Rayo Vallecano – Valencia 12.05.2013
Boosted by a 4:0 trashing of Osasuna, Valencia take on Rayo Vallecano at Vallecas stadium.
The home side have been totally our of form in the last few rounds, therefore, los Che could take their opportunity and win very important three points in their race for the Champions League.
Rayo Vallecano are having another good season in La Liga. Los Franjirojos started the campaign in great manner and they were even on verge of booking their place in Champions League, but since the start of the New Year the teamˈs showings have been far from excellent. Nevertheless, the team could still grab their place in the Europe League as Malaga are out of the European competitions due to financial problems. Rayo continued their habit of playing well only at home ground and they are just three points adrift of Real Betis in the standings, who are in Europa League places, but the main problem Paco Jemezˈs men is their poor form in the last few rounds. The Pirates are on a four-game winless run and the team especially face problems when playing against top table sides. Rayo Vallecano might score against Valencia, but I do not believe they are capable of avoiding defeat against very motivated visitors.
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Over the last few years Valencia established themselves as a top 4 side in Spanish La Liga. The club chiefs often sale their best players, but thanks to a good scouting, they always find great replacements. Having defeated Osasuna 4:0 at the weekend, Valencia are brimming with confidence ahead of the clash against Rayo Vallecano. Ernesto Valverdeˈs side are now just two points adrift of Champions League places, with four games to spare. Valencia have not been impressive on the travels this season, but the team have recorded four wins away from home. Valencia face a must-win situation at Vallecas stadium and Los Che are surely eager to revenge for a defeat at Mestalla stadium earlier this season. Taking all into account, I believe that the visitors are strong favourites to win this very important clash in their race for the Champions League spot, therefore, there is a big value in betting on them.