Real Madrid will begin the defense of their La Liga title when they visit newly promoted Almeria at the Power Horse Stadium on Sunday, August 14th.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side will open another La Liga chapter tomorrow in a clash with UD Almeria as the newly promoted Almeria hosts the UEFA Champions.
The La Liga champions added another trophy with a victory in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday,10th of August, defeating the Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt with the same starting XI that crushed Liverpool in last season’s Champions League final.
The game is scheduled to start at 21:00 BST inside the Power Horse Stadium on Sunday, August 14, 2022.
UD Almeria’s probable starting lineup:
Fernando; Pozo, Ely, Babic, Akieme; De la Hoz, Costa, Robertone; Portillo, Sadiq, Ramazani
Real Madrid probable starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Real Madrid won the La Liga title easily last season and they will be looking forward to defending their title by clinching a win on Sunday in their first La Liga match this season against Almeria.
Meanwhile, the host gained promotion from La Liga 2 last season, clinching the second-tier title earned by their superior goal difference. Do they have all it takes to remain at the top this season?
Out of 42 league games, Almeria lost just nine, picking up 24 wins and nine draws in the league throughout the season.
Not only were they accorded as a club with the best defensive record in the division, but they also finished with the second-best offensive record last season.
DU Almeria last featured in La Liga in 2014/15, losing 22 games out of their 38 league games, causing them to opt-out of the league.
Almeria have failed to win any of their previous ten league matches with the Super Cup winner, Real Madrid, and during their meetings, the newly promoted side have conceded at least three goals in each of their past five defeats to Los Blancos.
To prevent relegation and remain in the league this time around, Almeria must improve and show Madrid their best on the pitch on Sunday, if not, they suffer another embarrassment from the UEFA champions who will not hesitate to trash them.
On the other hand, last season La Liga Champions lost just four of their 38 league games, securing 26 wins and eight draws along the way.
Real Madrid netted 80 La Liga goals last season, with Golden Boot winner Karim Benzema scoring 27 goals in 32 appearances.
On Wednesday, Real Madrid added to their titles with a 2-0 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup with Benzema scoring his 324th goal for the club.
It’s noteworthy that Los Blancos only suffered three defeats in their last 30 La Liga outings. Therefore, it’s not gainsaying that Real Madrid, with their previous performances and brilliant results have the upperhand over Almeria. Hence, an away victory is sure. Although Almeria might be confident of causing an upset as they return to La Liga, Real Madrid have more than enough firepower to defeat the newcomers.