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2023/24 Spanish La Liga
Rayo Vallecano v Barcelona
Estadio de Vallecas
Saturday 25 November 2023
Kick-off is at 13h00
Barcelona will chase a hat-trick of La Liga wins when they face Rayo Vallecano at Estadio de Vallecas in a Matchday 14 clash, set for Estadio de Vallecas in Madrid on the afternoon of Saturday 25 November 2023.
Rayo come into the match on the back of a 2-1 home loss at the hands of log leaders Girona on November 11, in which Alvaro Garcia opened the scoring for the hosts.
Los Franjirrojos have failed to win any of their last four home matches in La Liga. Their last home win was against Alaves in September.
Barcelona’s last outing was a 2-1 home win over Alaves on November 12, with Robert Lewandowski scoring a brace of goals.
The Blaugrana are unbeaten away from home in La Liga this season, though their last away match was a 1-0 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League on November 7.
Rayo Vallecano have neither suspension nor injury worries heading into this match, while Barcelona are set to be without Sergi Roberto and Frenkie de Jong due to injury.
“Whenever you win, you are happy. It was a hard game, up against a difficult opponent,” said Barcelona star Pedri after their triumph over Alaves.
“When you start losing, as happened to us several times this season, you have to row against the tide. We have to continue like this, adding wins to wins. In the first half, I wasn’t comfortable, I lost a lot of possession. I need to get up to the right rhythm and in the second half, I was tired.”
In head-to-head stats, Rayo and Barcelona have met in 31 matches across all competitions since 1993. The Blaugrana have claimed 20 wins compared to six for Los Franjirrojos, while five matches have been drawn.
The teams’ most recent meeting was in La Liga in April 2023, with Rayo winning 2-1 at home thanks to goals from Alvaro Garcia and Fran Garcia.
La Liga Matchday 14 fixtures
Friday 24 November
20:00: Alaves v Granada
Saturday 25 November
13:00: Rayo Vallecano v Barcelona
15:15: Valencia v Celta Vigo
17:30: Getafe v Almeria
20:00: Atletico Madrid v Mallorca
Sunday 26 November
13:00: Villarreal v Osasuna
15:15: Real Sociedad v Sevilla
17:30: Cadiz v Real Madrid
20:00: Real Betis v Las Palmas
Monday 27 November
20:00: Girona v Athletic Bilbao
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