Barcelona will face Rayo Vallecano in a La Liga match at Estadio Camp Nou on Sunday 24th. Rayo Vallecano is in the middle of a crisis, and Barcelona appears easy to get past them.
The Catalan giants enter the match following a 1 – 0 victory against Real Sociedad last Thursday. Rayo Vallecano eased their relegation fears with a 1-0 win against Espanyol on the same night.
It’s no secret that Xavi’s club has struggled in the Europa League and Champions League this season. However, there have been plenty of encouraging indications under the Spaniard’s leadership, and they’ll be eager to end the season strong.
Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano Head to Head Pre-Game Facts
In the most recent head-to-head meetings between the two teams, dating back to the 17th of October of 2015, Barcelona has won five of the matches while Rayo Vallecano has won one with 0 games ending in a draw.
Barça has scored an average of 1.33 goals per game in their last six matches. Rayo Vallecano hasn’t won a La Liga match against Barca in the last nine away matches. A dreadful run. They have gone six league matches without a victory away from home.
Rayo Vallecano has conceded six goals in all. It has happened in five of the last six games Rayo Vallecano played. Rayo Vallecano has some defensive flaws that need to be fixed.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Match Preview
Catalans will be expecting positive results following their 0-1 La Liga win over Real Sociedad. Barcelona had 44 percent of the game’s possession and 11 shots on goal, with only one on target.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in the 11th, was the only Barcelona player to find the back of the net. On the other hand, Real Sociedad had eight shots on goal, with five of them on target.
Rayo Vallecano comes into this encounter having defeated Espanyol 0-1 in their previous La Liga match. With 43 percent of the game’s possession, Rayo Vallecano had 13 shots on goal, just two of which were on target.
Inside the 42nd minute, Sergi Guardiola placed Rayo Vallecano ahead. Espanyol had six shots on goal, two of which were on target.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Form Guide
A 1-0 loss at home to Cadiz ended Barcelona’s seven-game winning streak in La Liga on Monday. However, the Blaugrana bounced back to beat Real Sociedad 1-0 away on Thursday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of the match in the first half.
Even if they don’t snatch the La Liga championship from Real Madrid, Barcelona would be happy with second place, given their struggles early in the year.
Barcelona is tied with third-placed Sevilla by 63 points and two points clear of Atletico Madrid. So it would be a big shock to see them fall out of the Champions League top four.
The Catalans have won ten of their fifteen matches at Camp Nou this campaign. Rayo has one of the worst away records in La Liga this season. However, the visitors will be buoyed by their recent triumph at Espanyol.
Rayo Vallecano put their relegation worries to rest with a 1-0 win against Espanyol on Thursday. Sergi Guardiola scored the game’s lone goal in the 42nd minute.
It’s good news for Rayo since they moved up to 14th place in the table, seven points away from the drop zone with a match still to play against 18th-place Granada.
Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano Predicted Lineup
Barcelona Possible Starting XI Lineup:
Marc-André Ter Stegen, Eric Garcia, Sergiño Dest, Clément Lenglet, Pablo Gavi, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Ousmane Dembele, Frenkie de Jong, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Ferran Torres
Rayo Vallecano Possible Starting XI Lineup:
Stole Dimitrievski, Nikola Maras, Iván Balliu, Catena, Óscar Valentin, Fran Garcia, Santi Comesana, Álvaro García Rivera, Isi Palazón, Óscar Trejo, and Sergio Guardiola
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Predicted Winner
We predict Barcelona to win by a 2-1 scoreline. Rayo Vallecano can make this a problematic encounter for Barcelona, who were beaten at home by Cadiz last time out.
The Barcelona team is formidable, and Rayo Vallecano can score, but it may not be enough to save them from losing. Although we don’t expect an upset, Barca will be the clear favorite at Camp Nou.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Best Odds
A victory for Barcelona is available at 1.30, a draw at 5.80, while a win for Rayo Vallecano – the underdog – is 9.70.