Rayo Vallecano vs Athletic: prediction for the La Liga fixture
Rayo Vallecano put up a confident performance in the first half of the season. Team just got back from Segunda, but managed to quickly adapt to the top-tier division. In 20 rounds team recorded nine victories and four draws, which brought 31 points and a 7th spot in the standings. After a victory over Alaves (2:0) Vallecans suffered an away defeat to Atletico (0:2) and drew to Betis (1:1).
Capital team won four matches in the Spanish Cup. In two most recent matches The Red Sashes beat Mirandes (1:0) and Girona (2:1), so they advanced into the quarter-final of Copa del Rey.
Merquelanz and Catena won't feature in the match.
Athletic managed to prove their status of a cup team for another time. On the previous week, team advanced into the final of the Super Cup, in which they suffered a defeat to Real Madrid (0:2) and then Lions managed to eliminate Barcelona from the Spanish Cup on extra time (3:2 a.e.t.).
Everything is not so great in La Liga - after 21 rounds The Red-Whites have six victories and 10 draws, which brought 28 points and a 10th spot in the standings. In 2022 Basques beat Osasuna (3:1) and drew to Alaves (0:0).
Vencedor and Villalibre won't feature in the match.
In 2 out of 3 most recent head-to-head matches goals were scored in both halves
This bet played in 2 out of 3 most recent matches of the visitors
In three most recent head-to-head matches goals were scored by both opponents
Rayo Vallecano got off to a great start in the new season, team earned a spot in the Top-10. Bilbao team lacks consistency, but team has some experienced and skilled players, who are able to secure a positive result. We think that hosts will have more chances for a victory. Vallecans will have a home advantage, plus Basques will come after a difficult cup game.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (0) on Rayo Vallecano
We are expecting a tight clash with not too many goal opportunities. We think that the outcome will be decided by one or two goals, so we offer to place a bet on total under.
Our second bet is on total under 2,5 goals