Almeria Vs Real Madrid – Carlo Ancelotti’s Side Will Want To Show They Mean Business This Season

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Almeria vs Real Madrid: Carlo Ancelotti’s team will be looking to prove they are serious this season. We can also expect them to have a good start against promoted opponents.

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Almeria vs Real Madrid. Prediction

Real Madrid Hope Continuity proves to be the winning ticket

Last season was almost perfect for Real Madrid. Los Blancos lost in the quarterfinal to Athletic Bilbao, meaning they didn’t win Copa del Rey. However, they were able to get the Champions League title and La Liga title. Carlo Ancelotti’s side took top spot in Spain after a 4-1 thrashing of Granada on November 21 and did not relinquish it until the end of the campaign.

Even more remarkable was their victory in Europe. Madrid faced the French champions-elect at Paris Saint-Germain and holders Chelsea. They also had to face the English champions-elect at Manchester City. This was one of the most difficult paths to the final. Madrid fought hard to defeat all three of these teams, despite being at the brink of elimination. Los Blancos, the underdogs against Liverpool in the final, once more found a way.

It has been an unusually quiet summer, compared to what happened in Barcelona. Madrid had hoped to host Kylian Mbappe at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. But the France international made a 180-degree turn and committed his future to PSG. It didn’t matter. Madrid took the Champions League title a few days later and then negotiated deals with Antonio Rudiger, Aurelien Chouameni and others in an efficient and quick manner.

Madrid hopes that stability and continuity will be their winning formula this season, as Barcelona embarked upon a team revamp and made use of dubious funding methods. Rudiger is the only remaining regular starter from last season. Madrid must eventually phase out Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos. However, that is not yet the case.

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Almeria’s Objective Is to Finish Above the Dreaded Dotted Line

Almeria have altogether more modest ambitions this season. The Andalusian team is back after seven years of being in the Segunda Division. They hope to stay for longer than the previous two seasons. This will only be their seventh ever season at the top table of Spanish soccer, so it is no surprise that Almeria are among the favorites to suffer relegation from La Liga in 2022/23.

Promotion was close last year. Almeria was leading the way in second tier, from mid-October through mid-January. However, a five-game losing streak threatened to end their season.

Almeria struggled in March, dropping out of automatic promotion positions after a draw at Huesca at April’s beginning. However, they managed to get over the line again and secured the top spot even though they failed to win their two previous matches.

Almeria will continue to fight for its survival under former Espanyol head coach Rubi. The club is owned by the Saudi Arabian sheik Turki bin Abdul Mohsen bin Abdul Latif Al Al-Sheikh, whose recruitment strategy so far this summer has focused on acquiring younger players such as the 18-year-old duo Kaiky and Marko Milovanovic. The money behind them should help Almeria to finish 17th or higher.

Real Madrid Should Take Victory at the First Weekend Almeria may need some time to get back on track. However, a meeting in Madrid is an incredible opportunity to ignite the flames. Their task is slightly easier than going to Bernabeu. The Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos will rock before the match starts, however, Almeria will challenge it on matchday 1.

Indeed it’s hard to imagine Madrid winning this match. Although the Blancos don’t have any new players to settle in, Rudiger and Tchouameni had ample time to get to know Ancelotti and to bond with each other. Madrid should therefore be able to largely pick up from where they left off in 2021/22.

This is bad news to Almeria. However, matches like these will not decide their fate. Rubi won’t be too hard on his players if things don’t go as planned. As they seek to defend their title, Ancelotti’s team should win both halves of Sunday’s match.

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How to Watch Almeria vs Real Madrid

Teams Almeria vs Real Madrid Location Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos, Almeria, Spain Time Sunday, 14 August 2022, 16. 00 PM EST How to watch ESPN+

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