• Villarreal have won seven and lost none of their last eight home league meetings with Athletic, only drawing their most recent meeting with them (2-2 in 2012).
  • The Lions have only won twice at El Madrigal in their La Liga history and both these victories ended 1-0 (1998 and 2004).
  • Ernesto Valverde has won four of his five meetings with former club Villarreal as Athletic manager (L1).
  • Athletic have been shown four red cards against Villarreal in La Liga since 2009/10; against no side have they been shown more in this period (also four v Real Madrid).
  • Only Real Madrid have won more points than Athletic (15) over the second round of games so far; Villarreal are five points further off the Basque side with 10.
  • Marcelino’s side have won just one of their last five league games (D1 L3) and that victory came away from home (2-1 at Espanyol).
  • Ernesto Valverde’s side have gained a league-high 20 points from losing positions this term and have not dropped a single point when ahead.
  • The Yellow Submarine have gained a joint-league-high eight points with goals in the final 15 minutes of games this term (with Real Madrid).
  • Bruno has scored five league goals this season; more than he has managed in his other six La Liga campaigns combined (three).
  • Aritz Aduriz has participated in more goals than any other La Liga player in 2014 so far (12, seven goals and five assists).