Real Madrid begin their 2022-23 La Liga campaign by locking horns with Almeria on Sunday at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men head into this game after a comfortable UEFA Super Cup win over Eintracht Frankfurt and will be hoping to continue their rich vein of form against the newly promoted La Liga side as well.
Almeria qualified for the First Division after finishing top of the Segunda Division last season with 81 points in their kitty. They spent seven seasons in Segunda before qualifying for La Liga for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign. OBJECTIVE has all the information you need to watch the action live.
Almeria vs Real Madrid kick off date and time
How to watch Almeria vs Real Madrid on TV and live online
The La Liga game will be shown in the UK on First Sport 1 and La Liga TV. It will be available to stream live through first player.
While in the United States, ESPN will broadcast the game.
Real Madrid squad and squad news
Real Madrid will miss the services of Rodrygo goes as the Brazilian treats muscle discomfort. Apart from him, Ancelotti has everyone available as there are no more injury concerns. However, Reinier Jesus hasn’t trained with the squad as he nears a loan move away from the club.
The Italian manager doesn’t really like to cobble together a winning combination and it wouldn’t be surprising if he starts with the same XI that played against Frankfurt in midweek.
New signings Antonio Rudiger and Aurélien Tchouameni could start on the bench again and join the action later in the second half. Ancelotti has used Rudiger as a left-back a few times, but the German defender will mostly play in his natural centre-back position.
“Rudiger can play at left-back, he will do a good job there – but he will mainly play as a centre-back,” Ancelotti said.
Eleven possible from Real Madrid: Courteous; Mendy, Alaba, Militao, Carvajal; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Vinicius Jr., Benzema, Valverde.
Almeria squad and squad news
Almeria have some injury issues to deal with ahead of the game. They will be without a right-back Juanjo Nieto and central defender Ivan Martos as both recover from cruciate ligament injuries.
Meanwhile, the midfielder Arnau Puigmal also remains a doubt after complaining of muscle discomfort in training.
It will be interesting to find out how Umar Sadiq fares against a top side as he scored 18 goals and provided 12 assists in Segunda last season. Villarreal are pursuing his signing but negotiations between the two clubs have yet to pick up speed.
New signings in kaiky, Fernando Pacheco, Houboulang Mendes, and Alexander Pozo are all likely to debut at some point in the game.
Almeria possible XI: Pacheco; Pozo, Kaiky, Ely, Akieme; Eguaras, Samu; Portillo, Lazo, Ramazani; Sadistic.