Real Madrid have won 18 of their last 19 meetings with Rayo Vallecano, scoring 58 goals in these wins. Although, they did lost their last visit to Vallecas, going down 1-0 in 2019 as Rayo beat Real for the first time since 1997.
Real Madrid to win and over 2.5 goals is 8/5.
Real Madrid to win and both teams to score NO is 15/8.
Vinícius Júnior is 5/1 to break the deadlock and 6/4 to add to his tally of 16 goals this season.
Will Real Madrid maintain their three-point lead at the top?
Last weekend, it took an hour but los Blancos eventually broke down Deportivo Alavés' residence and won 3-0 at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
Marco Asensio opened the scoring before, who else, Vinícius Júnior and Karim Benzema, the latter from the penalty spot, secured the win.
A word for Thibaut Courtois too as he made a crucial save just before the all-important opener.
With Sevilla drawing the following day, Carlo Ancelotti's side are now six points clear at the top again, looking to at least maintain that this weekend.
Rayo Vallecano meanwhile sat fourth on Christmas Day, a remarkable achievement for a newly-promoted club.
However, unfortunately, their form has fallen off a cliff in 2022.
Los Vallecanos were beaten 2-1 at Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero by Elche last weekend, despite taking the lead through Fran García.
So, Andoni Iraola's side have now lost four successive La Liga games, amassing just one point from six matches in 2022.
This leaves los Franjirrojos 11th on 31 points, only needing another win or two to ensure safety.
Will Real leave Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas with all three points after this Madrid derby?
Rayo Vallecano team news
Given their poor form, Andoni Iraola might be tempted to tinker his team.
Radamel Falcao, who's scored three times in five career appearances against Real, could partner Sergi Guardiola in attack.
In goal, Luca Zidane started their last match so could face his former club, chosen over former number one Stole Dimitrievski.
Real Madrid team news
Carlo Ancelotti meanwhile made just one change from the PSG defeat to the Alavés win, showing he doesn't trust many of his squad players.
Toni Kroos the only player who didn't start both, is likely to return in place of Fede Valverde.
The rest of the team is set in stone with Marco Asensio preferred on the right-wing to Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Rodrygo, Lucas Vázquez or Isco.
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