• Rayo Vallecano have only won one of their last nine home league meetings with Athletic (D4 L4); 4-2 in 2002.
  • Three of the Lions’ four away league victories in Vallecas have finished 2-1.
  • Ander Iturrapse has only scored one goal in six previous La Liga seasons (132 games), but that came against Rayo Vallecano in 2011.
  • Rayo have won their last five home league games; their best top-flight run since their first ever La Liga campaign (nine in a row in 1977/78).
  • If they win in Vallecas, Athletic will guarantee their place in next year’s Champions League qualifiers.
  • If only results in the second round of fixtures counted, Paco Jemez’s side would find themselves in a European spot (sixth place with 27 points).
  • Only Bayern Munich (21) have scored more headed goals than Athletic (18) in the top five European leagues this term.
  • Joaquin Larrivey has scored in his last three league games; the last Rayo player to score in four in a row in La Liga was Elvir Bolic back in 2001/02.
  • Ander Herrera has participated in more goals this season (four goals, five assists) than in any previous La Liga campaign.