The Real Betis midfielder is proving to be one of the sensations of the season. He has the ability to make a decisive impact in every game due to his magical play, his dribbling skills and his ability to create threats in the opposition box. Despite being the Betis player who receives the most double pressure passes, Fekir is capable of shrugging off his man and sparking dangerous moves with his spellbinding footwork.
RCD Espanyol de Barcelona
Estadio Benito Villamarín
Estadio de Vallecas
RCD Espanyol de Barcelona
The Sevillians, as is the norm since Julen Lopetegui took charge, seek to dominate games with the ball. They are currently the LaLiga Santander team with the greatest attacking build-up play, totalling an average of 6.7 passes per possession. Furthermore, this attacking nature also means that they are the team who take the greatest initiative in the entire division, and the second team with the highest percentage of possessions that end in an attack on goal. Likewise, if they go a goal down, they do not hold back: they are the team who register the largest convex hull when they are losing, making it easier for them to move the ball and create spaces.
They face an RCD Espanyol side who seek to build on the basis of their solid defence and who are proving reliable in their own box. In fact, they are the team who make the most clearances per game at 23.6 per match. They are also the sixth most successful team in the division at preventing dangerous actions in their own area.
Los Pericos look to attack quickly, without stringing together too many passes which could lead to dangerous losses. This makes them the LaLiga Santander team who gain the most distance in each possession. Furthermore, when they take the lead, they double down on their style: they are the team with the smallest convex hull when they are winning. This will undoubtedly be an aspect for Sevilla to bear in mind, who will try to cut out those enduring possessions by the Catalan outfit.
The Sevilla forward has been performing superbly in his maiden LaLiga Santander season. The Argentine scored a brace on his debut in the competition and was on cue again in the following match. In total, he has netted three goals in four games and is establishing himself as one of Lopetegui's attacking heavyweights. Lamela’s effectiveness in front of goal, with three goals from three shots on target, hasn’t gone unnoticed by his rivals, which would explain why he receives passes under pressure from a rival at an average of 4.3 metres.