Two teams in opposite sides of the league table will lock horns on Saturday in the La Liga. Rayo Vallecano are having a really bad time in the La Liga this season and are currently sitting below the red line. They will play host to Atletico Madrid who are still at the third spot of the league table but are coming into this match after back-to-back losses.
Date/Time: 2-16-2019, 10:15 EST
Spread: Atletico Madrid -0.75
Total: 2.25 Goals
Rayo Vallecano (6-12-5) fought really hard in their away match against Espanyol but were eventually defeated by 1-2. They actually took the lead in that match. But a penalty kick and another goal at the 5th minute of stoppage time deprived them of any points. In their previous match they also conceded a late goal to lose by 2-1. Even so, they were undefeated in five consecutive before that (4-0-1). Rayo Vallecano are now sitting at the 18th spot of the league table with 23 points, just one below the relegation zone. They have not been anything special at home (3-5-4), where they have won just two of their last five (2-2-1).
On the other hand, Atletico Madrid (12-3-8) are coming off a really frustrating 3-1 loss at home in the Madrid Derby against Real Madrid. They temporarily equalized at the 25th minute but they conceded two more goals to lose their second consecutive match. After going undefeated in 19 consecutive matches, Atletico Madrid have now lost two in a row. They are now sitting at the 3rd spot of the league table with 44 points, one behind Real Madrid. They have been really hard to beat on the road so far (3-2-6), losing just one of their last nine away matches in all competitions (3-1-5). Moreover, seven of those matches featured Under 2.5 Goals and Atletico Madrid kept three clean sheets in that span.
Atletico Madrid won by a slim 0-1 at home when the two teams met in the early stages of the season. They have now won each of the last three against Rayo Vallecano. Moreover, they are undefeated in the last nine matches against this opponent (7-0-2) and have only conceded four goals in that span.
Atletico Madrid have also been excellent in this venue over the years (4-1-5). But Rayo Vallecano have been excellent at home this season. They have only failed to score once so far and I will take the Over 2.25 Goals here.
La Liga Rayo Vallecano vs Atletico Madrid Prediction: Over 2.25 Goals (-108)
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