La Liga | Rayo Vallecano VS Athletic Bilbao; Sunday, 26 May at 00:30 GMT +8

Rayo Vallecano is seeking to recover from a 3-0 La Liga defeat against Barcelona, where they had 28% possession and 15 shots on goal. They have struggled up front in recent times, with only four goals against opposing sides in their last six matches and nine against them. They have also been winless against Athletic Bilbao in their last four league matches.

Athletic Bilbao, who won 2-0 in La Liga against Sevilla, will face Rayo Vallecano in a match that has been marked by a strong run of results. Bilbao has a 53% possession rate and has scored nine goals in their last six matches, with Raúl García and Iker Muniain scoring the goals. They have also managed to prevent eight goals against them in those fixtures. This strong run of results could be a factor in their upcoming match.

Rayo Vallecano and Athletic Bilbao have played one head-to-head match since 14/04/2019, with an average of 18 goals each. Their last match was on 02/12/2023, where Athletic Bilbao won 4-0, with Gorka Guruzeta, Iñaki Williams, and Nico Williams scoring the goals. Rayo Vallecano had 11 attempts on goal, with Alfonso Espino scoring the own goal. The match was refereed by Francisco José Hernández Maeso. The last league encounter between the two teams was a 4-0 victory.

Rayo Vallecano boss Iñigo Pérez will be relieved by a healthy group to choose from for this game.

Ernesto Valverde must select a team with limited availability, including Gorka Guruzeta and Oihan Sancet, who will not be on the team sheet.

Predicted lineups:

Rayo Vallecano

Goalkeeper: Stole Dimitrievski
Defenders: Alfonso Espino, AbdulMumin, Iván Balliu, Florian Lejeune
Midfielders: Óscar Valentín, Pathé Ciss, Álvaro García, Isi Palazón
Forwards: Jorge de Frutos, Sergio Camello

Athletic Bilbao

Goalkeeper: Julen Agirrezabala
Defenders: Dani Vivian, Yeray Álvarez, Yuri Berchiche, Óscar de Marcos
Midfielders: Íñigo Ruiz de Galarreta, Beñat Prados Díaz, Raúl García
Forwards: Iñaki Williams, Iker Muniain, Nico Williams

  • Rayo Vallecano – 1 win
  • Athletic Bilbao – 4 wins
  • Draws – 1

Over all competition record

La Liga Standings

Rayo Vallecano must exert pressure to counter Athletic Bilbao’s strong defense, resulting in a highly competitive game with a 0-1 winning score.

Winning probability:

Rayo Vallecano – 20%

Draw – 27%

Athletic Bilbao – 53%

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