Our match prediction:
High-flying Barcelona will be aiming to cement top position in La Liga standings with a win over Rayo Vallecano in the suburbs of Madrid. The Catalan giants recorded a come-from-behind victory over Sevilla at the weekend, with the team extending their winning run in the national championship to nine games. Luis Enrique’s men are 12 points clear of their fiercest rivals Real Madrid ahead of the trip to the Spanish capital and they want to get their job done in La Liga as soon as possible. Los Vallecanos have been scoring goals for fun of late and given Barca’s attacking potential, we predict that the fans will see a real football festival at Estadio del Rayo Vallecano. It has to be noted that Barca demolished Rayo 5-2 in the reverse fixture. Taking everything into account, Luis Enrique’s troops are likely to emerge triumphant in a high-scoring game.
Highligted Player (Mascherano):
Born in San Lorenzo, Argentina on 8 June, 1984 Javier Mascherano began his senior career at River Plate. After making 46 appearances for the Argentine outfit he joined Corinthians in 2005 and he played 17 league games for the Brazilian team. Mascherano moved to Europe in 2006 and despite being on Real Madrid’s and Barcelona’s radar, he signed a contract with West Ham United. The centre back, who is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well, played no more than five games for the Hammers in the Premier League and in 2007 he signed a contract with Liverpool. Three years later Mascherano joined Barcelona and he has been playing for the Catalan giants ever since. In 2016 he won his fourth La Liga trophy with Barca, making 32 league appearances for the club in the 2015/2016 campaign. The Argentine footballer won two Champions League trophies with Barcelona, in 2011 and in 2015. His contract with the Catalan outfit expires on 30 June, 2019.
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.