Rayo Vallecano vs Levante predictions and match preview for Friday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the visitors play their final game as a top flight club.
|Friday 20th May 2022
|21:00 (local time)
Rayo Vallecano vs Levante Preview
The final weekend in LaLiga kicks off in Madrid on Friday night. Rayo Vallecano are playing host to Levante and it’s safe to say they are reflecting on very different seasons. While Rayo have massively exceeded expectations in comfortably beating the drop, Levante have been perhaps the biggest under-achievers and were the first side to have their relegation confirmed.
There’s not much at stake here as a result but Rayo’s final position will depend on the outcome of it. Victory will guarantee them at least 12th and they could potentially leapfrog Valencia into 11th. While that’s still a bit of a fall from grace given Rayo fans were dreaming of Europe earlier in the season, it still represents a fantastic overall campaign from Andonia Iraola and his team.
It has certainly been a season of two halves at the Estadio Vallecas. While the schedule did grant them a series of “kinder” fixtures early on, it’s still striking that Rayo are now winless in 9 home league games, having won 8 of their opening 9 this term in front of their own fans. It was actually two away wins in the space of four days in April, against Barcelona and Espanyol, that pushed them onto a safe points tally. They will be keen to get the three points here to avoid having to start next season with the psychological barrier of not having picked up a home league win in 2022.
As for Levante, they can play with freedom here to an extent with their relegation having been confirmed by a heavy defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu last week. They did respond to that well, beating Alaves 3-1 at home at the weekend to send the Vitoria side down with them. This will almost certainly be the final game in Levante colours for a number of their players and attention is already turning to putting together a competitive squad to attack the Segunda next term.
The likes of Enis Bardhi, Carlos Clerc and Pepelu have contracts which expire this summer. In addition a number are believed to have clauses enabling them to depart for relatively low fees in the event of relegation. The next few weeks are going to be key and it’ll be particularly interesting to see what happens with Jose Luis Morales who has become such an iconic figure at the club. It’d be a huge boost were he to agree to stay on and lead their Segunda Division promotion push.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Rayo Wins, 2 Levante Wins, 1 Draw.
- Rayo have won their last 4 home games against Levante.
- They’ve not failed to win this fixture since the 2013/14 season when Levante got results in league and cup.
- The sides drew 1-1 in Valencia earlier this term.
|Isi, Trejo, Merquelanz, Saveljich
|De Frutos, Clerc, Mustafi
|Aitor Fernandez, Campana
|Son, Duarte, Soldado
Possible Lineups (via SofaScore)
Rayo Vallecano vs Levante Predictions
Score Prediction: Rayo Vallecano 2-2 Levante
This could be an entertaining final day game between two sides that favour a fairly positive approach. With nothing at stake, this could either develop into a slow “end of season” affair on what will be a hot night in Madrid or both sides could really release the shackles and play with even more freedom than normal. From a neutral perspective the latter could be a lot of fun and we should see a few goals.
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