Real Betis vs Rayo Vallecano predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the Seville club entertain Rayo.
|Sunday 24th October 2021
|18:30 (local time)
Real Betis vs Rayo Vallecano Preview
Rayo Vallecano travel to the Benito Villamarin this coming weekend with hopes of maintaining their surprisingly bright start to the season. Most of their points have come at home but they’ve shown enough to suggest they can pose a real threat against a strong Real Betis side.
Betis have also started quite brightly, both in domestic and European competition. They are 8th in LaLiga heading into this weekend after Borja Iglesias fired in a last gasp winner at Alaves on Monday night. That was the only goal of that game and they were back in action on Thursday in the Europa League, drawing 1-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen, a result which keeps them well on track for qualification with Iglesias again the scorer.
There may come a point this season when Manuel Pellegrini has to decide whether to prioritise European or domestic matters but we aren’t there quite yet. For now he seems content to rotate his side including key players such as Sergio Canales who was left on the bench against the Bundesliga outfit. This is the second game in a spell of three home games within seven days so at least there is not a lot of travelling but this is a busy period in the season and Betis’ depth will again be tested.
Things are somewhat simpler for Rayo Vallecano boss Andoni Iraola. His side are full of belief and playing to the best of their abilities right now and he won’t want to do anything to upset that. Their latest victory was in the shape of a 2-1 win over Cadiz last weekend which maintained their 100% home record and kept the Madrid club in the top six.
With five victories already, they are well on their way to the season target of survival and so far at least, they are doing it in style. Only Real Madrid can better their goal tally heading into this round of fixtures and Rayo have certainly been a breath of fresh air this season. They look like they will continue to try and play positive football and if they do that here, we certainly could be in for an open, entertaining game against a Betis side that will certainly target the win.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Betis Wins, 1 Rayo Win, 3 Draws.
- The sides met last in the Copa del Rey in January 2020 with Rayo winning on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
- Betis have only won 1 of their last 5 home games against Rayo.
- However that was the most recent clash at the Benito Villamarin when the hosts won 2-0 in 2018.
Youssouf Sabaly is expected to be the only injury absentee for the hosts.
Rayo are also not struggling with selection issues right now with Martín Merquelanz likely to be their only absentee.
Predicted Betis Starting Lineup:
Silva – Moreno, Ruiz, Pezzella, Bellerin – Guardado, Rodriguez – Fekir, Canales, Rodri – Jose (4-2-3-1)
Predicted Rayo Starting Lineup:
Dimitrievski – Garcia, Catena, Saveljich, Balliu – Comesana, Ciss – Garcia, Trejo, Palazon – Falcao (4-2-3-1)
Real Betis vs Rayo Vallecano Predictions
Score Prediction: Betis 3-2 Rayo
Betis are managing their squad quite well and don’t appear to be really suffering from the busy schedule of European matches which was a worry heading into this season. Rayo are an entertaining team and you imagine they will come here to attack so a high-scoring game is a real possibility but overall Betis have more quality in their ranks and with home advantage, ought to get the win.