Joy in Vigo. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

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
33 12
GOALS AGAINST
7 14
SHOTS FOR 193 126
SHOTS AGAINST
94 99
SAVES BY KEEPER
31 24
CROSSES INTO AREA 185 308
CROSSES INTO AREA AGAINST
181 225
FOULS AGAINST
180 167
FOULS COMMITTED
131 187
PENALTIES FOR
1 0
YELLOW CARDS
16 32
RED CARDS
0 1
YELLOW CARDS AGAINST 31 32
RED CARDS AGAINST
0 1
BALLS LOST
907 1,067
BALLS RECOVERED
749 788
INDIVIDUAL RUNS
140 64
MINUTES OF POSSESSION
366 230
OFFSIDES 23 12

*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.