Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Sevilla – Betting Review
Looking at the 1×2 market first which ended all squad at 1-1. Rayo had more of the play but only as they chased the game for a long time. the draw won @ 3.15.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. As stated in the preview I felt Sevilla should have been DNB but the market offered them +0.25, making them very backable. Sevilla +0.25 was a half win @ 1.85.
In terms of goals, the market saw the line move up from under/over 2 goals to a line of 2.25. as outlined in the preview, both are generally bold in their approach but also erratic and know how to peter games out by wasting time. Sevilla tried the later and so Under was a half win @ 1.90.
Sevilla started the game very effectively and professionally, the visitor was always well organised and biding their time to attack with precision. Playing this way worked as Rayo could not settle and Sevilla led from the 26th minute through Suso.
Rayo had more of the ball and worked more chances, getting level midway through the 2nd period. Both teams sought ways to win the game but Sevilla were always more content with the point, which is a fair result.
Andoni Iraola’s Rayo Vallecano side lost some ground in their bid for the top six but were pleased to rescue the point at Estadio de Vallecas.
At the start of the game, it was a lively Sevilla, who have enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence in recent weeks, that took the lead around the midway point of the opening period.
The goal carried a little good fortune when Suso’s powerful long shot took a deflection off Óscar Valentín and looped over Stole Dimitrievski in the Rayo net.
Sevilla had hammered PSV Eindhoven in their mid-week Europa League game and perhaps taken some of their energy reserves, as they played a slow pace with the ball.
Failure to add to their lead would end up costing the Andalusian side, with Rayo striking back level later in the match.
The Sevilla defending had been focused and committed but they did neither and were punished when Florian Lejeune towered high to nod home a well-deserved equaliser for Rayo.
For Rayo, they have now scored more goals from set pieces than any other club this season. This is likely one key aspect of the game Iraola learned under all the years at Athletic Bilbao, particularly under Joaquin Caparros when they were known for their aerial assault and set plays.
It had looked as if Iraola may see his side take all the point in added time, but Raul de Tomas goal was cut short by an untimely offside flag.