Celta de Vigo vs Rayo Vallecano LIVE ONLINE | LaLiga Santander

After stopping the European aspirations of Real Sociedad (1-1) and Osasuna (0-0) away from home in two of their last three games (G1, E2), Celta de Vigo seeks another positive result in Balaídos against to Rayo Vallecano, another of the teams installed in the upper zone of LaLiga Santander (LL). The light blues are twelfth at the start of this day, a deceptive position, since their margin over relegation is only three points. Staying in the top flight of Spanish football is very expensive this season.

The coach of the team from Vigo, Carlos Carvalhal, praised his players for the hard-earned point they scored against Osasuna in El Sadar: «Without a strong and competitive attitude, we couldn’t have scored in this match.» With their draw at the rojillo stadium, Celta matched their longest league run without losing since the championship resumed after Qatar 2022. To reach the goal of staying and perhaps aspiring to join the European zone, Celta need to achieve victories with more regularity; The record of the celestial beings as favorites —they are this Saturday against Rayo— is one of the worst in the current championship (G5, E3, P4).

Four clubs teams currently located in the top half of the table have collected the three points in Balaídos this season (W4, D1, P2), and Rayo will try to become the fifth to win the cat to the water in the sky-blue stadium, but The Vallecana squad visits the city of Olívica, going through its longest streak without winning in LL 2022-23 (E3, P1). After their goalless draw with Athletic Club, Andoni Iraola’s team has left the UEFA competition area. It is still early, but the downturn suffered by the franjirrojos in the second round of LL 2021-22 seems to be repeating itself.

Iraola, who recently turned down an offer to become Leeds United manager, has called for «remaining humble while remaining ambitious», noting that his team’s first goal remains permanence. Rayo, who in his last two outings failed to draw against clubs in the lower half of the table (E 1-1 vs Getafe and P 1-0 vs Cádiz) must react immediately so as not to stray from the noble zone .

Key battle: With a save percentage of 80%, goalkeeper Iván Villar has contributed to a large extent to Celta having linked two games without conceding goals. That streak could be broken by Sergio Camello, who has scored Rayo’s first goal in two of the last five LL games played away by the franjirrojo team.

Outstanding series: Rayo’s last eight games in LL have had less than 2.5 goals each, as have nine of Celta’s last 11 league games.