• Atletico Madrid, winners of the 2013/14 La Liga title, also won the most points from Madrid derbies last season (16, Rayo three).
  • Rayo have only won one of their last nine league meetings with Atletico (D2 L6), 2-1 in February 2013.
  • The Red-and-Whites have not lost any of their last six league derbies, winning five and drawing 2-2 at home to Real Madrid last season.
  • Rayo will take part in their fourth consecutive La Liga season; they have never maintained their top-flight status for five in a row.
  • Cholo Simeone’s side ended last season with their longest winless run since March 2012 (3, D2 L1).
  • Since their most recent promotion, Rayo have remained unbeaten on the opening day (W2 D1) while they have scored on all six opening day appearances when starting at home.
  • Atletico Madrid would have finished fourth last season on 69 points without Diego Costa’s goals. The now-Chelsea man scored 27 goals to win his team a league-high 21 points.
  • Rayo Vallecano averaged 59.5% of possession last season, a figure only beaten by Bayern Munich, Barcelona and PSG in the top five European leagues.
  • Since Diego Simeone took charge of Atleti, Gabi has committed the most fouls in La Liga (212).
  • Atletico Madrid had the best defence in La Liga last term (26 goals conceded) while Rayo had the worst (80).
  • Atleti only faced 95 shots on target last season, at least 32 fewer than any other side.