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Last updated: 17 May 2024
Ryan Allan 17 May 2024
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Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Predictions


Despite a poor recent record against Rayo, Barcelona can secure the runners-up spot in La Liga with another home victory this weekend.

I'm backing Barca to win and to keep a clean sheet in the process. 

  • Barcelona won 7 of their last 9 home matches (La Liga)
  • Barcelona kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 home victories
  • Rayo Vallecano lost 5 of their last 7 away matches
  • Rayo Vallecano failed to score in their last 5 away matches

Head to Head


Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano have faced each other on 25 previous occasions since the turn of the century. The Catalan giants won 15 matches, with Rayo victorious in six games. 

The Madrid-based side are unbeaten in their last five encounters against Barcelona since a 2-1 home reversal in the Copa Del Rey over three years ago. 

Barcelona Form


Barcelona come into the penultimate round of La Liga fixtures on the back of successive 2-0 wins against Real Sociedad and Almeria over the past week. 

Despite suffering a 4-2 defeat at Girona a fortnight ago, Barcelona remain second in La Liga, four points clear of their Catalan rivals. 

Xavi's men have found some form at their temporary home in the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys. La Blaugrana won six and drew one of their last seven home league fixtures. 

Barcelona Team News


Barcelona picked up no new injury concerns following their comfortable midweek win at Almeria. Frenkie de Jong, Gavi, Alejandro Balde and Ronald Araujo remain the only injury absentees for the Catalans.

German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is available after he completed a one-match ban on Thursday. 

Rayo Vallecano Form


Rayo make the trip to Catalonia all but safe from the threat of relegation after a vital La Liga win against Granada on Wednesday. 

Reduced to ten men inside the opening five minutes after the dismissal of Oscar Trejo, the Franjirrojos Vallecanos showed incredible spirit to claim a vital 2-1 win. Wednesday's victory leaves Iñigo Pérez's side six points clear of the drop zone with only two games still to play.  

Away from home, Rayo have failed to win 11 of their last 12 league matches. They also failed to net in nine of those 12 fixtures. 

Rayo Vallecano Team News


Rayo boss Pérez has only a couple of expected absentees for this weekend's La Liga contest. 

Oscar Trejo is suspended after his red card against Granada last time out, while Diego Mendez will not feature as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. 

Verdict

Given their strong home form, I expect Barcelona to claim another win at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys.

A home win with a clean sheet could prove the best bet on Saturday evening. 

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