Real Madrid’s Raul de Tomas set for Benfica


Raul de Tomas appears to be the latest Real Madrid player who the club are set to cash-in upon despite playing a minimal role in their first-team. Indeed, the case of the 24-year-old is particularly pronounced – he has played just one senior game for Los Blancos and none across the past four seasons, but now he appears set to join Benfica in a €25m deal.

The 24-year-old netted 14 La Liga goals in 32 starts on loan at Rayo Vallecano this season but it was not enough to save the side from relegation back to the second tier. He has frequently spoken of his desire to fight for his place in the first-team at Madrid but the acquisitions of Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard have seen these hopes go from slim to virtually none. Continue reading

Real Madrid’s clear out begins

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The news that Sergio Ramos has personally requested a transfer from Real Madrid should sound the alarm bells.

With a plethora of staff already being made available by the club, losing their talismanic captain just a year after Cristiano Ronaldo is a sure sign that Los Blancos are still on the way down.

Zinedine Zidane knew when he returned to the helm at the Santiago Bernabeu that this wouldn’t be an overnight job, but even he must’ve been surprised at just how far behind Barcelona his side have fallen. Continue reading

Rayo will fight La Liga relegation to the last day

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Rayo Vallecano’s 1-0 win over Real Madrid in Vallecas sparked epic scenes in the crowd at full time, as they beat their city rivals in La Liga for the first time 22 years.

However, more importantly, it gives Paco Jemez’s side a real chance of staying in the top flight – with the confidence that result can give.

The Mexican boss was clear post-match that defeat to Zinedine Zidane’s side would have meant an immediate return to the Segunda – but this win will give hope.

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Relegation gap begins to widen in La Liga


As we head into the international break, the relegation picture in La Liga looks to be a little clearer, with ten games remaining in the 2018-19 campaign.

Weekend wins for Real Valladolid and Villarreal, with the latter beating relegation rivals Rayo Vallecano, has opened up a four point gap between 17th and 18th in the table.

Celta Vigo, Rayo Vallecano and Huseca are now all cut adrift of Sergio Gonzalez’s Valladolid side.

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Rayo Vallecano aiming to keep relegation fate in their own hands

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With the La Liga 2018-19 season entering its final stages, there is still plenty to be decided, particularly in the bottom half of the table.

As it stands, ahead of Game Week 26, there are realistically still nine teams that could be drawn into a relegation battle, with points available to sides that are in a position to take them.

The recent form of rock bottom, and seemingly doomed, Huesca – who have won two and drawn two of their last five league games – demonstrates how quickly the  league can change.

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Rayo Vallecano looking to trade places with Leganes

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One of the most intriguing fixtures in La Liga Game Week 22 will be between two lesser known sides from the Spanish capital – Rayo Vallecano and Leganes.

The sides from South Madrid face each other on Monday night, in what could be a decisive battle in the fight to avoid relegation.

The two sides are just 17km apart, however local rivalry will not be on the only thing on the line at the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas, with the season edging towards its final third.

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Home form key to Rayo Vallecano’s La Liga survival bid

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Rayo Vallecano will be looking to pick up where they left off in 2018, as La Liga returns from its winter break this weekend.

The side from the south of Madrid, are currently second from bottom in the La Liga table, three points adrift of safety, with a five point cushion over basement club Huesca.

Michel’s side were in real need of a positive note to end 2018 on, following a Copa del Rey elimination at the hands of Leganes, and back to back league defeats at Real Betis and Real Madrid.

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Rayo Vallecano relying on home form to ease relegation fears

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Rayo Vallecano’s miserable run of form continued with a 3-0 La Liga defeat away at Valencia last weekend, keeping the side from in the relegation zone ahead of Game Week 14.

Michel’s side are now without a win since September 14th, away at Huesca, which has been their only victory of the La Liga season.

Inconsistency has dogged the side from the start of the season, with the results that do not match the performance becoming the hallmark of their campaign.

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La Liga Weekend Picks – Round 12

parteyWith a full card of action scheduled in La Liga this coming weekend, let’s take a look at which players are worth consideration for inclusion in your fantasy teams over the next few days. With some nice fixtures coming up such as Sevilla doing battle with Espanyol, Celta Vigo hosting Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid hosting Athletic Bilbao (on Saturday) there will be plenty to keep you entertained between Friday and Sunday, so without further ado we will adopt a 4-3-3 formation this week and get cracking!

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Rayo Vallecano show signs of life ahead of tough run

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Rayo Vallecano hauled themselves off the bottom of the La Liga table with a midweek 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao.

The tie, which was the replayed fixture from earlier this season, after Rayo’s stadium the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas, was controversially closed amid fan safety concerns.

Since its reopening, Rayo have not won a game on home soil, with defeats to Alaves and Getafe, and a draw against Espanyol.

Their away form this season has not been much better, with a 1-0 win at Huesca their only victory of the season so far.

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