Primera Division Gameweek 21
Apr 24, 2022 KO: 19:00

Barcelona - Rayo Vallecano

Camp Nou Barcelona
Referee: Isidro Díaz de Mera

Match preview

Pedri out - How Barcelona could line up against Rayo Vallecano

Barcelona are seeking to take a firmer grasp of second place in La Liga by defeating Rayo Vallecano on Sunday at Camp Nou

Barcelona host Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Sunday as they aim to take another step towards Champions League qualification for next season.

The Catalans head into the weekend second in the league but are coming off the back of a more difficult period following their Europa League exit to Frankfurt and then a defeat to Cadiz in each of their last two Camp Nou outings.

However, a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in midweek has got them back on track to some extent.

For Sunday’s match, they face a myriad of injury problems, though on Pedri has been ruled out at the time of writing.

Barca boss Xavi, though, has a huge number of doubtful players before the clash. Among those least likely to feature as Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo.

Meanwhile, there is more hope that the likes of Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Dani Alves and Gavi are all ready to play a part.

Barca are likely to line up in their classic 4-3-3 shape, with Alves on the right of the defence and Eric Garcia and Pique in the centre. Jordi Alba should be available on the left.

The midfield will also be predictable, with Gavi, Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong starting.

Barcelona have ample options open to them in attack, with Ousmane Dembele set to be handed an opportunity to start once more along with Ferran Torres and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Xavi has plenty options on the bench that he can turn to in the event that his side are struggling, with the likes of Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong available in reserve.

How Barcelona could line up against Rayo Vallecano

Match statistics

Barcelona
Statistics
Rayo Vallecano
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
12
5
Draws
4
5
Losses
4
10
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
44
15
Goals Per Game
2.20
0.75
More > 2.5 Goals
13
5
More > 3 Goals
11
1
Scored First in a Match
9
9
Scored Both Halves
10
1
Won More > 1 Goal
6
1
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
23
24
Did Not Score
2
8
Both Teams Scored
12
8
Kept Clean Sheet
7
4
Won Without Conceding
6
4
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
-
Possession
-
-
Passes
-
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
15
14
Shots on Target
5.40
3.67
Goals out of Shots
0.18
0.06
Crosses
-
-
Offsides
2.63
2.64
Penalties
0.20
0.05
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.35
0.20
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
-
Interceptions
-
-
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
-
-
Total Shots Conceded
9.70
10
Shots on Target Conceded
4.20
4.20
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.12
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
11
15
Yellow Cards
2.35
2.55
Red Cards
0.05
0.05