The merriment that followed Rayo Vallecano’s initial week 0-0 draw with Barcelona has now gone to dissatisfaction as their tireless failure to score routinely was depicted by director Andoni Iraola as a “system” disquietude. That, combined with protective breaches, has brought about sequential La Liga (LL) routs, abandoning Vallecano two focuses forthcoming rivals Valencia – a comparable highlight where they finished up 2021/22.
Vallecano positively owe their home dependable something uniquely great as a trade-off for an unexpected misfortune against almost consigned Mallorca (0-2) two games prior, which expanded their winless LL run at home to 11 games (D4, L7). As well as getting back to the victors’ circle without precedent for three weeks, Iraola’s players will likewise be wanting to address a peculiar example of 19 out of their last 20 LL matches in which the home side on the day didn’t lead at the stretch!
Considering both Vallecano and Valencia have been on the two finishes of upset LL results currently this season, a rehash of the two 1-1 H2H impasses played out last year might have seemed a reasonable possibility. However, after Valencia’s biggest take of objectives in a LL apparatus since May 2019 in their 5-1 triumph against Getafe last break, such a low-scoring issue currently appears to be unrealistic. Maybe the impact of new director Gennaro Gattuso, who managed Napoli score 4+ objectives in 11 separate triumphs (all contests) across his last season in control, is now starting to roll out an improvement.
After a 0-1 misfortune to Athletic in their main LL away apparatus of this season to date, Valencia ought to see the value in an outing to a club not expected to undermine the European positions this season. Valencia lost only one LL away game against the 11 clubs to complete underneath them in the 2021/22 standings (W5, D5), maybe making this a fortunate second to gather their most memorable LL away triumph since Spring (D3, L2).
Players to watch: Vallecano’s Óscar Trejo was a first half goalscorer in their initial two LL home apparatuses of last season, while Hugo Duro finished off Valencia’s 5-1 triumph and has now tracked down the net in three of his last five cutthroat appearances of something like 30 minutes.
Hot detail: Only one of Valencia’s seven LL away triumphs starting from the beginning of 2020/21 was by a 2+ objective edge.