Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano – Los Blancos tipped in the -2 handicap market

Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

A home win is the tip when Real Madrid take on La Liga strugglers Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. The hosts are set for a comfortable win and backed in the -2 handicap market.

Real Madrid FC Form & Team News

Los Blancos are still attempting to turn their season around under manager Santiago Solari as they continue to play catch up in La Liga. They have won four of their last five matches in La Liga and are backed by bookmakers to win at 1.19.
Real Madrid were disappointing in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday as they were beaten 3-0 at home by CSKA Moscow, although they were already through to the Round of 16. They laboured to a 1-0 victory over Huesca in their previous La Liga outing last weekend thanks to a strike from Gareth Bale.
Bale was a second half substitute in the defeat to CSKA Moscow and is in line to start on Saturday. 
Gareth Bale came on as a substitute against CSKA and is expected to star against Rayo Vallecano (Getty Images)

Rayo Vallecano Form & Team News 

Los Vallecanos are one of the worst teams in the La Liga this season having claimed two wins from 15 matches. They have secured just one victory on their travels this season and are likely to be beaten at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Rayo Vallecano suffered a 2-0 defeat away at Real Betis in their previous La Liga fixture. Michel’s team created a number of chances but failed to find the cutting edge in attack.
Goals have been a problem for Vallecano this season having scored just 15 times. Four of those strikes have come from the boots of Raul de Thomas who should start on Saturday.

Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Head-to-Head 

Real Madrid are the dominant team in this fixture having claimed 21 victories and suffered just two defeats in 24 previous matches against Rayo Vallecano. Madrid did the double over Vallecano the last time both teams faced each other in the La Liga with Bale scoring 4 goals in a 10-2 win at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid won their last match vs Rayo Vallecano 10-2 (Getty Images)

Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Match Up 

Bale has a brilliant record in this fixture having scored nine goals in six matches against Rayo Vallecano. The Welshman has also scored twice in his last four outings and is likely to improve his tally on Saturday.
Rayo Vallecano have a poor record against Real Madrid having lost the last 15 matches. They are often on the receiving end of heavy defeats against the reigning European champions and Saturday’s fixture looks set to follow a similar pattern.

Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Key Statistics

  • Real Madrid have won 4 of their last 5 matches (La Liga).
  • Real Madrid have won their last 10 matches against Rayo Vallecano (All Competitions).
  • Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has scored 9 goals in 6 matches against Rayo Vallecano (La Liga).
  • Real Madrid have kept clean sheets in 6 of their last 8 home matches (La Liga)
  • Rayo Vallecano have lost 7 of their last 9 away matches (La Liga).

Verdict

Real Madrid have emerged victorious in their last 10 matches against Rayo Vallecano and look set to secure their 11th consecutive win. Gareth Bale is also tipped to continue his fine scoring record in this fixture with the first goal on Saturday.
Handicap Bet: Real Madrid -2 @ 2.00 – 4 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Gareth Bale @ 4.45 – 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: Real Madrid Win 4-0 @ 10.25 – 1 Unit

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