Athletic Club Bilbao is all set to host Rayo Vallecano in a La Liga match. This match will be played at Athletic Club Bilbao’s Home ground – San Mamés Barria Stadium. Athletic Club Bilbao looks in great form and will look forward to scoring and accumulating more points to help them further.
On the other hand, the only impressive thing that Rayo Vallecano has done is tied a match with Barcelona. Rayo Vallecano will want to win and climb the points table as well.
Athletic Club Vs Rayo Vallecano Betting Tips
When Athletic Bilbao plays at home, 1-2 is the most frequent outcome of games between Athletic Bilbao and Rayo Vallecano. This outcome has come about in 3 games.
Athletic Bilbao has won 8 times, four draws and Rayo Vallecano has won 3 times in the last 15 matches with Athletic Bilbao playing at home. Athletic Bilbao has a goal differential of 26-19 in their favor.
In the previous 30 meetings, Athletic Bilbao has triumphed 15 times, while Rayo Vallecano has triumphed six times. Athletic Bilbao is ahead by a score of 52 to 39 goals. Matches from the previous season: 1-2 (Athletic Bilbao hosting) and 0-1 (Rayo Vallecano hosting).
In two of their three LaLiga home games so far this year, Athletic Bilbao has failed to score. One of Rayo Vallecano’s three La Liga away games this year has ended without a goal.
In 33% of their games, Athletic Bilbao wins the first half; in 25% of their games, Rayo Vallecano does the same. Rayo Vallecano wins 25% of halftimes, while Athletic Bilbao wins 33%.
Athletic Bilbao prevailed in their previous encounter. Athletic Bilbao won their most recent encounter by a goal. Athletic Bilbao wins 85% of their games when they are up 1-0 at home. Rayo Vallecano wins 75% of their games while behind 0-1 at home.
Athletic Bilbao wins 12% of their games at home when they are behind 1-0. Rayo Vallecano wins 7% of their games when they are down 1-0.
In the previous five games, Athletic Bilbao has outperformed Rayo Vallecano. Just one of Athletic Bilbao’s last five games against Rayo Vallecano has ended in a loss (in all competitions).
Athletic Bilbao won 3 of the previous five meetings; Rayo Vallecano won 1, and there was one tie. In their last five La Liga meetings against Rayo Vallecano, Athletic Bilbao has only lost one.
Only one of Rayo Vallecano’s past five La Liga encounters against Athletic Bilbao have ended in victory.
Prediction: Athletic Club to win 1 – 0 against Rayo Vallecano
Athletic Club vs Rayo Vallecano
Date and Time: 17 Sep 2022, 19:00 UTC
Venue: San Mames Stadium, Bilbao, Spain
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Ernesto Valverde would have known Athletic Bilbao had a chance to position themselves toward the top of the standings after being given a favorable fixture list upon his return to San Mames.
With seven points and no goals allowed in the first three games, everything went smoothly for Los Leones, positioning them nicely to gain more points against Espanyol at home.
However, despite playing against a team that was seeking their first victory of the year, Athletic lost by a score of 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Martin Brathwaite. After that loss, momentum was undoubtedly lost, but Valverde will remind his team that, considering their remaining schedule, they still have a chance to finish in the top four.
This match will be followed by an at-home match against Almeria, although Bilbao won’t put Almeria ahead of beating Rayo Vallecano. Rayo finished 12th in La Liga last season, and the capital club is attempting to win consecutive league titles for the first time since 2015-16.
Andoni Iraola’s team started the season well, drawing at Barcelona on the first weekend before defeating Espanyol 2-0 to make it four points after two games. Rayo has since lost their last two games, falling 2-0 at home to Mallorca at the end of August and 2-1 to Osasuna to begin September.
Athletic Club vs Rayo Vallecano Team News
- Athletic Club
Since Athletic’s loss against Espanyol came after changes were made, Valverde might be willing to keep the same starting lineup.
Despite appearing as a substitute in the first four games of the season, veteran striker Raul Garcia is not likely to make his first start. If he can recover from a foot ailment, Yuri Berchiche may be considered for a recall.
- Rayo Vallecano
Diego Lopez and Andres Martin were both absent for Rayo against Osasuna due to injury, and it’s likely that they won’t return.
For this game, head coach Iraola will probably resist the urge to make lineup changes, but Isi Palazon and Radamel Falcao might make an appearance in the last third.
Salvi might be replaced by Palazon in the starting lineup, and Falcao might start in place of Sergio Camello at center forward, with Alvaro Garcia lining up on the left for the home team.
Athletic Club vs Rayo Vallecano Head-to-Head Stats
There have been 24 matches played between the teams Athletic Bilbao and Rayo Vallecano.
Athletic Bilbao prevailed in 12 straight games. Rayo Vallecano triumphed in 6 games. Six games were drawn. In straight matches, both clubs scored 3.04 goals per game on average.
Athletic Bilbao averaged 1.62 goals per game throughout the actual season. In 3 (37.5%) of the home games, there were more than 1.5 goals scored overall. In 1 (12.50%) of the 2022 season’s home games, there were total goals (team and opponent) beyond 2.5 goals.
In the 2022 season, Rayo Vallecano averaged 1.09 goals per game. Total goals scored in 7 (87.50%) away games were greater than 1.5. In 4 (50.00%) of the games, the away team scored all the goals (team and opponent) beyond 2.5 goals
Last Five Games For Athletic Club
⚽ Elche 1 – 4 Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Club Bilbao won their most recent match against Elche. They scored four goals and conceded one leading to a three-goal victory. The full-time score was 4 – 1 in favor of Athletic Club Bilbao.
⚽ Athletic Bilbao 0 – 1 Espanyol
They, before that, lost 1 – 0 against Espanyol.
⚽ Cadiz 0 – 4 Athletic Bilbao
Playing against Cadiz, they scored four goals while conceding none, leading to victory.
⚽ Athletic Bilbao 1 – 0 Valencia
They also stopped Valencia to 0 goals while scoring one themselves. They won 1 – 0.
⚽ Athletic Bilbao 0 – 0 Mallorca
Against Mallorca, neither team scored as the match was called a draw.
Last Five Games For Rayo Vallecano
⚽ Rayo Vallecano 2 – 1 Valencia
Rayo Vallecano won their most recent match against Valencia by 2 – 1. The final score was 2 – 1.
⚽ Osasuna 2 – 1 Rayo Vallecano
Before that, they were stopped at 2 – 1 Osasuna. They were visiting Osasuna then.
⚽ Rayo Vallecano 0 – 2 Mallorca
Mallorca also defeated Rayo Vallecano as they failed to score even once and lost 2 – 0.
⚽ Espanyol 0 – 2 Rayo Vallecano
Visiting Espanyol, they scored two goals while restricting the hosts to 0. They won this match 2 – 0.
⚽ Barcelona 0 – 0 Rayo Vallecano
It was an absolute shocker as Rayo Vallecano tied against the then-table toppers, Barcelona. The score at full-time was 0 – 0 as both teams failed to score even once.
La Liga Points Table