Real Madrid defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 to lift the UEFA super cup trophy last Wednesday, while the hosts are heading into the match on the back of a narrow 1-0 win over FC Cartagena a friendly.
Almeria will host defending champions Real Madrid in their 2022-23 La Liga opener at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos on Sunday night. The hosts are heading into the match on the back of a narrow 1-0 win over FC Cartagena, in their final friendly of the summer. Real Madrid, on the other hand, defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 to lift the UEFA super cup trophy last Wednesday. Los Blancos had a stunning season last term, winning the league title and the Champions League. The hosts, meanwhile, won the Segunda Division title to earn promotion to the top tier of Spanish football.
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Almeria participated in three friendlies this summer, starting with a loss to Cordoba, before getting the better of San Fernando and Cartagena. In their most recent outing, Alejandro Pozo’s lone strike was enough to secure the win. La Union have bolstered their squad by signing Kaiky, Fernando Pacheco, Houboulang Mendes and Alejandro Pozo. Almeria spent seven seasons in the second division of Spanish football before finally earning promotion to the top division last term.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, have been very quiet in the transfer market, central defender Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea and Aurelien Tochouameni have been the two signings so far. Carlo Ancelott’s side had a mixed pre-season, recording one win, a defeat and a draw. However, the Los Blancos put up a brilliant performance in their first competitive match of the new season, against Frankfurt last Wednesday. David Alaba and Karim Benzema found the back of the net for the Whites to secure the first title of the season.
Almeria’s defensive duo of Juanjo Nieto and Ivan Martos are sidelined due to injuries Midfielder Arnau Puigmal is also doubtful because of a muscular problem. Meanwhile, Sadiq, who netted 18 goals last term in the last season, is expected to partner Ramazani up front. As for Real Madrid, head coach Ancelotti has a near fully-fit squad at his disposal, with Reinier Jesus and Rodrygo being the only two absentees. Karim Benzema is likely to lead the line with Vinicius and Valverde in support.
Almeria probable starting lineup: Fernando; Pozo, Ely, Babic, Akieme, De la Hoz, Costa, Robertone; Portillo, Sadiq, Ramzani
Real Madrid probable starting lineup: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius
The La Liga fixture between Almeria and Real Madrid will take place at Estadio Mediterranio on Monday at 1:30 am IST.
|Almeria vs Real Madrid||Key details|
|Date||August 12 (Spain)|
|Kickoff time in Spain||10:00 pm (Sunday)|
|Kickoff time in India||1:30 pm (Monday)|
The live coverage of the match is available on Sports18 network, Voot Select and MTV India.