Rayo Vallecano vs Espanyol Preview

Rayo Vallecano vs Espanyol

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas

Date: 28th September 2018

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

Espanyol will be looking to continue their good start to the season as they visit a struggling Rayo Vallecano side in this game.

Rayo come into this game off the back of an impressive 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad, but their season hasn’t exactly gone according to plan so far as they have collected just 4 points from their opening five games of the season.

Their only win so far has come against new boys Huesca, while they have lost their last two home games against Sevilla and Alaves, conceding 9 goals in those games and scoring just twice.

Their fans would be hopeful of a better showing in this game, but Espanyol are on form.

Espanyol head into this game 5th in the league table after collecting just 3 points less than league leaders Barcelona, although they have played a game more.

Their season has pretty much been inconsistent so far, but they have managed to secure 3 wins, 2 losses and a draw.

The Catalans have also continued their tradition of a strong defence this season as only one of their games this campaign has seen over 2.0 goals scored despite having already played Real Madrid, Celta Vigo, and Valencia.

All three of Espanyol’s wins have come at home this season while they have lost two of their three away games, so Rayo should be hopeful of getting a home win of their own in this game.

This game is the closest game of the week in terms of betting – both teams are separated by less than a quarter of a point so bookmakers aren’t quit sure how this one will go.

Goal markets suggest there could be goals as over 2.5 goals is currently a shade odds-on.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Rayo Vallecano

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Huesca 0-1 Rayo Vallecano 14 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Atletico Madrid 1-0 Rayo Vallecano 25 Aug, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Rayo Vallecano 1-4 Sevilla FC 19 Aug, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Gimnastic de Tarragona 2-0 Rayo Vallecano 2 Jun, 2018 Spanish Segunda División
W Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Lugo 27 May, 2018 Spanish Segunda División

Espanyol

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Espanyol 1-0 Levante 16 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Alavés 2-1 Espanyol 2 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Espanyol 2-0 Valencia 26 Aug, 2018 Spanish Primera División
D Celta Vigo 1-1 Espanyol 18 Aug, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Borussia Monchengladbach 1-3 Espanyol 11 Aug, 2018 Friendly

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Espanyol 2-1 Rayo Vallecano 7 Mar, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Rayo Vallecano 3-0 Espanyol 23 Oct, 2015 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 1-1 Rayo Vallecano 3 May, 2015 Spanish Primera División
Rayo Vallecano 1-3 Espanyol 20 Dec, 2014 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 2-2 Rayo Vallecano 13 Apr, 2014 Spanish Primera División

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