Barcelona bounced back from a shock defeat in their recent fixture, and will be looking to maintain their stranglehold on second in the league when they take on Rayo Vallecano at the Nou Camp on Sunday evening.
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The title race is almost over in La Liga, but second will be considered an excellent finish in the Spanish top-flight for Barcelona this term. The Catalonian giants have overseen an indifferent campaign, which included a slow start under Ronald Koeman. However, they have been much stronger throughout the second half of the season, and fans are beginning to get excited for Xavi’s first full season in charge next term.
Barcelona have picked up five wins from their previous six games, and bounced back from a shock home defeat against Cadiz earlier in the week on Thursday evening. It was a fine display by Barcelona on the road in their latest fixture, as they beat Champions League-chasing Real Sociedad 1-0. The only goal in the game was scored early on, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted the winner after just eleven minutes.
It could yet be a nervy end to the season for Rayo Vallecano, as they are just seven points above the drop zone. However, there is a belief that their advantage looks to be a big enough one to consolidate their place in the Spanish top-flight next season.
There was a welcome win for the club in their previous fixture too, as they ended a four-game wait for a victory. That success was their tenth in La Liga this season, and was achieved in an away fixture against Espanyol on Thursday. Sergio Guardiola Navarro scored the winning goal after 42 minutes. However, that victory was just the second that they have recorded on the road this term.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Head to Head
Rayo Vallecano picked up a famous victory against Barcelona earlier in the season, as they won their home fixture 1-0. However, before that success, Barcelona had won the previous 12 meetings between the sides in La Liga. Barcelona won this fixture 3-1 last season.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Prediction
Vallecano have been poor on the road throughout the season, and it is challenging to see them picking up a first ever win at the Nou Camp in La Liga this weekend. I feel as though Barcelona will pick up maximum points with a 3-0 success.
Our Pick: Barcelona Win
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