Sporting Gijon - Rayo Vallecano
Spain Copa del Rey - El Molinón
* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.
Estadio Municipal El Molinón is the look for the third round of the Copa del Rey action. This is a preview that looks exclusively on the game between Sporting Gijon and Rayo Vallecano on January 3.
Gijon vs Rayo Vallecano – Top Predictions & Free Betting Tips
Gijon picked up a strong 3-0 win over Numancia to get a decisive place in the third round of the Copa del Rey. Rayo Vallecano had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Girona after failing to hold onto a lead in two occasions.
Both teams to score – yes
Rayo Vallecano were defensively disappointing in the recent La Liga match against Girona. Even though the visitors are not an opponent who are on the same page as Rayo Vallecano, this game could end up as a tighter affair between two very even the best outfits. There have been goals at both ends of the pitch in the recent league game for Rayo Vallecano.
Total goals under 2.5
The La Liga matches involving Rayo Vallecano have witnessed a string of high scoring games with only two of the last five league meetings since the middle of October producing less than 2.5 goals. However, there will be plenty of reasons to expect a dull game with both teams having the possibility of reaching the latter stages of the Copa del Rey on stake.
Best Stats Concerning the Gijon vs Rayo Vallecano Match
Here are the top stats for the game along with a tool to help you pick the best odds.
Let us take a look at some of the key odds and markets ahead of the Copa del Rey meeting between Gijon and Rayo Vallecano.
Gijon odds: 7/4 (2.75) – 36.4%
Draw odds: 9/4 (3.25) – 30.8%
Rayo Vallecano odds: 8/5 (2.60) – 38.5%
The bookmakers expect a very close affair in this Copa del Rey third-round meeting. This is apparent from the way in which Rayo Vallecano and Sporting Gijon have been very evenly matched in the recent league games. Even though Rayo Vallecano are from a division above, there is widespread expectation that even a stalemate is a high probability option. A Rayo Vallecano win is available at 8/5 (2.60) – 38.5%. A BTTS is at a price of just 79/100 (1.79) – 55.9%.
Gijon vs Rayo Vallecano: Team News, Line-Ups, & Form Preview
Sporting Gijon manager Abelardo will be hoping to extend the recent success of the team in this competition. Sporting Gijon were able to reach the round of 16 last season when they were only undone on penalties by Cadiz. Axel Bamba is the only player missing from action because of an injury. This should allow Abelardo to go with an unchanged squad for this game.
Predicted Line-Up: Diego Marino, Bruno, Pablo Insua, Pol Valentin, Diego Sánchez, Pedro Diaz, Carrillo, Nacho Martin, Cristo González, Milovanovic, Dani Queipo
It has been a few excellent years in the Copa del Rey for Rayo Vallecano, who have witnessed an appearance in the round of 16 or more in three consecutive editions. Last season, Rayo Vallecano were able to reach the semifinals where they were knocked out by Real Betis. The upcoming match might see some crucial changes from Andoni Iraola as he targets a first victory against Sporting Gijon.
Predicted Line-Up: Dimitrievski, Lejeune, Balliu, Fran Garcia, Mumin, Trejo, Alvaro Garcia, Isi Palazon, Santi Comesana, Ciss, Sergio Camello
Player to Watch: Isi Palazón
Isi Palazon has been the best player for Rayo Vallecano so far this season. The 28-year-old has been able to hit four goals and three assists from his 14 league appearances. The upcoming match might be his first Copa del Rey action of the season. There appears to be no let off in the form of the offensive midfielder even after the World Cup break, as he just scored in the draw with Girona.
Starting lineups are usually released 60 minutes before kick-off.
Copa del Rey Third Round Table
Questions about Gijon vs Rayo Vallecano
Where is the match scheduled? Estadio Municipal El Molinón
When does this match start? 03rd January 2023 at 20:00 GMT
Which team is the favourite to win? Rayo Vallecano