Preview - Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona 04 November 18

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Match Day 11
Rayo Vallecano vs. Barcelona
Sunday, November 4th 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas

Rayo Vallecano: 
Last five matches form: D L L D L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 2.00
Top Scorer: Raùl de Tomás (3)

Last five matches form: L D D W W
Average goals per match: 2.80
Average goals against per match: 1.20
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi & Luis Suárez (7)

Having humbled the giants of the game in Madrid last week when thumping Real 5-1 at Camp Nou, it's a trip to Madrid next on the agenda for Barcelona as they travel to take on Rayo Vallecano.

It has predictably been something of a struggle for Rayo Vallecano on their return to La Liga this season and they currently sit second bottom with just six points from their opening ten games. Having already experienced 1-4 and 1-5 beatings at the hands of Sevilla and Deportivo La Coruna at home this season, they will be understandably wary ahead of this clash against the divisions top scorers.

Barcelona now seem to be firmly over their mini blip and have resumed their customary position at the head of the standings on the back of wins over Sevilla and Real Madrid. They aren't immune to a slip up on the road against lesser opposition though having already lost to Leganés this season.

Lionel Messi is back in training remarkably quickly for Barcelona following that arm injury but may not be quite ready for this. Thomas Vermaelen and Samuel Umtiti also look like missing out for the visitors. Tito is the only player confirmed as being out for the home side.

This is a mismatch on paper, even accounting for the fact that Barcelona are likely to be without Lionel Messi. His absence didn't stop Barca putting Real to the sword last weekend and it may well be a similar story here.

Prediction: Rayo Vallecano 1 - 4 Barcelona


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots:  11 - 8
Shots on target: 6 - 5
Corner Kicks: 3 - 1
Possession: 37% - 63%

Jordi Amat, Raul De Thomas, Alberto Garcia and Emiliano Velazquez were all boked for the home side in this one, with referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez also taking the names of Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba of Barcelona.

Still no Lionel Messi for Barcelona. They don't seem to be missing him too much in the goalscoring department though having now managed eight goals in their past two games. This was far from comfortable though and for a long time it looked as though they may come away with nothing at all.

It started well enough for Barca who took the lead in just the tenth minute. A long ball setting Jordi Alba free down the left. The fullback breaking towards the by-line before pulling the ball back for Luis Suarez to finish into the bottom right from around six yards.

The visitors were back on level terms before the interval though. A cross from the right-hand side only being cleared as far as Jose Pozo just outside the area. Pozo curling a fine strike into the bottom right corner. 1-1 at the break.

The next goal came in the 57th minute and it was Vallecano who got it. A cross from the right-hand side seeing a header thumped against the near post and falling kindly for the lurking Alvaro Garcia to slot home at the far post with the goal gaping.

Headed into the final three minutes of the game and the home side still had the lead. Then Barcelona lofted the ball into the area, Gerard Pique chested the ball back into the path of Ousmane Dembele in the right corner of the eighteen-yard box to finish first time on the volley right into the bottom right corner.

And then in the 90th minute… a cross from deep on the right by Sergi Roberto making it all the way to the far pot to find Luis Suarez sliding in to slot in the winner in dramatic style.

Barcelona stay top of La Liga and stretch their lead to four points. Rayo Vallecano are second bottom despite what was a valiant effort at times here.

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