Rayo Vallecano vs Eibar predictions, H2H and match preview for this Friday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the visitors look to build on a fine win last time out.
DATE/TIME – Friday 30th November 2018, 21:00 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – Estadio de Vallecas
COMPETITION – La Liga
The weekend action in La Liga commences in Vallecas on Friday and it’s a key game for the hosts. Rayo have played reasonably well in most of their games this season and may feel a bit hard done by to be where they are in the league. However a combination of sloppy defending and an inability to see games out leaves them in pretty desperate need of a win here with 6 points currently separating them from safety.
They really can’t afford for that gap to get much bigger. Worryingly though Rayo put in one of their poorest displays of the season last weekend, going down 3-0 at the Mestalla. Their recent home displays have been much improved but they failed to see the game out against both Barcelona and Villarreal despite leading both matches heading into the final ten minutes. Their chances aren’t helped here by the suspension of Luis Advincula but they’ll be hoping to have Álvaro Medrán fit with the midfielder training again.
As far as Eibar are concerned, it’s hard to see them changing anything from last weekend’s wonderful win against Los Blancos. They played Santi Solari’s men off the park at Ipurua to win 3-0. The Real Madrid camp were quick to criticise their direct style of play but that was little more than sour grapes in truth and some of Eibar’s football was excellent with the European champions having no answer.
This one promises to be pretty open with Eibar likely to come hunting three points which would push them above Real Madrid and into 6th place. Rayo will know that a point isn’t really enough though so we should see both sides adopting a fairly positive approach and a decent game looks likely.
Rayo Vallecano vs Eibar Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-1 Eibar
We should see chances at both ends here but if Eibar play anything like as well as they did last weekend, you have to fancy the visitors. Rayo have the division’s worst defensive record and they just don’t look like a team that is going to grind out many scrappy wins, key in any side’s survival bid. Eibar are in good form and they do tend to be a team that can put real winning sequences together. They have enough about them to claim the win here.
Rayo Vallecano vs Eibar H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 3 Rayo Wins, 2 Eibar Wins, 1 Draw.
- The sides haven’t met since the 2015/16 season and a 1-1 draw on this ground.
- Eibar have made 4 league visits to Rayo this century, losing only once.
- That defeat was a 4-1 loss in the Segunda Division in October 2008.
One to Watch – Marc Cucurella
— Marc Cucurella (@cucurella3) November 25, 2018
Much of the credit last weekend went to Eibar’s Marc Cucurella. The 20 year old had a sensational time of it down the left against Real Madrid, made all the sweeter given he is in fact a Barcelona loanee.
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Predicted Line Ups
Dmitrievski – Tito, Amat, Galvaz, Moreno – Imbula, Comesana, Trejo – Embarba, De Tomas, Pozo (4-3-3)
Riesgo – Pena, Ramis, Oliveira, Cote – Orellana, Jordan, Escalante, Cucurella – Enrich, Garcia (4-4-2)