Real Valladolid v Rayo Vallecano – Betting Review


Match Summary

Rayo Vallecano moved to within a point of the European places with a hard-fought but not undeserved 0-1 victory against Real Valladolid.

It was a full-blooded match at the Estadio José Zorrilla. Although even in spells, Rayo certainly had more of the chances and even afforded to miss a penalty during a more dominant first half.

The winner came after the hour mark in a more open and more even second period. Palazón atoned for the earlier penalty miss, firing home to give high-flying Rayo the edge, and it proved to be enough.

It was a cagey opening 20 minutes with neither keeper stretched or put in any real danger.

Rayo gradually improved and was given a golden opportunity to go ahead after an unfortunate handball by Valladolid gifted a penalty. However,  Isi Palazón saw his penalty superbly parried by Jordi Masip to keep it 0-0.

Rayo continued to look more likely to score and they dominated the remainder of the half. Once more, however, Masip held firm in the Valladolid goal.

Rayo emerged after restart eager to make their pressure count, and the goal duly arrived in the 65th minute. Palazón made up for the earlier miss with a clean strike, firing into the bottom corner.

Valladolid missed the focal point of the attack Sergio León who is serving a three-game suspension. The host put Rayo under late pressure but nothing more than half chances were generated and missed. Fair score 0-1.


Betting Analysis

Looking at the 1×2 market first. The favourite for this game was Rayo Vallecano and they were able to get their backers the win.  The visitor controlled more of the match and had all the best chances, proving to be a decent value bet at @ 2.70.

Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest.  Again, Rayo Vallecano -0 looked like a smart bet given they never looked like conceding a goal and had far more danger than a quality lacking Valladolid.  Rayo -0 was the winning selection for punters here @ 1.89.

Looking at The Under/Over market last of all. Under 2.25 was the winning bet here @ 1.90 and despite one or two scares for low-scoring backers in the first period, it always looked like a game where one goal would be enough. The market also anticipated a tight game, remembering the goal line had dropped from 2.5 to 2.25 the day before the match.