Villarreal 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 Rayo travel to the Ceramica.
|Sunday 12th December 2021
|14:00 (local time)
Villarreal vs Rayo Vallecano Preview
Rayo Vallecano travel to the Ceramica this weekend in what could be one of the most watchable games of matchday 17 in LaLiga. Rayo have been a breath of fresh air in the Spanish top flight this season and they won’t fear a Villarreal side that has massively underperformed in the league.
This is though a Villarreal side which impressively managed to book their place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League in midweek. Their match in Bergamo against Atalanta was pushed back a day due to snow but it was worth the wait as a 3-2 victory for the Yellow Submarine providing Unai Emery’s side with a badly needed boost.
They must now kick on immediately in LaLiga if they are to have any serious ambitions of playing in the competition next term. With 13 points separating them and the top four, that goal is arguably already gone. They are 11 points behind this weekend’s opponents and that’s a truly remarkable situation that nobody could seriously have anticipated heading into the season.
It’s testament to how poor a Villarreal side which has only won 3 league games has been. However it’s also testament to just how brilliantly Rayo are doing with the pre-season relegation favourites showing no signs that their bubble is about to burst. They weren’t at their best last Monday in Vallecas against Espanyol but still won the game thanks to a Leandro Cabrera own goal.
That was Rayo’s 8th win of the season in LaLiga already and their 7th at home. They’ve not been quite as good on their travels but that’s also a reflection of a tougher away schedule. Their most recent road outing in LaLiga also took them to this part of Spain with a 1-1 draw against Valencia coming courtesy of an equaliser from the impressive Isi Palazon.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Villarreal Wins, 2 Rayo Wins, 1 Draw.
- Villarreal have won their last 6 home games against Rayo.
- They scored 17 goals across those games including a 3-1 win in the most recent clash here in 2019.
- The sides last met in the Copa del Rey last season with Villarreal winning 2-0 in Vallecas.
Serge Aurier and Francis Coquelin are doubts for Villarreal who may consider some light rotation after their UCL win.
Santi Comesaña returns from suspension for Rayo who have no fresh injury worries.
Villarreal vs Rayo Vallecano Predictions
Score Prediction: Villarreal 2-2 Rayo Vallecano
It’s tempting to say that Villarreal’s important win in Italy will be the foundation from which they can build but we’ve already had a few moments like that this season and they’ve continued to disappoint in LaLiga. There could be a bit of fatigue here too given they ended up playing on Thursday rather than Wednesday and an entertaining Rayo Vallecano side, that is full of confidence right now, may just get a result here.
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