Another season will get underway in Spain for Almería and Real Madrid. It will be a special one for the hosts, as they return to La Liga after a seven-year absence, but facing the defending champions will not be an easy task for Rubi's squad.
Almería claimed their spot in La Liga by winning the 2021-22 Segunda División title thanks to their better goal difference against Valladolid. Now, it will be time to prove that things have changed for this team since the 2014-15 season, the last one in which they were able to play in the Spanish top-flight. The team seems to have the necessary tools to survive at least this season among the top teams in the country, but it will be in games such as this one where they will be required to show their best form.
Facing them will be Real Madrid, who come to this season trying to defend their 2021-22 La Liga title. It will not be an easy task for Ancelotti's men to win back-to-back titles, but he surely has the manpower to accomplish such a feat. Los Merengues are always under pressure to win more trophies, and this season will give them quite a challenge in that department judging by what other teams have hired and due to their impressive season, where they managed to win the Spanish top-flight with a thirteen-point margin over their nearest competitors.
Almería vs Real Madrid - Team news
Almería will be making their return to La Liga in high spirits, with a host of new players joining the recently promoted team after their successful 2021-22 campaign. Los Almerienses did not waste any time to add talent to their roster, and they surely found suitable footballers for their purposes, including Srdan Babic, Gui Guedes, and center-back Kaiky, who used to play for Santos FC. These players, along with Rodrigo Ely, Chumi, and Umar Sadiq are bound to become key to the team's survival chances.
On the other hand, Real Madrid have no need for an introduction. Los Blancos return to the league with the need to win it all, and with additions such as Antonio Rüdiger and Aurelien Tchouameni, the team seems fit for such a big challenge. The team parted ways with historic players such as Gareth Bale, Isco, and Marcelo during the offseason, but fans and experts believe that those absences won't matter when the time to win trophies comes.
Almería - Injured: Juanjo, Iván Martos.
Real Madrid - Injured: Dani Carvajal, Rodrygo.
Almería vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head
This will be the first La Liga match between these teams since April 29, 2015. That game ended with a three-nil win for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid are unbeaten against Almería in their last six games. Out of those, Los Blancos have beaten the red and white club five times.
Almería's last win against Real Madrid took place on February 2, 2008. That game saw Los Indálicos claiming a two-nil win over Los Merengues at home.
Speaking about home games, Almería have lost three of their last six against Real Madrid when playing as hosts.
Real Madrid have outscored Almería 13-6 when playing at Power Horse Stadium.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has faced Almería four times. He has won all of those matches with Los Blancos.
Rubí, Almería's coach, has only beaten Real Madrid once in six previous attempts. The other games have ended in one draw and four defeats for his teams.
Almería vs Real Madrid: Broadcast info
In Spain: Movistar+, Movistar Laliga, Movistar Laliga 2.
In the U.S.: ESPN+.
In the U.K.: Premier Sports 1, Premier Player HD, LaLigaTV.
In France: beIN Sports 1, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, Free.
In the Netherlands: Ziggo Sport 14, Ziggo Sport Select.
In Canada: TSN App, TSN.ca, TSN2.
In Argentina: DIRECTV Sports Argentina, DIRECTV Sports App.
In Mexico: Blue To Go Video Everywhere, Sky HD.
In Australia: Optus Sport.
Almería vs Real Madrid Broadcast Information
Stadium: Power Horse Stadium – Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos (Almería)
Canada: TSN2, TSN App, TSN.ca
France: beIN Sports 1, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, Free
Germany: DAZN, DAZN1
India: Voot Select, MTV India
Indonesia: beIN Sports 1 Indonesia, beIN Sports 3 Indonesia, Vidio, beIN Sports Connect Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Connect Malaysia, beIN Sports Malaysia
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport 14, Ziggo Sport Select
Nigeria: SuperSport GOtv LaLiga, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Laliga Nigeria, DStv Now, SuperSport MáXimo 3
Portugal: Eleven Sports 1 Portugal
Spain: Movistar+, Movistar Laliga 2, Movistar Laliga
Turkey: S Sport+, S Sport
United Kingdom: Premier Sports 1, LaLigaTV, Premier Player HD
United States: ESPN App, ESPN+