Rayo Vallecano vs Sevilla
2018/19 Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 19 August 2018
Kick-off at 19:15 UK/ 20:15 CET
Venue: Campo de Futbol de Vallecas (Madrid).
It is a return for Rayo Vallecano to the Spanish LaLiga after two year absence and they achieved this in style by clinching the second division title.
The man who transformed the team is Michel, one of their youth products and played over 350 matches for the club.
The team start their La Liga campaign on three consecutive defeats during the pre-season.
Sevilla on the other hand, had a disappointing season last time and ended up at 7th in the standings. Even qualifying for Europe looked out of sight for them, before Pablo Machin took over and guided the team to 4 wins from 5 games.
The Rojiblancos already had the taste of competitive football this season, successfully went through two round of Europa League qualifiers. However, their real test was last week, in the Super Cup tie against FC Barcelona, a match they lost 2-1.
Rayo Vallecano vs Sevilla Head-to-head
- Sevilla are unbeaten in the last 8 meetings with Vallecano, 6 wins and 2 draws.
- Vallecano managed to win just once in their last 14 h2h meetings with the Andalusian side.
- Five of their last 7 h2h meetings at Madrid recorded less than 3 goals.
Rayo Vallecano vs Sevilla Prediction
This is a new look Vallecano and lot changes since they played in La Liga two years ago. Their head-coach successfully implemented an attacking philosophy to the way they play and come on the background of having a good account of themselves at the Vallecas. Yet, they have the habit of conceding one too many in return.
Sevilla on the other hand, have quality players in their rank and certainly an attacking oriented side. They have already scored 14 goals from 5 competitive matches this season and will be keen to take the momentum into La Liga games.
Certainly, Sevilla are not a happy travelling side, so Vallecano will believe that they can start their campaign on a positive note.
It is also possible that Machin opt to rest a few key players with the Europa League play-off fixture against Sigma Olomouc due on Thursday.
Rayo Vallecano vs Sevilla Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80)
Over 1.5 second half goals at 9/10 (1.90).