Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona live streaming online for free. Rayo has had a pedestrian start to their season. A hard-fought loss against a Diego Costa-led Atletico during the first month of La Liga never allowed Rayo to get going until the match against Deportivo – a team which gave Barcelona a run for their money. Then again, they dropped points against Barca’s cross town rivals – Espanyol.

They have worked hard to win their matches. They have conceded first and then recovered and then won. They have taken their game to the next level – at the expense of some aesthetics. They are a grittier side now, who push till the end. Vilanova’s Barcelona is surely different from Guardiola’s poetry. This Barcelona is more pragmatic and less romantic. They want to win first and then collect accolades for playing well. And this Barcelona might just have the cutting edge that Guardiola’s Barca lacked.

Lionel is pedestrian – well, that’s by his standard. And Andres is doing every bit to defy claims that Ronaldo deserved the UEFA Best Player in Europe award. And the Don proved again that those claims were baseless to say the least. An excellent outing against Celtic proved that Iniesta is right up there with the likes of Leo Messi, Ronaldo and anybody else. However, the absence of Busquets in the match against Celtic proved once again that Sergio is perhaps the most important player at the centre of the pitch.

FC Barcelona stands joint top of the league with 22 points from 7 victories, the 2-2 versus Real Madrid, and zero defeats. Twenty-four goals scored crowns Barça as the most potent attacking team thus far, but with 11 goals conceded a leaky defense has made understandable headlines. Matchday 9 of the 2012/3 La Liga season sees FC Barcelona travel to the Madrid suburb of Vallecas to take on Rayo Vallecano, themselves sitting in 12th place with a commendable 10 points from the 8 matches thus far. Seven of the 10 points have been earned at home, with 2 victories and 1 draw, but interestingly Rayo has only managed to score 3 times at the Estadio de Vallecas versus 8 on their travels. The key has been that they don’t ship many goals at home, just 3 in 4 games, which matches Tito Vilanova’s Camp Nou record.

Rayo won’t have happy memories of FC Barcelona’s previous visit, a 7-0 thumping towards the end of the season. Nevertheless, Rayo are a plucky outfit and on more than one occasion last year gave the big teams more than they bargained for. And it may be some time back, but in 2001 and 2002 Rayo recorded victories over Barça, 2-1 and 1-0 respectively. The club’s impressive return season to La Liga last season had with it negative consequences. The high tempo, committed, and attractive brand of football former manager José Sandoval produced did not go unnoticed. Their best player went on a bargain price to Swansea in Wales, where he is impressing. Sandoval then got into disagreements with the club management over finances and direction, and eventually found a new home at Sporting Gijón, who are struggling in Segunda and putting all their hope in the new man. Rayo’s new boss is Paco Jémez, who tonight plans on executing a similar tactic to Celtic apparently based on keeping the ball away from Barça.

Rayo Vallecano

The latest story has been 20 year-old Brazilian forward Léo Baptistão, who actually joined the club four years back at 16. Given his debut last week in Barcelona versus Espanyol, the young man scored 2 with only 3 shots on goal. The performance has earned him a start tonight. On the other end, keeper Cobeño and midfielder Piti trained erratically this week due to gastroenteritis. Amat however has returned from injury.

Predicted Starting XI: Rubén – Tito – Amat – Gáalvez – Casado; Fuego – Abu; Lass – Piti – Carlos – Baptistão

FC Barcelona

Busquets and Mascherano swap availability due to suspension while injury still holds out Piqué, Puyol, and Cuenca. Alves returns however to the team after the club’s medical team cleared him yesterday.


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