Our man in Madrid explains why the first goal in tonight's clash will come after 30 minutes have been playedIt is quite possible that Rayo Vallecano will end 2013 bottom of the Liga table given their current run of form and the fact that their final match of the year is away to Athletic Bilbao.
The side from Vallecas boast the worst defence and the third worst attack in the division, a combination which has seen them lose 11 league matches already, more than anyone else in the top flight.
Progression in the cup then may not be a priority for a side struggling so badly, yet coach Paco Jemez will know about the damage another defeat will do for morale and, as such, he will be keen to shed a ray of hope on a gloomy situation by recording a win.
The hosts are offered at 19/20 (1.95) by William Hill, while Valladolid, fresh from only their second win in 14 games on Monday, are available at 5/2 (3.50).
As alluded to previously, Rayo have had problems up front while Valladolid have been far from prolific themselves, failing to score in five of their last seven matches. Therefore backing against a high-scoring encounter looks to be a decent option especially after a goalless first leg.
The price of 23/20 (2.15) for the opening goal to come in the 31st minute or after looks extremely tempting, with Rayo only scoring one goal all season before the half-hour mark.
Valladolid too have been slow off the blocks in terms of scoring, with just three of their 19 goals coming before 31 minutes. All of which means that a goal before the half-hour mark looks unlikely, allowing punters to enjoy some healthy returns.
|First goal after 30 minutes at 23/20 (2.15) for a 2pt stake with William Hill
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