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Real Madrid will take on Rayo Vallecano in a lesser-known derby this weekend, as matchweek 26 of the Spanish La Liga 2021-22 season nears its end.
Real Madrid began the season a winning form and has led the La Liga table for almost the entire duration till now. However, the team seems to have fallen out of form in the past few weeks and has managed to register just 2 wins in its last 6 games across competitions.
Last week, Real Madrid handed an early advantage to the French giants PSG, by losing the first leg game in the Round of 16 in the Champions League knockout stage. However, the team has gone back to winning ways in its last outing, beating Alaves by a convincing 3-0 margin. Despite its recent shortcomings, the club has still managed to stay at the top of the points table, enjoying a 6 point lead over second-placed Sevilla.
Less popular compared to Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, Rayo Vallecano has lost 4 consecutive matches across competitions going into this game. With the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals against Real Betis coming up next week, the game against Real Madrid will act as an important precursor to regain some of its lost form.
Talking about the La Liga, Vallecano last tasted success back in December last year, winning against Alaves. Since then, they have lost 5 of the 6 games they have played and picked up just 1 point. The string of failures means that Rayo Vallecano has now dropped down to the bottom half of the points table, in the 11th place, with 31 points, and 8 points away from a European finish. The club will now have to pick up as many points as they can in the upcoming games if they want to redeem themselves
Match prediction and betting tips for Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid La Liga 2021-22. The match is going to be played at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas, Madrid, on 26th February 2022.
The game is expected to throw up some fireworks, as both the clubs look to get back to form, more so in the case of Rayo Vallecano. Having beaten the home team in the reverse fixture held in November last year, Real Madrid has a chance of scoring another double against their neighbors.
Carlo Ancelotti has no major injury issues to worry about and should be able to choose from a fully fit squad. The home team, on the other hand, will be missing out on Martin Merquelanz and Unai Cabrera, both of whom are injured, as well as Jose Pozo, who tested positive for CoViD.
We expect both the teams to score at least once, but it is Real Madrid, who will most likely walk away with 3 points.
Bet on Real Madrid to win.