Rayo Vallecano vs Real Oviedo predictions and match preview for Thursday’s Spanish Segunda Division game. Read on for the head-to-head and analysis as the hosts look to close in on a play-off place.
- DATE: Thursday 20th May 2021
- KICK-OFF: 21:30 (local time)
- STADIUM: Vallecas
- COMPETITION: LaLiga SmartBank
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Oviedo Preview
The race for play-off places really heats up this Thursday with several of the main contenders in action. One of those is Rayo Vallecano who, having spent most of the season in the top six, find themselves one place outside the play-off berths heading into the final three matches.
On paper, mid-table Real Oviedo are their strongest remaining opponents, however this may actually prove to be the simplest of their final 3 games given the others are against Castellon and Lugo, both of whom are scrapping for survival. Nothing is simple as far as Rayo are concerned though, and they keep finding ways to shoot themselves in the foot just when it seems they are on the right track.
They looked certain to at least grab a play-off place when they won 2-1 at home to fellow hopefuls Girona a few weeks back. However the Catalans have won 5 in a row since then while Rayo dropped points in their following 5 matches before claiming a key derby win at Fuenlabrada last time out. 2-0 up and playing 9 men at the start of the 2nd Half, Rayo still managed to make hard work of it, with Fuenla actually pulling a goal back despite that significant numerical disadvantage in a game that ended 2-1.
Real Oviedo have ensured they will be in the Segunda Division again next term by winning their last two matches. Both were in Asturias with Sabadell and Malaga both defeated to move them onto 50 points and into the top half of the table. A top half finish would be a decent conclusion to the season for a Real Oviedo side which flirted with relegation last term – ultimately finishing 15th.
They could be tricky opponents for Rayo here with José Ángel Ziganda’s side tough to beat on their travels. Over half of their away games in LaLiga SmartBank this season have ended up all square. That includes all of their trips to play the top three with Oviedo leaving with a point from games at Espanyol, Mallorca and Almeria.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Rayo Wins, 1 Real Oviedo Wins, 3 Draws.
- The sides drew 0-0 in Asturias earlier this term.
- Real Oviedo have gone 20 years (4 visits) since winning a competitive game in Vallecas – their last being by a 2-0 margin in the Primera in March 2001.
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Oviedo Predictions
Score Prediction: Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Real Oviedo
Real Oviedo have shown that they can at least be competitive wherever they go on their travels and they’ve not shown any signs of switching off despite having nothing left to play for. With Rayo not playing with much belief right now, Real Oviedo are well capable of further thwarting their promotion aspirations.