Preview: Granada vs. Rayo Vallecano

Preview: Granada vs. Rayo Vallecano

Rayo Vallecano will be bidding to make it back-to-back wins at the start of the 2023-24 La Liga campaign when they travel to newly-promoted Granada on Monday night.

The visitors opened their season with a 2-0 victory over Almeria on August 11, while Granada suffered a 3-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid in their first game of the new campaign.

Granada were relegated from La Liga at the end of the 2021-22 campaign, but they secured a return to the top level at the first time of asking, winning the 2023-23 Segunda Division.

Paco Lopez’s side travelled to Atletico in their first match of the new season, suffering a 3-1 defeat, but how they perform this term is not going to depend on their results against the likes of Diego Simeone’s team.

The home side have made six signings during this summer’s transfer window, including Shon Weissman and Famara Diedhiou, who joined on permanent deals following loan spells.

Granada have also managed to keep the bulk of their key players from last season, and they look well-equipped to compete in La Liga during the 2023-24 campaign.

Grana have not actually beaten Rayo in Spain’s top flight since December 2013, but the points were shared in a 2-2 draw in the corresponding match during the 2021-22 season.

Rayo, meanwhile, opened their season with a 2-0 victory over Almeria on August 11, with Isi Palazon making the breakthrough from the penalty spot before Randy Nteka netted a penalty of his own eight minutes later.

Francisco’s side have made seven signings during this summer’s transfer window, with Jorge de Frutos proving to be their biggest acquisition in terms of a transfer fee, with the forward arriving from Levante.

Rayo finished 11th in Spain’s top flight last season, picking up 49 points from their 38 matches, and they were only four points behind seventh-placed Osasuna.

The capital side lost their manager Andoni Iraola to Bournemouth over the summer, but Francisco, who had previously been in charge of Elche, made the perfect start against Almeria last time out.

Rayo are in their third straight season back in La Liga, finishing 12th and 11th in their last two, and they will be aiming to push towards the top half during the current campaign.

Granada La Liga form:

Rayo Vallecano La Liga form:

We say: Granada 1-1 Rayo Vallecano
Two of the last three La Liga meetings between these two teams have finished all square, and we are backing another draw here. Rayo were excellent in their campaign opener, but Granada will have home advantage, and we are expecting the points to be shared in this encounter.

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