Match Preview: Rayo Vallecano vs Leganes Predictions & H2H

Rayo Vallecano vs Leganes

Rayo Vallecano vs Leganes predictions and match preview for Monday’s Spanish Segunda Division game. Read on for the head-to-head and analysis ahead of this Madrid derby clash.

  • DATE: Monday 10th May 2021
  • KICK-OFF: 19:00 (local time)
  • STADIUM: Vallecas
  • COMPETITION: LaLiga SmartBank

Rayo Vallecano vs Leganes Preview

Rayo Vallecano match action

There’s a crucial Madrid derby in LaLiga SmartBank on Monday night. The race for play-off places is heating up and two sides who once looked assured of top six finishes now have work to do in order to ensure they make it.

Four straight wins for Girona have catapulted them into the top six and right now the fall guys are Rayo Vallecano. Having failed to win any of their four games since beating the Catalan club, Andoni Iraola’s side have slipped to 7th place. The latest setback in what has been an unpredictable season saw them lose 2-0 at struggling Sabadell last time out.

Rayo fans will be hoping that a derby match and the shock of having slipped out of the top six may spark a reaction in these players who have saved some of their best performances for the big games. They’ve done the double over already promoted Espanyol but have lost matches this term against all of the current bottom three.

As for Leganes, they’ve been a team that has largely disproved the notion that there is little home advantage in a world where football is played behind closed doors. They’ve collected 42 points at home, but only 20 away – only the 11th best record in the Spanish second tier.

The return of Asier Garitano delivered instant results but they have faded somewhat since that initial purple patch following the return of a coach who has already stamped his name in club legend forever. It’s just 2 wins from 8 for Leganes heading into this, although one of those victories did come in the form of a derby win over fellow Madrid-based opponents – 2-1 away to Alcorcon. They will also take some belief from a strong H2H record vs Rayo in recent years.

Head to Head

  • Last 5 Competitive Meetings: 4 Leganes Wins, 1 Draw.
  • Leganes won 1-0 at Butarque when the sides met earlier this term, in a game that ended 10-a-side.
  • They’ve won on their last two visits to Vallecas – both in the 2018/19 season when they were both top flight clubs.

Rayo Vallecano vs Leganes Predictions

Score Prediction: Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Leganes

Leganes are the side in marginally better form but their poor away record, coupled with Rayo’s tendency to deliver in the bigger matches suggests a home win may be the more likely outcome here. Iraola’s side certainly need it as they bid to leapfrog an equally out of sorts Sporting Gijon side and return to the top six.

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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)