Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 3 November 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (Madrid).
The reigning champions are flying high after a huge 5-1 victory over fierce rivals Real Madrid last weekend at Camp Nou. Even though Ernesto Valverde could not count on the like of Lionel Messi, Barcelona showed strength in El Clasico and escaped on a seven-point gap adrift of the 9th-placed Los Blancos.
The Catalans are now two points clear at the top of the Primera Division standings and they will head into the Saturday’s away clash at Estadio del Rayo Vallecano in the highest of spirits. Valverde rested his main players in the mid-week Copa del Rey action against the lower-division Cultural Leonesa.
Barca’s reserves struggled to break the deadlock, but it was eventually the center-back Clement Lenglet whose stoppage-time header made all the difference extending Barca’s winning streak to four in all competitions. The defending champions will be massive favourites to keep it going on Saturday as well.
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona: Head-to-head
It’s been two years since these two sides last played each other.
Barcelona were just brutal in most recent head to head affairs with Rayo netting as many as 16 goals in last three wins (more than five goals per game).
The Catalans won 11 on the bounce against Rayo Vallecano frequently bagging five or more goals along the way.
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona: Prediction
Los Franjirojos boast league’s second weakest defensive record with 20 goals conceded in 10 outings so far in the season. Knowing Barca notched five goals past Real Madrid last weekend, we can only imagine how many goals will end up behind Alberto Garcia’s back on this occasion.
Michel’s troop sit second from bottom at the moment and they shipped two or more goals in eight of last ten matches in all competitions. This will be the music to the ears of Luis Suarez who stole the show against Madrid in Messi’s absence. The Uruguayan forward completed a hat-trick last weekend and he is our top suggestion for the anytime goalscorer bet at the 1.50 odds.
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona: Bet Tips
Luis Suarez to score anytime @ 1.50 (1/2)
Barcelona -1.5 handicap @ 1.75 (3/4).