Las Palmas vs Vallecano by Jimeno
Las Palmas can't be very happy, but neither disappointed with the start in new Primera season as the team had quite tough schedule and couldn't hope for many points as they visited Atletico Madrid and Celta Vigo, but still managed to take one last weekend away in Vigo. Things did't start well for them, far from it, as the players were left playing with ten after only eleven minutes of game when goalkeeper Varas got straight red card and Orellana brought the hosts into 1:0 lead few moments later. Wass increased to 2:0 just few minutes later and it looked like Las Palmas might suffer catastrophic defeat.
However, out of rare chance back in 23rd minute Araujo reduced to 2:1, while determined hosts once again increased the lead to two goals difference in 48th minute via Nolito. Truth is that players of Celta were way more dominant and deserved the victory, however fourteen minutes, from 60th to 74th minute cost them too much when the visitors managed to score twice, via own-goal and Simon, to steal the point. Till the end of the game Celta was the one who attacked, but without any success. They surely were lucky to get a point against Celta, but the team can't be completely happy with the start, having only two points so far and knowing that they will most likely be involved in a relegation battle. First choice goalkeeper Javi Varas (2/0) is suspended now for this game, with Raul Lizoain being his replacement between the posts. Midfielders David Simon and Jonathan Viera (3/0) both had minor injury problems during the week, but should be ready for this one. Right defender Angel (no performance yet in the season) and midfielder Javi Castellano (1/0) remain sidelined with injuries.
Rayo Vallecano, on the other side, had even worse start in the new season, as the team has only one point out of three matches and already occupy the last position at the table. They took that point in a season opener at home against Valencia in a goalless draw, as the team now comes into this game against another struggling side with two defeats.
They firstly lost on the road against Celta 3:0 being completely outplayed, while the players of Rayo also disappointed last weekend in front of own fans when they got outplayed by Deportivo La Coruna 1:3. They did have much more of the ball possession, but it's obvious that the team lacks creativity and more fluid ball movement, being unable to create many chances despite big percentage of ball possession. On the other side, Deportivo was playing mostly via counter attacks and did great job to open the game with a goal in seventh minute via Borges. Hosts replied in 27th via Embarba, but couldn't keep the lead even for a minute conceding a goal in next action via Alberto. Perez sealed the victory for the visitors in 61st, while players of Las Palmas had ball possession till the end, but didn't manage to do anything positive. Things to be worse, right midfielder/winger Patrick Ebert got excluded near the end of the game and now starts a four matches ban with the game against Las Palmas. Central defender Ze Castro (2/0) is highly questionable for this game, so Amaya and Llorente will probably continue at the heart of their defense. Right back Tito (1/0) is injured.
Both teams had goals in their previous games, however far from it that it was up to them. Las Palmas managed to score three which represents kind of a miracle, but this time I expect the match to be very defensive one. Both teams will struggle to remain with the Primera status and therefore, it would mean much more than three points. Las Palmas might prevail, but the first choice remains with the low number of goals as I don't see three goals scored here, if any.