• Villarreal have won their last four top-flight meetings with Rayo Vallecano, scoring 11 and conceding just three.
  • Rayo Vallecano’s biggest ever La Liga away win came at El Madrigal back in 2000 (5-1).
  • Villarreal won the reverse fixture against Rayo 5-2 this season; scoring five times in an away game for only the second time in their top-flight history (5-1 v Las Palmas in 2000).
  • The Yellow Submarine have scored in all nine previous La Liga meetings with Rayo (18 goals).
  • Ikechukwu Uche became only the third player in Villarreal’s La Liga history (after Forlan and Riquelme) to score a hat-trick, when he netted three times against Rayo earlier this term.
  • Villarreal are guaranteed to finish in the highest position of any newly promoted side in La Liga since Celta Vigo finished sixth in 2005/06.
  • Paco Jemez’s side have the second-highest average possession figure in La Liga (59.22%); something they also finished with last term (58.13%).
  • Marcelino’s side have lost a league-high 11 points from winning positions on home soil this term.
  • Jeremy Perbet is Villarreal’s top scorer in the second round of fixtures this season (five); he has scored half as many goals as Rayo’s top scorer in this period (Larrivey, 10).