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Matchday 9

Recovering the ball with an advantage brings you closer to goal

Regaining possession is, of course, never a bad thing, but the circumstances in which the ball is won back can vary greatly. For example, managing to turn possession over in your own box isn’t the same as pick pocketing the opposition’s last defender high up the pitch. It’s worth noting just how well CA Osasuna perform when it comes to forcing the opposition into mistakes near their own goal. The Navarran outfit’s high-intensity game and defensive efforts place them amongst the division’s top five teams in terms of recoveries in advantageous positions.

It’s your Game

Matchday 9

Villarreal CF

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CA Osasuna

DOM 17.10.202118:30

Season 2021/2022

Estadio de la Cerámica

RC Celta

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Sevilla FC

DOM 17.10.202116:15

Season 2021/2022

Estadio ABANCA Balaídos

RCD Espanyol de Barcelona

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Cádiz CF

LUN 18.10.202121:00

Season 2021/2022

RCDE Stadium

FC Barcelona

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Valencia CF

DOM 17.10.202121:00

Season 2021/2022

Camp Nou

Villarreal CF

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CA Osasuna

DOM 17.10.202118:30

Season 2021/2022

Matchday 9

Estadio de la Cerámica

Blockbuster bout as in-form duo lock horns

Both the Yellow Submarine and Los Rojillos have enjoyed dream starts to the campaign and head into this contest brimming with confidence. It is well worth noting that Villarreal are the only team in the division who remain unbeaten, with possession-based football, defensive solidity and goalscoring efficiency amongst the hallmarks of Unai Emery’s impressive side. Indeed, Los Groguets boast the highest possession duration stats in LaLiga Santander, whilst they have bagged themselves a place amongst the league’s top three teams for possession per match. The fact that the Castellon outfit are the division’s most effective side in terms of defensive containment and are ranked in second spot in the chance conversion standings make them a challenging prospect for opposition sides.

Visitors Osasuna come into the encounter in fine fettle and are earning themselves a reputation as a fearless unit. The Navarrans boast the highest possession percentage in the opposition’s half and have also excelled in terms of crosses and through balls as they lead the way in both departments. Indeed, the team’s latest triumph came courtesy of an injury-time winner that saw Manu Sanchez gobble up an inviting cross. Meanwhile, the
Pamplona-based side have chalked up the second most recoveries in the top flight.

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Possession-based, attack-minded sides meet in Estadio de la Ceramica showdown

Both of these teams play an attacking brand of football. Indeed, Villarreal occupy fourth spot in terms of the average number of players involved per possession. Unai Emery’s men boast the top tier’s largest convex hull ratio when in possession and feature amongst the competition’s leading three teams in terms of the average distance of short passes and the team to have covered the greatest distance at highest intensity (28km/h). 

Meanwhile, one of Osasuna’s biggest assets is their ability to regain possession in the opposition’s half. Indeed, Los Rojillos feature amongst the top five teams in the division when it comes to the number of dangerous recoveries, as well as being amongst the leading three sides in terms of the percentage of dangerous possessions that end in a goal.

PLAYER FOCUS

Deadly Danjuma has Yellow Submarine on course to success

Arnaut Danjuma secured a move to LaLiga Santander this summer intent on establishing himself as a goalscoring hero and the Dutch attacker has hit the ground running, netting four goals in his six appearances, including the brace he notched last time out as Villarreal saw off Real Betis in a 2-0 success. The speedy left-winger features amongst the division’s top five goalscorers and the league’s top 10 players in terms of shots on target, whilst he creates more dangerous actions than any of his teammates.  

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Metric of the Week

Matchday 9

Find out the meaning of each metric

Distance to closest opponent when receiving the ball

Not all attacking actions involve the same level of difficulty. As you advance towards the opposition’s goal, the defending team seeks to limit the space you’re afforded when receiving the ball from a teammate and it becomes more difficult to involve yourself in the move. To calculate the level of difficulty in each player’s involvement, we use a metric called ‘the distance to the closest opponent when receiving the ball’, which measures the average distance to the closest defender when an attacking player receives the ball in the attacking phase. This statistic indicates the difficulty of the attacking actions involving attacking players (the lower the average distance, the greater the pressure the player will be under). Meanwhile, this statistic also offers us an indirect means to measuring the intensity of the defending team’s press. This metric is to be calculated in terms of areas of the pitch: defensive third, middle third and attacking third.

HOW IT'S MADE

Beyond Stats offers incredible metrics which go beyond the ordinary in the football industry: it does not limit itself to gathering the data normally used for the standard analyses that reach fans, but goes one step further, collecting a vast amount of in-match information, almost in real time, thanks to LaLiga’ s Mediacoach proprietary tool, that is capable of revealing new perspectives on the game at a deeper level, allowing patterns to be traced and future predictions to be made. 

In every LaLiga stadiums we have up to sixteen high-resolution, fixed perimeter cameras for optical tracking which follow the positions of the players, referees, and the ball on the field of play, collecting the physical and technical/tactical data at the dizzying rate of 25 times a second. These devices permit the integration, through the Mediacoach analysis tool, of two technologies: tracking and eventing. Tracking is based on the positional information collected by the stadium perimeter cameras and allows for the generation of metrics such as distance covered, top and average speeds, and number of sprints. Eventing allows more objective events to be recorded: number of passes, corners, and fouls committed and received, for example. The information captured through tracking and eventing is integrated and stored in the system forming a high-volume set of data. 

The raw data collected is processed for analysis by a multidisciplinary team composed of LaLiga experts in business intelligence & analytics and football analysis, through machine learning and artificial intelligence processes made possible thanks to the Azure technology supplied by Microsoft, which is capable of processing large volumes of data. After processing, an algorithm is generated that permits the visualisation of the metrics that reach fans through Beyond Stats. These statistics allow fans to better understand why their team has won or lost a match, or to benefit from a panoramic view of their performance and expectations, gifting football fans an unprecedented immersion in the experience.