Spanish champions and early league leaders Barcelona travel to out-of-form Rayo Vallecano who sit just one place and one point from the foot of La Liga. The two sides are in sharply contrasting form ahead of the meeting in Vallecas.
Where and when: Estadio del Rayo Vallecano, Madrid – 3 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Rayo Vallecano vs. Barcelona: William Hill, Eleven Sports
Last time: Barcelona ran out 5-1 victors the last time the two sides meet, in Vallecas back in March 2016 with a Lionel Messi hat-trick. Barca have won the last 11 meetings between the two, and have scored 43 goals in the last eight meetings.
|Barcelona to win||3/10||Offer|
|Over 3.5 goals||23/20||Offer|
|Luis Suarez anytime scorer||4/7||Offer|
Rayo Vallecano vs. Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Despite the Spanish top flight enduring a crazy opening two months the position of these two clubs after 10 rounds of games is more predictable.
Newly promoted Rayo sit second from bottom with just six points from their opening matches with Barca back on top of La Liga despite enduring a poor run of form.
Ernesto Valverde’s side went a run of four league games without a win earlier in the campaign but recent victories at home to Sevilla and Real Madrid blasted away early concerns.
Rayo meanwhile have won just one league game all season – at bottom of the table Huesca – while they are without a victory in seven.
It is unsurprising that it is the away side who are strong favourites to win this encounter at odds of 3/10, with Rayo priced at 8/1 and the draw available at 24/5.
These fixtures tend to produce a lot of goals with 52 going in across the last 10 meetings, so over 3.5 goals at 23/20 appears to be a solid bet with over 4.5 at 5/2.
A ‘double chance’ on Rayo to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 3/1 while a Barca win/draw outcome is at 1/14.
If you fancy the away side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 8/11.
One to watch for Rayo Vallecano: Raul de Tomas, on loan from Real Madrid, is the dangerman for the hosts. All three of the forward’s goals this season have come in Vallecas. He is priced at 11/4 to score in this game.
One to watch for Barcelona: Luis Suarez netted a hat-trick in last weekend’s El Clasico to take him up to seven goals for the campaign and is taking the Barca attacking mantle in Lionel Messi’s absence. Suarez is 4/7 to find the net at any point in this clash.
Long shot: These games are usually packed full of goals but Rayo are likely to sit back and play for a low-scoring draw, while Barca are without star forward Lionel Messi. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are available at 32/1.