Rayo Vallecano vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction: La Liga Match on 23.01.2022
There is an interesting fixture in La Liga on Sunday afternoon, as two sides in competition for a place in the European spots clash in league action. Bilbao will be looking for a second win in three, while Vallecano will be looking to pick up a first victory in two.
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It has been an exciting week or so for fans of Athletic Bilbao, as the Spanish side were involved Supercopa. Bilbao put in an excellent performance to reach the final of the four-team competition, as they came back to beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the semi-final. However, they were beaten in the final by Real Madrid last weekend.
Bilbao have been drawing too many games in La Liga this season to be considered leading chances for a European finish. They have already drawn ten times in the 21 games that they have played, which is a La Liga-high.
Bilbao have at least won twice in their previous five. However, they could only play out a 0-0 draw in their last fixture in the league against Alaves.
Vallecano may not have expected to be so high up in the standings at this stage of the season, but they are very much in the mix for a place in Europe next season. They are currently seventh in the league standings, and are just a point behind Barcelona, and two away from fourth-place Atletico Madrid.
However, their recent form has been slightly disappointing, as Vallecano have failed to win in their last two league fixtures. They have also won just once in their previous four. Vallecano were held by Real Betis in their last league fixture on January 9th, as Ivan Balliu scored the equalising goal for the hosts.
Rayo Vallecano vs Athletic Bilbao Head to Head
Rayo Vallecano picked up a first league win against Bilbao in five attempts earlier in the season. They claimed a 2-1 success on the road in that fixture. However, Bilbao have still won four of the last six meetings between the sides in La Liga.
Rayo Vallecano vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction
Bilbao showed in the Supercopa that they have the quality to finish in a European spot this term. However, transferring that form into the league is their issue. Vallecano have stuttered in recent weeks, but they look to have a good chance of completing the league double over Bilbao this weekend.
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