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Atletico Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Prediction, Preview, Stream, Odds & Picks

Hosts Have Dominated Rivalry over Last Decade

Building a Streak

Atletico Madrid have been a disaster in the UEFA Champions League. However, things have been considerably better in La Liga. In fact, Los Colchoneros won their last three games and now are only three points behind Barcelona, the team sitting in second place.

Rayo Vallecano are next. As expected, Los Colchoneros dominate the soccer lines, but curiously enough, the two defeats they’ve suffered so far were at home. Plus, Los Franjirrojos already managed to draw against Barcelona, meaning they aren’t afraid.

Atletico Madrid's French midfielder Thomas Lemar (up)
Atletico Madrid's French midfielder Thomas Lemar (up) | Ander gillenea / afp

Let’s check the latest La Liga odds, stats, injury reports, and La Liga lines for Atletico Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano. We’ve plenty of La Liga betting odds for you to consider.

Atletico Madrid: Back at Full Speed

At the beginning of the season, Antoine Griezmann was limited to 28 minutes per game due to a clause that Barcelona included in his loan contract. Now, the Frenchman is finally free after signing a new contract with Atletico Madrid and he celebrated by scoring a very important goal.

Last Saturday, Los Colchoneros visited Athletic Bilbao and won 1-0. Griezmann scored the winning goal at the beginning of the second half. The home side won possession with 61 percent and took 10 more shots in total, but Atletico’s defense was able to hold up. It was a very important victory for Los Colchoneros because Real Betis and Real Sociedad also won. All three teams have 19 points but Los Colchoneros are third thanks to having scored more goals and having allowed less.

The victory over Athletic was also the second game in a row in which Atletico finished with a clean sheet. Goalkeeper Jan Oblak has been heavily criticized but he’s finally getting into rhythm.

Los Colchoneros have lost only one of their last five home games and it was a close one, 2-1 against Real Madrid. In the other four, they scored eight goals and allowed only three. That’s basically why they’re offering a -190 price in the sportsbook to win straight up. That means you would need to wager $190 to win $100.

Rayo Vallecano: Determined to Bounce Back

Rayo Vallecano started the season on the right foot, but in the last two weeks, they’ve suffered a bit more than expected.

Most recently, they drew 0-0 to Getafe at home. They won possession with 66 percent and took 17 shots in total, 11 more than the visitors, but they weren’t effective in front of goal. Prior to that, they visited Almeria and lost 3-1 despite playing the last minutes of the game with one more player.

Los Franjirrojos are 1-1-3 on the road, but they put up a good fight in each match. They drew 0-0 to Barcelona. Only Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid have won points against Los Azulgranas. Their only victory was against Espanyol 2-0.

That being said, they’re offering a +650 price, which means a $100 wager could turn into a $750 payout. Considering their attacking unit is led by Radamel Falcao, who knows Los Colchoneros very well after playing two seasons with them, that’s a very tempting deal. Isi Palazon is another reason to consider including visitors in your soccer picks. He currently is the team’s top scorer with two goals.

Atletico Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Head-to-Head

  • Previous Matches: 41
  • Atletico Madrid Victories: 23 (69 goals)
  • Rayo Vallecano Victories: 8 (40 goals)
  • Draws: 10

Last season, Rayo Vallecano not only failed to win a point against Atletico Madrid, Los Franjirrojos also failed to score. They first met at Wanda Metropolitano and Los Colchoneros won 2-0 with a brace scored by Angel Correa. Later, in Vallecas, Atletico won 1-0 thanks to Koke, who scored at the beginning of the second half. It was a very physical game, in which the referee ended up showing eight yellow cards in total and one red.

Rayo haven’t been able to defeat Atletico since the 2012-13 season. Since then, Los Colchoneros are 9-1-0 and have finished with a clean sheet eight times. On the other hand, they failed to score only once.

Atletico Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Match Information

  • Date: Tuesday, Oct. 18
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • Location: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
  • Atletico Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Live Stream: fuboTV

Atletico Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Betting Lines

Atletico Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Prediction

Rayo Vallecano will put up a good fight, but it won’t be enough to pull off the stunner. Atletico Madrid understands that losing could make them fall to sixth place, and that’s simply unacceptable. As if that wasn’t enough, the chemistry between Griezmann and Alvaro Morata have improved considerably, making them one of the best attacking duos in the league. The two of them and Falcao are the main reasons for me to recommend you include the over in your betting online ticket.

Score Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2, Rayo Vallecano 1

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