La Liga leaders Real Madrid continue their title quest with a short trip across the capital to the Vallecas neighbourhood to play Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Los Blancos are on a good run in the league right now, while the same cannot be said of Los Franjirrojos.
Where and when: Campo de Futbol de Vallecas – 26 February, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Rayo Vallecano vs. Real Madrid: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema’s first-half goals were enough to secure the points for Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in November, despite a Radamel Falcao strike 15 minutes from time making things interesting.
Rayo Vallecano v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid enter this derby unbeaten in their last five La Liga fixtures, winning three. Los Blancos dispatched Alaves 3-0 last weekend to move six points clear at the top of the table following Sevilla’s two dropped points, whereas Rayo Vallecano come into this clash on a four-match losing run.
Those four defeats have come against Celta Vigo, Real Betis, Osasuna and, most recently, Elche. None of those teams are on Madrid’s level, and Los Merengues ought to have a comfortable day at the office on Saturday. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have won 18 of their last 19 games against Vallecano, including a memorable 10-2 triumph in December 2015, where Gareth Bale (4), Benzema (3) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2) accounted for nine of Los Blancos’ goals.
However, the only game Real failed to win during that run came on their last trip to Vallecas in April 2019. They may not have things all their own way, but with such a strong record record against their neighbours, anything other than a convincing win for Madrid would constitute a major shock.
Rayo Vallecano vs. Real Madrid full time result odds
Vallecano coach Andoni Iraola is hoping Martín Merquelanz will be fit for this game following a knee injury, but Unai Lopez is expected to miss out. Jose Pozo is also injured for the hosts. The visitors, on the other hand, should have a fully-fit squad available to him in this Rayo Vallecano v Real Madrid preview.
Rayo Vallecano vs. Real Madrid both teams to score odds
Madrid have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three La Liga fixtures, while seven of the last 12 meetings between these clubs have only seen one team score. Backing against BTTS could be the way to go this weekend, while you can add Real to that selection for enhanced odds on the away win.
Rayo Vallecano vs. Real Madrid correct score odds
Madrid have scored a remarkable 40 goals in their last 10 home wins against Vallecano. It’s a different story in Vallecas though, where Los Blancos have scored 21 times on their last 10 trips to this part of town. As such, we’re going for a 2-0 away win at 43/5.
Rayo Vallecano vs. Real Madrid first goalscorer odds
Karim Benzema’s late penalty against Alaves last weekend was his 18th goal in 22 La Liga appearances so far this season. The Frenchman has 25 in 30 in all competitions and will be in the running for the opening goal in these Rayo Vallecano v Real Madrid tips. Benzema is 37/1 to strike first in a 2-0 Madrid win.