Rayo Vallecano are set to play Celta Vigo at the Campo de futbol de Vallecas on Monday in La Liga.
Rayo Vallecano come into this game on the back of a 1-0 win over Barcelona in the league. A first-half goal from veteran Colombian striker Radamel Falcao ensured victory for Andoni Iraola’s Rayo Vallecano.
Celta Vigo, on the other hand, lost 2-0 to Imanol Alguacil’s Real Sociedad in the league. Second-half goals from Swedish striker Alexander Isak and centre-back Aritz Elustondo sealed the deal for Real Sociedad.
Rayo Vallecano vs Celta Vigo Head-to-Head
In 12 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Rayo Vallecano hold the advantage. They have won seven games, lost three and drawn two.
The two clubs last faced each other in 2019, with the game ending in a 2-2 draw. Goals from winger Adri Embarba and midfielder Alvaro Medran for Rayo Vallecano was cancelled out by a second-half brace from star striker Iago Aspas for Celta Vigo.
Rayo Vallecano form guide in La Liga: W-L-W-L-W
Celta Vigo form guide in La Liga: L-W-L-L-W
Rayo Vallecano vs Celta Vigo Team News
Rayo Vallecano will be without winger Martin Merquelanz. Other than that there are no known issues and manager Andoni Iraola is expected to have a fully fit squad at his disposal.
Injured: Martin Merquelanz
Meanwhile, Celta Vigo manager Eduardo Coudet will be unable to call upon the services of defender Jose Fontan.
Injured: Jose Fontan
Rayo Vallecano vs Celta Vigo Predicted XI
Rayo Vallecano Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Stole Dimitrievski, Ivan Balliu, Esteban Saveljich, Alejandro Catena Marugan, Fran Garcia, Oscar Valentin, Santi Comesana, Randy Nteka, Oscar Trejo, Alvaro Garcia, Radamel Falcao
Celta Vigo Predicted XI (4-1-3-2): Matias Dituro, Hugo Mallo, Nestor Araujo, Jeison Murillo, Javi Galan, Okay Yokuslu, Brais Mendez, Denis Suarez, Thiago Galhardo, Iago Aspas, Santi Mina
Rayo Vallecano vs Celta Vigo Prediction
Rayo Vallecano are currently 5th in the league, and will be brimming with confidence after beating Barcelona. Former Atletico Madrid and Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has enjoyed an excellent start to the season with the club. El Tigre was known for his predatory instinct during his prime, and the 35-year old has shown glimpses of his quality.
Celta Vigo, on the other hand, are currently 14th in the league table, and have lost three of their last five league games. They are two points ahead of 18th-placed Cadiz. While there is no need for alarm bells yet, manager Eduardo Coudet will surely be feeling the pressure already.
Rayo Vallecano are in good form and should emerge victorious here.
Prediction: Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Celta Vigo
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