Real Sociedad Keeps Dreaming About the Champions League
With only five games left in La Liga, Rayo Vallecano needs one more victory to officially avoid relegation. On the other hand, Real Sociedad simply needs to win all remaining games. That’s if Los Blanquiazules wants to return to the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
That being said, you can expect quite a show in Vallecas. A show in which the home side comes in as the soccer betting underdog at +220.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Spain La Liga odds for Rayo Vallecano vs Real Sociedad. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Rayo Vallecano Inspired
Last week, Rayo Vallecano visited Barcelona for a double-header. On Thursday, Los Rojiblancos defeated Espanyol 1-0. On Sunday, they defeated FC Barcelona 1-0. We were convinced they were going to put up a good fight at Camp Nou, but the win was a surprise.Sergio Guardiola and Alvaro Garcia were the scorers. Both have outplayed Radamel Falcao over the last month.
Los Rojiblancos were the soccer odds, underdogs, in both matches. Against Espanyol, they were offering a +175 price. Against Barcelona, it was +800.
Want more? Rayo Vallecano has been considerably better when playing at home. They’ve won five road games. Most recently, they drew 1-1 to Valencia.
Last but not least, only Martin Merquelanz is out due to injury. In other words, no excuses for Rayo!
Real Sociedad Desperate to Win
Unlike its opponent, Real Sociedad didn’t win its last two games. They drew 0-0 to Real Betis and lost 1-0 to Barcelona. Both games were at home. Even so, they remain sitting in sixth place, last to grant a ticket for the UEFA Europa League.
The good news is that Los Blanquiazules didn’t lose in their last two games on the road. They drew 0-0 to Sevilla, third place in the standings, and defeated Elche 2-1.
With Mikel Oyarzabal out due to injury, Alexander Isak (five goals) and Alexander Sorloth (two goals) took a step forward. That’s a relief because Oyarzabal was the team’s top scorer with nine goals.
The bad news is that veteran midfielder David Silva will miss the game to suspension.
Real Sociedad owns a 6-5-5 record when playing on the road. Defensively, they finished with a clean sheet in three of their last six games away from home. Keep in mind that Los Blanquiazules played the UEL, so they’re used to playing in hostile environments.
Last but not least, they dominate the Las Vegas odds with a +140 price. That means a potential $240 payout per every $100 bet on them.
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Sociedad Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 44
- Rayo Vallecano Rapids Victories: 14 (56 goals)
- Real Sociedad Timbers Victories: 19 (75 goals)
- Draws: 11
The first meeting between the two finished with a 1-0 victory for Real Sociedad. Mikel Oyarzabal scored the lone goal from the penalty spot. It was a very physical game as it ended with seven yellow cards in total.
As you can see by the numbers, we’re talking about a very even series, especially in the last 10 games. Real Sociedad owns a 4-3-3 record, and both finished with a clean sheet twice.
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Sociedad Game Information
- Date: Sunday, May 1
- Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Estadio de Vallecas, Madrid
- Rayo Vallecano vs Real Sociedad Streaming: fuboTV
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Sociedad Betting Lines
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Sociedad Prediction
Real Sociedad is the better team, but without Oyarzabal and Silva, the difference isn’t that big. Plus, Rayo Vallecano is highly motivated after a historic week and its defense has shown a lot of improvement. Therefore, I recommend you include the draw in your soccer picks. A goalless draw, I’m afraid. Real Sociedad didn’t score in three of their last five games, while Rayo averaged 0.75 goals in its last four.
Score Prediction: Rayo Vallecano 0, Real Sociedad 0