The 2022-23 edition of La Liga returns with another round of fixtures this week as Rayo Vallecano take on Espanyol on Friday. Both teams can pack their day and will want to win this game.
Espanyol currently sit eighth in the La Liga table and have done well over the past year. The Catalans held Celta Vigo to a 2-2 draw in their previous fixture and will be looking to step it up a notch this week.
Rayo Vallecano was also impressive on the opening day of his campaign and currently sits 13th in the standings. The visiting team played out a 0-0 draw against Barcelona last week and have a point to prove in this game.
Espanyol vs Rayo Vallecano head to head
Espanyol have a slight advantage over Rayo Vallecano and have won 11 of the 27 matches played between the two teams. Rayo Vallecano have managed nine wins against Espanyol and can confuse their opponents on Friday.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in April this year and ended with a 1-0 victory for Rayo Vallecano. Espanyol were mediocre that day and have a point to prove this week.
Espanyol form guide in La Liga: D
Guide to Rayo Vallecano form in La Liga: D
Espanyol vs Rayo Vallecano Team News
Raul de Tomas is set to leave the club and won’t be included in the squad this week. Espanyol will have to field their best side against an in-form side from Rayo Vallecano.
Unavailable: Raúl de Tomas
Rayo Vallecano have a squad in fine form at the moment and will be looking to build on their impressive start to the season. The Madrid-based outfit are unlikely to make any drastic changes to their squad ahead of this game.
Espanyol vs Rayo Vallecano Predicted XI
Espanyol Predicted XI (4-3-3): Benjamin Lecomte; Brian Olivan, Leandro Cabrera, Sergi Gomez, Oscar Gil; Fernando Calero, Sergi Darder, Vinicius Souza; Nico Melamed, Ruben Sanchez, Joselu
Rayo Vallecano Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Stole Dimitrievsky; Fran Garcia, Alejandro Catena, Mario Suarez, Ivan Balliu; Unai Lopez, Pathé Ciss; Oscar Trejo, Alvaro Garcia, Isi Palazon; Radamel Falcao
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Espanyol vs Rayo Vallecano Prediction
Rayo Vallecano played hard against Barcelona last week and will likely take a more aggressive approach for this game. The likes of Oscar Trejo and Isi Palazon are in impressive form and will want to make their mark this week.
Espanyol can give a hard time but have a few defensive issues to work out ahead of this game. Rayo Vallecano is the best team right now and should be able to win this game.
Prediction: Espanyol 1-2 Rayo Vallecano