Rayo Vallecano 0-2 Real Sociedad – Betting Review


Match Summary

There was Basque delight in Vallecas on Saturday afternoon due to a professional 0-2 away win over a dangerous Rayo Vallecano outfit.

With the victory in Estadio de Vallecas, Soceiad extended their fantastic run to nine wins in a row in all competitions. In doing so they temporarily reduced the gap between themselves and leaders Barcelona to 3 points.

It was nearly a bad start for the visitor, however. In the fourth minute, a loose ball by Arsenal target Zubeldia was seized on by Álvaro García. He laid off to Sergio Camello but the frontman failed to keep his composure and wasted the chance.

Rayo was looking like the better team but against the run of play, the visitors took the lead.

David Silva neatly slipped in the inform Alexander Sørloth, who calmly slotted under the advancing Stole Dimitrievski to send Sociedad into a vital lead.

Buoyed by the goal, Imanol Alguacil’s men looked to press home their advantage. Sørloth’s cross was headed into Dimitrievski’s arms by Brais Méndez.

In an even first period, Rayo had the next opening when Camello was again unable to make the most of an inviting ball from García.

Somewhat flatteringly for Sociedad, they netted again. Rayo found themselves two down ten minutes before the break. A Méndez corner was flicked on and Barrenetxea bundled in on his first league start for more than a year due to injury.

Rayo lost belief at 0-2 and all they could muster was long shots before walking off frustrated into the dressing room at the break.

Rayo came out with more desire and intensity in the restart, with Álex Remiro making a superb reflex stop from Lejeune’s header. Soon after García’s shot hit Asier Illarramendi virtually on the goalline.

Despite Rayo’s pressure and opportunities,  it was almost 3-0 on 74 minutes but for some great keeping by Dimitrievski. Fair score 1-2.


Betting Analysis

Looking at the 1×2 market first where the favourite Real Sociedad won rather comfortably @ 2.45. The Basques led 0-2 from the 36th minute but in truth, probably didn’t deserve the two-goal margin of win.

Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest. Real Sociedad -0.25 with hindsight look to have been good value at the winning price of 2.08. They scored early but even though the goal came against the run of play, the visitor managed the game brilliantly and worked chances for more goals. They were never going to lose the game once behind, so it must have been a very pleasant ride for backers of Sociedad -0.25 @ 2.08.

Looking at The Under/Over market last of all which, as mentioned in our preview for this contest, was set low at 2. This made the Over 2 look tempting @ 1.87 and with two goals within 36 minutes, the bet looked set for a win. In the end, all bets were void based on it ending 0-2 and there was exactly 2 goals. In running traders could have cashed out at half-time for a handsome profit.