Villarreal will come into this match on Sunday looking to keep their unlikely dream of a top-four finish alive. Meanwhile, Rayo Vallecano could enhance their chances of a top-half finish with a victory in their final home match of the campaign.
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The race to secure a European finish in La Liga continues this weekend, as Villarreal bid to keep alive their feint hopes of a Champions League finish. They currently sit five points adrift of Real Sociedad, meaning that they will need to win both of their remaining two matches and hope Sociedad fall to successive defeats. However, they are already assured of at least a Europa League spot in the Spanish top-flight.
Villarreal comes into this match as the in-form side in Spain, as they have landed victories in each of their previous three matches. They maintained their excellent run of form in midweek, as they recorded a comfortable 2-0 home win over Cadiz. Both goals in the success were netted in the first half by Nicolas Jackson.
Rayo Vallecano will paly their final home match of the season this weekend, as they look to keep up their fight to secure a top-half finish. They could yet make a late challenge for a Europa Conference League spot, but that appears an incredibly long shot given that all sides above them will need to lose all remaining matches this term.
However, a top-half finish would highlight a fine campaign for the hosts this weekend. But, they will need to bounce back following a poor run of form. They come into this fixture after losing each of their last three in La Liga, which includes a recent midweek 2-1 loss on the road against Real Madrid.
Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Head to Head
Vallecano ended a four-game winless run against Villarreal in the previous clash between the sides this season, as they landed a famous 1-0 win on the road in January. However, Villarreal has still won three of the last four, which includes a storming 5-1 success in this exact fixture last season.
Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal Prediction
Villarreal has been one of the standout teams in La Liga over the last month or so, and they are ending the campaign in electric form. We expect them to maintain their charge to the finish line this weekend with a handsome victory on the road against Vallecano.
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