Almeria won the previous term of Segunda Division to secure the return to the elite class football after a seven-year absence.
The team led by Rubi will have the chance to enjoy a spectacular “new” debut in the top flight with the clash against the reigning champions Real Madrid on Sunday evening at their Power Horse Stadium – Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos.
Almeria had by far the best defensive record in the previous term of Segunda Division with 35 goals conceded in 42 outings.
It will be very interesting to see how this defensive line (the team’s main strength) will cope with one of the deadliest attacking lines not only in Spain but in whole Europe on Sunday.
Real Madrid enter the new season with the highest ambitions as always. They did not change much the squad that won both La Liga and UEFA Champions League last season.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team is actually even stronger having signed the likes of Antonio Rudiger (free transfer) and Aurelien Tchouameni from Chelsea and Monaco respectively.
Madrid did not play much football in the pre-season. They eased past Italian Serie A heavyweights Juventus in the final pre-season check two weeks ago on the US soil (2-0).
Almeria vs Real Madrid Head-to-head
Almeria vs Real Madrid Prediction
Almeria’s back line looked below par in the recent pre-season friendlies since the team allowed two goals in three of the previous four checks despite facing the likes of Cordoba, San Fernando CD, and Granada in the process.
Real Madrid should have plenty of space to deliver up front here. Karim Benzema was the last season’s top scorer in La Liga with 27 goals to his name. We will back the Frenchman to score anytime here at the 1.72 odds.
Almeria vs Real Madrid Betting Tips
Karim Benzema to score anytime @ 1.72 (8/11)
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