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Rayo Vallecano vs Athletic Club betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds

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Match preview

A key game in the battle for European places.

At kick off, Rayo Vallecano are two points better off than their visitors, starting the weekend in sixth place.

This is despite the fact Andoni Iraola’s team are winless in three, drawing with both Getafe and Sevilla before last weekend’s 1-0 reverse against Cádiz.

Nevertheless, los Franjirrojos are still in a great position to qualify for Europe for the first time since 2000.

At home, Rayo have been beaten just three times this season, so will be confident of picking up three points here.

Athletic Club Bilbao meantime were in Copa del Rey action in mid-week.

So, if Ernesto Valverde’s team are going to face Real Madrid of Barça in the final at the Cartuja, they’ll have to overturn that narrow deficit at San Mamés on 4 April.

Back in La Liga, the Lions have also lost back-to-back matches, most-recently beaten 3-2 by Girona last Sunday.

Both Óscar de Marcos and Mikel Vesga responsible for own goals in that home defeat.

This saw Athletic slip down to ninth, needing to reverse their form to climb back into the European spots.

Will Rayo Vallecano make home advantage count at Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas?

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