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  • January 8, 2012
  • • 6:00 AM
  • • Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (de Vallecas Teresa Rivero), Madrid
  • Referee: José Luis González González
  • • Attendance: 10000
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La Liga Preview: Rayo Vallecano - Sevilla

La Liga Preview: Rayo Vallecano - Sevilla

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Marcelino's side has lost its last three matches denting its hopes of a top four finish, while the capital club faces a relegation battle in the second half of the season.


PROBABLE LINEUPS


RAYO VALLECANO

Cobeno
Tito, Arribas, Figueras, Casado
Movilla, Fuego
Piti, Michu, Bangoura
Tamudo


SEVILLA

Varas
Coke, Spahic, Fazio, Navarro
Trochowski, Medel
Navas, Rakitic, Armenteros
Negredo

Rayo Vallecano plays in its first match since the turn of the year after succumbing to Racing Santander in the Copa del Rey in the club's final match of 2011. The capital club can now focus its attention on the team's Liga status which currently has it resting precariously outside the relegation zone in 16th place.

The promoted side has a trio of injury worries ahead of Sevilla's visit to the Vallecas, with Pedro Botelho, Raul Bravo and Dani Pacheco all nursing knocks.

Sevilla's Liga form has seen the club lose its last two matches against Real Madrid and Levante, who are vying for a top four finish along with Marcelino's side.

Top scorer Manu del Moral is absent due to suspension, with Emiliano Armenteros likely to replace the Spaniard. Further attacking issues arise because of injury, with Diego Perotti certain to miss the trip to the capital, while Frederic Kanoute is doubtful.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Rayo has the worst home record of any team in La Liga. The capital outfit has amassed a paltry seven points in the same number of matches. 
  • Jose Ramon Sandoval's side has lost its last four matches in the league.
  • If Rayo is in contention heading into the final five minutes of the game the team may have a chance as each of its last three goals have come in the 85th minute or later.
  • Sevilla has a poor record at the Vallecas in La Liga, losing seven times in its last 11 visits.
  • On its travels Sevilla has been strong in defense, conceding only three goals, but the team's attack has failed to capitalize, netting on just three occasions. 
  • Jesus Navas scoring has acted as a curse for the Andalusians - the last three matches that the winger has been on the score sheet, Sevilla has failed to win the game.
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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

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