Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano live score, updates, highlights from La Liga Sunday match

Barcelona continue to push towards a Champions League place as the Blaugrana hosts Rayo Vallecano in La Liga play on Sunday.

It’s a bitter fight to the finish, as Barcelona sit second in the table, level on 63 points with third-placed Sevilla but with a game in hand. Atletico Madrid sit two points back in fourth place, while fifth-placed Real Betis are four points further behind.

Barcelona are limping to the finish line with a growing injured list, but opening up a nine-point gap in the Champions League battle would see the club relax slightly heading into the final few fixtures of the season. Still, they’ll have to do so without the likes of Pedri, Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo.

Rayo Vallecano sit 14th in the table on 37 points, seven above the relegation zone. The club won last time out for the first time in 14 league games, stopping a brutal skid that saw the club plummet from a Champions League place on the turn of the calendar year to sniffing the relegation battle. Still, it would take quite the collapse for the club to be sent down at this point, holding a decent gap with three of their final fixtures this season coming against teams below them in the table.

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Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano live score

1H 2H Final
Barcelona
Rayo Vallecano

Goals:
It is not

Commentary:

85 mins before kick: The last time Barcelona lost two matches in a row at the Camp Nou, Luis Enrique was captain and Xavi was a 23-year-old in the team. The second loss of that pair came against eventual Champions League runners-up Juventus.

120 mins before kick (6:00 pm local): Ahead of the match today, Barcelona boss Xavi called Rayo Vallecano a “complicated” opponent, which is about right for a club that showed its worth the first half of the season but has fallen off the cliff since.

Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano lineups

Barcelona may have collected all three points last time out against Real Sociedad, but it came at a high price.

Players dropped like flies at Reale Arena, with Barcelona’s entire defensive unit suffering injuries at one point or another, three of which were eventually substituted off. Gerard Piquewho heroically made it to the 80th minute of the match despite being injured in the first half, is not expected to be available for today’s match despite being included in the squad, while Ronald Araujo is also not an option. That means Eric Garcia and Clement Lenglet will line up as the center-back partnership.

Dani Alves was also injured in the match against Real and is replaced by Sergino Dest.

Otherwise, the Barcelona lineup should remain unchanged, with Pedri missing for the rest of the season thanks to an injury, and Ansu Fati still not quite ready to return from his long-term layoff.

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Barcelona projected starting lineup (4-3-3): ter Stegen (GK) – Alba, Garcia, Lenglet, Dest – De Jong, Busquets, Gavi – Torres, Aubameyang, Dembele.

Barcelona subs (11): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

Unlike the opponents, Rayo Vallecano is a relatively healthy side for this late in the season. Martin Merquelanz and Esteban Saveljich are sidelined with injuries, and Radamel Falcao is only just back, returning as an unused substitute last time out after seven league matches out, but otherwise the squad is at full strength.

Ivan Balliu is back from suspension and will likely slot in at right-back, taking the place of Mario Hernandez.

Rayo’s most influential player is Alvaro Garcia, who lines up on the left wing. His combination of goalscoring ability and creative energy has produced the best combination of goals and assists, while Oscar Trejo through the middle is tied for third in La Liga with nine assists on the season.

Rayo Vallecano projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Dimitrievski (GK) – F. Garcia, Catena, Maras, Balliu – Valentin, Comesana – A. Garcia, Trejo, Palazon – Guardiola.

Rayo Vallecano subs (11): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

How to watch Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano

UK USA Canada Australia
At your place Sun, Apr. 24 Sun, Apr. 24 Sun, Apr. 24 Mon, Apr. 25
Time 20:00 BST 3pm ET 3pm ET 05:00 AET
TV channel La Liga TV TSN1 beIN Sports 2
Streaming Amazon Prime ESPN + TSN Direct bein Connect

The La Liga match between Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano can be found across the globe.

In the United States, the match is broadcast by ESPN on its premium streaming service ESPN +. In the United Kingdom, Amazon Prime has the rights to La Liga streaming, while it is also broadcast on La Liga TV.

In Canada, TSN is the broadcast partner for La Liga, while beIN Sports is the partner for Australia.

Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano betting lines, picks & prediction

Odds via DraftKings (USA) & Sports Interaction (Canada)

Barcelona is the heavy favorite in the match, but the oddsmakers expect goals to come from this game as well.

That’s not surprising given the team profiles. Rayo Vallecano is 14th in the league table, but is 10th in expected goals this season in La Liga. The team has been insanely unlucky through its losing streak, with dropped points against Granada, Valencia, Alaves, Sevilla, Cadiz, Osasuna, Celta Vigo, and Athletic all in games where the opponent outperformed their expected goals output.

Combine that with the defensive injuries to Barcelona, ​​and the match could produce an exciting 90 minutes for neutral fans.

USA
(DraftKings)
Canada
(Sports Interaction)
UK
(SkyBet)
Barcelona Win -330 -323 +230
Draw +475 +440 +250
Rayo Vallecano Win +850 +720 +110
Over / Under
3.5 goals
+135 / -160 +128 / -164 -125 / -110
Both teams
to score Y / N
-120 / -110 -128 / -122 -165 / +120
Barcelona -1.5 -110 -116
Rayo Vallecano +1.5 +100 -110

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