Real Madrid will be looking to go top of La Liga when they host Rayo Vallecano on Saturday at 8pm (UK time).
Los Blancos are currently one point behind Real Sociedad in the table but play before their title rivals this weekend (and do have a game in hand). Vallecano, meanwhile, have been a surprise package in La Liga and sit sixth.
Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano live stream:
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Where to watch Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano on TV:
- UK: LaLigaTV & Premier Sports 2
- US: ESPN+
Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
This year, La Liga fans are being treated to one of the most exciting early title races, with four clubs currently separated by just three points at the top of the table. Of course, the title isn’t won after 12 games, but the four clubs will be looking to make the most of their fast starts, including Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have lost just one of their opening 11 games this season, beaten 2-1 by Espanyol at the start of October. But they have recovered with two wins from their past three matches, keeping the pressure on Real Sociedad. Real Madrid have also turned things around in the Champions League, leading their group after four matches.
No one could have predicted Vallecano’s start to the 2021/22 campaign after their promotion from the Segunda Division in the summer. With 12 games played, Vallecano are currently sixth in La Liga, having won six matches – only bettered by the top three. Their run has already seen Vallecano beat Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao, while suffering narrow defeats to Real Betis and Real Sociedad. The worrying thing for Vallecano, however, (not that we want to rain on their parade) is that all four of their league defeats have come away from home, with one draw and one win.
- Real Madrid (vs Shakhtar Donetsk): Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Vazquez, Benzema, Vinicius.
- Rayo Vallecano (vs Celta Vigo): Dimitrievski; Balliu, Maras, Catena, F Garcia; Comesana, Valentin; Palazon, Lopez, A Garcia; Falcao.
Real Madrid remain without Gareth Bale, Federico Valverde and Dani Ceballos, while Rodrygo is a bout. Martin Marquelanz misses out for Vallecano.
Vinicius has Benzema Ballon d’Or in his sights
Although he did not get on the scoresheet, Vinicius was a key player in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek, setting up both of Karim Benzema’s goals.
The Brazilian has now been directly involved in 14 goals across all competitions for Real Madrid this season, including nine in La Liga (seven goals, two assists). But rather than focusing just on his goals, Vinicius is eager to provide for Benzema and boost the Frenchman’s chances of winning the Ballon d’oR.
“I think it’s important to remain calm, confident and work as a team, which is what we always do in training,” he said.
“Now things are working out in the matches. I’m extremely pleased to have provided another assist for Karim.
“I always want to be at my best, as does Karim, and I want to continue helping him so that he can be Pichichi again and win the Ballon d’Or.”
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