Rayo Vallecano vs Real Betis Match Analysis & Prediction
08/01/2023 6:15 pm
Real Betis will be looking to record their first La Liga victory since the end of October when the travel to face Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.
While the hosts are eighth on 23 points from their opening 15 matches, the visitors are currently sixth in the standings, two points behind forth-placed Atletico Madrid.
Rayo Vallecano are unbeaten in their last seven league matches, recording three wins in the process, but they have drawn their last two against Celta Vigo and Girona.
Andoni Iraola’s side were also in Copa del Rey action on Tuesday, exiting the competition in the round of 32 through a 2-0 defeat to Sporting Gijon.
Los Vallecanos have been strong in front of their own fans in the league in 2022-23, picking up 14 points from seven matches, suffering just one defeat in the process.
Real Betis are unbeaten against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga since April 2014, although the points were shared in a 1-1 draw when the two sides met in the reverse fixture last season.
The Green and Whites were also in Copa del Rey action during the week, securing their place in the last-16 stage of the competition through a 4-1 victory over Ibiza Islas Pitiusas.
However, Real Betis have not won in La Liga since the end of October, picking up just two points from their last three matches against Sevilla, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have picked up 25 points from their 15 league matches this season, leaving them two points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, while they have the third-best defensive record in La Liga this season, conceding just 12 times.
Rayo Vallecano vs. Real Betis Head to head
In the previous 29 meetings between these two teams, Rayo Vallecano have claimed eight victories while Real Betis have won 11, and they have drawn in 10. Real Betis have scored 45 goals and conceded 34 in the process.
23/01/2020Rayo Vallecano(P)2Real Betis2Copa del Rey
24/10/2021Real Betis3Rayo Vallecano2La Liga
09/01/2022Rayo Vallecano1Real Betis1La Liga
09/02/2022Rayo Vallecano1Real Betis2Copa del Rey
03/03/2022Real Betis1Rayo Vallecano1Copa del Rey
Rayo Vallecano Team News
Rayo Vallecano will again be without Ruben de Tomas due to a tendon injury, but Randy Nteka and Salvi both made their returns against Sporting Gijon in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday.
Isi Palazon, Fran Garcia, Sergio Camello, Santi Comesana, Oscar Trejo and Ivan Balliu are all expected to return to the side.
Rayo Vallecano's Last 5 Matches
10/12/2022Real Sociedad1Rayo Vallecano1Club Friendlies
17/12/2022Newcastle United2Rayo Vallecano1Club Friendlies
21/12/2022Saguntino0Rayo Vallecano0(P)Copa del Rey
29/12/2022Girona2Rayo Vallecano2La Liga
03/01/2023Sporting Gijon2Rayo Vallecano0Copa del Rey
Real Betis Team News
Luiz Felipe is suspended following his red card against Athletic Bilbao on December 29, but Edgar Gonzalez is back from a ban of his own and should feature in the middle of the defence.
Youssouf Sabaly is out until next month with an ankle issue, while Paul Akouokou will again be missing out due to a muscular problem.
Real Betis's Last 5 Matches
10/12/2022Real Betis1Manchester United0Club Friendlies
17/12/2022Real Betis1Inter Milan1Club Friendlies
23/12/2022Real Betis0Atalanta3Club Friendlies
29/12/2022Real Betis0Athletic Bilbao0La Liga
05/01/2023Ibiza Islas Pitiusas1Real Betis4Copa del Rey
Rayo Vallecano vs. Real Betis: Odds and Predictions
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