Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 11 November 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (Madrid).
Rayo Vallecano were just three minutes away from a massive scalp last weekend when they had the lead against the reigning champions Barcelona in front of the home crowd. However, they could not hold on to it allowing two goals at the death of the affair. They left the court empty-handed and still sit at the very foot of the league ladder (together with last term Segunda Division rivals Huesca) coming into this 12th round tie against Villarreal.
However, it was a super encouraging performance for Los Franjirojos who will head into the Villarreal tie in much higher spirits in spite of their current league position. Michel’s men had huge issues with the lack of meticulousness at the back throughout the entire season, but the Spanish manager can be satisfied with the rise in form his men showed in the final third of late. Rayo notched two or more goals in each of last two matches (a 2-2 draw to Leganes in Copa del Rey and a 2.3 loss to Barcelona in La Liga) in all competitions.
Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal: Head-to-head
Villarreal were much more successful historically in head to head games against Los Franjirojos.
They lead the head to head tie by six wins coming into the 17th encounter with Rayo Vallecano.
However, Rayo came on top in last two home meetings with Villarreal (2-1 and 2-0 wins).
Three or more goals were seen in five of last six head to head outings.
Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal: Prediction
The Yellow Submarine are just not pulling up any trees at this stage of the season. They sit at a disappointing 16th position with only two wins in eleven games so far. Javi Calleja will thus be desperate to see his men taking advantage of the “easier” fixture against the rock-bottomed Rayo. Can Villarreal turn a corner after a streak of three defeats and two draws in last five league matches?
The lack of meticulousness at the back caused such a negative thread for Villarreal. Given Rayo’s recent form and the head to head record, we just have to expect goals when these two likes come across each other on Sunday.
Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.80 (4/5)
Rayo Vallecano to win & BTTS @ 6.50 (11/2).