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Prediction: Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona

Harry Kettle in Free Soccer Predictions 26 Oct 2021

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Prediction: Barcelona win

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: 888sport

La Liga continues to throw up surprises this season with each and every gameweek having a result or two that’s knocked fans for six. Spanish football, as a whole, is in something of a recovery period right now and the one thing that’s keeping fans interested above all else is the unpredictability and excitement that the league provides. On Wednesday, we expect to see that trend continue when Rayo Vallecano go head to head with Barcelona.

Rayo Vallecano

Between their big signings, loyal fanbase and momentum from being promoted, it shouldn’t be too much of a shock that Rayo Vallecano are flying high right now. The Madrid-based side have grown into something of a yo-yo team with their biggest attribute being, ironically, their insanely good home form. So while some would see a game against Barcelona as a free hit, there are genuine expectations on their shoulders this week.

Barcelona

The loss to Real Madrid on Sunday would’ve had most believing that Ronald Koeman is on the verge of leaving the club but instead, they’ve opted to keep him on – for the time being, at least. Barcelona are still one of the biggest teams in world football and there isn’t a whole lot that’s going to change that, but they need to find that winning formula if they’re serious about even challenging for the top four this season. If they don’t, a midtable finish is a genuine possibility.

Factors to Consider

  • Vallecano are 7th in La Liga whereas Barcelona are 9th.
  • Vallecano have won four and lost two of their last six games.
  • Barcelona have won three and lost three of their last six games.
  • Vallecano have scored 12 goals and conceded seven in their last six games.
  • Barcelona have scored eight goals and conceded eight in their last six games.

Conclusion

Sometimes, when a big club is on the ropes, it can lure their opponents into a false sense of security – and that’s what we expect to see when Rayo Vallecano host Barcelona. Both sides have some really strong attacking options which is why both teams to score would be a smart bet, but they’re also a bit leaky at the back. Barca can really hurt teams on the counter and we expect to see them just about edge past the underdogs in an entertaining & frantic encounter.

Prediction: Barcelona win

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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