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Rayo Vallecano head to Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos on Friday for the La Liga 2 showdown with hosts UD Almería.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the UD Almería v Rayo Vallecano match are shown here (including the best match odds).
UD Almería, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 0-3 La Liga 2 triumph versus Málaga.
In that match, UD Almería had 55% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. For UD Almería, the goalscorers were Lucas Robertone (12'), José Carlos Lazo (29') and Umar Sadiq (77'). For their opponents, Málaga CF had 17 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target.
Their most recent results shine a light on the fact that not much more can be done by the UD Almería rearguard. Almería have given the opposition little, with the total number of goals that have flown into the back of their net over the course of their previous 6 matches standing at 4.
Their prior results show that UD Almería:
- haven't lost in the league to Rayo Vallecano in their last 3 games.
- are undefeated in their previous 9 league matches at home. A very good run at home.
- haven’t won at home in the past 2 league matches.
Following on from tasting defeat last time out to Sporting Gijón in La Liga 2 competition, Rayo Vallecano will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that match, Rayo Vallecano managed 59% possession and 18 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. At the other end, Sporting de Gijón had 9 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Pedro Díaz (15') scored for Sporting Gijón.
The stats tell the story, and Rayo Vallecano have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, conceding 7 goals in total. In defence, Franjirrojos have seen their frailties exposed. That sort of pattern might not be carried forward into this match, though.
Coming into this meeting, Rayo Vallecano are unbeaten in their last 2 away league matches.
Head to head
Looking at their prior head-to-head meetings stretching back to 05/02/2017 shows that UD Almería have won 2 of these games and Rayo Vallecano 3, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 1.
A total of 11 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 5 for Almería and 6 netted by Franjirrojos. The average goals per game has been 1.83.
The previous league fixture between the two was La Liga 2 match day 11 on 08/11/2020 and the score finished Rayo Vallecano 0-1 UD Almería.
On that occasion, Rayo Vallecano managed 37% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target.
UD Almería had 10 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. Jorge Cuenca (95') scored.
The referee was Javier Iglesias Villanueva.
Team News: UD Almería
UD Almería manager José Gomes will be grateful to have no fitness worries whatsoever before this clash with a fully injury-free squad available to select from.
Team News: Rayo Vallecano
Due to a fully healthy group available to choose from, Rayo Vallecano manager Andoni Iraola does not have any fitness worries whatsoever coming into this match.
We feel that over the course of the game, Rayo Vallecano will have to perform well to score against this UD Almería outfit who we think will gain the upper hand.
We’re going for a good battle with a 1-0 victory for UD Almería when the referee blows for full-time.
We’re expecting it to be that close.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos (15,000)
Captain: César de la Hoz
Chairman: Turki Al-Sheikh
Manager: José Gomes
Competitions: La Liga 2 position 3
🔑 Key Man: José Corpas
Regularly used in the Right Attacking Midfielder position, José Corpas was born in Baños de la Encina, Spain. Having played his first senior match for UD Almería in the 2018 - 2019 season, the dangerous Midfielder has managed to score 11 league goals in the LaLiga2 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 29 appearances.