Match date: 30 Dec 2015
| Sport: Football
| Competition: Spanish Football
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 2
| Match result:
0-2 - Won
Rayo Vallecano will host Atletico Madrid in 17th round of Spanish Primera. Rayo Vallecano is currently at 18th position in relegation zone with 14 points from previous 16 rounds. They achieved only four victories in this season in league, three of them were at home, got two draws and suffered 10 defeats and now coming here after being smashed by Real Madrid with impressive 10:2, while before that suffered two more defeats in league and one in Cup. Rayo Vallecano is totally out of the track and they must try to end series of bad results at all costs and improve their form, otherwise they won't be able to get out of relegation zone. They are now facing with one of the strongest teams in Spain and it will be very hard to avoid defeat, at this moment that seems almost impossible. Rayo Vallecano ended previous season at decent 11th position and for sure would be satisfied to repeat that result but they totally dropped their form. They have worst defense in league and in 16 rounds they conceded 37 goals while didn't impressed with their goal scoring skills and so far scored 18 goals. All in all, Rayo Vallecano is in pretty bad position at this moment, they must try to consolidate their squad and start earning some points, otherwise they won't keep their Primera status for the next season. As for absent players, goalkeeper David Cobeno and attacking midfielder Patrick Ebert will miss this match due to injuries while goalkeeper Tono, defender Nacho and defensive midfielder Raul Baena are all suspended.
Atletico Madrid on the order side currently occupies 2nd position at the table with equal number of points as league leaders Barcelona but with one match more. They are coming to this match after being stopped in previous round by Malaga on the road and that was their first defeat after 10 straight victories in all competitions. Atletico Madrid is playing great football in this season but in that duel against Malaga they showed really bad performances and now must go for a victory to recoup that negative result and continue with good results. They are playing great defensive football and have best defense in league, so far they conceded only 8 goals while also showed decent attacking skills and scored 22 goals. Atletico Madrid is doing fine job in all competitions in this season, in Champions league managed to reach knockout stage as first placed team in group C, while in Spanish Cup reached 1/8 finals. They have positive record in duels against Rayo Vallecano and in last five matches celebrated three times got one draw and suffered one defeat almost three years ago. Atletico Madrid must go for a victory here, they for sure have enough quality to achieve another positive outcome in this season. Coach Diego Simeone can't count on injured midfielder Tiago, while defensive midfielder Gabi and defender Filipe Luis are suspended.
Rayo Vallecano is in really bad form, they must change something in their squad as soon as possible and try to end series of bad results in order to get out of the relegation zone while Atletico Madrid showed maybe worst performances in this campaign in previous round against Malaga, now must go for a victory in order to keep their position and I believe that now will manage to earn all three points against pretty weak Rayo Vallecano.