Rayo Vallecano will host Real Betis at the Estadio de Vallecas in La Liga on Sunday (January 8), looking to extend their unbeaten run to eight games. Since their 3-1 loss to Almeria in October, the Red Sashes have drawn four times and won thrice in seven games to move to eighth in the standings with 23 points from 15 games.
Betis, meanwhile, have accrued two more points in the same number of games and sit two places above Vallecano in the standings. While their league form hasn’t been the best lately, winning just once in six games, Los Verdiblancos had no issues dispatching Ibiza Islas Pitiusas 4-1 in the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday.
On paper, Vallecano have had a better run in recent weeks than Betis and may seem like the favourites to win. The visitors, though, have a top squad with the potential to hurt Vallecano. Considering the same, the two teams could cancel each other out in a low-scoring stalemate.
Prediction: Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Real Betis
This match will start from 8:45 pm
This match will take place on 8 January, 2023
Rayo Vallecano will again be missing Ruben de Tomas due to a tendon injury, but Salvi and Randy Nteka both made their returns in the Copa del Rey clash with Sporting Gijon on Tuesday.
The capital outfit will also be boosted by the returns of Oscar Valentin and Catena following suspensions, and the duo are expected to start on Sunday afternoon.
Head coach Iraola will make wholesale changes from the side that started in the cup, with Isi Palazon, Fran Garcia, Sergio Camello, Santi Comesana, Oscar Trejo and Ivan Balliu among those set to return.
As for Real Betis, Luiz Felipe is suspended following his red card against Athletic Bilbao on December 29, but Edgar Gonzalez is back from a ban of his own, so it should be a straight swap in the middle of the defence.
Dimitrievski; Balliu, Catena, Lejeune, F Garcia; Comesana, Valentin; Palazon, Trejo, A Garcia; Camello
Silva; Ruibal, Ruiz, Gonzalez, Moreno; Rodriguez, Carvalho; Henrique, Fekir, Canales; Iglesias
Tip 1 – Result: Draw
Tip 2 – Goals over/under 2.5: Under 2.5
Tip 3 – Both teams to score: Yes
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Rayo Vallecano win with a probability of 41.83%. A win for Real Betis has a probability of 30.84% and a draw has a probability of 27.3%.
The most likely scoreline for a Rayo Vallecano win is 1-0 with a probability of 11.8%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 2-1 (8.54%) and 2-0 (7.8%). The likeliest Real Betis win is 0-1 (9.77%), while for a drawn scoreline it is 1-1 (12.91%).
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Betis a great match to watch, rayo vallecano will win.
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