The teams already faced each other in the Supercup. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
A look at the compared stats of the two league leaders ahead of their crunch meeting at the Vicente Calderón

Saturday’s game at the Vicente Calderón brings together the most impressive outfits of the first 18 league games. Barça and Atlético Madrid both have 16 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat. But a compared examination of their stats suggests that they’ve achieving those points in very different ways.

For example, Barça have been completing twice as many passes a game (614) as Atlético (357). Their styles are also very different, with Barcelona passing the ball out of defence as opposed to the more direct approach employed by the red-and-whites. Diego Pablo Simeone likes the route one method and plenty of physicality, reflected by the number of crosses into the area made by his team (465) compared to Barça (303) and the respective stats for fouls committed and received.

Here are the league stats for the teams currently first and second as we go into the match:

 
GOALS FOR
47 53
GOALS AT HOME
33 31
AWAY GOALS
14 22
HEADED GOALS
8 3
GOALS FROM FREE KICKS
0 1
GOALS BY STARTERS
41 49
GOALS BY SUBS
4 3
GOALS AGAINST    
GOALS AGAINST AT HOME
6 6
AWAY GOALS AGAINST
5 6
SHOTS
253 287
SHOTS ON TARGET
119 141
SHOTS ONTO WOODWORK
7 9
SHOTS AGAINST
157 159
PASS ATTEMPTS
8,453 12,726
PASSES COMPLETED
6,453 11,051
LONG GOALS KICKS
107 54
SHORT GOAL KICKS
35 58
DRIBBLE ATTEMPTS 546 610
DRIBBLES COMPLETED
134 227
CROSSES 465 303
PENALTIES FOR
7 6
PENALTIES AGAINST
0 2
OFFSIDES FOR
13 25
OFFSIDES AGAINST
56 47
FOULS AGAINST
267 300
FOULS COMMITTED
265 203
YELLOW CARDS
53 31
RED CARDS
1 0
PLAYERS USED
22 23

*Data provided by OptaSports