Preview: Rayo Vallecano vs. Valencia

Preview: Rayo Vallecano vs. Valencia

Valencia will be bidding to stretch their unbeaten run of form in La Liga to six matches when they make the trip to Estadio de Vallecas on Monday evening to take on Rayo Vallecano.

The away side are currently ninth in the La Liga table, 10 points behind sixth-placed Real Sociedad, while Rayo occupy 13th position, seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Rayo have not been victorious in La Liga since the middle of December, losing eight and drawing three of their last 11 matches at this level of football, which is unquestionably relegation form.

The capital outfit were so impressive in the first half of the campaign, though, and look to have enough credit in the bank to avoid being pulled into a relegation battle in the final weeks of the season.

Indeed, a record of 33 points from 29 matches has left Rayo in 13th spot in the table, seven points clear of the bottom three, and they have only lost one of their last three, holding Sevilla and Granada to draws over the last month.

Los Franjirrojos were promoted back to the top level through the Segunda Division playoffs last term, and they are biding to make it back-to-back seasons in Spain’s top flight for the first time since 2016.

Andoni Iraola’s side have impressed in front of their own supporters this season, picking up 27 points from 15 matches, but they have really struggled on their travels, claiming only six points from 14 games.

Valencia, meanwhile, will enter this contest off the back of a goalless draw with Cadiz last time out, which left the team in ninth spot in the table on 41 points.

Los Che, who will take on Real Betis in the Copa del Rey final later this month, are unbeaten in their last five league matches, recording three wins in the process.

Jose Bordalas’s side have the eighth-best away record in La Liga this season, picking up 19 points from 15 matches, suffering just six defeats in the process.

Valencia finished down in 13th position in Spain’s top flight last term, but they are very much on course to improve on that spot this season and actually sit just four points behind seventh-placed Villarreal at this stage.

Los Che, who played out a 1-1 draw with Rayo in the reverse match at Mestalla back in November, are not in the race for a top-six spot, though, sitting 10 points behind sixth-placed Real Sociedad on the same number of matches (30).

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We say: Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Valencia
Rayo’s home form this season has been impressive, and they beat Valencia 2-0 when the two teams last locked horns in the Spanish capital in April 2019. Los Che will be confident of winning this match, but we are finding it difficult to separate the two sides, ultimately backing a low-scoring draw at Estadio de Vallecas.

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