Villarreal - Rayo Vallecano prediction
In the last match of the round in the Spanish La Liga, Villarreal faces Rayo Vallecano.
This match appears as a direct clash in the battle for the places giving the right to Euro-tournaments next year.
As each of them is involved in this struggle.
Before the start of the round, Villarreal were in better starting positions in this regard, occupying 5th place in the table.
But with the same points and a lower goal difference than the 4th Atletico.
The yellow submarine has 31 points in its asset, which is 5 more than their current rival Rayo Vallecano.
It is true that the capital team is not playing badly away from home this season, recording 3 wins, a draw and a loss each.
But it is also true that Villarreal is a very strong host (6-1-1) , the second strongest in the division after Barca.
And their current form is also very good – 4-1-0 in the last 5 rounds in La Liga.
So I predict that the home team will win easily today.
Villarreal - statistics and info
Quique Setien's side, who qualified for the Conference League knockout stages, are currently 5th in the La Liga table.
As he boasts 31 points from his 18 games so far.
Villarreal are level on points with fourth-placed Atlético Madrid.
But at the same time, there are only 5 points that separate the fourth from the ninth Rayo Vallecano.
So the picture at the top of the table can change dramatically in a short time.
The Yellow Submarine has been strong at home this season, picking up 19 points from 8 games here (6-1-1).
And will welcome Rayo's side, who play well away from home and have the 5th best away record in Spanish football's elite.
And who is also fighting to get into the Europe zone.
Rayo Vallecano - statistics and info
Rayo Vallecano had a difficult start to 2023.
Having lost 0-2 to Sporting Gijon in the Copa del Rey before suffering a 1-2 loss to Real Betis in La Liga.
But they managed to get back to winning ways in the next round.
Andoni Iraola's side then beat Valladolid 1-0 away thanks to Palazon's second-half effort.
But that result was followed by another home defeat, this time against high-flying Real Sociedad.
Rayo thus moved 5 points behind fourth-placed Atlético Madrid.
However, I have to say that they have won seven times in the league this season.
Which is a strong record for a team that was promoted back to this level only 2 years ago.
Vallecano are competing in back-to-back seasons in La Liga for the first time since 2016.
But it would be shocking to see them involved in any relegation trouble this season.
Given their level of performance in the first half of this campaign.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Reyna; Mandi, Cuenca, Torres, Mojica; Capue, Parejo, Baena; Chukwueze, J. Moreno, Pinot
Injured: Albiol, Coquelin, Femenia, Pedrasa, Lo Celso
Lineup: Dimitrievski; Baliu, Lejeune, Catena, F. Garcia; Komesana, Sis; Palazon, Trejo, A. Garcia; Camel