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Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona. Spanish La Liga. Week 27. Preview

03 March 2016, 21:00 GMT+1

Venue: Estadio de Vallecas

Referee: Inaki Vicandi Garrido

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What is the match about? Brief overview on expectations.

Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano always perform on the pitch playing beautiful attacking football without a throwback to the defense. These teams love to score and concede very often.

Rayo Vallecano has scored quite a deal for 16 position club (36), but they are the team with most conceded goals (53) in Li Liga… One may remember the defeat received from Real Madrid (10-2) and the first leg game between the teams (5-2) for the advocacy of the statement. By the way, let us recall this match, so that we get insight on what is awaiting us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apJDbw_o640

As for Barcelona, the team has not lost starting from 3 October 2015, with a series of 34 games without a loss in all competitions… Crazy, isn’t it? Moreover, if they win one more game, they will set a new La Liga record, getting ahead of Leo Beenhakker’s 1989 Real Madrid run. So, the football world expects Barcelona to play an open and beautiful game from both parties

How is it going? An insight on the situation in the league and current forms.

Teams P W D L Goals Last 5 games Pts
1 Barcelona 26 21 3 2 69-21 WWWWW 66
16 Rayo Vallecano 26 6 8 12 36-53 DWDDD 26

What did they say? Main points from both side coaches’ pre-match interviews.

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  • “What I like about Rayo is their love to attack and desire to complicate life for their opponent as close as possible to your area. I love Paco Jémez`s philosophy. It has been four seasons that they have been playing good football in the top division, which is very commendable,”- Luis Enrique

 

  • “Barcelona are the best team in the world and no-one is able to get their hands on them. Hardly anyone counts on these three points, so to get them would be a huge plus,” – Paco Jemez

Anything interesting? Some of the team facts for you to know before the game

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  • Rayo Vallecano are in a 7 games non-defeat run. Moreover, 5 out of those 7 games have finished with final scores of 2-2.
  • Rayo Vallecano lost last 10 matches to Barcelona in all competitions.
  • Barcelona are to set a Spanish record of 35 matches without a loss.
  • Barcelona is not losing against teams from Madrid in last 9 matches.
  • Luis Suarez is both the top scorer and the top assister in Spanish La Liga

Who is playing, who is not? The missing players and probable lineups.

Rayo Vallecano Cobenho, Martines, Ratz, Hernandez, Ebert, Guerra injured
Barcelona Rafinha injured
Alves Suspended

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By: Inga Voskerchian