Barcelona would need a minor miracle to win the La Liga title and their concentration is almost certainly now on securing a top two finish in La Liga, qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League as a result. The side suffered a set back with their 1-0 loss to Cadiz in their last match at Camp Nou but returned to winning ways last weekend with a 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad.
Rayo Vallecano found their first win in 13 games last weekend, overcoming Espanyol by a 1-0 scoreline. That victory might’ve been enough to pull them out of relegation trouble but to be sure they will need to find more points in the next couple of weeks, before three key fixtures with other relegation threatened sides in the final four weeks of the season.
The visitors have found scoring goals tricky this season, finding the net 33 times in 32 games. This is a far cry from the 61 goals that Barcelona have scored in the same period and, with Barcelona keeping three clean sheets in their past five games, Vallecano could find it hard to find the net this weekend.
Aubameyang has been in great form since his move from Arsenal in January, scoring nine times in 11 matches for Barcelona and he looks great value to open the scoring again this weekend, something he’s done twice in the past five league games.
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Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano match stats
Barcelona have been able to find the net with regularity this season, netting at a rate of just under two goals a game. Recent heavy victories over Osasuna and Real Madrid have helped the side on their way but, with Depay (10 goals) and Aubameyang (9) leading the line for the side, there is always a big chance that Barcelona will find the net multiple times in a match.
Both teams have scored in just two of the last eight away games for Rayo Vallecano and the same can be said about the last eight games Barcelona have played at Camp Nou. Vallecano games have been quite tight in recent weeks with the 2.5 goal line being beaten just once in their last eight matches, indicating a low scoring match could occur here.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Barcelona 2-0 Rayo Vallecano
27 October 2021 – Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Barcelona – La Liga
27 January 2021 – Rayo Vallecano 1-2 Barcelona – Copa del Rey
09 March 2019 – Barcelona 3-1 Rayo Vallecano – La Liga
03 November 2018 – Rayo Vallecano 2-3 Barcelona – La Liga
03 March 2016 – Rayo Vallecano 1-5 Barcelona – La Liga
Barcelona certainly hold the advantage over Rayo Vallecano in recent years, although meetings between the two have been sparse as Rayo Vallecano yo-yo between the top two divisions in Spain.
The most recent encounter at Camp Nou was in 2019 and saw Barcelona run out comfortable winners, although the meeting between the sides in the fixture earlier this season saw Vallecano come out on top.
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