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Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Craig Vickers
Alba celebrates with Aubameyang
Alba celebrates with Aubameyang / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages
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Barcelona welcome Rayo Vallecano to the Camp Nou in La Liga action as Xavi's men look to make it back-to-back victories after a turbulent period domestically and in Europe.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first half strike was enough to see off Real Sociedad in midweek, with Barcelona and Sevilla neck-and-neck in their pursuit to finish best of the rest in La Liga.

Rayo Vallecano, meanwhile, pulled themselves seven points clear of the drop with a 1-0 win over Espanyol in midweek.

Here's everything you need to know about this weekend's clash.


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

When is kick off? Sunday 24 April, 20:00 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Camp Nou
TV channel/live stream? La LigaTV (UK), ESPN+ (US)
Highlights? La Liga YouTube channel
Referee? Isidro Diaz De Mera Escuderos
VAR? Jose Luis Munuera Montero


Barcelona team news

Dani Alves
Dani Alves was forced off with an injury / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages

Xavi is counting the cost of several injuries sustained in the 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in midweek, with Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo and Dani Alves all forced off with various problems in the second half.

Jordi Alba was also in evident discomfort, while reports in Spain suggest Gavi picked up a slight knock.


Rayo Vallecano team news

Ivan Balliu is expected to return from suspension for Rayo after missing the 1-0 win over Espanyol in midweek, while Andoni Iraola could welcome back Esteban Ariel Saveljich from a hamstring injury.

However, Martin Merquelanz will be sidelined with the long-term knee injury he sustained at the start of the season.


Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano score prediction

Barca stemmed the bleeding from their recent losing run with a crucial 1-0 success in the Basque Country in midweek, although Xavi is counting the cost of a bruising 90 minutes.

The Barça boss could be without his entire first choice backline for the visit of Rayo, which is hardly an ideal predicament as the Catalan club duke it out with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid for 2nd spot in La Liga.

Still, Rayo are in little danger of being sucked into the relegation battle with a seven-point buffer, which could play into Barcelona's hands.

Prediction: Barcelona 2-0 Rayo Vallecano

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