Rayo Vallecano vs Celta Vigo – Campo de Futbol de Vallecas – Friday 11th January – Kick off 8pm UK time
Miguel Cardoso’s start as the coach for Celta Vigo has been tough, and Rayo Vallecano could see the opportunity to secure three very important points on Friday at the Vallecas.
At the moment, Vallecano are three points below the relegation line with 16 points for the season, with Athletic Bilbao just above at 19.
Vigo has really not been impressive in the last couple of games, with two losses and a draw against Leganes. Vallecano, on the other hand, are coming in hot to tonight’s game after winning two consecutive games in the league.
The last time they did that, was in March 2015 when they won four in a row under Paco Jémez. That means that the little team from Madrid will go into tonight’s game with a lot of confidence, in opposition to the underperforming team from Vigo.
There is a lot on the line tonight, with Cardoso needing a win to gain support as the coach for Vigo, and Rayo needs a win to stay in touch with the teams above the relegation line.
Gorka Elustondo is out injured for the hosts and is joined on the sidelines by Jose Leon, Sergio Akieme, Javi Guerra, Alex Algeria, Gael Kakuta, Chechu Dorado and Lass Bangoura.
Celta remain without top scorer Iago Aspas as well as Robert Mazan and David Costas while Mathias Jensen, Andrew Hjulsager and Nemanja Radoja aren’t in the squad.
Rayo Vallecano (3-4-2-1): Dimitrievski; Velzaquez, Ba, Amat; Advincula, Medran, Comesana, Moreno; Embaraba, Trejo; De Tomas
Celta Vigo (4-2-3-1): Ruben; Mallo, Cabral, Araujo, Junca; Beltran, Yokuslu; Brais, Jozabed, Boufal; Gomez
Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Celta Vigo