With the two stadiums just 12km apart, Rayo and Vallecano take on a different form of Madrid Derby for Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off.
These two meet in Spain’s top tier for the first time in two seasons in what proves to be a hard-fought match-up for two sides battling relegation.Embed from Getty Images
Rayo’s last 5 league games – W L D D L
The Vallecas club have found it difficult adapting to life in La Liga once more after securing promotion back to the top flight last season. Their only win has come at fellow promoted side Huesca but two draws in their last three games suggests an upturn in fortunes.
Getafe’s last 5 league games – W L D D L
Getafe have failed to follow up their impressive win at Sevilla in September but draws away at Alavés and Celta Vigo has added to an unbeaten run away from home that stretches to three matches.Embed from Getty Images
Head to Head:
Rayo have won three of the last four meetings between the two clubs in Spain’s top flight but Getafe were victors last time these two faced off in the Segunda Division.
Getafe haven’t won at the Estadio de Vallecas for over four years with the previous four fixtures at Rayo’s home ground ending in 2-0 wins for the hosts.
Javi Guerra has netted for Sunday’s hosts in the last two league meetings between the sides but the striker has found himself frozen out by Michel so far this season.
Ones to Watch:
Peru excited many with their attacking style of play during the World Cup and Rayo’s summer acquisition has had the same effect on spectators in Spain this season. Luis Advíncula has played most of his career as a flying right winger but has now cemented his place at right back in Michel’s team.
Getafe’s 22-year-old Senegalese winger Amath boasts blistering pace and isn’t shy of pulling off a trick or two. His defensive work can be questioned at times but going forward he can be quite a handful on his day.Embed from Getty Images