Almeria vs Real Madrid: prediction for the La Liga fixture
Almeria put up a successful performance in the previous season and earned a promotion to the top-flight division for the first time since 2015. In 42 rounds the Red-Whites earned 24 victories and nine draws, delivering 81 points and a 2nd spot in the standings. Team also put up a best defensive performance in the league, conceding only 35 goals.
Team also got off to a decent start in the Spanish Cup, but eventually suffered a defeat to Elche. During the pre-season Rubi's men played six matches, winning three of them - they managed to beat Velez, San Fernando and Cartagena. Team signed some new players - Kaiky from Santos for 7 million euros, Alejandro Pozo from Sevilla for 3 million euros and Marko Milovanovic from Partizan for 3,5 million euros.
Martos and Nieto will miss the upcoming match due to injuries.
In the previous season Real won their 35th La Liga title. In 38 rounds the Whites have recorded 26 victories and eight draws, delivering 86 points and a top spot in the standings. Capital club also scored 80 goals, which is the best result in the league.
Team also succeeded in the Champions League, making it to the final and beating Liverpool in the title match. The Blancos also claimed the Spanish Super Cup. During the off-season club signed Aurelien Tchouameni, a defensive midfielder from Monaco for 80 million euros.
On August 10, the Galacticos secured a 2:0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt at Helsinki, claiming the UEFA Super Cup trophy. Rodrygo won't be able to play today due to a muscle injury.
In four latest home matches of Madrid goals were scored in both halves
Real Madrid won five latest head-to-head matches
This bet played in 3 of 5 latest matches of the hosts
In 3 of 5 latest head-to-head matches no penalties were awarded
Almeria got a tough opponent for the first match back at La Liga, so they will try to put up a cautious defensive performance. Real are head and shoulders above the opponent though, it is unacceptable for Madrid side to drop points in the match against Almeria. The Blancos should be able to start the season with a victory.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (-1,5) on Real Madrid
In our opinion, champion will teach a lesson to Almeria today, Madrid side has a much better squad. Real won each of two latest head-to-head matches by three goals and we are expecting the same result today.
Our second bet is on Real to win by three goals