A six-game winless run, which includes losing their last four La Liga games on the bounce, leaves Rayo Vallecano sitting 11th but they have a game in hand over those sides around them. Andoni Iraola’s side nevertheless find themselves eight points behind Villarreal who currently occupy sixth place. Last time out at Elche they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Fran García gave Rayo the lead before they conceded twice in the final 14 minutes. At home they’re currently on a three-game winless run with their most recent game at Estadio de Vallecas ending in a 0-3 loss to Osasuna.
Returning to successful ways in the previous mathday has seen Real Madrid open a six-point gap atop of the championship table. Carlo Ancelotti’s men are proving difficult to beat with the aforementioned 3-0 win over Alaves leaving them with just one loss across their previous 17 La Liga matches. On the road, however, Real have failed to win any of their last two away matches. In both games Los Blancos would blank. Before this run they had registered five wins on the bounce. Across those outings Vinícius Júnior would net four of his 13 league goals this season.
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Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid: Match Stats
The last time Rayo Vallecano lost five successive La Liga matches was in March 2019 as part of a seven-game run. On home soil this season, Vallecano have eight wins, two draws, and two losses across 12 top-flight matches. They’ve also lost each of their last four matches which is just one fewer than they suffered in 18 previous outings.
Real Madrid have lost just one of their last 21 games against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga albeit that came in their most recent visit. Los Blancos marksman Karim Benzema has scored nine goals in 10 league games against them including his first Spanish top division hat-trick in December 2015. As for Ancelotti he’s won all five of his La Liga games as a manager against Rayo Vallecano, with his side netting an average of 3.4 goals-per-game in these matches.
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Rayo Vallecano 1-2 Real Madrid