Most top leagues in the world has commenced their club soccer leagues for the 2022/2023 season. Spain’s senior men’s league game began last week on August 12, 2022, with Sevilla and Osasuna opening the competition.
La Liga Performance Recap
Osasuna won the game 2-1 over Sevilla. We’re preparing for another week and want to check out the game, including Espanyol vs. Rayo Vallecano odds. Both teams will be playing on Friday.
La Liga Standings
The match will hold at Espanyol’s home stadium, RCDE Stadium, and it will launch us into week two of the season; we should check out their Odds, Picks, and predictions based on their current La Liga standings.
Before betting on any of the teams to know who is more favorable, we would look at both teams. Starting with their head-to-head, current La Liga standings, and other necessary stats to look into. Continue reading to find out more.
Espanyol vs. Rayo Vallecano Odds
According to the La Liga odds above, it gearing towards a tough tie, but Espanyol is the favorite. The first thing that makes them more favorable is that they are the home team. Therefore, they would have home ground support to count on.
Espanyol’s odds of winning the game is +120, which comes with a 45% expected chance of winning, but they’ve won about 57% of their matches with these same odds. The team has been performing well whenever given this kind of odds.
Rayo Vallecano’s Odds
On the other hand, Rayo Vallecano’s odds of winning the game is +240, which is pretty high and not favorable for an away team, as it comes with a 29% expected chance of winning.
In this case, they have won 30% of matches with these odds, which is not up to average, making it a tight one for them.
Espanyol vs. Rayo Vallecano Information
- Competition: Spain, La Liga: Espanyol vs. Rayo Vallecano
- Location of the game: Cornella Venue: RCDE Stadium
- Time: Friday, August 19, 2022, 2:00 PM EDT
- How to watch: CBS Sports
Espanyol vs. Rayo Vallecano Betting Analysis
Before the league started last week, the Espanyol team played more than five matches in their pre-season games.
Their performance during the games was not good enough to show how ready they are for the 2022/2023 La Liga title race campaign.
Espanyol Preseason Performance Recap
Their first game after the 2021/2022 campaign ended was against a team from France Ligue 1 side, Montpellier, and they won the game 2-0, with goals scored by Nicolas Melamed and Daniel Villahermosa.
Their second pre-season game was against Spain La Liga 2 team, Las Palmas, and they could not put a goal at the back of their net.
The game ended with a goalless draw. Espanyol’s odds of the game before the match was +105, while for Las Palmas was +190.
Espanyol played their third pre-season game against the French Ligue 1 team, Lille OSC, and they won the game 2-0, with goals scored by Joselu and Javi.
The game was challenging in the first half, ending in a goalless draw. The first goal came in quickly in 59 minutes, while the second was in 65 minutes.
Fast forward to one of their worst performances during their pre-season game, game-played against the English premier league side, Brighton & Hove Albion. Espanyol suffered a loss to them, where the game ended five goals to one.
They lost the first half by a goal:
- Adam Webster scored in the 17minutes,
- Lewis Dunk scored in the 47 minutes,
- Leandro Trossard scored an trick to make it five goals
Espanyol equalized in the 76 minutes. After that, they played Napoli and didn’t play any La Liga teams.
Espanyol 2022-23 Season Beginning
Espanyol started their 2022/2023 La Liga schedule against Celta Vigo, and they played 2-2, which earned them a point, and they are currently in the number 8th position.
If they can try to win their next game against Rayo Vallecano, they will earn the additional 3 points and be closer to the Top five if other teams play draw or lose.
Rayo Vallecano Analysis
Rayo Vallecano is also a team from the Spanish La Liga team that will be competing for the 2022/2023 title race.
Rayo Vallecano Preseason Performance Recap
Every team plays pre-season before starting a new season, so Rayo Vallecano also plays games with different teams from different countries.
One of their pre-season game was against a Germany Bundesliga team, SC Freiburg. They lost the game to Freiburg, where it ended 3-0.
During the game, Hugo Siquet scored Freiburg’s first goal in the 17 minutes, the second goal came in the 43 minutes by Nils Petersen, and the first half ended 2-0.
Rayo Vallecano head coach Andoni Iraola did five substitutes immediately after the second half began. Still, they couldn’t put a goal in the net, so Freiburg scored their last goal in the 55th minute.
They won their second pre-season game, played against England League two team, Sheffield Wednesday.
Rayo Vallecano Scored Goals
The first goal was scored by Sheffield Wednesday player Jack Hunt, who put a goal in their net to give Rayo Vallecano a lead, and the second goal was scored immediately the second half begins in 46 minutes, with a goal scored by Randy Nteka and the game ended 2-0.
We all know playing pre-season games is to help every team get ready for their new season league title race, so for Rayo Vallecano, they didn’t perform as much in their pre-season games as they just won two matches out of 6 matches they played.
Rayo Vallecano Against a Strong Team
However, they played their first league game against a strong team in La Liga history. Rayo Vallecano’s odds of winning the game was +1100, which was very high, and unpracticable to bet on.
However, they held Barcelona to a goalless draw, earning them a point and the number 12 spot on the La Liga table.
Espanyol vs. Rayo Vallecano Pick and Prediction
The game will be challenging for the two teams because the season has just started. It is usually difficult to predict who can win a game, but looking at Espanyol and Rayo Vallecano’s previous games, we discovered that Rayo Vallecano had won their last three meetings.
Espanyol hasn’t even scored a goal in the last three games. Therefore, there is a chance for the record to continue, so we will be backing Rayo Vallecano to win the game in our prediction, albeit a slim win. So, our soccer picks for the tie is 0-1 in favor of Rayo Vallecano.
Soccer Pick: Draw (+225)