• Barcelona have won their last six league meetings with Rayo Vallecano, scoring 4.3 goals per game on average and conceding just once overall.
  • Rayo have only won one of their previous 14 trips to the Camp Nou in La Liga (2-0 in 2000, with a brace from Jon Perez Bolo).
  • Barcelona inflicted on Rayo their heaviest ever La Liga defeat back in 1979 (9-0).
  • If only results away from home counted, Rayo would be outside the relegation zone on 11 points.
  • On the last occasion that three points were level on points at the top of La Liga in the second-half of the season, Barcelona went on to win the title (level with Deportivo and Real Madrid in 1992/93).
  • Lionel Messi has scored in four of his previous five league meetings with Rayo (seven goals).
  • Joaquin Larrivey has participated directly in four of Rayo’s last five league goals (two goals, two assists).
  • Against no other La Liga side has Pedro Rodriguez scored more goals than he has against Rayo Vallecano (five).
  • Barcelona have not lost consecutive home league games since 2003.
  • Tata Martino’s side have the highest possession figure in La Liga this season (67%), while Paco Jemez’s side are second in this ranking (61%).
  • Barca have scored a league-high eight goals on the counter-attack this season, while Rayo are the only side not to score one after a fast break.