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Rayo Vallecano will take to the pitch with visiting club Espanyol at Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas in this La Liga 2 match on Sunday.
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Rayo Vallecano will be hoping for a better result following the 1-0 La Liga 2 loss in their previous game against Tenerife.
In that match, Rayo Vallecano managed 55% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 2 on target. On the other side, Tenerife had 4 shots at goal with 2 on target. Álex Bermejo (80') was the scorer for Tenerife.
In their past six fixtures, Andoni Iraola's Rayo Vallecano have seen rewards for their attempts on goal a combined total of 9 times, an average number of goals per match equal to 1.5.
Their past results show that Rayo Vallecano:
- haven't beaten Espanyol in their previous 3 league matches.
- have not been beaten in their last 8 league matches at home. It's been impressive.
Espanyol will go into the encounter after a 1-0 La Liga 2 win to defeat AD Alcorcón in their most recent match.
In that match, Espanyol had 68% possession and 13 shots at goal with 5 on target. The scorer for Espanyol was Raúl de Tomas (75'). At the other end, AD Alcorcón got 8 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target.
A series of steadfast displays by the Espanyol defenders has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 0 from their previous 6 outings overall. During the same time, the number of goals that they have scored themselves is 7.
Their past results show that Espanyol:
- are winless against Rayo Vallecano in away games against them for the last 2 matches in the league.
- are undefeated in their last 2 away league matches.
Head to head
A look at their prior head-to-head clashes going back to 20/12/2014 shows that Rayo Vallecano have won 1 of them and Espanyol 3, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 2.
A total of 19 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 9 of them for Franjirrojos and 10 for Periquitos. That’s an average goals per game of 3.17.
Team News: Rayo Vallecano
Regarding absentees, there’s just the lone fitness concern for the Rayo Vallecano boss Andoni Iraola to contend with due to a largely intact set of players. Antoñín (Knee Problems) won’t play.
Team News: Espanyol
Owing to a fully injury-free group available to choose from, Espanyol boss Vicente Moreno does not have any fitness concerns to speak of coming into this match.
When taking all factors into account, Espanyol and Rayo Vallecano may well find themselves both scoring in what promises to be a very even battle here.
We’ll see, but this looks like it could end up all-square. That is why we are leaning toward a tight encounter, finishing with a 1-1 scoreline at the end of the 90 minutes.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas (14,708)
Captain: Alberto García
Chairman: Raúl Martín Presa
Manager: Andoni Iraola
Competitions: La Liga 2 position 6
⭐ Key Man: Isi Palazón
Usually taking to the field in the Left Attacking Midfielder position, Isi Palazón was born in Cieza, Spain. Having made a first senior appearance for Ponferradina in the 2019 - 2020 season, the skilful Midfielder has managed 2 league goals in this LaLiga2 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in a total of 5 appearances.