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Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid match preview, team news, and predictions

 

Rayo Vallecano's defender going against Vinicius Junior

A pre-match guide for the upcoming LALIGA fixture between Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid.

The upcoming La Liga clash between Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid on February 18, 2024, at the Estadio de Vallecas promises to be a compelling fixture. Kick-off is scheduled for 14:00 WAT, showcasing a battle between two sides aiming to solidify their position in the league against the might of the league leaders.

Rayo Vallecano’s Recent Form and Lineup

Rayo Vallecano, currently positioned in the mid-table, will look to leverage their home advantage, which has been significant this season despite recent mixed results. Rayo are expected to field a 4-2-3-1 formation, focusing on a strong midfield presence, with Oscar Trejo playing a crucial role in the attacking midfield position.

Key players such as Isi Palazon and Alvaro Garcia on the wings, will be vital for Rayo’s offensive efforts​​

Real Madrid’s Recent Form and Lineup

Real Madrid come into the game as favourites, having demonstrated their quality throughout the season. They will miss key players due to injuries, including David Alaba. Real Madrid’s possible lineup could see a strong attacking trio of Jude Bellingham, Rodrygo, and Vinicius, with Toni Kroos returning to midfield after rest. Their formation is likely to be a robust 4-4-2 diamond, aiming to dominate possession and create scoring opportunities​​.

Prediction and betting tips

Rayo Vallecano will likely adopt a compact approach, looking to exploit Real Madrid on the counter, especially through the pace and skill of their wingers. Real Madrid, under Carlo Ancelotti, will focus on controlling the game’s tempo, using their midfield trio’s creativity to break down Rayo’s defence.

Considering both teams’ recent form, Real Madrid is favoured to win, but Rayo Vallecano’s resilience, especially at home, could make it a closer match than expected. A 2-1 victory for Real Madrid might be a realistic outcome, reflecting both their attacking prowess and Rayo’s potential to trouble the visitors​​​​.

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