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Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Prediction & Betting tips
Leader FC Barcelona will take on Saturday evening in its own Camp Nou against low flyer Rayo Vallecano. A large home victory is therefore in line with expectations, although the coach has received an ultimatum from the visitors.
After four away games in a row, FC Barcelona returns to the familiar Camp Nou this weekend. The Catalan leader is excellent in La Liga. The lead on closest striker Atletico Madrid is a comfortable seven points, while arch rival Real Madrid was finally sidelined last week thanks to a 0-1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu. It could therefore be a historic season, since the Blaugrana are still active in the Copa del Rey and in the Champions League. Especially in the European champions ball, the top team wants to win this season, after it has not gone any further than the quarterfinals in the past three years.
This Wednesday, in the eighth finals of the Champions League in its own Camp Nou, the return will be held against Olympique Lyon. The first game in France ended in a goalless draw, so it’s likely that trainer Ernesto Valverde will save several key players this weekend. Sergio Busquets seems to be a major candidate for a sniffing evening and it is quite possible that several other players will accompany him. Lionel Messi, however, will hope for a base position, because Rayo Vallecano is one of his favorite opponents. The five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or was in nine meetings against the Madrilenians good for no less than sixteen goals and six assists.
Rayo Vallecano returned to the highest level last summer after an absence of two years, but with a penultimate place the people of Madrid must fear a return to the Segunda Division. Although the redwarts are only two points away from the safe seventeenth place, after five defeats in a row, Michel’s credit has evaporated as snow in the sun. According to both Radio Marca and Onda Madrid, the coach has been given an ultimatum – if Saturday night is lost again in the Camp Nou, he is put on the street. The names of Julio Velazquez and Paco Jemez are already singing around as possible successors.
Well, since the chance of a stunt in and against FC Barcelona is of course incredibly small, Michel probably already packed his bags. This rather cruel ultimatum would have been especially devised to ensure that his successor does not have to start with a hopeless defeat. Still, Rayo Vallecano was close to FC Barcelona earlier this season in the first round. In the Vallecas, Los Rayistas took the lead 2-1 minutes before the end of the game, but late goals by Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez threw a spanner in the game: 2-3.
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