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rayo vallecano vs villarreal predictions

We are already onto match day 6 in the Spanish top flight with the table beginning to take shape. Three points separate the final European qualification place of 6th and 14th. We focus on the side currently holding that 6th spot, Rayo Vallecano as they host Villarreal.

Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Betting Tips

  • Rayo Vallecano to win @ 79/50 with Bet9ja
  • Alexander Sorloth to score anytime @ 7/4 with Bet9ja
  • Óscar Valentín to be carded @ with Bet9ja

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Rayo to hand Pacheta first defeat as Villarreal boss

Both sides went into the recent international break following back to back La Liga defeats. Both then restarted their campaigns with victories at the weekend.

Rayo Vallecano posted an impressive 2-0 home win against Alavés which has seen them climb back up to 6th in the league table. Villarreal marked new manager Pacheta’s first game in charge with a come from behind success against rock-bottom Almeria. However, the Yellow Submarine needed two goals deep into added time of each half to come out on top.

Los Franjirrojos who won both head-to-head fixtures last season, have a fine recent home record and when looking at the odds that is what makes them the narrow favourite to emerge as the winner of this one. They have won five of their last seven at Estadio de Vallecas and have the added benefit of no European game ahead of this clash unlike their visitors.

🔹 Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Bet 1: Rayo Vallecano to win @ 79/50 with Bet9ja 🔹

Sørloth to stretch scoring streak 

Having scored in both La Liga fixtures ahead of the international break, against Barcelona and the opener against Cadiz before leaving the field with an injury, it looked like Alexander Sørloth’s streak had come to an end. However in the fourth minute of stoppage time the Norwegian converted a dramatic last-gasp winner against Almeria.

The 27-year-old is locked in as his side’s focal point in attack and has formed a prolific partnership with Gerard Moreno who scored the equalising goal at the weekend. What’s more Sørloth showed no signs of the injury that forced him off after just 27 minutes against Cadiz prior to the international break. 

Not only completing the full game but as mentioned being on the end of Alberto Moreno’s cross deep into stoppage time to earn his new manager three points in his first game in charge. Sørloth put up some decent stats for Real Sociedad last season and can continue his hot start for his new club here.

🔹 Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Bet 2:  Alexander Sørloth to score anytime @ 7/4 with Bet9ja 🔹

Valentín’s day to receive a card

There was a strange occurrence at the weekend when Rayo played Alavés. Vallecano’s  Óscar Valentín failed to register a foul for the first time this season.

The 29-year-old signed a contract extension to keep him with the club until 2027 and completed a La Liga game for the fourth successive time to celebrate. However having amassed 4, 3, 3 and 5 fouls in the opening fixtures of the season he kept it clean at the weekend perhaps illustrating his side’s dominance over the visitors. 

The defensive midfielder has only picked up a yellow card in the opening fixture this term against Almeria. However, having found his way into the referee’s notebook 11 times from 34 appearances last season coupled with his regular infringements another caution can’t be far away.

In what looks a tight combative match up I am completing my tips by adding Valentin to be carded as the final one of my predictions.

🔹 Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Bet 3: Óscar Valentín  to be carded @ with Bet9ja 🔹

Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Odds

Odds correct at time of publishing and are subject to change.

Rayo Vallecano to win @ 79/50 with Bet9ja

Draw @ 5/2 with Bet9ja

Villarreal to win @ 33/20 with Bet9ja

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