Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano
Spanish La Liga
Date: 24 May 2023, Wednesday
Kick-off at 18:30 UK / 19:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid).
Real Madrid host Rayo Vallecano in a small Derby Madrileno on Wednesday evening in the 36th round of La Liga at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Los Blancos will be looking to bounce back from successive road defeats. Much more painful was the one from English soil exactly seven days ago when Carlo Ancelotti’s men were brutally beaten by Manchester City (4-0) in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal at the Etihad Stadium.
Real followed it up with a 1-0 defeat at Estadio de Mestalla on Sunday evening and they now have three losses in the last five La Liga outings.
This negative thread has dropped the team to third place in the league ladder. It will be very difficult for Ancelotti to find ways to motivate his men when the season is practically over for them.
Nevertheless, Real Madrid should still be able to beat their local rivals with ease knowing how poor defensively Rayo have been of late.
Andoni Iraola’s men lost three of the last four league outings, shipping at least two goals in each of these defeats.
Moving forward, Rayo have managed to claim just one point from the previous six league games on the road.
Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Head-to-head
- Real Madrid have historically been a dominant force with 24 wins in the last 29 clashes against Rayo Vallecano.
- Nevertheless, Rayo managed to shock Los Blancos 3-2 in the return match played in November last year at Estadio de Vallecas.
- Real Madrid won 12, drew 1, and lost 1 of the last 14 home outings against Rayo with a goal difference of 47-13 in the process.
Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Prediction
Neither team will be particularly motivated to get a result on Wednesday but we see merit in backing the hosts to pick up a comprehensive win here. Rayo’s defensive line has been dreadful lately, especially on travels.
We will thus take the sky-high 5.50 odds offered for Real Madrid to win the first half by two or more goals difference. The more conservative punters can take the Home win & Over 2.5 goals FT pick at the 2.37 odds.
Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Betting Tips
Real Madrid to win the first half in -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 5.50 (11/2)
Real Madrid to win & Over 2.5 goals FT @ 2.37 (11/8) odd.