• Real Sociedad are without a win in four La Liga meetings with Villarreal (D2 L2).
  • Indeed the Basque side’s last league win over the Yellows came in their first La Liga game since their last promotion (1-0 on the opening weekend of 2010/11).
  • The side from Donostia have scored exactly once in each of their last six Primera meetings with Villarreal.
  • Villarreal’s 5-1 win over Real Sociedad in the reverse fixture remains their biggest league win of the campaign.
  • Real Sociedad are unbeaten in five league games (W2 D3), with Carlos Vela directly participating to a goal in all five of them (three goals, two assists).
  • The Yellow Submarine have won 56 points this season, eight short of Celta Vigo’s record for a newly-promoted side (64 in 2005/06).
  • Carlos Vela is one of three strikers to have both scored (15) and assisted (12) more than 10 league goals this season (Messi and Sanchez).
  • Ikechukwu Uche is the top scoring African player in La Liga this season (13 goals); the last African player to score more was Arouna Kone in 2011/12 (15).
  • Jagoba Arrasate is the first Spaniard to lead Real Sociedad into Europe since Marco Antonio Boronat in 1989/90.
  • Villarreal are one of two teams (alongside Barcelona) yet to lose a single point from a winning position away from home.