• Almeria are unbeaten in three top-flight meetings with Espanyol (W2 D1); they have never gone four in a row.
  • Almeria have not won the opening fixture of any of their last three La Liga seasons (D2 L1).
  • Los Periquitos have not won any of their last five opening La Liga games when they have started the season away from home (D1 L4).
  • Only against Osasuna (five) have Almeria won more La Liga games than they have against Espanyol (four).
  • Los Pericos ended last season with a run of eight games without a win (D2 L6), their worst run in a single campaign since February 2009 (14).
  • Espanyol have started a La Liga season against a side from Almeria once before; they beat AD Almeria 5-2 in 1979.
  • The last time Almeria didn’t receive a single yellow card in a home league game was against Espanyol in December 2013.
  • Fran Velez made his La Liga debut against Espanyol last season, scoring his first goal in the process.
  • Salva Sevilla scored the same number of goals last season as he had in his previous two La Liga campaigns (four), the most recent of which coming in the Juegos Mediterraneos in May.
  • Diego Colotto scored four league goals last season, becoming the first Espanyol defender to reach this mark since Dani Jarque in 2005/06.