Barcelona will be making their way to Estadio de Vallecas to take on Rayo Vallecano this Wednesday evening in a highly anticipated match. With an 11-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of the LaLiga Santander table, the Catalan giants are within touching distance of the league title, which could become a 14-point lead with a win.
While Barcelona cannot secure the title in their upcoming clash against Rayo Vallecano, they will be aiming to maintain their unbeaten run of eight league matches by avoiding defeat against the ninth-placed team.
Although Barcelona has suffered a few disappointing goalless draws recently, their triumph over Atletico Madrid with a 1-0 victory in the last match shows their defence is as strong as ever. Despite the absence of Sergio Busquets due to suspension, Franck Kessie may fill the midfield in place of Busquets.
On the other hand, Rayo Vallecano has a few injury and suspension concerns, with the absence of former Chelsea and Manchester United forward Radamel Falcao due to a muscle injury, while Santi Comesana serves his suspension. However, both Alejandro Catena and Alvaro Garcia are returning from bans.
The game between Rayo Vallecano and Barcelona is expected to be a highly competitive encounter, with the visitors looking to maintain their unbeaten run in the league, and the hosts aiming to cause an upset against the league leaders.