LaLiga 2021/22 Matchday 9 Review, Stats & Team of the Week

LaLiga Matchday 9

We returned after the second international break of the season with eight games on matchday 9 with two matches again put back to later dates. Many of the trends from the first eight weeks continued with Rayo Vallecano maintaining their 100% home record while Osasuna do likewise away, however Levante and Getafe are both still winless after a goalless draw between the sides on Saturday. Read on for our LaLiga matchday 9 review featuring all the results, xG data, stats and team of the week.

LaLiga Matchday 9 Results & Expected Goals

Saturday 16th October 2021

Levante 0-0 Getafe (xG: 0.83-0.56)

Real Sociedad 1-0 Mallorca (xG: 0.40-0.36)

Sunday 17th October 2021

Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Elche (xG: 1.11-0.33)

Celta Vigo 0-1 Sevilla (xG: 0.89-0.83)

Villarreal 1-2 Osasuna (xG: 0.71-0.96)

Barcelona 3-1 Valencia (xG: 2.38-0.38)

Monday 18th October 2021

Alaves 0-1 Real Betis (xG: 1.36-1.48)

Espanyol 2-0 Cadiz (xG: 1.74-0.60)

xG data in this post comes via Understat. Other stats are via Whoscored.

Matchday 9 – Stats & Star Performers

Team Stats

Most PossessionVILLARREAL – 72.7% 
Highest Pass Success RateBARCELONA – 90% 
Lowest Pass Success RateOSASUNA – 64% 
Most ShotsREAL BETIS – 19
Fewest ShotsLEVANTE & OSASUNA – 6
Worst DisciplineOSASUNA – 5 Yellows
Highest xGBARCELONA – 2.38
Lowest xGELCHE – 0.33
xG Over-PerformerOSASUNA – 2 Goals from 0.96 xG
xG Under-PerformerALAVES – 0 Goals from 1.36 xG
Highest AttendanceBARCELONA vs VALENCIA – 47,317
Lowest AttendanceRAYO VALLECANO vs ELCHE – 6,989

Margins in football can be very fine and we saw plenty of evidence of that this weekend. Alaves slumped to a 7th defeat in 8 matches despite creating 1.36 xG in their game with Betis. An inability to convert chances may end up costing Javi Calleja his job but Jagoba Arrasate has no such worries after his team scored twice in victory at Villarreal despite creating less than one xG.

There was also a much more convincing display from Barcelona which temporarily eases the pressure on Ronald Koeman. Despite falling behind very early, the Catalans quickly took control of their game against Valencia with a dominant display and 3-1 victory at Camp Nou.

Individual Stats

Most ShotsCARLES ALENA (Getafe), GONCALO GUEDES (Valencia), JOSELU (Alaves), NABIL FEKIR (Real Betis) & RAUL DE TOMAS (Espanyol) – 4
Most Completed PassesAISSA MANDI (Villarreal) – 83
Most Key PassesIAGO ASPAS (Celta Vigo) – 6
Most Completed DribblesLUCAS BOYE (Elche) – 9
Most Aerials WonJOSELU (Alaves) – 14
Most Successful TacklesDAMIAN SUAREZ (Getafe) – 10
Most InterceptionsNEMANJA RADOJA (Levante) – 6
Most FoulsNABIL FEKIR (Real Betis), JORDI ALBA (Barcelona), HUGO MALLO (Celta Vigo), LUCAS BOYE (Elche), ISI PALAZON (Rayo Vallecano), RODRIGO BATTAGLIA (Mallorca) & MAURO ARAMBARRI (Getafe) – 4

There were some big numbers posted by individual players on matchday 9 in LaLiga. Lucas Boye completed no fewer than 9 dribbles in Elche’s 2-1 defeat at Rayo Vallecano. That’s two more than any other player has managed in a single game in LaLiga this season. We also saw Joselu set a fresh season high of 14 aerials won. He won 13 aerials on matchday 3 and matchday 5 and continues to be by far the most dominant player in the air in the Spanish top flight.

Damien Suarez also made double figures for the amount of tackles won in Getafe’s battling 0-0 draw at Levante. William Carvalho is the only other play to have won 10 tackles in a LaLiga game this season, doing likewise on matchday 7 for Betis against Getafe.

Sorare LaLiga Fantasy Team of the Week

It was another relatively low-scoring week with only a couple of players scoring 80+. That included Barcelona’s Memphis Depay who impressed alongside Ansu Fati with Villarreal’s fit again Gerard Moreno also on the scoresheet and in the team of the week despite Villarreal’s loss to Osasuna.

The absence of players from the big two Madrid clubs made it a bit easier for players from some of the other clubs to get a look in with the defensive positions dominated by players from that 0-0 draw between Levante and Getafe.

Sorare Player of the Week: Damian Suarez (91)

A surprise this week, with those ten successful tackles helping Getafe defender Damian Suarez claim the player of the week crown.

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About Mark Sochon 2072 Articles
Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Available for freelance work: marksochon (at)

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