Barcelona Vs Rayo Vallecano LIVE Football Score 13 Aug 2022
PREDICTION AND WINNING ODDS
ABOUT THE MATCH
Barcelona is going head to head with Rayo Vallecano starting on 13 Aug 2022 at 19:00 UTC at Spotify Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona city, Spain. The match is a part of the LaLiga.
Barcelona will be bidding to make the perfect start to their 2022-23 La Liga campaign when they welcome Rayo Vallecano to Camp Nou on Saturday night.
The Catalan giants finished second in the table last season, 13 points behind the champions Real Madrid, while Rayo impressed on their return to Spain’s top flight from the Segunda Division, claiming 13th position.
disappointing 2021-22 season saw Barcelona fail to win a trophy, but the club will be expected to challenge for major silverware this term, especially considering their summer business, with a number of statement signings arriving despite the club’s ongoing financial problems.
Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde have all arrived to boost the squad, while it is understood that Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso and Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva are still wanted, which would make it an even more extraordinary window for the club.
It is now three seasons without a league trophy for the Catalan outfit, finishing second, third and second since last lifting the title in 2018-19, and they were 13 points behind the champions Real Madrid last season; the club were also eliminated in the group stage of the 2021-22 Champions League, which saw them play in the Europa League for the first time since 2003.
The first half of the 2021-22 campaign was turbulent for Barcelona, with the club struggling to deal with Lionel Messi‘s departure, but there has been plenty of progression since Xavi‘s arrival as head coach, and it would be fair to say that the supporters are feeling confident ahead of the new campaign.
The Catalan side have been full of goals during pre-season, and they were excellent in their last game on August 7, recording a 6-0 win over Mexican outfit Pumas at Camp Nou to win the Joan Gamper Trophy.
Rayo will be tasked with making it an unhappy start for Barcelona, and the fact that they enjoyed such an impressive 2021-22 campaign should mean that confidence is high in the camp.
Los Franjirrojos advanced through the 2020-21 Segunda Division playoffs to secure a return to the top flight for last season, and they claimed 12th in 2021-22, boasting a record of 11 wins, nine draws and 18 defeats, which brought them 42 points, four points more than 18th-place Granada.
Barcelona have managed to register new signings Christensen, Kessie, Raphinha and Lewandowski for this contest, in addition to the contract renewals of Sergi Roberto and Ousmane Dembele.
However, Kounde will allegedly have to wait to make his debut, with his registration not yet completed.
Barcelona only have Ferran Torres as an injury concern, with the Spaniard battling a foot problem, but the Catalan outfit are otherwise in excellent shape in terms of fitness.
Ronald Araujo could start at right-back against Rayo, with Christensen featuring alongside Eric Garcia in the middle of the defence, while Gavi and Pedri might join Sergio Busquets in midfield, with Frenkie de Jong set to start on the bench amid the speculation surrounding his future.
As for Rayo, Unai Lopez, Salvi Sanchez, Diego Lopez, Camello and Lejeune are all pushing to make their debuts for the club this weekend.
Head coach Iraola is likely to stick with the majority of the side that impressed last season, though, with experienced striker Radamel Falcao expected to lead the line.
Isi Palazon, Oscar Trejo and Alvaro Garcia should play in the three positions behind Falcao, while Stole Dimitrievski is expected to keep hold of the goalkeeping gloves despite the arrival of Diego Lopez.
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Araujo, Christensen, E Garcia, Alba; Gavi, Busquets, Pedri; Dembele, Lewandowski, Raphinha
Rayo Vallecano possible starting lineup:
Dimitrievski; Balliu, Suarez, Catena, F Garcia; U Lopez, Ciss; Palazon, Trejo, A Garcia; Falcao