Rayo Vallecano vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction: Team to Win, Form, News

Here is our prediction for the Primera Division clash between Rayo Vallecano and Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, 25 May 2024.

 
7:45am on Saturday 25th May 2024
By
Martin Macdonald

The final round of fixtures in the 2023/24 La Liga campaign sees Rayo Vallecano host Copa del Rey champions Athletic Bilbao.

Rayo head into the final day knowing they have escaped relegation as they are currently five points clear of the dropzone with a game to play.

Athletic, meanwhile, can't be budged from fifth place.

Rayo Vallecano current form

Rayo are lucky that the teams directly below them have underperformed as their recent form hasn't been great.

In the last five games in the Spanish top flight they have just one victory to their name which came against Granada a couple of weeks ago.

That five-game period includes losses versus Villarreal, Almeria and Barcelona.

Athletic Bilbao current form

Athletic's form since winning the Copa del Rey has been up and down, which harmed their chances of Champions League qualification.

In the seven games since the Cup victory, they have won just two matches which came versus Getafe and Sevilla.

Rayo Vallecano vs Athletic Bilbao Team News

Diego Mendez is out for the season for Rayo, while Oscar Valentin and Abdul Mumin are suspended.

As for Athletic, this will be Iker Muniain's final game for the club as his departure for the end of the season has already been confirmed. He, alongside Oihan Sancet and Nico Williams, was out recently, though the trio should be fine to feature here.

Key player - Rayo Vallecano

Florian Lejeune has been a standout performer for Rayo this season.

33 yrs - D (C) - Rayo Vallecano
81 
Defending
Creative
Passing
Attacking
Shooting
Decisive
Aerials
Physical
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2570
Played matches
31
4
0
Touches P90
58.39
Aerials Won P90
2.12
Tackles P90
0.84
Final third passes P90
10.26

Key player - Athletic Bilbao

Muniain's season has been interrupted by injuries and he hasn't performed to the best of his abilities, but it is the end of a big era for the player in this game.

31 yrs - AM (C), M (L) - Athletic
68 
Defending
Creative
Passing
Attacking
Shooting
Decisive
Aerials
Physical
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584
Played matches
20
2
0
Shots P90
2.00
Shots On target P90
1.08
Successful passing %
89%
Final third passes P90
23.27

Scoreline Prediction

Rayo 1-2 Athletic

For all of the analysis of the match as it happens live, check out our Preview and Live Update page for the game.

FAQs

What was the score the last time Rayo played Athletic? In December, Athletic beat Rayo 4-0 at home.

Who is Rayo's top scorer? Alvaro Garcia has scored six La Liga goals this season.

Who is Athletic's top scorer? Gorka Guruzeta has scored 14 La Liga goals this season.

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