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Nabil Fekir enchants LaLiga with his magic

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.

It’s your Game

Matchday 7

Sevilla FC

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RCD Espanyol de Barcelona

SÁB 25.09.202116:30

Season 2021/2022

Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán

Real Betis

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Getafe CF

DOM 26.09.202119:00

Season 2021/2022

Estadio Benito Villamarín

FC Barcelona

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Levante UD

DOM 26.09.202114:15

Season 2021/2022

Camp Nou

Rayo Vallecano

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Cádiz CF

DOM 26.09.202116:30

Season 2021/2022

Estadio de Vallecas

Beyond Stats

Sevilla FC

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RCD Espanyol de Barcelona

SÁB 25.09.202116:30

Season 2021/2022

Matchday 7

Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán

Sevilla FC and RCD Espanyol face off in a clash of styles

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.

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RCD Espanyol are the team who gain the most distance per possession

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.

PLAYER FOCUS

Erik Lamela spells danger for Los Pericos' rear guard

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.

Metric of the Week

Matchday 7

Find out the meaning of each metric

Recoveries with advantage

Not all dispossessions have the same impact on the game. To evaluate this aspect, we have created the 'recoveries with advantage' metric, which measures the number of players ahead of the ball, including players on the team winning possession and on the opposing team, at the precise moment when the ball is recovered (the defence–attack transition). In broad terms, they can be classified into two categories: recoveries with advantage (where there are more or less the same number of players from the team recovering possession as there are opponents ahead of the ball), and recoveries with no advantage (where there are more players from the opposing team in front of the ball than players in the team recovering possession).

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.