Real Madrid will host Rayo Vallecano for a La Liga match on Wednesday night in the hopes of avoiding a third straight loss in all competitions.
Los Blancos will be looking to avenge a 3-2 loss they suffered in the rematch at the Estadio de Vallecas in November of last year against their fellow Madrid-based rivals.
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Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Prediction
Both teams will be motivated to win all three of their remaining games to reach their respective goals after suffering defeats the previous weekend.
We think Real Madrid will win on Wednesday despite the absence of Vinicius in attack. Moreover, despite Rayo Vallecano’s confidence in their ability to pull off another upset against the Spanish champions.
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Real Madrid lost to Valencia 1-0 in La Liga on Sunday, marking their fourth straight away defeat in all competitions and their bitterly disappointing exit from the Champions League semi-final at the hands of Manchester City.
Just after the halfway point, Diego Lopez scored the game’s only goal. However, the Mestalla match was marred by alleged racist taunts directed at Vinicius Junior. Moreover, the game was stopped for 10 minutes in the second half before the Brazilian winger was dismissed in the closing moments after a brawl with the opposition.
Since then, Vinicius has used social media to claim that ‘racism is normal in La Liga.’ Furthermore, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has offered the Los Blancos attacker his ‘full solidarity,’ while admonishing that ‘racism has no place in football or in society.
With Atletico Madrid moving into second place after beating Osasuna, Real Madrid has dropped to third in the La Liga standings after losing to Valencia. Only twice in the previous nine seasons have Los Blancos finished lower than third in the Spanish top flight.
Carlo Ancelotti’s primary goal is to secure second place in La Liga with three games left and no other competitions to concentrate on for the Copa de Rey champions. The next two games are against Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao after Wednesday’s match against Rayo Vallecano.
Los Blancos will be confident of winning again this week because they have won all 11 of their home games against Rayo Vallecano in all competitions, with at least three goals being scored on eight of those occasions, including a memorable 10-2 league victory in December 2015.
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After losing 2-1 to relegation-threatened Espanyol at home last weekend, Rayo Vallecano’s chances of playing in Europe next season were severely damaged.
The visitors ultimately won all three points thanks to a goal from Nico Melaned just before the hour mark, despite Sergi Darder’s earlier goal being cancelled out by Raul de Tomas’ successful conversion of a penalty in the 42nd minute.
Despite the fact that Andoni Iraola’s team is still in 11th place in the La Liga standings, the distance between them and qualifying for the Europa Conference League has widened to four points as a result of Athletic Bilbao’s victory over Celta Vigo.
However, with three games left, they are only one point behind Osasuna in 10th and two points behind Girona in eighth, keeping their chances of earning their first top-flight finish in a decade very much alive.
Recently, Rayo Vallecano’s away performance hasn’t been the best. In their last seven road games, they’ve lost five times and given up 15 goals, failing to win any of them.
The Franjirrojos have always lived in the shadows of rival Madrid-based teams Real and Atletico, but they managed to secure the bragging rights in their most recent match against the former, winning 3-2 at home six months ago with goals from Santi Comesana, Alvaro Garcia, and Oscar Trejo.
Real Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano Team News
Due to a suspension, Real Madrid will be without Vinicius Junior, and attacking partners Eden Hazard and Mariano Diaz are unlikely to play because they are still recovering from thigh and ankle injuries, respectively.
Ancelotti may consider recalling defenders Dani Carvajal and David Alaba to replace Lucas Vazquez and Ferland Mendy, who were both benched in the starting lineup last weekend.
In the absence of Vinicus, Rodyrgo is anticipated to play on the left wing alongside Karim Benzema. Additionally, one of Marco Asensio or Federico Valverde is expected to join them in attack. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will compete for the starting position in center-midfield, alongside either Aurelien Tchouameni or Eduardo Camavinga.
Mario Suarez will complete his two-match suspension for Rayo Vallecano, while Oscar Valentin is available after serving a one-match suspension. It is probable that Valentin will replace Pathe Ciss in the center of the field as a starter.
Last weekend, Esteban Saveljich returned from a long-term injury to make the matchday squad and watch on as an unused substitute. This weekend, the center-back hopes to make his first start or substitute appearance since October.
Behind central striker Raul de Tomas, who will be hoping to keep his spot in the starting XI ahead of Sergio Camello and Radamel Falcao, Oscar Trejo is expected to continue in the number 10 position.
Possible Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Starting Lineups
Below are possible Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Starting Lineups
Real Madrid Starting Lineups
Rayo Vallecano Starting Lineups
- F. Garcia
- A. Garcia
- De Tomas