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Barcelona will be the visitors at Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas on Saturday for the La Liga clash with hosts Rayo Vallecano.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Rayo Vallecano v Barcelona can be seen below - as well as the best betting odds.
Rayo Vallecano will be hoping for a better result following the 1-2 La Liga loss in their previous game against Girona FC.
In that game, Rayo Vallecano managed 46% possession and 22 shots at goal with 9 of them on target. The only player to score for Rayo Vallecano was Álvaro García (5'). Girona got 19 shots at goal with 7 on target. Artem Dovbyk (42') and Sávio (65') scored for Girona FC.
Francisco Rodríguez's Rayo Vallecano have managed to score 12 times over their last six outings. Conversely, the number of goals that they have conceded in that time stands at 6.
Leading up to this clash, Rayo Vallecano:
- are unbeaten in the league by Barcelona in their last 4 games.
- are without a win at home for the past 4 league games. Their fans aren't happy.
Barcelona head into the encounter after a 2-1 La Liga win as they beat Alaves in their most recent match.
In that game, Barcelona had 72% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 6 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Barcelona was Robert Lewandowski (53', 78'). At the other end, Alaves had 8 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. Samu (1') was the scorer for Alaves.
Xavi Hernández's Barcelona have slotted home 7 times throughout their latest six matches. The overall goals that they have conceded during those same clashes comes to 5.
Analysis of their past results shows that Barcelona:
- are winless against Rayo Vallecano when they have played them away from home in the previous 2 matches in the league.
- are unbeaten in their previous 6 away league matches.
Head to head
Looking at their prior head to head clashes dating back to 09/03/2019 shows us that Rayo Vallecano have won 3 of these & Barcelona 2, with the tally of draws being 1.
In all, 12 goals were yielded between them throughout the course of those matches, with 6 from Franjirrojos and 6 created by Barça. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.
The previous league meeting featuring the two was La Liga match day 31 on 26/04/2023 when the final score was Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Barcelona.
In that game, Rayo Vallecano had 40% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. The goalscorers were Álvaro García (19') and Fran García (53').
At the other end, Barcelona got 10 shots at goal with 5 on target. Robert Lewandowski (83') scored.
The match was refereed by Jesús Gil Manzano.
Team News: Rayo Vallecano
The Rayo Vallecano boss Francisco Rodríguez has zero fitness concerns at all coming into this game owing to a fully injury-free group to pick from.
It looks as if Franjirrojos could make use of the 4-2-3-1 system for this one, handing starts to Stole Dimitrievski, Andrei Ratiu, Abdul Mumin, Florian Lejeune, Alfonso Espino, Pathe Ciss, Oscar Valentin, Isi Palazon, Randy Nteka, Jorge de Frutos and Raul de Tomas.
Team News: Barcelona
Barcelona boss Xavi Hernández has some current player fitness concerns. Marc-André ter Stegen (Back problems), Sergi Roberto (Muscle injury) and Gavi (Cruciate ligament tear) are not ready for selection.
From our viewpoint, Barça could decide to begin the game with a 4-3-3 lineup using Inaki Pena, Joao Cancelo, Jules Kounde, Inigo Martinez, Alex Balde, Fermin Lopez, Ilkay Gundogan, Pedri, Lamine Yamal, Robert Lewandowski and Joao Felix.
We envisage that Rayo Vallecano certainly have the ability to get a goal against this Barcelona lineup, but one goal may not quite be good enough.
We are therefore anticipating a very close game with a 1-2 win for Barcelona after the 90. Looking forward to this.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas (14,708)
Captain: Óscar Trejo
Chairman: Raúl Martín Presa
Manager: Francisco Rodríguez
Competitions: La Liga position 10, Copa del Rey (Second Round)
⭐ Key Player: Álvaro García
Mostly played in the Left Wing position, Álvaro García was born in Utrera, Spain. After having played his first senior match for Granada in the 2013 - 2014 season, the accomplished Forward has managed to score 4 league goals in this LaLiga 2023 - 2024 campaign so far coming from a total of 13 appearances.