How FC Barcelona and Espanyol come into the Camp Nou

Joy in Vigo. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
Barça are top of the league while the ‘budgies’ are in mid table

Friday’s Camp Nou derby sees both Barça and Espanyol well placed. Barça are enjoying the best ever start to a season, with ten wins, one draw and no defeats. Meanwhile, Espanyol have 15 points and for the time being are well clear of relegation and have an eye on European qualification. These are the two sides’ stats so far this season:

 
GOALS FOR
3312
GOALS AGAINST
714
SHOTS FOR 193126
SHOTS AGAINST
9499
SAVES BY KEEPER
3124
CROSSES INTO AREA185308
CROSSES INTO AREA AGAINST
181225
FOULS AGAINST
180167
FOULS COMMITTED
131187
PENALTIES FOR
10
YELLOW CARDS
1632
RED CARDS
01
YELLOW CARDS AGAINST3132
RED CARDS AGAINST
01
BALLS LOST
9071,067
BALLS RECOVERED
749788
INDIVIDUAL RUNS
14064
MINUTES OF POSSESSION
366230
OFFSIDES2312

*Data provided by OptaSports

The stats from these 11 games show the attacking potential of Martino’s side, who are averaging 3 goals a game, as well as the sensational start to the season from Victor Valdes, who has made more saves than Espanyol’s Kiko Casilla. They also show that Espanyol themselves are a team who attack down the flanks and are also quick to recover possession.