Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona – Prediction & Preview as we take a look at the mid-week fixture to see if the Catalan side can continue their impressive run and edge closer to clinching the title this season La Liga 2022/23.
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La Liga leaders Barca pulled an emphatic victory over Atletico Madrid to extend their unbeaten run in the Spanish top-flight to eight games.
Moreover, Xavi’s side ended their brief drought after back-to-back league draws and maintain the 11-point lead over arch-enemy Real Madrid, with only eight games to play.
Meanwhile, Rayo Vallecano suffered from their tenth league loss in this season after the defeat 2-1 at Real Sociedad.
The Vallecas-based club needs to recover quickly and aim at a winning run to be back on their previous top five spot.
Both teams are missing some big names in the coming clash at Vallecano’s.
Ousmane Dembele remains sidelined for injury, while Sergio Busquets will be out for suspension. Frenkie de Jong, who was among the best players during Atletico Madrid win, can partner with Pedri.
Vallecano will not have the service of Radamel Falcao, who has been out with injury.
Andoni Iraola’s side are not having their good form, having lost twice, while managed to have only one win in the last five league games.
Blaugarana are back on their winning way after consecutive draws, with Xavi’s side beat two of the biggest opponents Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in their three victories in the last five games.
The coming host is actually in mixed form in Spain and they won 6 home games at Estadio de Vallecas.
But Barcelona is in good form in La Liga and they won 12 away games.
The two played 16 times in the past, with Barca has currently dominated with 13 wins, while Vallecano only won twice.
Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Barcelona
It’s not hard to see the Catalan giants will carry on their momentum and edge out the host with minimum scoreline.