• Villarreal have beaten Barcelona on eight different occasions in the league, that’s four times as many victories as against Real Madrid (two wins).
  • The Catalans have won four and drawn one of their last five league games at El Madrigal, however.
  • Barcelona came from two goals down to win this fixture 3-2 last season, drawing level with two own goals.
  • Marcelino Garcia Toral has never beaten Barca as a La Liga manager (D2 L6).
  • Villarreal only won two of their last seven home league games last season, drawing three and losing two.
  • Indeed Barcelona only won three of their last seven league games on the road last term, with their most recent win coming against Villarreal.
  • Luis Enrique’s Barcelona had a league-high 71.6% of possession on MD1.
  • Lionel Messi has scored seven goals in his last six league meetings with the Yellow Submarine.
  • Munir El Haddadi, who scored on his La Liga debut last week, is currently the youngest player to have scored in the top five European leagues this week (born 1/9/95).
  • Neymar scored his first La Liga brace against Villarreal at the Camp Nou last term.