Atlético Madrid will be looking to avoid a fifth successive La Liga defeat when they host Rayo Vallecano at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday afternoon (15:15 UK time).
Heading into this latest round of fixtures Diego Simeone’s men have won two and lost four across their last six league matches while Vallecano picked up three successes while suffering two defeats.
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- UK: LaLigaTV
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Atletico Madrid team news
It’s hard to see Atletico Madrid winning back-to-back championships this season. Diego Simeone’s hardworking side are fifth and 17 points behind leaders Real Madrid albeit with a game in hand. A big reason is their current miserable run of form; Atlético are on a four-game losing streak heading into this weekend, this represents the clubs longest such run since Simeone was appointed. The ‘man in black’ could subsequently equal Ricardo Zamora as the Atléti manager with the most successive La Liga defeats (five in 1942). He comes into this game having lost one of his 13 games as a manager in all competitions against Rayo Vallecano. Marcos Llorente, José María Giménez, Stefan Savic, Sime Vrsaljko and Antoine Griezmann are set to miss out. The latter in particular has netted in each of his last five league meetings against Rayo Vallecano (six goals) which is his joint longest scoring run against the same opponent in Spain’s top division.
Atletico Madrid predicted XI: Oblak; Gimenez, Hermoso, Felipe; Trippier, Lemar, Koke, De Paul, Carrasco; Suarez, Felix.
Rayo Vallecano team news
To say this has so far been a season to remember for Rayo Vallecano would be an understatement. If they were to succeed here then Rayo will become the first newly promoted side to win against both Barcelona and Atlético Madrid in a single La Liga campaign since Hércules in 2010/11. Andoni Iraola’s side are one point and one position above Atlético coming into this latest matchday. That being said, they’ve won one of their last 18 league games away from home, 2-1 v Athletic in September, while suffering 10 defeats. Across their last five road games they’ve picked up just one point. Iraola, who has a full squad available to him, is expected to continue with Sergi Guardiola leading the line. Guardiola has scored three league goals in 13 appearances this season. He’s only scored more times in a single campaign once before (eight across 35 matches with Real Valladolid in 2019/20).
Rayo Vallecano predicted XI: Arboleda; Balliu, Saveljich, Catena, Rodrigues; Comesana, Valentin; Palazon, Trejo, Martin; Guardiola.
La Liga 2021/22 recent form:
- Atletico Madrid: LLLLD
- Rayo Vallecano: WLWDW
Scoreline prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Rayo Vallecano
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