a win), when they won the league.
  • Carlos Bacca has scored exactly once in each of the last three La Liga gameweeks, while Iker Muniain has done so in the last two.
  • Sevilla have not won any of their five league games without Ivan Rakitic over the last two seasons (D1 L4).
  • Bilbao have earned a league-high 14 points from games in which they have conceded the first goal this term.
  • Sevilla have been reduced to 10 men in three of their last four home league meetings with Athletic Bilbao.
  • Unai Emery has won all four previous clashes with Ernesto Valverde as a La Liga manager.