Villarreal have won each of their last four meetings with Malaga CF in La Liga, their best run against them in the top-flight.
Malaga’s last win against Villarreal at El Madrigal in La Liga – since renamed Estadio de La Cerámica – came back in 2009. Since then they have met on six occasions (D2 L4).
Malaga are winless in their last eight league games (D3 L5) - the last time they had a longesr run without a win in the competition was in 2010 (12).
Villarreal have kept a clean sheet in each of their last six league games against Andalusian teams (W4 D2), their best ever run in the top-flight.
Malaga have been involved in five nil-nil draws in La Liga this season; a joint-high with Alaves.
Villarreal have have picked up fewer yellow cards than any other team in La Liga this season (36).
Malaga have conceded the highest proportion of goals in the first half of any team in La Liga this season (66%).
14 of Ignacio Camacho's 16 goals for Malaga in La Liga have been headers (87.5%).
The current Malaga manager, Marcelo Romero, scored the first of his four La Liga goals against Villarreal in February 2002 (2-1 at La Rosaleda).
Malaga are the side with most recoveries in La Liga this season (410), while Ignacio Camacho is the player with the most (77).