Last season was one of the worst in Barcelona’s history but now Xavi’s team will start this one in full force.
- Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano
- La Liga – Round 1
- Date – 13/08/2022
- Starting time – 09.00 PM CET
- Venue: Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Stats & Form
Barcelona finished last season in second place with 13 points less than Real Madrid. They won 21 of 38 games with 10 draws and 7 losses.
Barcelona failed to score in the last two La Liga games but scored 6 goals in their last friendly match against Inter Miami.
They are going into the new season with high ambitions trying to win back the La Liga trophy. They will probably need time to start winning as some important players from the last year’s squad have gone elsewhere.
Barcelona made two big transfers during the offseason. They paid €58 million for the Brazilian right-winger Raphinha. Robert Lewandowski was paid €45 million to Bayern Munich and will be the main striker for the Catalans this season.
Philippe Coutinho left to Aston Villa, Francisco Trincao to Sporting, Luuk de Jong to Sevilla and dani Alves retired.
Barcelona possible lineup: ter Stegen, Alba, Araujo, Dest, Garcia, Busquets, Pedri, Puig, de Jong, Fati, Lewandowski
Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto are questionable for Barcelona for the game against Rayo Vallecano.
Rayo Vallecano Stats & Form
Rayo Vallecano was projected to be relegated last season but they played really well and finished in 12th place with 11 wins in 38 games.
Rayo Vallecano has no wins in the last 5 La Liga games, losing the last three in the last season.
The teams signed three players on free transfers during the offseason. Right-winger Salvi Sanchez is coming from Cadiz, Unai Lopez is a central midfielder from Athletic Bilbao and Diego Lopez is a goalkeeper coming from Espanyol.
Joni Montiel, Jorge Moreno and Martin Pascual have been loaned to other teams.
Rayo Vallecano possible lineup: Dimitrievski, Catena, Hernandez, Ortega, Ciss, Bebe, Fran, Garcia, Lopez, Trejo and Falcao.
Rayo Vallecano News
Team manager Andoni Iraola will have his full roster available for the game against Barcelona.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Head-to-Head Stats
Rayo Vallecano won both games against Barcelona last season by 1-0 but Barcelona won the previous 15 games. The last time these two teams played a draw was back in 2001.
Three of the last five games between these two teams have finished over 2.5 goals.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Betting Odds
Barcelona is a huge favorite to win this game with -400 odds in their favor while Rayo Vallecano is at 100. The odds for the draw are at 505.
The total goal margin is set at 2.5 with -189 for over and 144 for under.
After going through difficult times in the last couple of seasons, Barcelona finally has a chance for a fresh start. They have Robert Lewandowski in their squad who has been one of the best strikers in Europe in the past decade. He would be a huge asset in Xavi’s squad and will have a chance to prove his class in the season opener against Rayo Vallecano. Barcelona lost both games against Rayo last season which will definitely be an extra motive for the Catalans to open the season strongly. Rayo Vallecano will play with a “nothing to lose” attitude and they can be dangerous but still, Barcelona will dominate this game and win easily.
Expert betting tip: Barcelona to win and total over 2.5 goals to win (-132 by 22bet)