Sporting Gijon and Rayo Vallecano Play the Relegation DerbyPublished February 12, 2016 by Florin P
Relegation threatened teams square off in Gijon (7:30 p.m UK Time).
At the bottom of the standings, teams are struggling to pick up points at home and on the road, to avoid relegation. Sporting Gijon and Rayo Vallecano are still above the relegation line, but both teams have a difficult schedule ahead and need to make the most of this opportunity. Losing against a counter candidate would jeopardize their chances to play another year in the first division, but they can’t settle for a point either.
One Game in Hand for Sporting Gijon
The hosts are trailing Rayo Vallecano by one point, yet they have a game in hand and this could prove vital in the long run. Furthermore, they managed to win the last match played in front of their fans and scored a total of five goals while allowing just one.
Sporting Gijon will try to replicate that performance on Friday, now that the list of injured players has been reduced to a single midfielder. The team has played without him for most of the season, so his absence should go unnoticed and the starting formation will be the most competitive one possible.
Offensive Minded Rayo Vallecano Comes to Town
Rayo Vallecano strives to keep its scoring run alive after the team managed to score in each of the last four games. On two occasions they allowed opponents to score twice as well, but even so they didn’t lose a match and that’s what lifted them above the relegation line.
Only three players are missing but all of them are playing defensive roles and that’s why Rayo Vallecano looks vulnerable. At home they managed to keep clean sheets pretty often, but on the road they allow an average of two goals per match, which is ridiculously high. Punters should take advantage of this opportunity and bet on more than 2.5 goals to be scored at odds of ¾ offered by bet365 Sports.