Rayo Vallecano vs Osasuna predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Rayo aim to bounce back from Copa del Rey disappointment.
|Saturday 12th February 2022
|18:30 (local time)
Rayo Vallecano vs Osasuna Preview
It has been an eventful few weeks in Vallecas and Rayo are back in action at home this Saturday, just three days on from hosting their first Copa del Rey Semi-Final in 40 years. Osasuna are the visitors for what is basically a mid-table clash.
Rayo’s hopes of what would have been a very surprising European qualification have taken a blow in recent weeks with just one point collected from their last four league games. That came against Real Betis at home, but they were beaten 2-1 in the same fixture in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday to leave Andoni Iraola’s side with a huge task heading into the return leg in Seville.
To some extent, Rayo’s bubble was always going to burst sooner or later but they will be hungry to show their stunning home form in the first half of the campaign was no fluke. They played some excellent football during that period and dispatched a number of teams relatively comfortably but they won’t take quite as much confidence into this game, now they’ve finally been defeated on home soil, in both league and cup.
From an Osasuna perspective, they will see this as not too bad a time to be heading to Vallecas. Rayo put a big effort into their cup semi-final in midweek while Osasuna had no such distractions. The Pamplona side have found some better results in recent weeks after a difficult period towards the end of 2021.
2-0 wins over Cadiz and Granada have lifted them well clear of the relegation places once more and they don’t really have anything to worry about in that regard. They come into this game following a goalless draw at home to Sevilla, another solid result with Julen Lopetegui’s side flying high although the visitors probably should have won that game. Osasuna opted against bringing in any new recruits in January so it’s not as though fresh blood is the reason for their improved form but they seem to be back on track again with that solidity we associate with them, largely returning.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Osasuna Wins, 1 Rayo Vallecano Win, 2 Draws.
- Osasuna have picked up 7 points from their last 3 league games against Rayo.
- They won 1-0 when the sides met earlier this term at El Sadar.
- The sides haven’t met in Vallecas since a 3-0 Osasuna win in 2017 in the Segunda Division.
Fran Garcia is available for Rayo again but Unai Lopez is a doubt. Radamel Falcao may rotate in up front.
Nacho Vidal and Brasanac are available again for Osasuna. Kike Barja is set to miss out injured.
Rayo Vallecano vs Osasuna Predictions
Score Prediction: Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Osasuna
This is a game which could go either way in truth and much will depend on what state Rayo are in physically and mentally after their cup game in midweek. If they can brush that disappointment off and approach this how they have all their other league matches in Vallecas this term, they have certainly got enough about them to have the edge on Osasuna with home advantage so key to their success this term.
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