Villarreal vs Real Sociedad – When they go to Rayo Vallecano on Thursday night, Villarreal will try to put pressure on Real Sociedad, which is in sixth place in the La Liga standings.
The Yellow Submarine are currently in seventh place, three points behind sixth-placed Real Sociedad. Rayo are in 12th place, with 42 points from 35 league games this season.
Rayo got back to La Liga through the Segunda Division playoffs last season, so staying there was always their top goal. They will be back in La Liga for the 2022-23 season.
In fact, they have 42 points after 35 games, with 11 wins, 9 draws, and 15 losses. This is enough for 12th place in the table, 10 points ahead of 18th-placed Mallorca with three games left.
As the season comes to a close, Rayo is not under a lot of pressure, but they will want to finish as high as possible. They are only two points behind Valencia, who is in 10th place, so a spot in the top half of the division is definitely possible.
The team from the capital comes into Thursday’s game on a four-game unbeaten streak. They beat Espanyol and Barcelona back-to-back at the end of last month, then split the points with Real Sociedad and Getafe in their last two games.
Villarreal surprised everyone by making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League by beating Bayern Munich in the last eight. However, their journey ended in the final four when they lost to Liverpool 5-2 on aggregate. Liverpool will play Real Madrid in the final later this month.
In fact, Unai Emery’s team has lost three of their last four games in all competitions. Their last league win was at home against Valencia on April 19, but they earned a point against Sevilla last time out when Giovani Lo Celso scored late and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde equalized in the 95th minute.
Villarreal is currently seventh in the table, three points behind sixth-placed Real Sociedad in the race for a spot in the Europa League. Real Sociedad has a tough game at home against Cadiz on Thursday, so a lot could have changed by the time this match is over.
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Emery’s team will play against the Basque team in their next-to-last game of the season on May 15. Then, on May 22, they will play in Barcelona, so they will have to do it the hard way if they want to play in the Europa League next year.
The Yellow Submarine have won their last two league games against Rayo, including a 2-0 win earlier this season. However, the last time they played in Madrid in November 2018, the game ended in a 2-2 tie.