Rayo Vallecano vs Alaves
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 22 September 2018
Kick-Off at 12:00 UK / 13:00 CET
Venue: Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (Madrid).
Rayo Vallecano marked the top flight return with a tough 1-4 defeat to Sevilla on the opening Matchday. Nonetheless, it left little impact on team’s confidence moving forward as Michel’s men bounced back with two strong defensive showings in following La Liga affairs.
Los Franjirojos first offered a great resistance away at Atletico Madrid losing only narrowly 1-0 to Diego Simeone’s star-studded squad. Such display announced their inaugural victory of the campaign which came last weekend when Rayo saw off fellow Segunda Division rivals from the previous term, Huesca.
It was midfielder Gilbert Imbula who notched the only goal of the game last Friday at Estadio El Alcoraz to help Rayo pick up their maiden points in the season. Can they back up such fine back-to-back displays to keep things quiet at the back in third straight outing on Saturday when Deportivo Alaves come to visit the capital?
Rayo Vallecano vs Alaves: Head-to-head
Alaves lead the head to head tie by a single win coming into 17th encounter with Los Franjirojos.
It’s been nine years since the two sides last took on each other.
They were battling it out in Segunda Division back then and Rayo came on top both home and away.
Rayo Vallecano vs Alaves: Prediction
The visitors will also come into the match high on confidence following back-to-back victories over Espanyol and Real Valladolid. The team led by Abelardo took only a single point from two opening games, but they tightened things up at the back and it instantly brought results.
Much like their counterparts, Babazorros were very tough to break down in the last couple of games. They actually shipped only one goal in last three league outings. The Under 2.5 goals FT thus has to be our number of betting option here and you can go for it at the odds of 1.70.
This will be a very tight contest to be decided by one or even none goals. With both managers expected to use a rather more careful approach here, we’ll shoot for no goals in the first half at the odds of 2.62.
Rayo Vallecano vs Alaves: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.70 (7/10)
Under 0.5 goals in the first half @ 2.62 (13/8).