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Málaga host visiting team Rayo Vallecano at Estadio La Rosaleda in the La Liga 2 meeting on Sunday.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the Málaga v Rayo Vallecano game - plus the latest betting odds.
Málaga will be looking to improve on their last outing here after a 1-0 La Liga 2 defeat last time out to Sporting Gijón.
In that game, Málaga managed 41% possession and 9 shots on goal with 3 on target. On the other side, Sporting de Gijón had 5 shots at goal with 3 on target. Uroš Đurđević (48') scored for Sporting Gijón.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent games where Málaga haven’t conceded. In fact, Los Boquerones have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, shipping 8 goals during that time. That kind of pattern isn’t assured to be carried forward into this game, however.
Analysis of their past results shows that Málaga:
- have not registered a win against Rayo Vallecano in their previous 4 matches in the league.
- are without a home win in the past 9 matches in the league. Something needs to change.
In their previous game, Rayo Vallecano drew 2-2 in the La Liga 2 tie with FC Cartagena.
In that match, Rayo Vallecano managed 51% possession and 14 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. For Rayo Vallecano, the scorers were Pozo (10') and Yacine Qasmi (68'). FC Cartagena got 7 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Rubén Castro (22', 59') was the scorer for FC Cartagena.
The stats tell the story, and Rayo Vallecano have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing their opponents hit 10 goals in all. At the back, Franjirrojos can certainly do much better.
A look at their previous results shows us that Rayo Vallecano:
- haven't won against Málaga in away games against them for the last 4 matches in the league. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- haven't been defeated by Málaga when they have played them away from home in the previous 2 matches in the league.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 4 away league matches.
Head to head
Checking on their prior head to head meetings going back to 21/03/2015 tells us that Málaga have won 1 of these games & Rayo Vallecano 2, with the tally of draws standing at 3.
A combined total of 12 goals were produced between them in this period, with 4 of them for Los Boquerones and 8 for Franjirrojos. That is an average goals per game value of 2.
The previous league meeting between these clubs was La Liga 2 match day 4 on 03/10/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Rayo Vallecano 4-0 Málaga.
On that day, Rayo Vallecano managed 52% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 7 on target. The goalscorers were Isi Palazón (18'), Pozo (58') and Antoñín Cortés (93').
Málaga had 7 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Juande (21' Own goal) was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Dámaso Arcediano Monescillo.
Team News: Málaga
Mohamed Benkhemassa (Back Injury) and Iván Calero (Ruptured knee ligament) won’t be available for Malaga gaffer Sergio Pellicer. Iván Calero will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
Team News: Rayo Vallecano
Thanks to a completely injury-free group to pick from, Rayo Vallecano boss Andoni Iraola does not have any fitness worries to speak of before this match.
We’re of the view that Málaga will need to put in a solid display to see themselves scoring against this Rayo Vallecano side who we reckon will manage to score & go ahead.
We’re therefore expecting a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 win for Rayo Vallecano when the full-time whistle blows.
Looking forward to watching this one unfold.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio La Rosaleda (30,044)
Captain: David Lombán
Chairman: José María Muñoz Jiménez
Manager: Sergio Pellicer
Competitions: La Liga 2 position 15
⭐ Key Player: Yanis Rahmani
Regularly used in the Left Attacking Midfielder position, Yanis Rahmani was born in Champigny Sur Marne, France. Having made a first senior appearance for UD Almería in the 2019 - 2020 season, the talented Midfielder has bagged 3 league goals in the LaLiga2 2020 - 2021 season so far in a total of 23 appearances.