The winner of this relegation six-pointer will move up to 13th in the table, a far cry from their current positions; Rayo sit in 18th with Lega above them only by virtue of head-to-head record after winning the reverse fixture 1-0.
Monday’s hosts, then, will be determined to take the points against their local rivals and are 31/20 (2.55) to do so with 888Sport.
Leganes, though, won the two-legged Copa del Rey affair earlier in the last season and are available at 19/10 (2.90) to win again here and a draw – which occurred in the first leg of that cup clash – is 41/20 (3.05).
A close affair seems to be in store, given the absence of a clear favourite, but the 31/20 (2.55) price on Rayo Vallecano looks too good to miss considering their current run of form.
After winning promotion last season, Michel’s side looked well out of their depth after starting this term with just one win in their first 13 games – losing eight in the process.
However, the club’s fortunes have turned around since then with four wins and a draw in their last five games. As well, Rayo have not tasted defeat at home since November 3 when Luis Suarez scored in injury time to give Barcelona a 3-2 victory.
Rayo are unbeaten at home against teams 9th or lower in La Liga this season and have scored in every game in front of their own fans this term, with both teams to score landing on 10 of those 11 occasions.
The 49/50 (1.98) price on goals at both ends is certainly tempting, then and so is 24/5 (5.80) on Rayo winning but conceding, but the 31/20 (2.55) for a home win looks to be a solid bet ahead of this crucial fixture.