Disappointing display by Rayo last round at home against Sevilla (lost 1-0). Even if they dominated the game, Rayo looked weaker than last rounds, mainly because what used to be their strongest point, the offense, was confused and failed to find any real solutions.
They conceded only once (which can be considered an achievement…) but it would be premature to characterize their defense as solid, in-fact Rayo have the worst defense in Primera (according to stats).
Following this defeat Rayo got closer to 2nd division and their morale is at a minimum level. Just like coach Paco Jemenz said: “Sometimes quality and talent prevail and now Sevilla have gotten three points by doing very little.” Imagine how the players feel like after such a statement…
Valencia had to wait till extra time to score the winner against Granada last round (won 2-1). They controlled the entire game, kept it tight at the back, but took too much time when creating dangerous chances and played around with opportunities.
Most impressive thing about Valencia is their organization and the capacity to prevent opponents from creating dangerous actions. This will be of tremendous help against Rayo, who at the moment seem to be in a mini-crisis in the attacking department.
In comparison to last round Valencia will miss central midfielder Javi Fuego who suffered an injury.
Valencia can successfully resist the pressure created by Rayo. Hosts may very well control the game, like last round, but when it comes to scoring it will be way tougher than last week. Valencia to win at 11/10 from Bet365 is a valuable bet.
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