Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano prediction and betting tips (August 13)
FC Barcelona kick off the new season hosting Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou. They have lost the previous two league ties against the Vallecans. Xavi’s men have great momentum and are confident of a win.
Robert Lewandowski scored his first goal for Barcelona in the Joan Gamper trophy last Sunday.
Robert Lewandowski scored his first goal for Barcelona in the Joan Gamper trophy last Sunday.
by Paul Awoniyi Paul Awoniyi

Barcelona play Rayo Vallecano in Round 1 of the 2022-23 La Liga season.

The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. GMT on Saturday, 13 August 2022. The match venue is Camp Nou, Barcelona.

Latest odds on betting sites

Barcelona to win odds are priced at 1.16 (-625 American; 4/25 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 7.50 (+650; 13/2), while Rayo Vallecano to win odds are priced at 13.00 (+1200; 12/1).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Barcelona — 85%, draw — 10%, Rayo Vallecano — 5%.

Latest betting odds on Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano (13 August 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 1.44 (-225; 4/9)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 2.75 (+175; 7/4)
  • Asian handicap (-2.0) on Barcelona — 1.98 (-102; 50/51)
  • Asian handicap (+2.0) on Rayo Vallecano — 1.94 (-106; 50/53)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.10 (+110; 11/10)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.66 (-150; 2/3)

Match preview and statistics

Barcelona finished second in the league last season with 73 points and a +30 goal difference. They had a slow start in the league but picked up from mid-season after Xavi took over as the head coach. Barca have added good players to the squad and are looking stronger than last season.

You can tell already from the preseason games. They round off with a 6-0 win against Pumas in the Joan Gamper trophy. The last game is proof of how good their season might be.

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring in the third minute of the game. Pedri Gonzalez doubled the lead in the fifth minute following the link-up play from Lewandowski. Ousmane Dembele got his goal in the 10th minute after his brilliant display earlier in the match.

In the 19th minute, Pedri scored his brace to make it 4-nil. Aubameyang found the back of the net in the 49th minute after coming off the bench at halftime. Frenkie de Jong made it 6-0 in the 84th minute. Barca performed against stronger opponents as well in the preseason, beat Real Madrid 1-0 and drew 2-2 against Juventus.

Team news: No player is injured or suspended for the match.

Rayo Vallecano are playing away in their first game of the 2022-23 season. They had a decent preseason as well. Asides from the first match, they lost 0-3. The Vallecans won two and drew three of the remaining five.

Their last game ended in a goalless draw against Rayo Valladolid. Last season, Rayo finished 12th in the league table with 42 points and a -11 goal difference. They won 11, drew nine, lost 18 and conceded more goals (50) than they scored (39).

It’s not the best result, but they managed to stay afloat in the league. Their next objective will be to make the top 10 in the league.

Team news: No player is injured or suspended for the match.

Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano H2H

Rayo Vallecano have won the previous two matches against Barcelona. The Vallecans won 1-nil in both legs, at home and away.

Lineups and key players

Barcelona projected starting lineup:

  • Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
  • Sergi Roberto
  • Ronald Araujo
  • Eric Garcia
  • Alex Balde
  • Pablo Gavi
  • Sergio Busquets
  • Pedri
  • Ousmane Dembele
  • Robert Lewandowski
  • Raphinha

Robert Lewandowski is the key player to watch out for. The Polish striker finally scored his first goal for Barcelona in the Joan Gamper trophy last Sunday. Lewandowski is a goal machine, and I expect him to start scoring from the first game of the season.

Rayo Vallecano projected starting lineup:

  • Stole Dimitrievski
  • Ivan Balliu
  • Francisco Garcia
  • Alejandro Catena
  • Unai Lopez
  • Mario Suarez
  • Pathe Ciss
  • Alvaro Garcia
  • Oscar Trejo
  • Sergio Moreno
  • Falcao

Alvaro Garcia is the key player to watch out for. He scored the winning goal in their last tie against Barcelona. The attacker also scored the equaliser against Manchester United this preseason.

Prediction and betting tips

Barcelona are looking really like a top side ahead of the season opener. Last season, they struggled in the beginning because they lacked options. But this season, it’s looking different. With new additions like Raphinha and Lewandowski, the team is bound to improve.

Rayo Vallecano had a good preseason as well. They have won the last two league matches against Barca. Predictions for this match are Asian handicap (-2.0) on Barcelona, BTTS (No), and Robert Lewandowski to score.

Barcelona are playing at home in their first league match of the season, the odds are definitely in their favour due to the home advantage. La Blaugrana has fresh legs in defence and should be able to keep a clean sheet. The player that has the highest chance of scoring is Robert Lewandowski.

Betting prediction: Asian handicap (-2.0) on Barcelona

Odds: 1.98 (-102 American; 50/51 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Both teams to score (No)

Odds: 1.66 (-150 American; 2/3 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Robert Lewandowski to score anytime

Odds: 1.44 (-225 American; 4/9 Fractional)

Barcelona — Rayo Vallecano
Asian handicap (-2.0) on Barcelona
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