Rayo Vallecano welcome Villarrealon Sunday in the La Liga, with the host motivated by the possibility of closing the gap in the table on the visitors. On the other hand, the latter could distance themselves even further with a win in this exciting round 37 match.
The unsatisfactory results in recent La Liga matches surely left a stain on morale at Rayo Vallecano. A win on Sunday against Villarreal could be key to turning the tide again.
Rayo Vallecano are relatively average in the art of goal-scoring these days. They scored a steady 12 goals in their previous ten matches, for an average of 1.2 per game. They simultaneously allowed their opponents 19 goals, or an average of 1.9 a game. Furthermore, they fought their way to zero clean sheets in this run.
Villarreal go into the next La Liga match with an average of 2.4 goals a game from their last ten matches. They scored an extremely presentable total of 24 goals, while also conceding 12 times. This is a total average of 1.2 per game, in which they managed two clean sheets.
Villarreal were knocked out cold when Rayo Vallecano took a 1-0 win in their latest encounter. It served as pay back for the 5-1 defeat, Villarreal handed out in the game before.
Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Prediction
Rayo Vallecano Form
Rayo Vallecano endured a tough spell in their previous three matches, which brought three defeats. They lost 3-1 against Real Betis, before Espanyol won 1-2, while Real Madrid claimed all three points in a 2-1 win. Rayo Vallecano won half of their previous six matches on home soil in the La Liga, while also drawing one. They suffered two defeats, while they scored ten and conceded nine goals.
In their last three matches, Villarreal first beat Athletic Bilbao 5-1, then Girona by 1-2 and finally Cadiz by 2-0. Villarreal won four times in their last six away games in the La Liga, in which they drew once and lost once. They conceded six goals while scoring 12 themselves.
Villarreal face a difficult task, when visiting Rayo Vallecano at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas, but strength in squad and match history makes the visitors our choice in the betting market.
Rayo Vallecano claimed 12 wins, ten draws as well as 14 defeats in the La Liga this season. Villarreal show off 19 wins, six draws and 11 defeats in the La Liga.
Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Stats
- In 10 of the last 11 matches Rayo Vallecano played, both teams scored
- In 11 of the last 12 Rayo Vallecano matches the sum of goals was over 2.5
- Rayo Vallecano have conceded in the last 12 matches in a row
- In the last 6 home matches in a row Rayo Vallecano played, both teams scored
- In 11 of the last 12 Rayo Vallecano home matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Villarreal have scored in the last 18 away matches in a row
- In 11 of the last 13 away matches Villarreal played, both teams scored
- Villarreal have scored in the last 11 matches in a row
- In 8 of the last 9 matches Villarreal played, both teams scored
- Villarreal have won 5 of the last 6 matches while scoring more than 1.5 goals
Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Squads
Rayo Vallecano Squad
The 40-year-old Rayo Vallecano manager, Andoni Iraola, will select the lineup against Villarreal from these players (the statistics in the brackets refer to scored goals and games played in the La Liga this season):
Diego Lopez (0/1), Mauricio Arboleda (0/0), Miguel Morro (0/0), Stole Dimitrievski (0/35), Abdul Mumin (0/14), Alejandro Catena (1/33), Esteban Ariel Saveljich (0/0), Florian Lejeune (4/31), Mario Hernandez (0/3), Alvaro Garcia (5/33), Andres Martin (0/9), Diego Mendez (0/0), Francisco Garcia (2/36), Isi Palazon (8/35), Ivan Balliu (0/35), Mario Suarez (0/1), Oscar Valentin (0/32), Pablo Munoz (0/2), Pathe Ciss (1/31), Pep Chavarria (0/14), Salvi Sanchez (0/22), Santi Comesana (3/33), Unai Lopez (1/33), Jose Pozo (0/8), Oscar Trejo (3/34), Radamel Falcao (2/25), Raul de Tomas (3/17), Sergio Camello (6/36).
Here is the full squad of the away team. The 64 year-old Villarreal manager Setien will select his starting XI from these players:
Filip Joergensen (0/1), Iker Alvarez (0/0), Pepe Reina (0/21), Aissa Mandi (0/19), Alberto Moreno (0/23), Jorge Cuenca (0/9), Juan Foyth (1/23), Kiko (0/19), Pau Torres (1/32), Raul Albiol (0/25), Alejandro Baena (6/33), Daniel Parejo (3/35), Etienne Capoue (3/26), Francis Coquelin (1/16), Giovani Lo Celso (1/20), Johan Mojica (0/19), Manuel Trigueros (0/22), Ramon Terrats (1/23), Samuel Chukwueze (6/35), Alfonso Pedraza (0/25), Diego Collado (0/2), Fer Nino (0/3), Gerard Moreno (7/20), Javi Ontiveros (0/0), Jose Luis Morales (7/29), Nicolas Jackson (11/24), Yeremi Pino (4/34).
Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Team News
Villarreal have just one player unavailable for selection, when visiting Rayo Vallecano at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas.
Giovani Lo Celso nurses an injury and won't be travelling with Villarreal.
Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Lineups
Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal H2H
The last time the pair played each other Rayo Vallecano came away as 0-1 winners, and rest assured they have a similar outcome in mind on Sunday. All in all, Villarreal have a fine reading on Rayo Vallecano in previous seasons with a 6-1-3 advantage going into this match. The bookies have Villarreal to win this match at best price odds of 5/4.
Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Results
Both teams to score paid out six times in the previous ten matches between home side Rayo Vallecano and Villarreal. Best priced odds on BTTS with the bookies are at 8/13.
Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Betting Tips
Raul de Tomas look like value in the goal scoring market with three strikes to his name in six La Liga matches. The visitors are crossing their fingers Nicolas Jackson adds to his eight La Liga goals come this coming Sunday.
In their last 10 matches at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas across all tournaments Rayo Vallecano won four times, drew three and lost three times. Villarreal claimed four wins, three draw and three defeats in their last 10 games away. Rayo Vallecano have not exactly been great at shutting out their visitors at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas. In their previous 10 lmatches at home, they claimed just one wins, while also holding on to a clean sheet.
Over 2.5 goals came out seven times in the last ten encounters between these two teams. Rayo Vallecano managed an average of 1.2 goals, with Villarreal averaging 2.3 goals in these games. Both teams to score was a winning bet six times in this run of matches. Rayo Vallecano saw over 2.5 goals in nine of their last ten matches across all tournaments, as they scored an average of 1.2 goals during this run. Over 2.5 goals happened in seven of the last ten outings for Villarreal, who managed to score 2.4 times in those matches.