Our match prediction:
Despite being regarded as favourites in Thursday’s game against Real Betis, Espanyol suffered a shocking 3-0 loss to Juan Merino’s troops at their RCDE Stadium. Los Periquitos are just two points clear of the relegation zone at the moment, meaning that Monday’s clash against Rayo Vallecano is of big importance for the Catalan outfit. As expected, Rayo were hammered by Barcelona in front of home fans in midweek (1-5) and seeing that the visitors are desperate to return to winning ways, they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s game. Los Vallecanos have been scoring goals for fun in 2016 and taking into account that Espanyol are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that both teams will score on Matchday 28. It has to be noted that no less than 18 goals were scored in previous five meetings between the two teams.
Highlighted Team (Rayo Vallecano):
Rayo Vallecano is a Spanish football club from the Valleas neighbourhood in Madrid and are founded in the year 1924. The club is playing in the Primera Division since 2011 after being in active in the lower divisions for a longer period of time. Rayo Vallecano currently plays it’s home games in the Teresa Rivero Stadium which is also known as the Nuevo Vallecas stadium and holds a capacity of 15 500 seats. The Nuevo Vallecas stadium is one of the smallest ones in the Primera Division. The club colours of Rayo Vallecano are white and red and is also known as Los Vallecanos. Rayo Vallecano is known for it’s ultra’s which are radical left winged political sided.In the clubs history Rayo Vallecano never won any big prizes. The biggest achievement was in 2000 were the club qualified for the UEFA Cup after winning the Fair Play spot. Rayo Vallecano was one of the biggest surprises in Europe that season and even managed to get to the quarter finals we’re it got eliminated by Deportivo Alaves. There are a lot of famous players that played for Rayo Vallecano during their career such as: Julen Lopetegui, Jordi Figueras, Victor Onokpo and Ismael Urzaiz.