Villarreal vs Rayo Vallecano Match Analysis & Prediction
30/01/2023 11:00 pm
Top-four hopefuls Villarreal will be looking to continue their impressive run of form in La Liga when the host Rayo Vallecano on Monday night.
The hosts are currently fifth in the table, level on points with fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, while the visitors have also been impressive this season, picking up 26 points to sit in ninth place.
Villarreal are unbeaten in La Liga since the start of November, winning four of their last five league matches, picking up 13 points in the process, leaving them just outside the top four in La Liga.
Quique Setien’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Celta Vigo on January 13, but they managed to return to winning ways last time out, beating Girona 1-0 through a latee penalty from Dani Parejo.
Villarreal’s Copa del Rey campaign was ended by Real Madrid on January 19, but they are in the knockout round of the Europa Conference League, having topped Group C ahead of Lech Poznan.
The Yellow Submarine have a record of nine wins, four draws and five losses in the league this season, while they boast the second-best defensive record behind Barcelona, conceding just 13 times.
Rayo Vallecano have won seven, drawn five and lost six of their 18 league matches this season to collect 26 points and sit ninth in the table.
Andoni Iraola’s side are just two points behind sixth-placed Real Betis, while they have a healthy gap on nine points to the bottom three, and there have been no signs so far that a relegation battle could be a possibility in the final months of the season.
However, Los Franjirrojos have only managed to win one of their last five league matches, which was a 1-0 victory away to Real Valladolid in the middle of this month.
Last weekend, Rayo Vallecano suffered a 2-0 defeat to Real Sociedad, with Alexander Sorloth and Ander Barranetxea getting on the scoresheet for the visitors to Estadio de Vallecas.
Villarreal vs. Rayo Vallecano Head to head
In the 21 previous meetings between these two teams across all competitions, Villarreal have claimed 14 victories while Rayo Vallecano have won four, and they have drawn in three. Rayo have scored 28 goals and conceded 46 in the process.
11/11/2018Rayo Vallecano2Villarreal2La Liga
17/03/2019Villarreal3Rayo Vallecano1La Liga
29/01/2020Rayo Vallecano0Villarreal2Copa del Rey
12/12/2021Villarreal2Rayo Vallecano0La Liga
12/05/2022Rayo Vallecano1Villarreal5la Liga
Villarreal Team News
Villarreal have a number of injury issues at the moment, with Kiko Femenia, Raul Albiol, Alfonso Pedraza, Francis Coquelin and Giovani Lo Celso again set to miss out here.
Jorge Cuenca could continue in the middle of the defence, while it is set to be the same front three, with Samuel Chukwueze joining Yeremi Pino and Gerard Moreno.
Villarreal's Last 5 Matches
03/01/2023FC Cartagena1Villarreal5Copa del Rey
07/01/2023Villarreal2Real Madrid1La Liga
13/01/2023Celta Vigo1Villarreal1La Liga
19/01/2023Villarreal2Real Madrid3Copa del Rey
Rayo Vallecano Team News
Oscar Valentin remains on the sidelines with a muscular problem, but Ray Vallecano are otherwise in a strong shape heading into Monday’s contest.
Santi Comesana could come in for Unai Lopez in midfield, while Radamel Falcao is among the options for change in the final third.
Rayo Vallecano's Last 5 Matches
29/12/2022Girona2Rayo Vallecano2La Liga
03/01/2023Sporting Gijon2Rayo Vallecano0Copa del Rey
08/01/2023Rayo Vallecano1Real Betis2La Liga
14/01/2023Real Valladolid0Rayo Vallecano1La Liga
21/01/2023Rayo Vallecano0Real Sociedad2La Liga
Villarreal vs. Rayo Vallecano: Odds and Predictions
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