Barcelona are coming off of a 2-1 El Clasico loss to Real Madrid at Camp Nou. Although pressure continues to mount on Ronald Koeman from fans, the club has stated the manager’s job is not in danger. The loss to Real Madrid ended Barcelona’s two-match winning streak in all competitions. Now, the Blaugrana visit Rayo Vallecano on La Liga matchday 11.
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona Match Preview
Rayo Vallecano are seventh in the La Liga table going into matchday 11. The Red Sashes are one point ahead of Barcelona in the La Liga standings ahead of the teams’ clash on Wednesday night at the Camp de Futbol de Vallecas.
Coach Andoni Iraola’s team earned promotion from the Segunda last season thanks to winning the division’s playoffs. Rayo Vallecano are punching above their weight in the top flight and pose a danger to Barcelona on Wednesday night. Rayo Vallecano have lost two of their last three games in La Liga and Iraola will aim to get the side back to winning ways.
If Barcelona lose a second straight game, it could force the club to cut ties with Koeman. However, Barcelona may have the same issue as Manchester United. That problem is, who will take over the team as manager.
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona Betting Odds
Rayo Vallecano took 12 points from the last 18 on offer in La Liga. The Red Sashes scored 12 goals and conceded seven times during that six-game time span. For a team that has just come back to the top flight, Rayo Vallecano have been excellent. Despite their good form, bookies’ best betting odds have Rayo Vallecano as the underdogs going into matchday 11 against Barcelona. Bookies’ best betting odds are at 7/2.
Barcelona took just eight points from their last 18 on offer in the league. Two of their last three games in La Liga finished in losses. Koeman’s team posted a +2-goal difference over the course of their last six matches with eight goals for and six against. This is a team that doesn’t create or score a lot of goals.
The Blaugrana have scored 15 goals and have an xG of 15.77. They have conceded 10 times while posting an xGA of 8.64. Bookies’ best betting odds of a Barcelona win at full-time are at 4/5.
Remarkably, Barcelona have not won on the road this season, collecting two points from nine on offer. They have scored a mere one goal on the road with three conceded. Bookies’ best betting odds on a draw at full-time are at 3/1.
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona Team News
Ansu Fati is suffering from a knee injury once more. The young Barcelona player only just returned from a serious knee injury and coming out of El Clasico, he is reportedly hurt once more. Reports from Barcelona are trying to calm fans’ fears. For now, it is said Fati will be out of action for a few weeks with a knee injury.
Midfielder Frenkie De Jong is now ruled out with an injury for a few weeks. Defender Ronald Araujo is a doubt due to a hamstring issue. Pedri remains out with a knee injury. He is set to miss the next few weeks. Martin Braithwaite is ruled out of the game with a knee injury. Moussa Wague and Ousmane Dembele are doubts due to their respective injury issues.
Iraola has just one name on the Rayo Vallecano injury list going into the fixture. Martin Merquelanz is a doubt due to a knee injury. Merquelanz could be passed fit for the game following a late fitness test, however. Forward Alvaro Garcia leads the team in goals with four in 10 appearances.
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona H2H
Rayo Vallecano and Barcelona played last season in the Copa del Rey with the latter winning 2-1. All three goals came in the second period. The last six games between Rayo Vallecano and Barcelona in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored.
Each of the last six games in all competitions between these teams finished with both teams scoring goals. Rayo Vallecano have not defeated Barcelona since the 2002-03 season. The last 14 games between these clubs finished as wins for Barcelona.
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona Prediction
Half time result: DRAW @ 5/4 - BET NOW
The last three games between Rayo Vallecano and Barcelona in all competitions finished the first half as draws. Last season’s Copa del Rey game between the teams was nil-nil at halftime and it exploded for three goals in the second period. Our betting tips prediction is for the halftime result to be a draw.
Over 2.5 goals @ 8/11 - BET NOW
Six straight games in all competitions between these teams finished with over 2.5 goals. That includes last season’s win for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey against Rayo Vallecano. Seven of Barcelona’s 12 games in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals this season. Rayo Vallecano average 1.7 goals scored per game and 1.2 conceded. Our betting tips prediction is for over 2.5 goals for the seventh straight game between the teams. Rayo Vallecano’s last two games finished with over 2.5 goals in La Liga.
Memphis Depay to score anytime @ 7/5 - BET NOW
Memphis Depay is Barcelona’s leading scorer in La Liga with four goals in nine games. He has added two assists to the Barcelona cause. Depay is the only attacking bright spot Koeman has at the club. Our betting tips prediction is for Depay to score anytime. Two of his goals have come in Barcelona’s last four games in La Liga.
Barcelona’s current problems are their own making. The club never expected the money to run out and when it did, believed La Liga would bend the rules to allow it to retain Lionel Messi. Barcelona’s problems show just how much the club relied on Messi over the last three seasons. It is a humbling season for the Blaugrana.
Rayo Vallecano could take points off of Barcelona. The Blaugrana have not won away from home and have a host of key players out of action. Wednesday’s game should finish with a Rayo Vallecano and Barcelona win. Our betting tips prediction is for a double chance of Rayo Vallecano or Barcelona to win.
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