Rayo Vallecano vs FC Sevilla / La Liga – New member of La Liga, Rayo Vallecano, is opening this season against last year’s Cup finalist, Sevilla. Rayo Vallecano finally managed to return to the elite rank of Spanish football, and, surely, their only goal this season will be to stay there, while Sevilla this season wants much more than last season when they won only seventh place. Because of this, they have been forced to play Europa League qualifiers, but for now they have passed all the obstacles without problems, although they have lost the match of the Spanish Super Cup. The last mutual duel between these rivals in 2016 ended with a score of 2-2.
Rayo Vallecano vs FC Sevilla Begins: 19.08.2018 at 20:15 CET
Rayo Vallecano has managed to return to the elite rank after two years, with the proviso that they have played very poorly in their first season in Segunda, while they already in the second imposed themselves and eventually won the first place. It was not easy to get back, and it will not be easy to keep this status now, especially since it seems that Rayo Vallecano did not bring appropriate reinforcements.
This league is much stronger and it was expected that this team from Madrid would look much stronger, but that did not happen and even some important players left the club. Midfielder Beltran is in Celta, and the left-back Mojica is in Girona, while a lot of loans expired. It seems that the biggest boost is striker Kakuta, and there are also Pozo, Advincula, and center-back Amat, who arrived last.
Probable lineups Rayo Vallecano: A.Garcia – Advincula, Velazquez, Ba, A.Moreno – Elustondo, Pozo, Trejo – Kakuta, J.Guerra, Embarba
Sevilla has already played a lot of games this season because they started in the second qualifying round of Europa League and in the competition in which they have won five times without any mistakes and are safely stepping towards the group stage. This is all quite expected, because their rivals were much weaker and they have already scored 13 goals in four games, and they were all resolved in their favour against Ujpest and Zalgiris. The most impressive was their last victory against the Lithuanian representative when they celebrated with 5-0. In their first duel it was only 1-0, so they had to be maximally engaged in the rematch, and they were disappointed because they have lost from Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup between those two duels.
They did not play badly and they had the lead which they failed to keep. They also had a penalty in the very finish, but Ben Yedder has failed to achieve it. In the meantime, they sold another player, midfielder N'Zonzi, who went to Rome and they brought a new striker Andre Silva from Milan. Some of the new players have already debuted, like goalkeeper Vaclik, who is now the only real solution between the goalposts, but he has not proven himself much against Barcelona.
Probable lineups FC Sevilla: Vaclik – Mercado, Kjaer, S.Gomez – J.Navas, Banega, Roque, Sarabia – Vazquez, Nolito – Muriel
Rayo Vallecano vs FC Sevilla PICK
Sevilla is the favourite in this duel, but Rayo Vallecano will certainly play openly on their field and will try to surprise their opponent. That is why we expect this game to be very effective and goals on both sides.
Pick: over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.80 for williamhill (down to 1.70 can be played)
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