Rayo Vallecano Still Not Safe
Rayo Vallecano had a very good first half of the season, however, Los Franjirrojos couldn’t keep up and now their main goal is to avoid relegation. Barcelona, however, returned to the winning column on Thursday. Los Azulgranas will depend only on themselves to finish as the runners-up.
This game, in which Barca comes in as the betting online favorite thanks to a -325 price, should have been played on Matchday 21, nevertheless, luckily for all soccer betting enthusiasts, it was postponed due to a scheduling conflict. We say “luckily” because minus La Liga – this weekend would have been boring!
Barcelona Avoided Another Crisis
After two horrific weeks in which they were eliminated from the UEFA Europa League and lost to Cadiz, Los Azulgranas finally turned things around by defeating Real Sociedad 1-0.
As the final score shows, it wasn’t easy. Real Sociedad won possession with 56 percent and finished with five shots on goal, four more than Barca. Barcelona is no pushover, and its defense responded accordingly and picked up the first clean sheet over the last five games.
Dani Alves coming back had a lot to do with it. The veteran replaced Sergino Dest in the starting lineup and had a great game on both ends.
Memphis Depay, Adama Traore, Martin Braithwaite, and Oscar Mingueza didn’t play at all. We have been saying it all season. – in spite of losing top players such as Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona owns a very talented roster.
Los Azulgranas are offering a -320 price in the sportsbook to win straight up. In spite of their recent loss to Cadiz, they’ve been considerably better when playing at Camp Nou. They own a 10-2-3 record, two more victories, and five fewer draws than on the road.
Ronald Araujo is expected to miss the game. No need to panic, Clement Lenglet or Eric Garcia could take his spot in the starting lineup.
Rayo Vallecano Remembered How to Win
Rayo Vallecano also won on Thursday. Curiously enough, against another team from Barcelona. Los Franjirrojos defeated Espanyol 1-0 thanks to a goal from Sergio Guardiola. That was their first victory since early February.
That result allowed them to take a breather. They currently sit in fourteenth place, seven points away from eighteenth, but they can’t get cocky, because their remaining games aren’t easy at all.
Considering this a postponed match, pulling off the betting online upset would be huge in terms of increasing the gap. Rayo is offering a +975 price. Cadiz was offering a +1700 price and won 1-0. If that doesn’t motivate them, nothing will.
Never forget, the visitors have talent to spare. Radamel Falcao, one of the team’s top scorers with five goals, didn’t play at all on Thursday. Also, Ivan Balliu (regular starter) didn’t play due to suspension, and they still won. Balliu will be available on Sunday.
Their road numbers aren’t the best, 2-3-11, but they managed to win at San Mames, where Barcelona couldn’t, twice.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 38
- Barcelona Victories: 25 (116 goals)
- Rayo Vallecano Victories: 5 (34 goals)
- Draws: 8
Here’s another reason to consider including Rayo Vallecano in your soccer picks. Los Franjirrojos already defeated Barcelona. They won their first meeting of the season 1-0 thanks to Falcao and Depay. Falcao scored the lone goal, while Depay missed a penalty shot.
That was only the second time, in their last 10 meetings, that the total went under. If there is one thing that you can expect from these two, it’s scoring.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Game Information
- Date: Sunday, April 24
- Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Camp Nou, Barcelona
- Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Live Stream: fuboTV
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Betting Lines
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Prediction
Once again, I expect Barcelona to suffer. The Los Azulgranas have gotten really good at it! Therefore, I think they’re going to win, but only by one goal.
Don’t worry, it’s not going to be another 1-0., you can expect this game to turn into a goal-fest. Regarding the home side, Aubameyang is on fire., also, Depay and Braithwaite are well-rested. As for the visitors, they’ve scored in two of their last three road games.
Score Prediction: Barcelona 3, Rayo Vallecano 2