Espanyol vs Rayo Vallecano Prediction, 4/21/2022 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Espanyol vs Rayo Vallecano
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022
Location: RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Espanyol (+146) Rayo Vallecano (+226)
Oscar Trejo and Rayo Vallecano (9-7-15, 14th in La Liga) travel to RCDE Stadium on Thursday where they'll take on Espanyol (10-9-13, 12th in La Liga). The starting goalkeepers will be Diego Lopez for Espanyol and Stole Dimitrievski for Rayo Vallecano. Espanyol are priced +146 while the Red Sashes are at +226. The over/under is set at 2.25.
Espanyol took the field against Atlético Madrid in their last game and took a loss by a final of 2-1. When talking about passing the ball, they finished this match with a 92.3% passes received rate by connecting on 422 of the 457 pass targets last match. Espanyol tried 11 dribbles in this matchup and completed 6 of the dribbles for a percentage of 54.5%.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Espanyol finished at a 45.5% rate by putting 5 SoT of 11 total shots. Espanyol has an average of 1.13 goals per 90 (36 goals in total) and have accounted for 23 assists in all matches for the season.
Raul De Tomas is a player who can be a difference maker for Espanyol. Tomas has been given a starting assignment in 193 matches during his soccer career and tallies 0.57 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Spain has totaled 107 goals in 17,017 minutes played. He has accounted for 16 assists while tallying 42 yellow cards during his career.
Someone else who should impact this match is Javi Puado, the midfielder representing Spain. Puado has been on the pitch for 6,245 mins during 70 career starts and has been given a total of 11 yellow cards. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 14 times during his career while scoring 20 goals. He is averaging 0.29 goals per 90 for his pro soccer career.
The man who will protect the net for Espanyol will be Diego Lopez. Lopez (195-115-143 record during his career) has earned 132 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 28.9% shutout rate. The goalie born in Spain has seen 1,894 shots tried at him in 457 starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.3 (565 total goals allowed) and his save % is 71.3%. Lopez has seen the pitch for a total of 40,781 mins and has accumulated 1,355 saves in his pro soccer career.
For their last outing, Rayo Vallecano took a loss by a score of 1-0 against Alaves. Rayo Vallecano finished the match with a 50.0% successful dribble rate by completing 10 out of the 20 dribbles they attempted. They finished the match by converting 390 out of their 453 passes they attempted earning a percentage of 86.1%. Rayo Vallecano landed 3 shots tried out of their 20 shots tried giving them a 15.0% rate when they last stepped onto the pitch. With 31 goals and 25 assists in all competitions, Rayo Vallecano averages 1.00 goal and 0.81 assists per 90 minutes.
Oscar Trejo should be able to be counted on for Rayo Vallecano. The forward from Argentina has totaled 32,414 professional minutes and has scored 62 goals. He has 106 yellow card warnings in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 53 times. He currently averages 0.17 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 378 contests so far in his pro soccer career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Radamel Falcao, the forward who is from Columbia. He has collected 187 goals during his soccer career while assisting on a goal 24 different times. Falcao has earned himself 46 yellow card cautions in 22,269 professional minutes played (252 starts). His goals per 90 min average during his career is 0.76.
Stole Dimitrievski will be residing in front of the goal for Rayo Vallecano. In his career, Dimitrievski has allowed 184 goals and has 429 stops in 154 starts. He has given up 1.19 goals per 90 mins while earning a record of 54-43-57. He has a save percentage of 73.5 and his shutout rate is currently at 27.3%. Dimitrievski has racked up 42 clean sheets while defending 588 shots attempted against him in 13,904 career mins.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Rayo Vallecano (+226) and under the total goals
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