Rayo Vallecano vs Real Betis predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Betis travel to Vallecas.
|Sunday 9th January 2022
|14:00 (local time)
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Betis Preview
Sunday’s action in LaLiga starts in Vallecas with a tasty meeting between home specialists Rayo Vallecano and high-flying Real Betis. Rayo have benefited from a mostly kind home schedule so far and will be hungry to prove they can still be more than a match for the top sides too in front of their own fans in the second half of the season.
Few would have predicted that halfway through the campaign, Rayo vs Betis would be 6th vs 3rd in LaLiga but that’s where we’re at and both teams have done brilliantly so far. Rayo have been sensational at home, winning 8 of their 9 games in Vallecas. No team in LaLiga can better their haul of 25 home points and it’s not like they’ve just been scraping fortunate victories either, with 19 home goals scored and just 3 conceded showing just how good they have been across the pitch at home.
Rayo were severely hampered by Covid cases last weekend and it was no surprise to see them go down to a 2-0 defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano. Even by midweek, they were in much better shape in that regard and managed to grind out a 1-0 win at Mirandes in the Copa del Rey to secure progress into the last 16.
Betis were convincing victors in their cup tie as a 3-0 win at Real Valladolid set up a tasty derby against Sevilla in the next round. Manuel Pellegrini named a strong eleven in that game and it’s clear that he believes his squad has sufficient depth to continue to mount a challenge on several fronts and we should get a clearer indication of just how good this Betis side is in the upcoming weeks with some huge games ahead of them.
They certainly had a wonderful 2021 but the aim now will be to build on that and at the very least secure European qualification again. They didn’t make a great start to 2022 in LaLiga with a rare loss against Celta Vigo. However they have travelled well this season, winning over half of their road games in LaLiga and they have enough quality in their ranks to ask more questions of this Rayo defence than just about any other visiting team to Vallecas has done so far this season.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings (90 mins only): 3 Betis Wins, 3 Draws.
- Rayo have won 4 of their last 6 home games against Betis including a shootout win in the Copa del Rey in 2020.
- However Betis have won 3 of the last 5 league meetings overall, losing 0.
- The last league meeting in Vallecas was a 1-1 draw in 2019.
Rayo no longer have major Covid issues but are missing Alvaro Garcia and Unai Lopez to injury.
Willian Jose and Martin Montoya are missing for the visitors due to injuries. They have doubts over Juan Miranda, Joaquin and Paul Akouokou.
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Betis Predictions
Score Prediction: Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Real Betis
It’s tough to pick a winner here. Rayo have been terrific at home but this is a strong Betis side and one that already looks to have bounced back from that surprise defeat last weekend with a strong showing in the Copa. They will fancy their chances of becoming just the second visiting team to leave Vallecas with a result this season.
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