• Atletico Madrid have lost six successive Premier League games against Barcelona in La Liga, their worst ever run against the Catalan giants.
  • However, the Red-and-Whites remained unbeaten in each of their two clashes with Barcelona in the Supercopa this season (1-1 at home, 0-0 in the Camp Nou).
  • Barcelona have won their last three trips to the Calderon in La Liga by the same scoreline: 2-1.
  • The Red-and-Whites have won all nine home league games this season, with Diego Costa scoring in all nine of them (13 in total).
  • Lionel Messi, who recently returned from injury, has scored more goals against Atletico than any other side in La Liga (17 goals in 14 games).
  • David Villa has scored five times in 10 appearances against Barcelona, though his last goal against his former side came with Valencia back in 2006.
  • Barcelona have scored a league-high seven goals on the counter attack this season; Atleti are joint-second with Real Madrid on six.
  • Barcelona have only lost three of the 138 league games in which Lionel Messi has scored; the first of these was in the Calderon (4-3 in 2009).
  • Only against Real Madrid (29) has Victor Valdes conceded more league goals than against Atletico (27).
  • If they win this game, Atletico will end the first half of the season top of the table with 52 points, four more than in 1995/96, the last time they achieved this (in a 22 team season).
  • Neymar, the only Barcelona player to score in every competition they have entered this season, scored his first goal for the club at the Calderon in the Supercopa.
  • If Barcelona win this game, Tata Martino will equal the best points haul achieved by Pep Guardiola in the first half of a season (52 in 2010/11).
  • Atletico are the only La Liga side yet to score from outside the area this season; only Real Madrid (nine) have scored more than Barcelona (seven).
  • Diego Costa has scored the first goal of the game a league-high six times this season; Alexis Sanchez and Neymar (both four) have grabbed it most often for Barca.
  • Barcelona average a higher goals per game figure than any other team in the top five European leagues this term (2.9); Atletico have conceded the fewest shots on target (42).