• Athletic have only won one of their last eight league meetings with Villarreal (D3 L4).
  • The Basque side are unbeaten in seven home league games (W4 D3); their best run since February 2014 (12).
  • The Yellow Submarine are without a win in 10 away league games, drawing eight and losing two.
  • Indeed Villarreal have drawn six consecutive away games for the first time in their top-flight history.
  • Ernesto Valverde has only won two of seven clashes with Marcelino as La Liga managers (D2 L3).
  • The Basque side will guarantee themselves a European spot if they win this game, or if they draw and Malaga fail to beat Sevilla (they can still qualify by winning the Copa del Rey too).
  • If they lose this match, Athletic will qualify for Europe if Malaga don’t beat Sevilla and Espanyol fail to win, or if Espanyol win and Rayo Vallecano don’t win (Athletic’s head to head record is better than Espanyol’s, but Espanyol would finish top of a three team mini-league between them, Athletic and Rayo).
  • In 15 seasons together in the top-flight, Villarreal have finished ahead of Athletic nine times (including this campaign).
  • Before Inaki Williams and Aketxe both did it last weekend, the last time two Athletic players scored their first goal for the club in La Liga on the same day was back in 2009 against Almeria (De Marcos and Ustaritz).