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The team now have 19 points at home, the same number as Rayo Vallecano, and eight clean sheets, only behind Real Sociedad

The win against Villarreal CF yesterday afternoon was a particularly crucial one, as the team bounced back from two weeks without a league win to pick up all three points. They had to dig deepas Villarreal pushed hard for an equaliserbut they held on with the backing of the home fans. Sevilla are now second in the table with 31 points, and have picked up some notable statistics on the way. 

Julen Lopetegui's side lead the way in terms of their home recordwith nineteen points from their seven matchesThis is the same record as Rayo Vallecano, who could go top of that table if they beat Espanyol in Vallecas today. Even so, yesterday's match against Unai Emery's side was a real show of strength as the team kept going right until the very end to secure all three points. The fans were on top form tooand helped the team over the line as they got back to winning waysafter the draw against Deportivo Alavés two weeks ago, the only match where the team dropped points at home. 

The team also kept another clean sheetone of the hallmarks of Julen Lopetegui's Sevilla, who have been particularly strong in defence in the last three seasons. This was the eighth clean sheet in the league this season after just fourteen matches, which is only one fewer than Real Sociedad, who have the most with nine. In fact, this was also the 750th clean sheet the team have kept in the top flight

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