Preview - Deportivo Alavés vs Rayo Vallecano 29 January 19

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Match Day 21
Deportivo Alavés vs. Rayo Vallecano
Tuesday, January 29th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Mendizorrotza

Deportivo Alavés: 
Last five matches form: D W W D L
Average goals per match: 1.10
Average goals against per match: 1.15
Top Scorer: Jonathan Calleri & Borja Bastón (4)

Rayo Vallecano:
Last five matches form: L W W W D
Average goals against per match: 1.20
Average goals against per match: 1.80
Top Scorer: Raúl de Tomás ( 8 )

The Match Day 21 action in La Liga concludes at the Mendizorrotza as Deportivo Alavés play host to Rayo Vallecano. Deportvo Alavés have enjoyed an excellent first half of the season, so much so that they sit in fifth spot headed into this game and can move to within a point of the Champion's League positions with a win in this one.

It is matters at the other end of the table which are concerning Rayo Vallecano at the minute. Their form may have picked up of late, but they are still third bottom. A win against the odds would be enough to lift the visitors out of the relegation zone.

The opening meeting of the season was a very one-sided affair, with Alavés running out 5-1 winners in Vallecano. Vallecano will have happy memories of their trip here last season though as they picked up a 2-0 win.

Tomás Pina, Rodrigo Ely and Takashi Inui will all be missing for the home side. Gorka Elustondo looks like being the sole absentee for Vallecano.

Deportivo Alavés have struggled a little for consistency of late and put in their worst performance for some time when slumping to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Getafe last time out. They have however been largely excellent at home, going unbeaten in their first nine.

Having won only two of their first 16 in La Liga, Vallecano seem to have woken up of late and head into this game with three wins in their last four. Their overall level of form away from home hasn't been great though, with just the two wins to their name and five defeats in their last six.

Vallecano have given themselves a chance of survival now, but may just come unstuck against this Alavés side who are a very tough nut to crack on their own patch.

Prediction: Deportivo Alavés 2 - 1 Rayo Vallecano


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  14 - 11
Shots on target: 3 - 6
Corner Kicks: 7 - 4
Possession: 55% - 45%

Guillermo Maripan and Fernando Pacheco were booked for the home side. Alex Moreno, Giannelli Imbula, Santi Comesana, Alvaro Medran and Bebe of Rayo Vallecano all had their names taken by referee Mario Melero Lopez.

Vallecano don't always show up at the top of their game - as evidenced by their league position - but they have been of late and certainly did here. Matching their hosts throughout, they did what Alavés couldn't manage on the day to convert one of their chances, and one goal was all it took to bag the points.

Both sides started with attacking intent. Alavés probably had the better of the opening 45 minutes; Jonathan Calleri heading over when well placed and Burgui rattling the right hand upright with an effort having burst into the right-hand side of the area. 0-0 at the break though.

The games decisive moment came just two minutes into the second half. Vallecano first striking the woodwork but the ball rebounding to Luis Advincula on the right. His cross was met by Raul De Tomas towards the far post to plant a header into the left-hand side from six yards.

Try as they might, Alavés could not find a way back. 0-1 final score.

Huge win for Rayo Vallecano. A win is what they needed to lift themselves out of the relegation zone. They now sit fourth bottom, but only two points clear of the drop, a few more performances of this calibre are likely to be needed before the season is out. Very disappointing for Alavés though, particularly considering how solid they have been at home up to now. They remain fifth but are now four points adrift of the Champion's League positions.

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