Rayo-Barça: History on Barça’s side

FC Barcelona will face Rayo Vallecano this Sunday (21:30, Canal+) at Vallecas. The two teams have played against each other a total of 25 times, the first match was in the 1977/78 season, in the Madrid-based teams debut year in Spains top flight. History is very much on Baras side, as theyve won 13 games, tied 8 and lost only 4 against Rayo.

The last match against Rayo

The last game played at Vallecas between the two sides was played in the 2002/03 season. Rayo came away with the victory thanks to a goal from Azcoitia on the 65th minute of play (1-0). It was week 13 of the Liga, and it was also Rayos last season in the Primera Divisin until the present season; last year Rayo were promoted after finishing second behind Betis in the Liga Adelante.

Favourable stats for Bara

Bara have scored 65 times and only conceded 25 against Rayo. Baras players have been booked a total of 38 times to Rayos 56 (plus two red cards for each team). Bara have scored from the penalty spot seven times out of eight attempts, while Rayo have scored six out of nine tries.

If we focus on FC Barcelona’s numbers away from the Camp Nou, the Azulgranas have played 12 matches as visitors at Vallecas. In this case, the numbers are a bit more equal: FC Barcelona have won three times, drawn six and lost three. At the Camp Nou, however, the Catalan side won 10 times, tied 2 and only lost once (in the 2000/01 season).

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