class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The Catalans boast an excellent defensive record away from Camp Nou this term and we are backing that to continue when they visit Madrid this week
Barcelona travel to the Estadio Vallecas on Wednesday evening to face Rayo Vallecano in the last-16 of the Copa Del Rey.
Ronald Koeman’s men are aiming to progress in the competition they have won more times than any other team and are clear favourites to claim another victory against their Segunda Division opponents.
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona Latest Odds
Barca needed extra time to overcome third tier Cornella in the previous round but bet365 price them at 11/25 (1.44) to win in 90 minutes in the Spanish capital on Wednesday.
Rayo had a six-match winning streak ended on Saturday by losing 3-1 at home to Mallorca on Saturday and Andoni Iraola’s side can be backed at 11/2 (6.50) , with the draw at 7/2 (4.50) .
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona Team News
Lionel Messi is available after serving a two-match suspension following his red card in the Spanish Super Cup and Sergi Roberto could return, but Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho are all still out.
Rayo were missing five players with coronavirus at the weekend and are likely to be without an out-and-out striker for the game, while defender Emiliano Velazquez was injured against Mallorca and is unavailable.
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona Preview
Barca have kept clean sheets in seven of their last 10 away games in all competitions and should be well-fancied to do so again on Wednesday night.
Indeed, Rayo have often lacked a cutting edge in the final third this season and are likely to be missing some key attacking players, potentially furthering their struggles up front.
The side from the Spanish capital may sit fourth in the Segunda Division table but they have failed to score in eight of their 22 league games this season, and are likely to find it tough against a Barcelona team who have only conceded seven La Liga goals in 10 away matches.
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona Tips and Predictions
Barca to keep a clean sheet is priced at 6/4 (2.50) and looks like an excellent option for the Blaugrana against second division opponents.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.