Can Rayo Vallecano become the first newly-promoted team to beat Barcelona?
Rayo Vallecano won the reverse fixture by a 1-0 margin and could become the first newly-promoted team to win a league double over Barcelona in 24 years. Barcelona have found the back of the net in 17 of their 18 home games against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga and will look to extend their streak this weekend.
How important is Xavi’s game against Rayo Vallecano for Real Madrid?
After returning to winning ways against Real Sociedad, Xavi’s men take on Rayo Vallecano to cover up one of their games in hand. The result may not count for much on the league table, but it will be crucial for the team’s morale.
Despite fighting back from two goals down to seemingly rescue a point against Real Betis – with Randy Nteka and Alvaro Garcia finding the back of the net – Willian Jose ‘s penalty 15 minutes from time condemned Vallecano to their second defeat from three La Liga fixtures at the weekend.
Vallecano winger Martin Merquelanz – on loan from Real Sociedad – is expected to be the hosts’ only absentee this week, with the 26-year-old still recovering from a serious knee injury.
We say: Rayo Vallecano 1-2 Barcelona
Despite their remarkable winning streak in this fixture, Barcelona’s dismal away form coupled with Vallecano’s strong home displays should make for a much closer encounter than history would suggest.
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