Rayo Vallecano hosts Mallorca in the Spanish Copa del Rey quarterfinals. The match will be played on Wednesday, February 2nd at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas (Madrid)
Rayo Vallecano had been undefeated at home in Spanish LaLiga for a long time. But in the last round, the Red Sashes suffered their first loss at their native stadium, losing to Athletic Bilbao (0-1). Still, the current season is developing for Iraola’s men as successfully as possible. They are in 8th place in the championship standings, lagging a few points behind the European competition zone. In addition, they are one match away from the semifinals of the Copa del Rey. In the current draw, the team from the suburbs of Madrid has already played four matches and defeated such opponents as Guijuelo (1-1 and a victory in the penalty shootout), Bergantinos (1-3), Mirandes (0-1), and Girona (1-2). However, Rayo Vallecano gained only one victory in the last eight cup matches at home.
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Mallorca has played 21 matches in LaLiga and is now in 17th place in the standings with 20 points scored. The gap from the relegation zone is only two points. In the last match, the Pirates limply lost to Villarreal away (3-0). In general, they cannot boast of good results on foreign pitches: two victories, two draws, and seven defeats. However, the men of Luis Garcia showed themselves very well in the current draw of the Spanish Cup. First, they hammered Llanera at the foreign stadium (0-6). Then there was a victory over Eibar (1-2). And in the 1/8 finals, Mallorca players eliminated the representative of the elite division, Espanyol (2-1).
A few months ago, Rayo Vallecano and Mallorca crossed paths in the first round of the Spanish championship, and the Red Sashes were stronger at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas (3-1). These teams played five head-to-head matches in the Copa del Rey. Ray Vallecano gained three victories, and the Pirates won two times. The upcoming game is a great opportunity for the Red Sashes to get back on the winning track. Still, Rayo Vallecano is a purely home team, which can beat any opponents at its native stadium. In addition, I am sure that Andoni Iraola’s men are better than Luis Garcia’s men in terms of skills. Finally, Mallorca has never been considered a strong away team, including this season. The mediocre performances on foreign pitches are the best proof of that.