Match Preview: Rayo Vallecano vs Sporting Gijon Predictions & H2H

Rayo Vallecano vs Sporting Gijon

Rayo Vallecano vs Sporting Gijon predictions and match preview for Tuesday’s Spanish Segunda Division game. Read on for the head-to-head and analysis as two promotion contenders meet in Vallecas.

  • DATE: Tuesday 30th March 2021
  • KICK-OFF: 21:30 (local time)
  • STADIUM: Vallecas
  • COMPETITION: LaLiga SmartBank

Rayo Vallecano vs Sporting Gijon Preview


Rayo Vallecano match action

The big game on Tuesday in LaLiga SmartBank comes from Vallecas and it sees 6th placed Rayo Vallecano play host to Sporting Gijon in 5th. Back-to-back wins have boosted Rayo’s promotion push and this marks the start of a critical week for the Madrid club who also travel to 3rd placed Almeria on Friday.

Rayo have continued to be a source of frustration for their supporters this season. While they have been in and around the top six for virtually the whole campaign, there are several moments when they’ve looked like kicking on to challenge for automatic promotion, only to suffer defeats against the lesser teams and go on untimely bad runs.

Back-to-back wins over Real Zaragoza and Alcorcon, with 3 goals scored in both games, has at least got them back on track for the play-offs. They’d gone five without victory prior to that, immediately following a brilliant 3-2 win away to high-flying Espanyol. Andoni Iraola will be hoping his side can continue to build some momentum towards the end of the campaign but a top two finish is now starting to look out of reach.

The same could probably be said of Sporting Gijon. They are 4 points better off than Rayo and 9 unbeaten overall heading into this match. No side has picked up more points over the last 8 matchdays in LaLiga SmartBank than the Asturian side yet the number of matches they are drawing still suggests they will struggle to overhaul an 8 point deficit to the top two.

4 of their last 5 matches have ended all square including poor draws against struggling Sabadell and Alcorcon in their last two outings. Their away record is also a bit of a concern with only one away win all season against a team that is not currently in the bottom six.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Sporting Win, 5 Draws.
  • The last 3 meetings have all ended 1-1.
  • 10 of the last 11 have seen both teams score with Rayo winning 2 of the last 5 in Madrid.

Rayo Vallecano vs Sporting Gijon Predictions


Score Prediction: Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Sporting Gijon

The league table would suggest that there’s not a lot between the teams and it’s very possible they could yet end up facing off in the play-offs at the end of the campaign. However right now Rayo probably take a bit more momentum into this having found some form in front of goal over the past week and they may just find a way to end Sporting’s unbeaten run here.

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