Things you might not know about Almeria v Barça

Xavi takes on Almeria in 2008. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
The Andalusians are still looking for their first win this season, while Barça are looking to make it a record breaking seven out of seven

Almeria are back in the top flight after two years in the second division.

– Their 35-year-old manager Francisco Rodríguez Vílchez is the youngest in the first division. He was formerly manager of the reserve team, and as a player was Almeria’s highest goalscorer of all time.

– Francisco faced Barça in the 2004/05 season while playing for Albacete.

– That means he was involved in the same game as the one in which Leo Messi scored his first league goal.

– The red-and-whites have never beaten Barça in the league, neither home nor away.

– In six previous league visits to Almeria, Barça have won three and drawn three.

– Their last meeting was an 8-0 win for Barça in 2010/11. In fact, that was FC Barcelona’s biggest ever away win in the league.

– Barça are one win away from their best ever start to a league season. They have never before won all of their opening seven matches.

– Barça is the top scoring side in Europe this season, with an average of 3.6 goals a game.

– Almeria, meanwhile, are one of just two teams that have yet to register a single win in the league this term. The other is Elche.

– They have eight goals in their account, and their top scorer is a former Barça man, Rodri, with 4.

– Nine of the Almeria squad have played against Barça before, but only veterans Soriano and Esteban have ever been on the winning side.

Fernando Soriano beat Barça with Zaragoza in the 2003/04 season, and Esteban enjoyed the experience no fewer than three times between 1997 and 2000, when he was at Oviedo.

Corona is the player who has the most experience of playing Barça. His teams have drawn with FCB twice, but on all the other nine occasions they finished empty handed.