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Girona vs Rayo Vallecano Prediction, Match Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks

Both Sides in Form as La Liga Returns

The English Premier League returned on Monday with Boxing Day. Now, it’s time for La Liga. There are three games scheduled for Thursday and Girona vs Rayo Vallecano is the first.

I know it may sound like a boring match, but we’re talking about two teams that haven’t lost in a while. Girona only lost one of their last five games, while Rayo Vallecano and Barcelona are the only two La Liga teams that didn’t lose any of their last five games. Girona comes in as the betting online favorite, but a victory could boost Rayo up to the fourth place.

Rayo Vallecano's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao (C) celebrates with teammates
Oscar Del Pozo Canas / AFP

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

Girona: Turning Things Around

After a very rocky start, Girona made sure to start turning things around right before the break for the 2022 World Cup. Los Blanquirrojos lost for the first time on Oct. 20. After that, they drew to Osasuna and Real Madrid, and defeated Athletic Club and Elche.

The duo of Cristhian Stuani and Valentin Castellanos is one of the main reasons for the turnaround. Stuani is the team’s top scorer with four goals while Castellanos has scored three. As if they weren’t enough, Ivan Nunez scored in their last two games. In other words, we’re talking about a three-headed monster.

Unfortunately for Los Blanquirrojos, the three-headed monster couldn’t avoid elimination from the Copa del Rey. Girona faced Cacereno last week in the second round and ended up losing 2-1. On the bright side, now they can fully focus on La Liga.

Finally, Girona have been considerably better when playing at home. That’s the main reason for Los Blanquirrojos to be in control of the soccer lines at +140. That means you could win $140 per every $100 wagered on them.

Rayo Vallecano: Feisty Underdog

Prior to the World Cup break, Rayo Vallecano drew 0-0 to Celta de Vigo. Los Vallecanos won possession with 59 percent and finished with 10 shots in total. Prior to that game, they defeated Real Madrid 3-2 with Santiago Veiga, Alvaro Garcia and Oscar Trejo as the scorers. That was Real Madrid’s first loss of the season.

Los Vallecanos also managed to draw against Atletico Madrid (1-1) and Barcelona (0-0). Summing up, we’re talking about a well-balanced team that’s not afraid of anything or anyone. So, if you were looking for an underdog to include in your soccer picks, Rayo are a great option, especially at +215.

The visitors have a three-headed monster of their own in Florian Lejeune, Alvaro Garcia and Isi Palazon. Each has scored three goals. Defensively, they finished with a clean sheet in three of their last four official matches, including last week’s game against Saguntino for the second round of the Copa del Rey. The game finished with a goalless draw and Los Vallecanos won 3-1 in penalties.

Girona vs Rayo Vallecano Head-to-Head

  •     Previous Matches: 23
  •     Girona Victories: 9 (28 goals)
  •     Rayo Vallecano Victories: 10 (35 goals)
  •     Draws: 4

Last season, these two met once. It was in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey and Rayo Vallecano won 2-1. Los Vallecanos came from behind since Bernardo Espinosa scored the opener for Girona in the 26th minute. Later, Sergi Guardiola scored a brace to turn things around.

Regarding La Liga, they met for the last time in the 2018-19 season. Girona won both games with a 4-1 aggregate. In other words, you can expect a back-and-forth battle.

Girona vs Rayo Vallecano Match Information

  • Game: Girona vs Rayo Vallecano
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 29, 11:00 a.m. ET
  • Location: Estadio Municipal Montilivi, Gerona
  • Girona vs Rayo Vallecano Live stream: fubo.tv

Girona vs Rayo Vallecano Betting Lines

Girona vs Rayo Vallecano Picks & Predictions

Yes, Girona are turning things around, but Rayo Vallecano at +215 is too good a deal not to take. Los Vallecanos could make you win $215 per every $100 wagered on them, and as mentioned before, they already put up a really good fight against much better teams than Girona. There’s also the fact that they’ve scored more goals than Real Sociedad and Real Betis, the teams sitting in third and sixth place. Plus, the visitors have no major injury concerns.

Girona vs Rayo Vallecano Match Detail

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