The La Liga action resumes following the international break on Saturday, as Rayo Vallecano look to bounce back from successive defeats. Alaves will be the visitors, as they look to climb the standings with a second straight win.
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It has been a mixed start to the season for both Alaves and Rayo Vallecano, as both sides have picked up two wins and two defeats from their opening four matches. Alaves currently sit in a comfier position at this stage of the campaign, as they are sitting ninth in the standings.
A victory on Friday would be enough to lift them up into the top four before their rivals get the opportunity to respond. Alaves should come into this fixture in good confidence, as they picked up back-to-back wins before the international break. Their latest victory was a narrow 1-0 success over Valencia in front of their own fans. However, their winning goal came courtesy of an own goal inside the opening six minutes.
Rayo Vallecano also sit on six points after four rounds of matches. However, they have been unable to build on a solid start to the season, which saw them win their opening two fixtures. They come into this match after losing each of their last two, but a victory on Friday would send them into the top four before the weekend.
Vallecano were last in La Liga action on September 2, but they suffered a 1-0 loss on the road against Real Betis. The winning goal was scored just eight minutes into the second half. However, positives would have been taken from that fixture despite the eventual defeat.
Rayo Vallecano vs Alaves Head to Head
Alaves landed a 1-0 win in the previous fixture between these two sides. That win ended a two-game winning run for Vallecano, which included a 2-0 win in this exact fixture last season. Alaves last won away from home against Vallecano in September 2018.
Rayo Vallecano vs Alaves Prediction
This is likely to be a cagey fixture between two sides that are very evenly matches. We expect it to be a low-scoring affair, with under 2.5 match goals a favourable betting angle. But, the preference for the victory is on the hosts, but it may only come in the form of a single-goal winning margin.
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