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Girona vs Rayo Vallecano - Girona tipped to have the upper hand at home

Hosts backed to build on recent win against inconsistent Rayo Vallecano in Segunda clash
Girona vs Rayo Vallecano
Girona are backed to claim win over RTayo Vallecano in Spanish Segunda clash (Getty Images)

Girona vs Rayo Vallecano Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


It is a battle of two newly relegated teams as Girona host Rayo Vallecano in a Spanish Segunda Division clash at the Estadi Municipal de Montilivi. Both teams are coming off their first win of the season but Girona often do well at home and should claim the win on Sunday.

Girona FC Form & Team News


Girona picked up their first win of the season last time out as they overcame Malaga 1-0 at home. Cristhian Stuani's goal on 30 minutes proved to be the difference as they came away with all three points.

Things have not been smooth for the hosts since their relegation from La Liga. They have claimed one win and a draw from their opening three matches. Juan Carlos Unzue's men are still favoured to win on Sunday at 2.10 as they usually do their best work in front if their fans.

Cristhian Stuani was the top scorer for Girona last season in La Liga and has already hit the ground running this term. He should start in attack alongside Marc Gual and Alex Gallar, who already scored for Huesca before moving to Girona in the last transfer window.

Juan Carlos Unzue
Girona coach Juan Carlos Unzue will be looking to lead the hosts to their third straight win over Rayo Vallecano (Getty Images)

Rayo Vallecano Form & Team News


Rayo Vallecano are coming off a 3-1 victory at home against Deportivo La Coruna in their previous Segunda fixture. After conceding early in the first half, they struck back through Mario Suarez and Alvaro Garcia before Jose Angel Pozo grabbed the third in added time.

It was the first win of the season for Los Vallecanos, who have also found life difficult in the Segunda Division. Paco Jemez's men are currently on a 16-match winless run on the road which has them at 3.50 for an unlikely win at Girona while a draw is priced at 3.00.

Adri Embarba has impressed for Girona this season with two goals in three matches. He should retain his place in attack while striker Andres Martin is on international duty with the Spanish U-21 team.

Girona vs Rayo Vallecano Head to Head


Girona have 7-6 edge in the head to head with Rayo Vallecano with three draws from 16 previous matches. The hosts however have the upper hand in recent meetings having done the double over their rivals last season. 

The last fixture between both teams was 2-0 La Liga victory for Girona with Christhian Stuani netting both goals.

Girona vs Rayo Vallecano Match Up


Cristhian Stuani is usually the go-to-man for Girona and the Uruguay striker is coming off a goal in his last outing. He also scored twice against Vallecano last season and will be confident finding the net on Sunday.

Rayo Vallecano have quality in attack with Adri Embarba but often adopt an open style which leaves them exposed at the back. They have conceded four goals in three matches this season and should struggle against the Girona forward line. 

Cristhian Stuani
Girona forward Cristhian Stuani is expected to play a key role for the hosts (Getty Images)

Girona vs Rayo Vallecano Key Statistics


  • Girona have won their last 2 matches against Rayo Vallecano (all competitions).
  • Girona have won 10 of their last 16 home matches (Segunda Division).
  • Rayo Vallecano have lost 11 of their last 16 away matches (all competitions).

Verdict

Girona have the upper hand in this fixture and should be too strong for Rayo Vallecano, who have a horrible away record. I am tipping a home win here at odds of 2.10.

Best Bet: Girona Win @2.10 at bet365 - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: Girona Win 2-1 @9.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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08 Sep 2019

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