Valencia v Rayo Vallecano – Betting Preview
Valencia’s improvement in performances and results came to an abrupt end with a 3-0 hammering by Atletico Madrid before the international break.
They had showed a remarkable improvement under the new management, with comprehensive performances and deserved wins over Osasuna and Sociedad since Baraja took over.
The defeat in the capital will not ruin their confidence and momentum too much, but it is important they play get something from this match.
Ruben Baraja was quick to credit the opponent and will be looking to get the team to pick themselves up and bounce back against an out of form Rayo.
Valencia starts the weekend sitting inside the drop zone but still knowing a good run will see them pull away from the relegation zone.
Looking at team news for Valencia now, and the outlook is very positive.
José Luis Gaya their attacking left back is cleared to play after featuring in a tough competitive game in Scotland for his country.
Cavani is also fully cleared but the boss is 50/50 whether to begin him or Hugo Duro.
Boosting the options for the boss, both Gabriel Paulista and Marcos Andre are back in contention.
Rayo Vallecano Summary
Rayo Vallecano has suffered a setback in the last few weeks and dropped out of the top six.
The modest club from the capital currently sits in 8th place in La Liga 2022/23, joint with the Basques who is a spot above them.
On the back of a heavy 3-0 loss to Celta Vigo, they failed to beat Girona in a highly entertaining 2-2 draw before the international break.
The overall mood and confidence are good despite the drop-off in form, and they are enjoying a successful season.
Looking now at team news for this encounter against Valencia away from home, which is all positive as the boss has a full strength squad dot select from.
Iraola can recall Iván Balliu who returns from a suspension.
Rayo will Travel to Mestalla with all their internationals that returned in near-perfect conditions according to the club, giving Iraola no excuse for this winnable match.
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Valencia is the favourites to win @ 2.10.
The draw is @ 3.25 and Rayo to win is @ 3.85.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. Valencia -0.25 is @ 1.85 which is a strong preference.
Rayo is not in great form but has ideal team news and if they play their best, should get something. The big concern here is the lack of motivation compared to Valencia. Rayo +0.25 is @ 2.04.
Looking at The Under/Over goal betting last of all. The line is set at 2. The Over is @ 1.81 and the Under is @ 2.07.