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  • 05 February 2024

Rayo Vallecano vs Sevilla: Clash for Survival and Pride

The upcoming La Liga match between Rayo Vallecano and Sevilla, set to take place on Monday, 5th February 2024, at 20 2 am UK time, promises to be an exciting match with both sides seeking to enhance their rank in the league. Francisco’s team, Rayo Vallecano, occupies a dubious middle ground, having one draw, a loss, and a win in the recent La Liga fixtures. Their shape throughout all the competitions reflects this inconsistency, with wins, losses and draws forming a picture of an inconsistent side.

Under Quique Sanchez Flores, Sevilla is fighting desperately to avoid the drop in La Liga and their recent results exposed a series of losses and one draw. Their overall shape doesn’t bring much comfort either since the same pattern of outcomes shows the difficulties they are having in this campaign.

The team’s news for Rayo Vallecano includes the injury of Diego Mendez because of a muscle problem and the absence of Bebe since his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cape Verde. There could be a first appearance for Miguel Crespo, freshly signed on loan, and Unai Lopez is due to come back from a ban. While Sevilla will be without Kike Salas, Nemanja Gudelj, Dodi Lukebakio, Suso, and Sergio Ramos, among other players, due to injury and suspension, Erik Lamela and Mariano Diaz are questionable. Youssef En-Nesyri may come back, but Alejo Veliz, a new loan player, is out with a knee issue.

The teams are facing challenges because Rayo Vallecano is not playing well at home, and Sevilla is having difficulties winning outside their base. Prognoses show a tight battle, which would end in a stalemate, similar to their recent clash that finished as a goalless draw.

Sevilla, despite their poor form on the away ground, have managed to notch a few wins away from home, and their record against Rayo Vallecano is anything but consistent. The historical aspect indicates that although Sevilla has prevailed in some past encounters, draws have been the result of the majority of matches, even in the last meeting.

This match becomes even more complicated by the fact that both teams need to win points for their reasons. Rayo Vallecano will try to separate themselves from the threat of relegation, while Sevilla urgently needs wins in order to escape relegation. This urgency lays out the ground for a game where neither side would just be driven to secure points but also to prove their calibre in a tough season for both sides.

The Rayo Vallecano vs Sevilla match is set to be a close and tense game with much at stake for both teams. Team performance, recent performances, and past battles indicate a match that could as well end in a draw, but both teams will fight for a win to relieve their predicament positions in the league.

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