Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 9 March 2019
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).
Barcelona made a massive step towards defending their La Liga title last weekend when they saw off bitter rivals Real Madrid 0-1 away at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Blaugarana thus earned the double win over fierce rivals within just three days to advance to the Copa del Rey final and to get millimetres away from snatching a new Primera Division silverware.
Ernesto Valverde’s men should have a nice chance to back up the double win over Real Madrid on Saturday evening when they play relegation threatened Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou. Barcelona are enormous favourites coming into this tie with the league newcomers, especially after a thread of three straight wins across competitions against the likes of Sevilla and Real Madrid (twice).
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano: Head-to-head
Barcelona used to score loads in the most recent head to head history against Rayo Vallecano.
Blaugrana bagged at least five goals on three separate occasions in last four meetings with Los Franjirojos.
Barcelona won each of last 12 encounters with Rayo Vallecano.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano: Prediction
The story is completely opposite with Rayo who will come into this in the lowest of spirits. They lost five on the bounce in La Liga and have dropped down into the relegation zone as consequence. The latest of failures came last Friday when Los Franjirojos offered one of their weakest showings of the season in a 0-2 defeat to Girona.
Rayo did nothing to cause troubles to Girona’s back line on the occasion and we can’t see them challenging Barcelona’s defense here. The hosts kept back-to-back clean sheets against Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and we fancy them to maintain such fine defensive shape here against one of the weakest rivals in the division.
Barcelona should dominate the pitch from the very start and clinch an easy straightforward victory here.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano: Bet Tips
Barcelona -1.5 handicap @ 1.45 (9/20)
Barcelona to keep a clean sheet @ 1.83 (5/6).