Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano: Preview, predictions and lineups

  • Barca take on Rayo Vallecano in penultimate La Liga game of the season
  • Xavi's side are close to wrapping up second place
  • Vallecano in poor away form but have enjoyed recent meetings with Barca

Barcelona will hope to secure second place in La Liga when they entertain Rayo Vallecano in their penultimate game of the 2023/24 La Liga season on Sunday.

It's been another term of whirlwind drama for Barca, with speculation once again mounting over the future of manager Xavi after a campaign with no silverware and back-and-forth jibes with club officials.

Vallecano, meanwhile, managed to end a three-game winless streak last time out but have not scored in any of their last five away league matches.

Here's 90min's preview of Sunday's upcoming clash.

What time does Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano kick-off?

  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Stadium: Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys
  • Date: Sunday 19 May
  • Kick-off Time: 18:00 BST / 13:00 ET / 10:00 PT
  • Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano
  • VAR: Jose Luis Munuera Montero

Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano H2H Record (Last Five Games)

  • Barcelona: 0 wins
  • Rayo Vallecano: 3 wins
  • Draws: 2

Current form (all competitions)


Rayo Vallecano

Almeria 0-2 Barcelona - 16/05/24

Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Granada - 15/05/24

Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad - 13/05/24

Valencia 0-0 Rayo Vallecano - 12/05/24

Girona 4-2 Barcelona - 04/05/24

Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Almeria - 05/05/24

Barcelona 4-2 Valencia - 29/04/24

Villarreal 3-0 Rayo Vallecano - 28/04/24

Real Madrid 3-2 Barcelona - 21/04/24

Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Osasuna - 20/04/24

How to watch Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano on TV and live stream


TV channel/live stream

United Kingdom

Premier Sports Player, Premier Sports 1, LaLigaTV

United States

ESPN+, ESPN Deportes



Barcelona team news

Ilkay Gundogan
Gundogan is available again / Alex Caparros/GettyImages

Xavi had to make do without Ilkay Gundogan against Almeria due to suspension, allowing Fermin Lopez to take his chance with two goals in the 2-0 victory on Thursday night.

The young Spaniard could retain his place in the starting XI at the German's expense, but Gavi, Frenkie de Jong and Alejandro Balde remain out of contention due to injuries.

Barcelona predicted lineup vs Rayo Vallecano

Barcelona predicted lineup vs Rayo Vallecano (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Kounde, Cubarsi, Araujo, Cancelo; Fermin, Christensen, Pedri; Yamal, Lewandowski, Raphinha.

Rayo Vallecano team news

Oscar Trejo
Trejo is suspended / Denis Doyle/GettyImages

Vallecano will have some optimism heading into Sunday's clash, having gone unbeaten against Barca in their last five meetings.

They are without midfielder Oscar Trejo due to suspension but there should be starts for bright attackers Isi Palazon and Sergio Camello.

Rayo Vallecano predicted lineup vs Barcelona

Rayo Vallecano predicted lineup vs Barcelona (4-5-1): Dimitrievski; Balliu, Mumin, Lejeune, Espino; Palazon, Lopez, Ciss, Valentin, Frutos; Camello.

Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano score prediction

There might be all sorts of off-field drama once again dominating the headlines around Barca, but they were efficient enough to secure a 2-0 win last time out and may be successful by the same scoreline this weekend.

Vallecano can point towards their recent good run against Barca and managed to hold their illustrious opponents to a draw in the first meeting earlier this season, but the midfield threat of Fermin and Yamal's genius wing play should be enough to earn the hosts all three points.

Prediction: Barcelona 2-0 Rayo Vallecano