Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Thursday, 12 May 2022
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Campo de Futbol de Vallecas.
Villarreal have now managed to climb to the 7th spot and now they will try just anything to keep a hold of this position. The reason being, a seventh placed finish is needed at the very least in Spanish top flight in order to qualify for one of the European competitions.
If current positions are maintained till the end of the season, the Yellow Submarines will qualify for the Conference League. However, for a team that just played in the semifinal of the Champions league, this is a demotion.
Fans are not going to be satisfied with the third-tier of European competition. They will want at least a ticket to the Europa League, and that is exactly what the team will be gunning for in the remainder of the campaign.
As of now they are trailing three points below the sixth placed Sociedad, who are currently struggling for form. This is the opportunity to strike, and considering the recent performances of the Yellow Submarines under pressure, it would be unwise to bet against them.
Moreover, it also needs to be understood that Vallecano have nothing else to play for, and they also have a poor head-to-head record against this opponent over the past several seasons.
By the looks of things, count on Villarreal to edge out a win this Thursday on the road.
Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Head-to-head (h2h)
- The latest encounter had finished in 2-0 win for the Yellow Submarines.
- They are on a three-game winning streak.
- It’s been six years since the hosts have won at this ground.
- It’s been seven years since the visitors have failed to find the back of the net at this stadium.
Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Prediction & Analysis
Vallecano were held to a 0-0 draw the last match-day on the road, by Getafe. They were also winless in 12 of their past 16 overall fixtures, and in the process they had even gone on a five-game losing streak.
Do also take into account the fact that their latest league win at home had come Back in December of 2021.
On the other hand, the submarines registered a 1-1 draw at home the past game week against the third-placed Sevilla. They were unbeaten in six of their last nine overall matches, and of the three losses during this stretch, two had come against Liverpool in the Champions league.
It also needs to be taken into account that the Submarines had delivered some mesmerising performances against Juventus and Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Considering all these stats along with the head-to-head superiority of Villarreal, expect a win for them this Thursday.
Key Stats for
- Vallecano are one of the very few teams in the Spanish top flight to have remained winless in their last five appearances at home.
Tips for Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal
Villarreal to Win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Correct Score: 2-1 Villarreal @ 8.00 (7/1).