Valladolid vs Rayo Vallecano
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 5 January 2019
Kick-Off at 12:00 UK / 13:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla (Valladolid).
Valladolid host Rayo Vallecano in a low-profile Primera Division tie on Saturday at Estadio Jose Municipal Zorrilla. These two sides together joined the top flight last year and were both expected to struggle down in the relegation scrap before the season began.
The hosts have had a much better campaign so far and they will come into the game in a much better situation. They sit 12th in the league ladder being eight points adrift of their rivals who are second from bottom with just 13 points from 17 rounds.
Valladolid’s manager Sergio Gonzalez can be satisfied with the rise in form his men showed attackingly of late. Pucela notched two or more goals in four of last five outings across competitions. They did conceded three in the previous home loss to Atletico Madrid, though. Nevertheless, the team rebounded by holding Athletic Bilbao to a 1-1 draw in the last round’s trip to San Mames.
Valladolid vs Rayo Vallecano: Head-to-head
These two likes met each other in a pre-season friendly last summer when Valladolid took a 2-0 victory.
Rayo took four points from their two meetings with Pucela in the previous term of Segunda Division (1-1 and 2-0).
Both teams were on the scoresheet in all of past four official head to head affairs.
Valladolid vs Rayo Vallecano: Prediction
The visitors have one of the weakest attacking records in the league. They scored 17 goals in 17 games so far. They’ve especially struggled for goals on travels where they only found the back of the net on four occasions during a thread of one win, one draw and six defeats.
Rayo did end a three-loss run by beating Levante 2-1 before the short winter break thanks to Raul de Tomas’ second-half winner. This victory might serve as a big confidence boost for the visitors who should have a nice chance to improve their poor attacking record here.
Valladolid conceded eight goals in past three home outings in all competitions. Given all of last four H2H games between the two teams saw goals scored at both ends, the BTTS option looks to be just the way to go here.
Valladolid vs Rayo Vallecano: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.90 (9/10)
Valladolid Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.10 (11/10).