Rayo Vallecano 2-0 Almería – Betting Review
Looking at the 1×2 market first. The favourite for this game was Rayo Vallecano in what looked a short @ 1.80 price. They won and the market got this right in one sense, though it was not a simple victory.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. Rayo -0.75 were giving up a big start and, thanks to an own goal to get the ball running, ended up getting the win by two clear goals to provide a full win for their backers @ 2.04. Almeria had lots of the play and missed big opportunities, meriting a closer result.
Looking at The Under/Over betting last of all, where the line was set at 2.25. Overs was quite attractive @ 1.98 but in the end, the finishing was not good enough mainly from Almeria, so it ended as a half push and half win on Under 2.25 @ 1.85.
The first half saw Almeria have more of the play and over the course of the match they had plenty of chances to get something from the match. In the end however Rayo were far more decisive and clinical in both boxes, deserving of their win which was very comfortable once ahead. Fair score 2-1.
In the end, an entertaining and even affair went the way of Rayo Vallecano, who continue to defy expectations. Such is their form that EPL club Leeds are hunting down their young manager Iraola despite only being a coach for a couple of years.
The home side moved into the top-five after beating Almería 2-0 at the Estadio de Vallecas, though it was far from comfortable.
Rayo began encouragingly and Almeria keeper Fernando Martínez was forced to tip Isi’s long-range effort over the top of the bar early on.
Almeria were not fearful and took the game to Rayo, but Andoni Iraola’s side looked more dangerous and thought they had broken the deadlock in the 22nd minute, only for referee to chalk off a marginally offside strike.
In the second half the home side got a little luck in front of goal and to be fair, found their touch too.
The home side struck first as Rodrigo Ely put into his own net from a corner. Soon after and with the momentum in their favour, the hosts should have doubled their lead but Andrés Martín fluffed his lines.
A few minutes later it was 2-0 when sub Álvaro García exquisitely converted Palazón’s defence-splitting pass.
Content to sit on the 2-0, Rayo wasted time and focused on controlling the remainder of the contest, which petered out in their favour.
Rayo look very flattered to be sitting where they are and the sense is that it will not last much longer. Almería remain in immediate danger of a return to the second division, not doing enough to be tough to beat.