Atletico Madrid will try to avoid a surprise in the Round of 16 in the Copa del Rey when they host Rayo Vallecano in the second leg. This game will be played on Thursday, January 14th at Vicente Calderon Stadium at 20:00.
Los Colchoneros and the Red Sashes tied in their first meeting 1-1 one week ago at the Campo de Futbol Vallecas. Nacho opened the scoreboard in the first half for the home squad, but Saul Niguez got the equalizer with 30 minutes to play.
These teams have played five times in this tournament and team led by Argentine manager Diego Simeone is unbeaten with one win and four draws. Their only victory was in the 2001 edition when they did it by 2-0 on the road.
Atletico Madrid lead the series since 1994 with 12 wins and eight draws in 24 matches played all competitions. The last time Rayo Vallecano won versus the red and white squad was three years ago when they took the three points by 2-1 at their pitch. It has been their only victory in the series in the past 17 meetings.
Los Colchoneros are heavily favored to win this game in the Copa Del Rey Odds Atletico Madrid v Rayo Vallecano. They are listed with 1.31, while Los Franjirrojos are with 13.0, and the draw is with 5.5.
Atletico are the current leader in La Liga with 44 points, two more than Barcelona and four more than Real Madrid. They have seven wins, one draw and one defeat at the Vicente Calderon stadium and are the best defense at home so far with only five goals allowed.
They won last weekend 2-0 versus Celta de Vigo on the road and have a streak of four straight games with no defeat. They have lost only one of their past 20 matches in all competitions, winning 15 of them.
Despite they are in the first place, they are not one of the most powerful attacks in the league, and they have 27 goals, 25 fewer than Real Madrid. They are listed at online sportsbook Bodog with 1.74 to win this game by two or more goals and with 3.6 to do it by one. The Red Sashes are rated at 14.0 to get the victory by the minimum difference, and the score draw is with 7.5.
Rayo Vallecano are in the 19 spot in the table with 15 points, only one more than Levante, who are at the bottom. They have one win, one draw and 10 defeats playing on the road, scoring seven goals and accepting 17. Their only victory away from home was versus Las Palmas in the four week of the season.
The squad led by Paco Jemez lost last weekend 2-1 as visitors against Levante, and they extended their bad streak to eight games with no win, losing six of them, including one by 10-2 versus Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
French striker Antoine Griezmann heads the betting Odds to score the first goal in this game and is listed with 4.0. He is followed by Jackson Martinez and Luciano Vietto with 4.5 and Fernando Torres with 5.05.
Take Atletico Madrid to win this game by two or more goals, as they will take advantage of the weakest defense in La Liga (43 goals allowed) and have been almost invincible at home.