Valencia CF fights to escape drop zone

Valencia CF fights to escape drop zone

Valencia CF resumes their battle to finally get out of the drop zone when they lock horns with Rayo Vallecano. These two teams failed to win their last matches before heading to the international break. While Valencia is from a 3-0 loss against Atletico Madrid, Rayo comes into this game from a 2-2 draw against Girona. With that, these two teams are eager to bounce back from those matches. Valencia is at the 19th of the league table, while Rayo is at a safe eighth spot heading into this match. These two teams will meet on April 3, 2023, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8), with Valencia welcoming Rayo.

From the last 17 matches that these two teams played, it was the hosts who has a better record. They have won seven of those 17 games, while the visitors only had four victories, while the remaining six ended in draws. However, from the last eight matches that these two teams played, the hosts only have one victory. As for the visitors, they are the ones who took home the victory on their last meetings, winning in a 2-1 score. If they can win in this match, it will be the first time in history that the visitors will win back-to-back against the hosts.

Valencia CF

La Liga: Valencia CF

Valencia is currently at the 19th of the league table with 26 points, and are just a point away from escaping the drop zone. If they can win in this match, they would gain an additional three points and will be placed at the 15th. Their current campaign in the contest is actually a shock for everyone. They have been performing poorly this season, which is why they are below the drop zone. Moreover, Valencia suffered a 3-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid in their previous match. As they come into this game, they are looking to bounce back to stand a chance for the next round.

It is just unfortunate that they are losing four players because of injuries during the time that their squad need more wins. Toni Lato, Gabriel Paulista, Marcos Andre, and Jaume Domenech all remain to be sidelined in this match. Fortunately, aside from them, they have no fresh injury concerns for this game.

Rayo Vallecano

La Liga: Rayo Vallecano
Photo courtesy of La Liga

Rayo on the other hand is currently sitting at the eighth of the La Liga standings with 36 points. A win in this match could bring them at the seventh with 39 points across their names. This is not impossible though as they have been fairly impressive this season. On their last match, they had a 2-2 draw against Girona. With that, Rayo is now aiming to take it up a notch in this match. In the past, Rayo was able to make problems for Valencia, but it may be harder in this match. From their last matches, it was Valencia who is winning more, and with that, they need to work hard to win these matches.

Fortunately for them, Ivan Balliu is expected to return for Rayo, following his suspension. Additionally, they have no injury concerns coming into this match, which works for their advantage.

Prediction:

Valencia CF (2.0)
Odds: 0.83

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