Sevilla vs Rayo Vallecano predictions, H2H and match preview for this Thursday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis, betting tips and predicted line-ups as Rayo seek a much needed upset.
Sevilla vs Rayo Vallecano Match Preview
Things are starting to look very grim for Rayo Vallecano. They failed to win a game they simply had to last weekend as they were held by Huesca at home. To make matters worse, the Aragonese club went and collected a rare victory in midweek to ensure Rayo head into this game bottom of the pile. An away game against a Sevilla side that is fighting for 4th is not really what Paco Jemez needs right now and they have some selection problems which make their chances of getting a result appear slim.
The biggest issue is the absence of Raul De Tomas. The Rayo frontman has netted 14 times in La Liga this season, 11 more than any of his teammates. They don’t really have anyone else who can come in and offer anywhere near that kind of threat with Franco Di Santo the man most likely to fill the void here. Alvaro Medran is also banned and it is just very tough to see Rayo competing here and there was almost a sense of resignation on the faces of some of their players after the weekend draw.
Sevilla also had a weekend to forget. A 3-0 defeat at Getafe in a game in which they gave away two penalties for handball resulted in them slipping down to 6th. They will feel as though they have the easiest run-in though of the sides in the mix for that final Champions League place and will be determined to take full advantage here.
They have some problems in the full-back positions with Sergio Escudero suspended and Jesus Navas carrying an injury but they should be close to full strength elsewhere with Munir set to continue his strike partnership with in-form Wissam Ben Yedder.
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Sevilla vs Rayo Vallecano Predictions
Score Prediction: 3-0 Sevilla
Betting Tip: Sevilla -1 Handicap (18+)
This could be an evening to forget for Rayo. Trips to the RSP are tough at the best of times but heading there without the man who has been by far their biggest goal threat this term only serves to add to the difficulty of the task. Sevilla will be desperate for a response from the Getafe game and a comfortable home win looks likely.
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Sevilla vs Rayo Vallecano H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 5 Sevilla Wins, 1 Draw.
- Sevilla have won all of their last 6 at home to Rayo.
- They scored twice or more in all of those games but did concede in 5 of them.
- The Andalusians also won 4-1 at Vallecas earlier this term.
One to Watch – Munir
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Munir is finally getting a prolonged run in what might be described as a top side and he is starting to show his qualities having formed a decent relationship with Wissam Ben Yedder.
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Predicted Line Ups
Vaclik – Navas, Mercado, Carrico, Promes – Sarabia, Mesa, Banega, Vazquez – Munir, Ben Yedder (4-4-2)
Garcia – Tito, Ba, Galvez, Advincula – Embarba, Suarez, Pozo – Moreno, Di Santo, Bebe (4-3-3)