Rayo Vallecano vs Atletico Madrid predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups ahead of this Madrid derby.
|Saturday 19th March 2022
|21:00 (local time)
Rayo Vallecano vs Atletico Madrid Preview
On Saturday evening we have a local derby with Rayo Vallecano hosting defending champions Atlético de Madrid in the Estadio Vallecas.
Rayo are coming into this one without a win in eight games in all competitions. Los Vallecanos are eight points clear of the drop with a game in hand heading into this matchday but it will be on Head Coach Andoni Iraola’s mind that if they don’t start picking up points they could see themselves drop down the table. His side did get to the semi-finals of the Copa Del Rey and that run could have played its part with this bad run of form but Iraola has stated his pride in his team and they will fight to the end.
They will take confidence out of their last outing, picking up a 1-1 draw with 2nd placed Sevilla. It was Portuguese striker Bebé with a beautiful strike to put Rayo in the lead but with Sevilla piling on the pressure, Thomas Delaney got the equaliser and then it was backs against the wall for Iraola’s men. Rayo keeper Stole Dimitrievski kept his side in the match with some fine goalkeeping. It will be a tough match for Rayo and they will be hoping that striker Rademel Falcao will be back from injury to play against his old side.
Atleti are unbeaten in six games in all competitions and in fine form. A great 1-0 win in the Champions League against Manchester United saw Los Colchoneros progress to the quarter finals in midweek. A brilliantly worked cross from Antoine Griezmann found the head of Brazilian left back Renan Lodi who got the all-important goal to set up a return to Manchester, this time to face City in the last eight.
Diego Simeone’s side are also back in the top four with 4 wins on the bounce going into this game. You have to go back to 2013 for the last time Atleti lost here. It has been goals galore in recent matches for Los Colchoneros in the league and they will want to continue that here.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 5 Atletico Madrid Wins, 1 Draw.
- Atleti have won the last 5 meetings to nil.
- Rayo Vallecano haven’t avoided defeat against their city neighbours since the 1st Leg of a Copa del Rey tie in January 2016.
- Atleti have won on 3 of their last 4 league visits to Vallecas.
|Falcao, Unai Lopez, Saveljich
Rayo Vallecano vs Atletico Madrid Predictions
Score Prediction: Rayo Vallecano 1-3 Atletico Madrid
Rayo are one of those teams who like an upset and always carry belief at home and they will fight until the end here. Atleti do like to play here though and the firepower they have should be too much for this out of form Rayo side. We should see goals in this game and potentially a convincing win for Diego Simeone’s side.
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