LaLiga ~ Barcelona vs Vallecano | Match Info, Preview & Lineup

Barcelona aim to reclaim second place in La Liga when they face Rayo Vallecano at the Estadi Olympique Lluís Companys in their final match of the season on Sunday night. Currently, Xavi’s team, which is in second place with 79 points, is four points ahead of Verona. A win would guarantee second place, although a draw or defeat could also be enough depending on Verona’s result against Valencia.

Despite second place not being considered a success, Barcelona has shown progress this season and reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League. There is speculation regarding Xavi’s future, although he has recently decided to remain as head coach.

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Barcelona are looking for a third consecutive league win after a 2-0 win over Almería, in which Fermín López scored both goals. However, due to injuries they will be without Gavi, Alejandro Balde, Frenkie de Jong and possibly Ronald Araujo. Expected lineup changes include the returns of Andreas Christensen, Joao Cancelo, Ilkay Gundogan and Raphinha.

Rayo Vallecano, in 15th place and six points clear of the relegation zone, are coming off a vital 2-1 win over Granada. Although your position is relatively secure, a transfer is still mathematically possible. Rayo is unbeaten in its last five matches against Barcelona, winning three of them.

Rayo’s key players missing include Oscar Trejo, who is suspended due to a red card, and Diego Méndez, who is out for the season with ligament damage. Florian Lejeune and Jorge De Frutos, who scored in the last match, will be key for Rayo, with Sergio Camelo likely to lead the attack.

Barcelona will be hoping to maintain their winning streak and stay in second place, while Rayo will look to secure La Liga status for another season.