Rayo Vallecano will play Mirandes in the Segunda Division on Wednesday in their bid to return to La Liga.
The hosts are in sixth position in the standings with 55 points, while Mirandes are in 12th place with 44 points.
We back the hosts to win, and here is why:
- Rayo Vallecano have won four of their last five Segunda matches.
- Mirandes have lost three of their last five and three of their last four outings on the road.
- Los Vallecanos were comfortable 0-2 winners in January’s reverse fixture.
Brief reasoning behind our pick:
Rayo Vallecano won a crucial 2-1 match against Girona on Saturday, ensuring that Andoni Iraola's side would almost certainly qualify for the Play-Offs when they face Mirandes this week.
Vallecano's victory over the weekend was their fourth in five league games, putting them six points ahead of Girona and a slew of other teams vying for a place in the top six. Wednesday's match against Mirandes is their game in hand, and if they win, they'll have an unassailable lead heading into the final eight games of the regular season.
Los Vallecanos must be backed in this match based on their recent form and a comfortable 0-2 victory over Mirandes in the reverse fixture in January.
The visitors have also lost three of their last five games and three of their last four on the road, so Iraola's team looks like a good bet at about even money for this match.
Rayo has also kept three of their last four clean sheets, though Mirandes has failed to score in three of his last four appearances. On that basis, the hosts could find themselves on the receiving end of yet another 2-0 score in Madrid tonight.
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