• Athletic have lost eight consecutive league meetings with Real Madrid; only before have they endured a longer run against their rivals (10, between 1959 and 1964).
  • The Whites have won their last three trips to Bilbao in La Liga by the same scoreline: 3-0.
  • The side from Bilbao are just three points away from equalling their overall points haul from the 2012/13 campaign (45).
  • The Lions have collected three consecutive league wins; they have not won four in a row since February 2011.
  • Real Madrid have kept four successive La Liga clean sheets; they have not kept more since a run of six under Bernd Schuster in 2008 (six).
  • If they avoid defeat here, Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid will have beaten Jose Mourinho’s side’s run of 20 consecutive games unbeaten in all competitions from 2011/12 (20).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has had more shots (158) and shots on target (64) than any other player in the top five European leagues this term.
  • Gorka Iraizoz, together with now-teammate Diego Lopez, has conceded more goals to Cristiano Ronaldo than any other La Liga goalkeeper (11).
  • Aduriz (three goals, four assists) and Ibai Gomez (five goals) have participated in 10 of Athletic’s last 12 league goals.
  • The Basque side have recouped a league-high 18 points from games in which they have conceded the first goal this term (14), while Real Madrid have not lost a single point having scored first.