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The La Liga 2 tie at Estadio de La Romareda on Wednesday will see home side Real Zaragoza go up against Rayo Vallecano.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Real Zaragoza v Rayo Vallecano are shown below (including the best match odds).
Real Zaragoza will be looking for an improved result here following the 2-1 La Liga 2 losing effort in their last game against Ponferradina.
In that game, Real Zaragoza had 52% possession and 4 attempts on goal with 2 on target. The scorer for Real Zaragoza was Juan José Narváez (46'). On the other side, Ponferradina had 8 shots at goal with 3 on target. Manu Hernando (78') was the scorer for Ponferradina.
It has not been often in recent times that Real Zaragoza haven’t conceded. It will be a concern for them that Blanquillos have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 8 goals along the way. In any event, we will just have to wait and see whether that trend shall be sustained here in this game.
Coming into this meeting, Real Zaragoza are without a home win in the past 5 matches in the league. Their supporters are understandably frustrated.
Rayo Vallecano come into this game following on from a 2-1 La Liga 2 win to beat Castellón in their most recent match.
In that match, Rayo Vallecano had 51% possession and 5 attempts at goal with 3 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Rayo Vallecano was Andrés Martín (14', 44'). For their opponents, Castellón had 8 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Marc Mateu (62') was the scorer for Castellón.
The stats tell the story, and Rayo Vallecano have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing their opponents hit 6 goals overall. In defence, Franjirrojos can certainly do much better.
Going into this encounter, Rayo Vallecano are without a win away from home in their last 6 league matches.
Head to head
A glance at their most recent head-to-head clashes going back to 18/12/2016 tells us that Real Zaragoza have won 3 of them and Rayo Vallecano 2, with the tally of draws standing at 1.
An aggregate of 20 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 10 for Blanquillos and 10 for Franjirrojos. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.33.
The last league contest featuring these sides was La Liga 2 match day 38 on 06/07/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Real Zaragoza 2-4 Rayo Vallecano.
On that occasion, Real Zaragoza managed 50% possession and 11 shots at goal with 5 on target. The scorers were Pichu Atienza (5') and Javi Puado (60').
At the other end, Rayo Vallecano got 13 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. Juan Villar (45', 51'), Álvaro García (54') and Óscar Trejo (94') scored.
The match was refereed by Daniel Ocón Arráiz.
Team News: Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza manager Rubén Baraja will be grateful to have no fitness concerns at all before this game thanks to a fully injury-free group to pick from.
Team News: Rayo Vallecano
Out of a mainly full-strength group, there’s only the lone fitness problem for the Rayo Vallecano gaffer Andoni Iraola to be concerned with. Fran García (Partial damage to the cruciate ligament) won’t be in action.
We believe that Real Zaragoza will have to work hard as a team to break down this Rayo Vallecano side who we think might be able to get on the scoresheet themselves in a winning performance.
With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a very even contest with a 0-1 victory for Rayo Vallecano at the conclusion of the game.
We’re expecting it to be that close.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio de La Romareda (34,596)
Captain: Alberto Zapater
Chairman: Christian Lapetra
Manager: Rubén Baraja
Competitions: La Liga 2 position 19
⭐ Star Man: Juan José Narváez
Customarily playing in the Striker position, Juan José Narváez was born in Pasto, Colombia. After having made a senior debut playing for Real Madrid B in the 2013 - 2014 season, the goalscoring Forward has hit 3 league goals in the LaLiga2 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in 11 appearances.