Espanyol vs Rayo Vallecano
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 9 February 2019
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: RCDE Stadium (Cornella de Llobregat).
Espanyol scored two late goals to save a point in a 2-2 draw against fellow strugglers Villarreal last weekend at Estadio de la Ceramica.
Right back Roberto Rosales was the Budgerigars’ hero as he notched the 81st-minute equalizer to deny the Yellow Submarine and keep Espanyol two points above the red zone.
The hosts are still in a very tough situation in spite of making a strong start to the campaign. They’ve been in poor touch in the last couple of months.
Espanyol lost nine, drew one and won one of past eleven league outings. It is a thread which transformed them from Europa League chasers to relegation strugglers in a two-month time.
Rubi’s men just can’t afford another failure on Saturday when they play host to 18th-placed Rayo Vallecano at RCDE Stadium.
A defeat here might push Espanyol to the red zone as Girona also have an easy fixture against Huesca on the same day, meaning the Budgerigars could give away their position to Rayo and Girona in such scenario.
Espanyol vs Rayo Vallecano: Head-to-head
Espanyol can rely on the head tradition here as they won 12, drew 8 and lost only 5 of 25 encounters with Los Franjirojos.
The Budgerigars were especially dominant in home matches against Rayo (7 wins, 4 draws and only 1 loss).
It is interesting to note that six of past seven head to head encounters saw goals scored at both ends, including a 2-2 draw from this term of Primera Division.
Espanyol vs Rayo Vallecano: Prediction
Rayo were in a hopeless position just a month ago, but a streak of four wins and a draw in five league outings brought them on the brink of the safe zone.
They are just one point below the line at the moment and an upset here at RCDE Stadium would see them go off their Saturday counterparts in the league standings.
Nevertheless, the positive streak came to an abrupt end last weekend when Rayo fell 1-2 at home to Leganes.
Their top scorer Raul De Tomas will fancy a nice chance to take his league tally to double digits as Espanyol’s defensive line conceded as many as 12 goals in last four league matches (three per game).
Looking at the head to head tradition as well as the lack of meticulousness in both teams’ defensive lines, Both Teams To Score has to be the way to go at the odds of 1.80.
Espanyol vs Rayo Vallecano: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.80 (4/5)
Raul De Tomas to score anytime @ 2.60 (8/5).