Rayo Vallecano vs Atletico Madrid
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 16 February 2019
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK / 16:15 CET
Venue: Estadio de Vallecas (Madrid).
Rayo Vallecano seriously compromised their top flight status with back-to-back losses to Leganes and Espanyol in last two rounds.
Los Franjirojos fell into the relegation zone as a consequence of such defeats and they will face hard times bouncing back on Saturday afternoon against local rivals Atletico Madrid.
The visitors won’t enter the game in the highest of spirits themselves, but they are massive favourites ahead of the tie.
Atletico lost 1-0 at Real Betis and 1-3 to Real Madrid in last two rounds. They did not lose touch with Barcelona at the top of the standings as Blaugrana also slipped-up in past two rounds.
However, Diego Simeone’s men did fall down to third place after the mentioned loss to current Champions League holders Real Madrid who are now one point away in second.
Rayo Vallecano vs Atletico Madrid: Head-to-head
Atletico Madrid were the dominant force in the history of head to head matches against Los Franjirojos.
The Mattressers won five and drew one of past six meetings with Rayo Vallecano.
Rayo scored just one goal in past five encounters with Atletico Madrid.
Rayo Vallecano vs Atletico Madrid: Prediction
The visitors have league’s best defensive record with just 17 goals shipped in 23 matches so far. We would thus not be surprised to see them maintain a fine defensive from in H2H games against Rayo who failed to find the back of the net on more than one occasion in past five meetings with the Mattresses.
Rayo Vallecano could struggle to keep things tight at the opposite end as well. It’s fair to say they were easy to break down of late as Michel’s troops shipped two or more goals in four of past five league outings.
This will be the music to the ears of Antoine Griezmann who should have plenty of room to add to his fine 11-goal tally in Primera Division.
Rayo Vallecano vs Atletico Madrid: Bet Tips
Atletico Madrid to win @ 1.75 (3/4)
Atletico Madrid to keep a clean sheet @ 2.10 (11/10).