Rayo Vallecano vs MallorcaLa Liga, KO: 20:00 Nov 22, 2021, Estadio de Vallecas
High flying Rayo Vallecano will be aiming to maintain their impressive start to the season as they host Mallorca in a Monday night Spanish La Liga clash. Rayo have done their best work at home this season and will be full of confidence against an out of sorts Mallorca.
Rayo Vallecano returned to La Liga in the summer and have been the surprise team in the Spanish topflight this season. They are challenging near the top end of the table and are just three points off the UEFA Champions League places.
Andoni Iraola’s men head into Monday’s clash off the back of a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in their previous La Liga fixture. They fell two goals down before Radamel Falcao pulled one back midway through the second half.
Vallecano will be keen to move on quickly from that defeat as they return to the Estadio de Vallecas, where they have remained unbeaten all season. They have claimed five wins from their six home matches, including a 1-0 victory over Barcelona.
In contrast to Rayo Vallecano’s impressive showing, Mallorca have struggled. They are currently down in the bottom half of the table and are just four points above the relegation zone.
Things appear to be steadily getting worse for Mallorca, who have claimed just one win from their last 10 La Liga matches. They came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw against struggling Elche in their previous La Liga fixture with Salva Sevilla and Pablo Maffeo getting the goals.
Luis Garcia’s men have also struggled on their travels this season and are winless in their last five away matches. The have suffered three defeats in that run, the biggest of which was a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Real Madrid.
How the bookies view it
Rayo Vallecano have been installed as favourites among the bookies with a home win priced at 6/7 by SBK. Am unlikely victory for Mallorca is valued at 4/1 by Vbet while betway is offering odds of 13/5 for a draw.
Head to head
Mallorca have a 10-5 advantage with three draws from 18 previous matches against Rayo Vallecano. Both teams met in a Segunda Division fixture in January with Mallorca claiming a 3-1 victory.
Players to watch
Top scorer Radamel Falcao is ruled out of Monday’s clash due to injury so Alvaro Garcia will be the one to watch for Rayo Vallecano. The midfielder has found the net four times this season and could be worth a punt to score anytime at 10/3 with Unibet.
Angel Rodriguez often features in attack for Mallorca and could be worth keeping an eye on in Monday’s clash. Bet365 has the striker at 15/4 to score anytime.
Anything else catch the eye?
The last meeting between Rayo Vallecano and Mallorca produced over 3.5 goals and a repeat is priced at 16/5 by BetVictor. Over 2.5 goals is priced at 5/4 by BetVictor while both teams could be backed to score at 17/16 with SBK.
Rayo Vallecano have scored in both halves in four of their last six home matches and could be set for a similar outcome at 9/4 with bet365.
This La Liga match between Rayo Vallecano and Mallorca will be played on Nov 22, 2021 and kick off at 20:00. Check below for our tipsters best Rayo Vallecano vs Mallorca prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.