Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Live Reddit Score 26/2/2022
Real Madrid will be bidding to move nine points clear at the top of the La Liga table when they make the trip to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday evening. Los Blancos are currently six points clear of second-placed Sevilla in the battle for the title, while Rayo occupy 11th position, 11 points clear of the relegation zone ahead of the next set of fixtures. Rayo enjoyed a brilliant first half of the 2021-22 La Liga campaign, which led to suggestions that they could potentially challenge for a top-six finish this season, but their form has been disappointing in recent weeks.
Indeed, Los Franjirrojos are without a win in the league since December 18, picking up just one point from their last six matches, losing their last four against Athletic Bilbao, Celta Vigo, Osasuna and Elche. It has still been a successful season for the capital outfit, though, as they only secured a return to La Liga through last term’s Segunda Division playoffs, therefore consolidating at this level was always going to be the priority, and as mentioned, they are 11 points clear of the relegation zone. Andoni Iraola’s side have been excellent at home this season, picking up 26 points from 12 matches, which is the third-best record in the division behind Real Madrid (31) and Sevilla (30).
Rayo are also in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey but face a battle to reach the final of the competition, having suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Real Betis in the first leg of their last-four affair on February 9. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema celebrates scoring their third goal with Lucas Vazquez on February 19, 2022 Real Madrid, meanwhile, recorded a 3-0 victory over Alaves in the league last weekend, with Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema on the scoresheet at Bernabeu. Carlo Ancelotti’s side are currently top of the table, six points clear of second-placed Sevilla, who are not in action until Sunday against Real Betis, so they will have the chance to move nine points clear here.
Barcelona have shown improvement under Xavi but are too far behind to launch a challenge, while Atletico Madrid will not be defending their title unless something extraordinary happens, with Real Madrid’s competition this season coming from Sevilla, who are desperately trying to stay in touch with Los Blancos. Real Madrid lost 1-0 at Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash but are unbeaten in the league since the start of January, winning three of their last five against Valencia, Granada and Alaves to place themselves in a strong position at the summit. Los Blancos also have the best away record in La Liga this term, collecting 26 points from their 12 matches, but they suffered a 1-0 defeat when they last travelled to Rayo in the league back in April 2019.
While Rayo Vallecano’s electric start to the domestic season has somewhat fallen away, the team from Vallecas are more than capable of giving Real Madrid a difficult match when the two teams meet in LaLiga Santander on Saturday evening. Los Blancos will visit the home of Rayo Vallecano looking to extend their lead at the summit of LaLiga Santander, while Carlo Ancelotti will be also hoping to build on the significant victory over Alaves in their last outing. Gareth Bale will be absent through a muscular problem and David Alaba is out injured too. Rayo Vallecano are still without the injured Martin Merquelanz and still have a doubt over Unai Lopez, but they have welcomed some players back from injury ahead of this game. They might rest some players, though, ahead of their upcoming Copa del Rey semi-final second leg.
Los Franjirrojos sit in 11th place on 31 points and with 13 matches remaining currently trail sixth-placed Villarreal by eight points for a spot in the Conference League qualifiers. As for Carlo Ancelotti’s men they extended their unbeaten streak to five last time out which leaves them six points ahead of Sevilla at the top of the table. Real Madrid will aim to at least temporarily extend their six-point lead at La Liga’s summit on Saturday evening as they make the very short trip to Rayo Vallecano. Los Blancos are in the middle of a rocky patch, having won two, drawn two and lost two in their previous six across all competitions.
Carlo Ancelotti and his players will hope that they can regain consistency and rampage onto another winning streak after having bounced back from their 1-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain to see off Deportivo Alaves in a comfortable 3-0 victory last week. They will have to do so against one of La Liga’s surprise packages this term, though. Rayo Vallecano have displayed their quality for large parts of the season and are still in with a shout of European qualification, although will have to turn a very tough period of form around – they go into the weekend with four consecutive defeats in all competitions behind them.
NAME: Rayo Vallecano – Real Madrid
DATE: 26 Feb 2022
TIME: 17:30 UTC
VENUE: Estadio de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain
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