Rayo Vallecano & R Madrid meet on Match-day 13

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LaLiga Leaders RMA head to Rayo, as the hosts prepare for their encounter – Monday – 9:00pm – Estadio de Vallecas GMT.

Champion’s League hopefuls RMA, travel to Rayo on Monday, as first takes on ninth in the League.

With the LaLiga season well into its stride, Rayo Vallecano have managed to gain 18 points

Rayo suffered an away loss to Seville in their last outing, they will doubtless be keen get a positive outcome in this fixture.

Also, can Rayo extend their incredible run of two wins? Their position is ninth in the League and they have 18 points, that is, 5W, 4L and 3D having won five fixtures, drawn three meetings, and lost four matches.

When Rayo host RMA, they will do so on the back of three wins, one draw, and one defeat on their own ground.

Winning this fixture will see Rayo Vallecano on 21 points.

Rayo are missing four players through injury or illness. This will affect Andoni Iraola’s selection choices significantly.

R Madrid will seek to retain their position at the top of the table, this match is no exception

RMA will be hoping for a win, following a disappointing 1-1 home draw against Girona in their last game.

Also, League leaders RMA keep finding ways to win, having secured 10 victories in their last 12 meetings is astonishing this season, which places them firmly among the Champion’s League contenders. They are the team to beat, with 32 points and sitting at the top of the table (current record: 10W – 0L and 2D) having won 10 fixtures and drawn two matches.

RMA have won six fixtures of their six League matches playing away this season.

R Madrid will want to keep the pressure on their rivals as they sit at the top of the table, a win will take them to 35 points and keep their momentum going forward.

Good atacking and defensive team

It’s an easy statement to make, but to win you simply have to score more goals than your opponent. RMA have been consistently applying this principle, whilst remaining defensively solid as a unit this season, with 10 goals in their previous games. RMA have a good scoring record this season, with 29 netted so far (27 from open play and two penalties). This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Federico Valverde (6), Vinicius Junior (6), and Karim Benzema (5).

RMA are no strangers this season to illness and injury and Carlo Ancelotti is concerned that Monday’s fixture could see him without three of his key players

Rayo Vallecano v R Madrid – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels the recent form between these two sides has seen RMA with a greater number of wins. In the last 28 meetings, they have enjoyed 23 victories, to Rayo’s four wins. Additionally, RMA have won all seventeen of the last 20 matches played against Rayo. Their most recent encounter in this competition R Madrid secured a 0-1 away win.

Other standout players for Rayo are Isi Palazon and Florian Lejeune with three goals both and for RMA are Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema with six goals and five goals respectively.