Villarreal vs Rayo Vallecano Match Analysis and Prediction

Villarreal will be looking to end their three game winless run in the La Liga when they host Roya Vallecano at Estadio de la Ceramica for the 17th week of the campaign on Sunday. Kickoff schedules for 12th December 2021 at 16:00 EAT.

The hosts are the reigning Europa League Champions however this season has not been smooth for them in the La Liga where they are placed 14th with 16 points after 15 league matches. The teams’ momentum is building up and they even advanced into the knockout stage of the Champions League earlier this week.

Villarreal gets into this game following on a 2-3 Champions League victory against Atalanta in their most recent fixture. In that match, Villarreal got 36% possession, nine shots with six of them on target and goals scored by Arnaut Danjuma (3′, 51′) and Étienne Capoue (42′). The Opponents, Atalanta managed 19 shots with five of them on target and goals by Ruslan Malinovskyi (71′) and Duván Zapata (80′) scored for Atalanta.

Meanwhile, Rayo Vallecano has been one of the surprise stories in Spain domestically, currently in sixth with 27 points and is unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions. They have an opportunity to compete in Europe next season, as they are currently positioned to claim a spot in the Europa Conference League qualifiers next year.

Rayo Vallecano head into this encounter wanting similar results as the 1-0 La Liga win against Espanyol in their previous match. In that game, Rayo Vallecano had 50% possession, seven shots with none of them on target. Espanyol managed 10 shots with three of them on target and a devastating own goal from Leandro Cabrera (54’)

We expect an entertaining showdown will plenty goals considering that; four of the previous five head-to-head duels between Villarreal and Rayo Vallecano have gone over 2.5 total goals and Rayo Vallecano averaged 2.50 goals per game in La Liga this season, while Villarreal averaged 2.20 goals per game in the league so far.

Villarreal vs Rayo Vallecano head to head

Villarreal has an excellent record playing against Rayo Vallecano in the 19 meetings since 1997, Villarreal has 12 triumphs, Vallecano four triumphs and the remaining three matches played out draws.    

  • Vallecano 0-2 Villarreal 29/01/20
  • Villarreal 3-1 Vallecano 17/03/19
  • Vallecano 2-2 Villarreal 11/11/18
  • Vallecano 2-1 Villarreal 17/04/16
  • Villarreal 2-1 Vallecano 06/12/15

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  • Atalanta 2-3 Villarreal
  • Sevilla 1-0 Villarreal
  • Victoria CF 0-8 Villarreal
  • Villarreal 1-3 Barcelona
  • Villarreal 0-2 Man Utd

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  • Vallecano 1-0 Espanyol
  • Guijuelo 3-4 Vallecano
  • Valencia 1-1 Vallecano
  • Vallecano 3-1 Mallorca
  • Real Madrid 2-1 Vallecano

Villarreal team news

Boss Unai Emery will not be able to call upon the service of Francis Coquelin and Serge Aurier who are recovering from injuries.

Rayo Vallecano team news

The only confirmed absentee for the visitors ahead of this game Martín Merquelanz with a knee injury.

Prediction and odds

The hosts are confident with the Champions League win against Atalanta and they will want to replicate the results however this opponent is in a great form and they will not be taken down easily. We therefore back a draw at the end of this match.

  • Draw
  • Double Chance
  • Both teams to score
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