The first leg of the Copa Del Rey Round of 16 matchups between Rayo Vallecano and Atletico Madrid will go underway this Wednesday, January 6 at the Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas, at 21:05.
This is an awfully important game for Rayo if they want to continue moving forward in the tournament. To expect them to win at the Vicente Calderon in the second leg is not realistic.
The Rayistas advanced over Getafe in the round of 32. They won 2-0 at home and lost 3-1 on the road, but they managed to get to this point because of the away goal rule.
Rayo Vallecano have struggled this season, and if they don’t fix things quickly, they will lose the relegation battle in the Spanish La Liga. They have lost five of the last six matches, including a 10-2 defeat against Real Madrid just two weeks ago.
“Everyone is responsible for the team’s decline, first of all me. We can’t be conceding goals as we are,” said manager Paco Jemez to the reports “It’s a hemorrhage we’re bleeding from. Our defensive capability is suited to the wrong division.”
The team is currently at the 19th place in the Spanish La Liga, tied Gijon with 15 points. They are four points above Levante, which are last in the tournament and two points away from Granada, the squad with the 17th spot. However, nothing suggests they can turn things around at this time in the season.
With Rayo’s recent form, is not a surprise Atletico Madrid are huge favorites away from home. The Colchoneros are 1.62 in the Copa Del Rey Odds to win this first leg while Rayo is at 5.5, and the draw is at 3.75.
Atletico Madrid won both games against Reus Deportiu to get to the Round of 16. Both victories were by the minimum difference, very much the style we know from the team managed by Diego Simeone.
The Colchoneros have won 11 of their last 12 matches in all tournaments; their only loss was three weeks ago against Malaga. They have won the last two outings by beating Rayo Vallecano (0-2) on December 30 and Levante (1-0) last week.
“We’re just thinking about the next game against Rayo in the Copa del Rey. That’s the most important thing for the team,” Atletico’s Thomas Partey told Atletico’s official website. “We have to fight to get the team as far as possible in every competition we play.”
After the meeting they had on December 30, 2015, Atletico Madrid have won the last two in the series against Rayo, and four of the last five matches. The only game in which they didn’t beat Vallecano was a scoreless draw back in 2014.
When making the Copa Del Rey Picks Rayo Vallecano v Atl Madrid, it’s almost impossible to think the home team has a chance, even playing in front of their supporters. Rayo don’t even have a punchers chance in this match. Bet Atletico Madrid.