Rayo Vallecano vs Girona
Spanish La Liga
Date: Friday, 1 March 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio de Vallecas (Madrid).
We expect a real buzz in and around Estadio de Vallecas on Friday evening when Ray Vallecano take on Girona in a genuine relegation six-pointer. The hosts are second from bottom with two points between them and the safe zone.
A win here would be huge for them, but can they clinch one after a run of four consecutive losses in the competition?
Girona hold the 15th position and are five points adrift of their Friday’s counterparts. Blanquivermell collected four massive points from past two rounds and ties against the likes of Real Madrid and Real Sociedad.
Interestingly, they ended a six-loss streak across competition nowhere else but at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, beating red-hot Champions League holders Real Madrid 1-2 two weeks ago.
The head coach Eusebio Sacristan looks to have finally managed to find the right formula for keeping things tight at the back. Girona allowed just one goal in last two games against powerful attacking outfits.
Rayo Vallecano vs Girona: Head-to-head
Rayo Vallecano were on a four-win streak in matches with Girona before a 2-1 loss in this term of Primera away at Estadi Municipal de Montilivi.
There were three or more goals scored in three of past four H2H affairs between the two likes.
Rayo won two, drew one and lost one of four home meetings with Blanquivermell.
Rayo Vallecano vs Girona: Prediction
Los Franjirojos seriously compromised their top flight ambitions with a thread of four subsequent defeats in the league. They scored just one goal in past two league games, but they did not allow plenty at the opposite end either given the opposition came in the likes of Atletico Madrid (a 0-1 defeat) and Getafe (a 2-1 loss).
Overall, Michel’s men have the weakest defensive record in the entire league. They allowed 27 goals in 13 home ties so far in the season. We don’t expect any of two managers taking unnecessary risks given the enormous importance of the game. In regards to this, backing a goalless draw in the first half looks to be a decent option at 2.75.
Rayo Vallecano vs Girona: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.90 (9/10)
Under 0.5 goals in the first half @ 2.75 (7/4).