Almeria vs Rayo Vallecano Match Preview & Prediction

Almeria vs Rayo Vallecano match preview

Almeria vs Rayo Vallecano predictions, H2H and match preview for this Monday’s Spanish Segunda Division game. Read on for analysis and the free youtube live stream as two promotion chasing teams clash.

by Daniel Garcia

Almeria vs Rayo Vallecano Preview

Almeria vs Rayo Vallecano predictions

The latest chapter in what has developed into an intriguing battle for promotion to LaLiga takes place on Monday at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos. Almeria desperately need a win to stay in with a realistic shot of automatic promotion heading into the final two games. Rayo though are in form and will move into the play-off places with victory.

Indeed it’s quite possible that this won’t be the final meeting between the teams this season. Almeria now look more likely to be heading for the play-offs having targeted a top two finish. They made the decision to sack Guti at the end of June but it hasn’t really paid off as of yet with just 4 points from 4 games collected since the appointment of Mario Silva. They head into this following back-to-back defeats against Tenerife and Girona.

Rayo though really are on a charge. They’ve gone much more back to the typical Paco Jemez playbook of ultra-attacking football and it has started to pay off. They head into this game on the back of 4-2 and 3-2 victories in a league which is often very low-scoring. Rayo have suffered just one defeat since the restart and will take confidence from having gone to 2nd placed Real Zaragoza and won in their most recent road game.

Even before this recent upturn in form, Rayo have travelled pretty well this season with just 4 away league defeats. Almeria by contrast have lost 7 times at home, not really good enough for a side that some predicted would be the dominant force in this league this season following their extensive summer recruitment.

Almeria vs Rayo Vallecano Predictions

Score Prediction: 2-1 Rayo

Rayo have really hit form at the right time and are starting to look like a team that is capable of going toe to toe with anybody in this division and coming out on top. Almeria’s inability to get any sort of reaction from the coaching change is concerning and suggests their decision to remove Guti may already be backfiring. With Almeria having lost 3 of their 4 home games since the restart, you have to fancy the in-form visitors here to all but end Almeria’s hopes of automatic promotion.

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Almeria vs Rayo Vallecano H2H

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Almeria Wins, 4 Rayo Wins, 1 Draw.
  • The sides drew 1-1 earlier this term in Madrid.
  • Rayo had won the 4 meetings prior to that and they’ve won on 4 of their 5 previous trips to Almeria.

Almeria vs Rayo Vallecano Live Stream

If you are not in Spain, you can watch Almeria-Rayo live for free on the official LaLiga SmartBank Youtube Channel:

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Daniel is a football writer based in Spain. He has an extensive knowledge of LaLiga history and closely follows current events in the Spanish top flight.