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Villarreal will be facing visiting club Rayo Vallecano at The Estadio de la Cerámica in the La Liga fixture on Monday.
Our Villarreal v Rayo Vallecano predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below - plus the latest match odds.
Villarreal, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following the 1-0 La Liga victory vs Girona FC.
In that match, Villarreal managed 70% possession and 19 attempts at goal with 9 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Villarreal was Dani Parejo (101'). On the other side, Girona had 8 shots at goal with 1 of them on target.
It’s not been often in recent times where Villarreal have shown defensive steel. The facts show that Villarreal have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 7 goals on the way.
Their previous form shows that Villarreal:
- haven't lost in the league to Rayo Vallecano in their last 4 games.
- are unbeaten in their last 3 home league matches.
After a losing effort in their last game against Real Sociedad in La Liga competition, Rayo Vallecano and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, Rayo Vallecano had 54% possession and 14 shots at goal with 2 on target. Real Sociedad had 12 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. Alexander Sørloth (15') and Barrenetxea (36') scored for Real Sociedad.
It has become apparent that Rayo Vallecano have suffered from a shortage of goals over their last six clashes, recording the unsatisfactory return of just 4. In those fixtures, Franjirrojos have also seen the overall goal tally against them equal 8. We will just have to find out if that trend will end up being continued on here.
Their previous form shows that Rayo Vallecano:
- haven't beaten Villarreal in games played away from home for the previous 8 matches in the league. A really bad run.
- are undefeated in their last 4 away league matches.
Head to head
A review of their past head-to-head clashes dating back to 17/04/2016 tells us that Villarreal have won 4 of these and Rayo Vallecano 1, with the tally of drawn results being 1.
21 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 15 of them from El Submarino Amarillo and 6 netted by Franjirrojos. That’s an average goals per game of 3.5.
The last league fixture between the two was La Liga match day 36 on 12/05/2022 which ended up with the score at Rayo Vallecano 1-5 Villarreal.
That day, Rayo Vallecano had 56% possession and 17 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. The scorer was Sergi Guardiola (21').
Villarreal had 11 shots at goal with 8 of them on target. Alfonso Pedraza (3', 88'), Juan Foyth (27'), Paco Alcácer (38') and Pau Torres (45') scored.
The match was refereed by Isidro Díaz de Mera.
Team News: Villarreal
Almost everyone can be considered, as there’s just the sole fitness concern for the Villarreal manager Quique Setién to be concerned about due to a largely intact group of players. Nicolas Jackson (Hip problems) misses out.
Team News: Rayo Vallecano
Owing to a fully healthy group available to select from, the Rayo Vallecano manager Andoni Iraola does not have any fitness worries to report before this clash.
In this match, Rayo Vallecano should get enough chances to find the back of the net against this Villarreal outfit, although it may not be as many as they will have scored against them.
We can see a 2-1 winning margin for Villarreal at the end of the match. It will be interesting to see how this one goes.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The Estadio de la Cerámica (23,500)
Captain: Raúl Albiol
Chairman: Fernando Roig
Manager: Quique Setién
Competitions: La Liga position 5, Conference League Qualifiers (Play Off Round), Conference League (Round of 16)
⭐ Star Player: Gerard Moreno
Usually taking up the Striker position, Gerard Moreno was born in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, Spain. After making a first senior appearance for Villarreal CF B in the 2010 - 2011 season, the accomplished Forward has managed 4 league goals in this LaLiga 2022 - 2023 season so far coming from a total of 10 appearances.