Kickoff: Thursday, 03 March @20:00 GMT
Venue: Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas (Madrid)
Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)
Head to head record
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano 5-2 (2015/2016 La Liga)
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano 6-1 (2014/2015 La Liga)
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona 0-2 (2014/2015 La Liga)
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano 6-0 (2013/2014 La Liga)
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona 0-4 (2013/2014 La Liga)
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona prediction
Barcelona will be looking to cement their top position in La Liga this Thursday when they visit Rayo Vallecano. Los Franjirrojos are unbeaten in their last seven league fixtures, which gives them hope for a positive result in the forthcoming encounter.
Rayo are getting close to the red zone
Manucho’s second-half double secured a share of spoils for for his team in the clash against Betis, as Rayo Vallecano came back from two goals down in the first period. Paco Jemez’s side recorded their third straight draw in the league, but have fallen to the 16th place in the overall standings, with just two points away from the red zone. The team from Vallecas are up for a heavy battle in order to avoid relegation to the Segunda next term, but, truth being told, one cannot expect them to look for much needed points against high-flying Barcelona. Their last triumph against Blaugrana occurred more than thirteen years ago, after that they recorded ten straight defeats with mere four scored goals in the spell. Even so, Los Vallecanos are undefeated on home soil in their last five fixtures in all competitions and Paco Jemes hope his team will continue the positive trend.
Rayo Vallecano are heavily burdened with injuries. Pablo Hernandez, Jozabed, Javi Guerra, Razvan Rat, Cobeno, Patric Ebert and Tono are all sidelined for this encounter.
The unstoppable MSN trio
With the first goal in Barcelona’s triumph against Sevilla (2-1), Leo Messi increased the MSN trio’s account to 94 goals this season. Suarez contributed with 41 and Neymar have put 23 to his name till now and this is why they are considered to be the almost unstoppable offensive line. If they continue with their impressive performances, Blaugrana could hope for a successive treble, as they are still considered as mayor favorites in all competitions. The Catalans suffered their last defeat in October, are on a thirty-four-game undefeated run and their nine straight wins in La Liga make them believe they will snatch all three points in the upcoming clash against Rayo. The abovementioned killer trio will give hell to opposition defense once more and probably increase their tally, especially bearing in mind that Blaugrana netted 43 goals in their previous ten games against Paco Jémez’s side.
There are no fresh injuries in Luis Enrique’s team, so he will have all of his key players at disposal. Rafinha is the only team member in the recovery room because of his ACL-injury.
- Barcelona won ten straight games against Rayo
- Luis Enrique’s men are on a nineteen-game unbeaten streak in the Primera Division
- Blaugrana lost their last away fixture in October
- Los Franjirrojos are undefeated in their last seven La Liga fixtures
- Paco Jemez’s side recorded their last home victory against Barca in 2002
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona betting tip
It is obvious that Blaugrana will record their eleventh consecutive triumph against los Franjirrojos in the forthcoming clash. The biggest question is how many goals will be scored at Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas. Their previous encounters were real spectacles, especially for Barca’s fans, and I do hope we will witness lots of fireworks this time out. I will put my money on the away team in this fixture.
Odds: 1.67 (4/6) @Ladbrokes
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