We head into the second international break of the season on the back of a weekend of surprises. 3 of last season’s top 4 were beaten with Atletico Madrid too good for Barcelona on Saturday night before Real Madrid and Sevilla both sank to defeats on the road on Sunday. The weekend served up a first win for Granada, a first point for Getafe and the first sacking of the season as Paco Lopez left Levante. Read on for our LaLiga matchday 8 review featuring all the results, xG data, stats and team of the week.
LaLiga Matchday 8 Results & Expected Goals
Friday 1st October 2021
Athletic Club 1-0 Alaves (xG: 2.49-0.81)
Saturday 2nd October 2021
Osasuna 1-0 Rayo Vallecano (xG: 0.66-0.15)
Mallorca 1-0 Levante (xG: 0.44-1.43)
Cadiz 0-0 Valencia (xG: 0.16-1.44)
Atletico Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (xG: 1.37-0.75)
Sunday 3rd October 2021
Elche 1-0 Celta Vigo (xG: 1.40-0.71)
Espanyol 2-1 Real Madrid (xG: 1.29-1.62)
Villarreal 2-0 Real Betis (xG: 2.59-0.53)
Getafe 1-1 Real Sociedad (xG: 0.52-0.80)
Granada 1-0 Sevilla (xG: 0.08-1.40)
Matchday 8 – Stats & Star Performers
|Most Possession||BARCELONA – 70.6%|
|Highest Pass Success Rate||REAL MADRID – 91%|
|Lowest Pass Success Rate||CADIZ & GETAFE – 60%|
|Most Shots||REAL MADRID – 18|
|Fewest Shots||CADIZ – 2|
|Worst Discipline||MALLORCA, LEVANTE, VALENCIA, ELCHE, REAL BETIS, GETAFE & SEVILLA* – 4 Yellows|
|Highest xG||VILLARREAL – 2.59|
|Lowest xG||GRANADA – 0.08|
|xG Over-Performer||GRANADA – 1 Goal from 0.08 xG|
|xG Under-Performer||ATHLETIC CLUB – 1 Goal from 2.49 xG|
|Highest Attendance||ATLETICO MADRID vs BARCELONA– 60,594|
|Lowest Attendance||GETAFE vs REAL SOCIEDAD – 8,463|
It was the first weekend of the season where full capacities were possible in Spain and while the late easing of restrictions meant few stadiums were completely full, we still got some much bigger crowds. That included more than 60,000 at the Wanda Metropolitano for the meeting of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona – the largest at a Spanish football match since before the pandemic.
On the pitch, Barcelona recorded the highest possession figures of the weekend but were frequently caught on the break by Atleti and didn’t really look threatening in the game. It’s now doubtful whether Ronald Koeman will survive the international break.
LaLiga has already seen its first sacking of the season with Paco Lopez leaving Levante after a 16 game match winless streak. He may wonder what might have been after his side had the better of the chances at the weekend, creating 1.43 xG in a 1-0 defeat against Mallorca which would prove his last game in charge of the Valencia club.
|Most Shots||KARIM BENZEMA (Real Madrid) – 8|
|Most Completed Passes||SERGIO BUSQUETS (Barcelona) – 87|
|Most Key Passes||IKER MUNIAIN (Athletic Club) & GONCALO GUEDES (Valencia) – 6|
|Most Completed Dribbles||DANI RODRIGUEZ (Mallorca) – 5|
|Most Aerials Won||MIKEL MERINO (Real Sociedad), OSCAR DUARTE (Levante) & DAVID GARCIA (Osasuna) – 7|
|Most Successful Tackles||ALFONSO ESPINO (Cadiz) & LUCAS TORRO (Osasuna) – 6|
|Most Interceptions||MATHIAS OLIVERA (Getafe) – 5|
|Most Fouls||PEPELU (Levante) – 5|
It was a weekend where many of the big guns largely failed to shine but we still had quite a few familiar names cropping up in the individual stats. Karim Benzema was impressive even in defeat for Real Madrid, while Sergio Busquets completed the most passes in LaLiga for the third consecutive matchday having done likewise on MD7 and MD6.
Iker Muniain was on song again for Athletic, completing the joint most key passes along with Goncalo Guedes who was one of Valencia’s main threats in their goalless draw at Cadiz.
Defensively, Alfonso Espino impressed in that game while Lucas Torro and David Garcia posted some impressive defensive numbers for Osasuna in their narrow win over a Rayo Vallecano side that had their usual attacking threat nullified by a disciplined display from the Pamplona team.
Sorare LaLiga Fantasy Team of the Week
With so many of the big teams struggling, we saw a few players creep into the best XI that we aren’t too used to seeing, particularly in defence with the likes of Osasuna’s David Garcia and Cadiz right-back Iza (Isaac Carcelén) featuring.
In midfield, Thomas Lemar’s rise continues with a fantastic performance and goal in the 2-0 win over Barcelona. Up top, even in defeat, Karim Benzema still made the team of the week, underlining his status as the star act in LaLiga right now although there were concerning performances from one or two of his teammates.
Overall, it wasn’t a particularly high-scoring weekend with only three players recording SO5 scores of 85+.
Sorare Player of the Week: Johan Mojica (100)
Colombian left-back Johan Mojica stood out for Elche with a dynamic display against Celta Vigo. He didn’t score or assist but put up solid numbers across the board with 4 tackles won and 10 successful duels out of 12, to post a perfect 100.
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