Racing Santander vs Rayo Vallecano Match Preview & Prediction

Racing Santander vs Rayo Vallecano Match Preview & Prediction

Racing Santander vs Rayo Vallecano predictions, H2H and match preview for this Monday’s Spanish Segunda Division game. Read on for analysis as the visitors look to seal a play-off place.

by Mark Sochon

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Racing Santander vs Rayo Vallecano predictions

Racing Santander bow out of the Segunda Division with a home game against Rayo Vallecano on Monday. The visitors are hoping to seal the final play-off place but they need to win this game and have a couple of results go their way elsewhere if they are going to pip Fuenlabrada and Elche to 6th and extend their season.

On paper, this is close to the best possible fixture for Rayo to have. Racing are 10 points adrift at the foot of the table and they’ve occupied 22nd place for over 6 months now. Hopes were high in Santander after Racing won promotion from the Segunda B in 2019 but they’ve never really found their feet at the higher level and a club that spent just one season outside the top flight between 1993 and 2012, will be back in the third tier for 2020/21.

Rayo Vallecano meanwhile are also still hoping to go back in the direction from which they came. Relegated from LaLiga last year, they’ve had a mixed season in truth but have enjoyed a stronger second half of the campaign which has seen them rise from what at one point looked like it could be a possible relegation scrap into genuine play-off contention.

They’ve only suffered two defeats since returning from lockdown and have shown far more of that ‘throw caution to the wind’ approach that we were previously used to seeing from Paco Jemez teams. Their last 4 games have all seen both teams score 2 or more but they needed more than a 2-2 draw in their last game at home to Las Palmas to really give them a chance on the final weekend.

Racing Santander vs Rayo Vallecano Predictions

Score Prediction: 4-2 Rayo

Rayo simply have to win here to stand any chance of reaching the play-offs and with a more attacking approach since lockdown, we can expect to see them really throw bodies forward and look to open up what the league table suggests is clearly the worst team in the league. They should win this game against a Racing side that will be eager to get this season over with having lost 5 of their last 6.

Racing Santander vs Rayo Vallecano Betting Tips (18+)

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 Racing Santander vs Rayo Vallecano H2H

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Rayo Wins, 2 Racing Wins, 1 Draw.
  • Rayo have won all of the last 3 meetings but all those games were in Vallecas.
  • Rayo haven’t won on any of their last 5 trips to Santander though.

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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Available for freelance work: marksochon (at)