Real Sociedad will be looking to bounce back after going two without victory this Sunday, as they travel to Rayo Vallecano. The visitors will desperately need to pick up maximum points to keep their hopes of a Europa League finish alive.
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Real Sociedad have wobbled slightly in recent weeks, as their battle to finish in a Europa League spot has taken a hit. They now sit sixth in the La Liga standings, and are currently two points behind Real Betis. Both sides have faltered in their bid to finish in a Champions League place this season, which has allowed Atletico Madrid to pull away.
Sociedad still sit in the Europa Conference League place in the Spanish top-flight, but they are just three points clear of Villarreal, who have returned to form in recent weeks. A victory is needed this weekend for Sociedad, as they have failed to win their previous two. They were beaten for the first time in their previous five league fixtures last Thursday, as they suffered a 1-0 defeat against Barcelona. That defeat means that they have also now failed to score in their previous two games.
In truth, Rayo Vallecano are playing for very little over the final weeks of the season, as they are 15 points off Sociedad, and also boast a comfortable advantage over the bottom three. Staying in the division would have been their aim for the season, but they could yet challenge for a top-half finish after picking up victories in their previous two games.
Their latest win was a historic success for the club, as they managed to pick up a 1-0 victory against Barcelona. Alvaro Garcia Rivera scored the winning goal after just seven minutes, which was also Vallecano’s only shot on target in the 90.
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Sociedad Head to Head
Sociedad are unbeaten in three fixtures against Vallecano. Their only win during that period was picked up earlier in the season, as they won 1-0 at home. The two meetings before that win both ended in 2-2 draws. Vallecano haven’t recorded a victory in this fixture since January 2015.
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Sociedad Prediction
This is an interesting fixture in La Liga this weekend, and it could swing either way. However, both teams to score could be the value play, as this has occurred in five of the previous six meetings between the sides.
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