Rayo Vallecano vs Getafe predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups ahead of this Madrid derby.
DATE/TIME – Sunday 21st October 2018, 12:00 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – Vallecas
COMPETITION – La Liga
This is one of many Madrid derbies this season in La Liga. The need for points is likely to override local pride as far as the players and coaches are concerned though and both clubs are really in need of a result heading into this match-day. Rayo currently find themselves just one place off the bottom while Getafe aren’t in great form either and have slipped into 14th.
Both sides have an identical record of just 2 points from their last 4 matches. That run commenced for Rayo with a 5-1 defeat at home to Alaves but they have been a bit more solid since then. They are still seeking their first win in Vallecas since returning to La Liga though and this week provides them with a good opportunity to get it with the rearranged game with Athletic to come on Wednesday.
Getafe have had 15 long days to stew over a bitterly disappointing home defeat to Levante last time out. Their season had been going reasonably well until that point with their only defeats coming against the big two Madrid clubs. Their overall record in derby clashes in La Liga is exceptionally poor too in recent years so it would be a rare dose of local pride were they to get it here.
Rayo look like they are going to be a fairly positive team this season and they do have a goal in them, particularly with Raul de Tomas up top. Getafe are much more defensive so there is a real contrast of styles here. With home advantage the onus will be on Rayo to take the game to their neighbours but the away team’s extra top flight quality and know-how could be a factor.
Rayo Vallecano vs Getafe Predictions
Score Prediction: 0-0 Draw
This has all the makings of an even game. Getafe matches rarely produce many goals with all of their last 13 in La Liga seeing two or fewer goals scored and one moment of quality could settle this. If it doesn’t come, we may see it end in a scrappy derby stalemate.
Rayo Vallecano vs Getafe H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 3 Rayo Wins, 2 Getafe Wins, 1 Draw
- Rayo have won all of their last 4 home games against Getafe 2-0.
- The sides last met in the 2016-17 Segunda with both teams winning their home games.
- The last top flight meeting saw Rayo win 2-0 at home in April 2016.
One to Watch – Giannelli Imbula
Giannelli Imbula barely put a foot wrong during his Rayo debut. Netted the match-winning goal and looked after the ball with care, linking up well with Gaël Kakuta.
Imbula has technical ability in abundance and a frame built to protect possession. Astute loan deal. ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/7VgEIuRCcD
— Talking LaLiga (@TalkingLaLiga) September 14, 2018
Giannelli Imbula is trying to rebuild his career after a poor time of it in Stoke. His presence could be key this season for Rayo as they look to gain some control in midfield.
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Predicted Line Ups
Garcia – Advincula, Ba, Amat, Moreno – Trejo, Imbula, Comesana – Kakuta, De Tomas, Bebe (4-3-3)
Soria – Antunes, Gonzalez, Cabrera, Suarez – Ndiaye, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Ibanez – Molina, Angel (4-4-2)