After winning the title last season, Real Madrid will have a chance to start strong in this one as well as they are visiting one of the teams that got promoted from the Segunda Division.
- Almeria vs Real Madrid
- La Liga – Round 1
- Date – 14/08/2022
- Starting time – 10.00 PM CET
- Venue: Almeria, Spain
Almeria Stats & Form
Almeria won the Segunda Division last season finishing with 81 points, as many as Valladolid had in second place. Almeria won 24 games with 9 losses and 9 draws.
Almeria has not lost any of their last 10 games but things will not look that optimistic as they will play in the Spanish top tier this season.
Almeria made huge roster changes trying to complete the best possible roster for the new challenges.
They brought in two 18-year-olds, the Brazilian Kaiky from Santos and the Serbian Marko Milovanovic from Partizan. Alejandro Pozo is coming from Sevilla, Gui Guedes from Vitoria and Srdjan babic from Red Star. They also added Martin Svidersky from Manchester United U23 squad, Houboulang Mendes from Lorient and Arnau Sola from Barcelona U19 squad on free transfers.
Almeria possible lineup: Fernando, Babic, Akieme, Chumi, Martos, Curro, Lazo, Portillo, Robertone, Apiah and Sousa.
Juanjo Nieto will not play for Almeria in the game against Real Madrid.
Real Madrid Stats & Form
Real Madrid is coming off a historic season winning both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
Last season, they finished on top of the standings with 86 points, 13 more than Barcelona. They locked in the domestic title earlier in the season and were able to pull out a couple of miracles to survive the elimination phase in the elite competition and defeat Liverpool in the final by 1-0.
Real Madrid did not make huge changes in the roster in the offseason. They bought Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco for €80 million and signed Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea on a free transfer.
The biggest loss is Marcelo who left the team after more than a decade at Santiago Bernabeu. Luka Jovic moved to Fiorentina, Garreth Bale to Los Angeles, Victor Cruz to Cadiz and Takefusa Kubo to Real Sociedad.
Real Madrid possible lineup: Lunin, Alaba, Fernandez, Mendy, Militao, Camavinga, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Asensio and Rodrygo
Real Madrid News
The starting goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will not be available for the game against Almeria.
Almeria vs Real Madrid Head-to-Head Stats
Real Madrid has won the last five games against Almeria scoring almost 5 goals per game.
Four of the last five games between these two teams have finished over 3.5 goals.
Almeria vs Real Madrid Betting Odds
Real Madrid is a huge favorite to win this game with -256 odds in their favor while Almeria is at 610. The odds for the draw are at 410.
The total goal margin is set at 2.5 with -213 for over and 160 for under.
Real Madrid is starting the new season with a visit to the new member of La Liga. They have been dominating Almeria anytime they played and this seems like an easy task for Carlo Ancelotti’s team. Luka Modric is still the creator of Real Madrid’s game and with the younger power in the offensive line, Real Madrid will manage to open the season with a dominant victory. Almeria is a good team who has built a winning mentality but is it questionable how competitive they will be in the top Spanish competition.
Expert betting tip: Real Madrid to win (-256 by 22bet)