Rayo Vallecano – FC Barcelona: updates Live score and head-to-head 01/27/2021
Spain – Copa del Rey
Date: Wednesday, 27 January 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Campo de Futbol de Vallecas.
With Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both knocked out of Copa del Rey, Barcelona will feel they have an excellent chance of winning the competition this season. In fact, securing the cup could be a necessity for Ronald Koeman’s whose side is unlikely to catch up with league leaders Atleti in La Liga.
Hence, a win will be imperative when they travel to Estadio de Vallecas to face Rayo Vallecano in a Round of 16 tie on Wednesday. Barcelona clearly weren’t at their best during their previous round encounter against third division side Cornella. But, it was followed by a 2-0 triumph over Elche in the league, with the Catalans looking for their third consecutive win in all competitions this midweek.
Rayo Vallecano won’t make things any easier, though, as they look to get back to winning ways following a crucial defeat to Mallorca. Incidentally, the Segunda Division outfit is coming into this game with a victory over Elche in the previous round, and that too by a 2-0 scoreline.
Fortunately for Barca, Rayo Vallecano may have one eye on the ongoing race for promotion in the second division, with the club trailing third-placed Almeria only by five points. So head coach Andoni Iraola might be wise about his priorities, and here, at The Hard Tackle, we will take a closer look at their against the Barcelona team this week, in this enticing contest in Copa del Rey.
Team News & Tactics
Rayo Vallecano head coach Andoni Iraola primarily likes to play with a 4-2-3-1 formation and things are unlikely to change this time around. It could, in fact, mirror Barca’s preferred shape, though we do expect the attacking midfielder in Oscar Trejo to operate deeper and assist the two central midfielders in the second line of press.
Rayo Vallecano 0-2 Barcelona
Barcelona have a splendid record against Rayo Vallecano and it remains unlikely that they will find any particular difficultly in extending their ongoing run of two consecutive wins in all competitions. The presence of Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele in the squad could certainly make things difficult for Rayo, who are likely to shift their focus to the league and their upcoming game against Espanyol on Sunday.