La Liga Betting Tips

Rayo Vallecano vs Atlético Madrid betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds

Atlético Madrid are unbeaten in 18 meetings with Rayo Vallecano, winning 14 of these. Rayo's last victory in this fixture was a 2-0 win at the Vicente Calderón way back in 1999.

Both teams to score NO is 3/4.

Atlético Madrid to win and both teams to score NO is 21/10.

João Félix has scored in three of the last four La Liga games, all in the first seven minutes. He is 7/1 to break the deadlock, 13/5 to score anytime and 20/1 to break the deadlock in the first 20 minutes again. 

Match preview

After a famous European victory on Tuesday night, focus turns back to ensuring Atlético Madrid are in next season's Champions League too.

In midweek, Renan Lodi's first half header at Old Trafford helped Atleti knock Manchester United out of the Champions League 2-1 on aggregate.

It's been a very tough season for Diego Simeone's side but they still harbour hopes of winning the one trophy that has so far alluded him.

Back in La Liga, los Colchoneros are now fourth and are looking upwards as oppose to down at the teams chasing them.

Last Friday night, goals from João Félix and then Rodrigo de Paul saw them, just about, scrape a 2-1 home victory over Cádiz.

Reinildo, somehow, avoided being sent off before teenager Javi Serrano came off the bench and he actually was given his marching orders.

Nevertheless, Atleti have now won four successive league games for the first time 14 months, looking to continue that run in this Madrid derby.

Rayo Vallecano themselves were fourth on Christmas Day but have dropped like a stone since New Years' Day.

Los Franjirrojos started 2022 with a 2-0 defeat at Atlético and, in total, amassed just one point from their first eight matches of the year.

However, last weekend, they held second-placed Sevilla to a 1-1 draw thanks to Bebé's spectacular strike at Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas.

S0, despite not winning since 18 December, Andoni Iraola's side are 13th, eight clear of danger.

Will Atlético Madrid be too strong in this Madrid derby?

Rayo Vallecano team news

Radamel Falcao has missed the last two games due to injury but will be desperately hoping to be fit enough for a return to the side.

The Colombian scored 70 goals in 91 appearances for Atlético Madrid, winning the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Copa del Rey at the start of the Simeone era.

If he's not fit, Sergi Guardiola will continue to lead the line, supported by Bebé who only scores spectacular goals from a long way out.

In goal, Luca Zidane had started six of the previous eight games but Stole Dimitrievski returned against Sevilla and was excellent.

Atlético Madrid team news

Atleti continue to have a problem at right-wing-back with Daniel Wass and Šime Vrsaljko injured.

But Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, who missed both Manchester United legs suspended, is available domestically and is likely to start.

This'll allow Marcos Llorente to return to midfield, probably alongside Rodrigo de Paul and Héctor Herrera with Koke missing out.

In attack, it'll be João Félix and one other.

Antoine Griezmann got the nod in Manchester but top-scorer Ángel Correa or Luis Suárez could come in, although the latter hasn't featured much lately.

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