Rayo Vallecano take on the visitors Girona in the round 26 match of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Saturday, February 18th at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas (Madrid).
Rayo Vallecano is still one of the contenders for a place in the European cups zone. The team is currently in a high seventh place, lagging behind the sixth place by only three points. But recently, the results of Andoni Iraola's team have been disappointing: defeats to Cadiz (0-1) and Celta (0-3), a goalless draw with Bilbao's "Basques," and productive draws with Getafe and Sevilla with the same score of 1-1. As you can see, in the last five La Liga rounds, the Rayo players only played a clean sheet once. It is unlikely that they will keep their goal untouched in the match against strong Girona.
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Girona is indeed a good team, trailing its opponent by only five points and looking great in attack. 38 goals in 25 league rounds for a team in 12th place in the table is an excellent indicator! In the last four championship matches, Girona failed to score only against Madrid's Atletico. Almeria and Athletic from Bilbao were defeated: 6-2 and 3-2, respectively, and Getafe, under the guidance of Michel, lost but not without scoring goals (2-3). Personally, I fully believe in at least one goal from Girona against Rayo Vallecano, who are gradually conceding goals.
I think in this match, it's best not to jump to conclusions and just wait for the away team's goal - it's a quite logical decision. Girona very rarely leaves the field without making their opponent regret it this season. It has only happened six times in 25 rounds, one of which was against Barcelona, who concede fewer goals than anyone else in the league. The defense of Rayo Vallecano does not look the most reliable. As mentioned above, in the last five rounds, the team played a clean sheet only once. And in home games, on average, they concede exactly one goal per game - 12 goals in 12 matches at their home stadium. In four of the last five head-to-head matches between these teams, Girona has upset its opponent. In the last two of them, the teams exchanged victories with the same score of 2-1. I think at least one goal from the away team will happen in this match.
Prediction for the match: Girona to score – yes.