Winless Streak vs Hot Streak
On one hand, we’ve Rayo Vallecano, a team that hasn’t won since December. Los Franjirrojos went from fighting for a Champions League ticket to avoiding relegation. Mallorca, the team sitting in eighteenth place, is only seven points behind.
On the other hand, we’ve Valencia, a team that hasn’t lost in its last five games. Six if we include the second leg of the Copa del Rey Semifinals. Even so, ”Los Che” have no margin for error, at least not if they want to keep dreaming about the Europa League.
Believe it or not, Rayo Vallecano dominates the soccer odds thanks to a +130 price.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Spain La Liga odds for Rayo Vallecano vs Valencia. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Rayo Vallecano Neglected La Liga
If the season had ended in December, Rayo Vallecano would have qualified for the UEFA Champions League, the problem is – La Liga doesn’t end until May.
After defeating Deportivo Alaves in December, los Franjirrojos are 0-3-8. Focusing too much on the Copa del Rey is one of the reasons, and it paid off, well, kind of. Rayo Vallecano advanced into the Semifinals, something that not even Real Madrid or Barcelona can say.
Another reason for their drought is that Radamel Falcao is having a drought of his own. El Tigre, who’s the team’s top scorer with five goals, hasn’t scored since November. And now, he no longer has that extra dose of motivation called Qatar 2022 because Colombia didn’t qualify.
Last weekend, Los Franjirrojos almost ended the streak. They visited Granada and were up 2-0, however, the home side managed to even the score in stoppage time. Things got complicated since Santiago Comesana got a red card (51 minutes).
Despite all the above, Rayo deserves to come in as the slight soccer betting favorite. After all, they own an 8-3-4 record at home.
Valencia Turning Things Around
Prior to its five-game winning streak, Valencia lost seven straight, including losing to Real Madrid and Barcelona 4-1; however, they had a great run in the Copa del Rey, and better than Rayo’s – they qualified for the Grand Finale.
Regarding La Liga, ”Los Che” hasn’t lost since February 20. Since then, they’re 3-2-0, and two of those victories were on the road. Most recently, they drew 0-0 to Cadiz at home, a game in which they were huge soccer predictions favorites.
Valencia’s top scorer isn’t in a drought. Goncalo Guedes scored right before the international break. Overall, he has scored 11 goals. He, Bryan Gil, and Maximiliano Gomez have become a fearsome trio.
Defensively, ”Los Che” has improved a lot. They still own the worst record among the top 10 teams. However, they didn’t allow a single goal over their last three games. That alone should be enough for you to consider including them in your soccer picks.
No major injuries to report here, another reason for them to be considered tempting underdogs. Especially at +235.
Rayo Vallecano vs Valencia Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 41
- Rayo Vallecano Victories: 8 (40 goals)
- Valencia Victories: 22 (79 goals)
- Draws: 11
Their first meeting between the two finished 1-1. Carlos Soler opened the can for Valencia from the penalty spot, while Isi Palazon evened the score for Rayo Vallecano. It was a tricky game for referee Alejandro Hernandez, who had to show 11 yellow cards in total.
Valencia owns a 4-4-2 record in its last 10 meetings with Rayo Vallecano. Nevertheless, Los Franjirrojos won the last time they met in Madrid (2-0).
Rayo Vallecano vs Valencia Game Information
- Date: Monday, April 11th, 2022.
- Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Estadio Vallecas, Madrid
- Rayo Vallecano vs Valencia Streaming: fubo.tv
Rayo Vallecano vs Valencia Betting Lines
Rayo Vallecano vs Valencia Prediction
Radamel Falcao has to wake up at some point, but it won’t be in this game. That doesn’t mean Rayo Vallecano won’t put up a good fight, quite the contrary. The team has become accustomed to playing without him, and Alvaro Garcia has become the leader they needed. The winless streak won’t come to an end, but Rayo will get a valuable point.
Score Prediction: Rayo Vallecano 1, Valencia 1