Newly promoted Almeria host reigning Spanish and European champions Real Madrid on Sunday night.
Almeria finished top of a tight Segunda Division last season, ending the campaign just one point above the playoffs after a nine-game unbeaten streak through April and May.
Real Madrid kicked off their season on Wednesday night with a 2-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup.
Here's everything you need to know about the meeting between the champions of Spain's top two tiers.
Where are Almeria vs Real Madrid playing?
- Location: Almeria, Spain
- Stadium: Power Horse Stadium
- Date: Sunday 14 August
- Kick-off Time: 21:00 BST / 16:00 EST / 13:00 PST
- VAR: Xavier Estrada Fernandez
- Referee: Juan Martinez Munuera
Where can you watch Almeria vs Real Madrid in the UK?
- Channel: Premier Sports 1
- Streaming Service: LaLigaTV
- Streaming Service: Premier Player
- Broadcast Time: 20:30 (BST)
Where can you watch Almeria vs Real Madrid in the United States?
- Streaming Service: ESPN+
- Broadcast Time EST: 16:00
- Broadcast Time PST: 13:00
Where can you watch Almeria vs Real Madrid in Canada?
- Channel: TSN
- Streaming Service: TSN App
- Broadcast Time (EST): 16:00
Where can you watch Almeria vs Real Madrid Highlights?
- Channel: Premier Sports
- Stream: La Liga YouTube channel
H2H Results (Last Five Games)
Almeria: 0 Wins
Real Madrid: 5 Wins
Current Form (Last Five Games)
Real Madrid: WLDWW
Almeria team news
Almeria's new-look squad may have avoided any injuries to open the season but, if anything, that only complicates Rubi's selection process. The Andalusians brought in nine players on permanent deals during the off-season, getting rid of ten from the squad that topped the Segunda.
Almeria predicted lineup vs Real Madrid
Almeria Starting 11: Pacheco; Pozo, Kaiky, Ely, Akieme; Eguaras, Samu; Portillo, Lazo, Ramazani; Sousa
Bench: Fernando, Fuoli, Robertone, De La Hoz, Curro, Appiah, Centelles, Martin, Mendes
Real Madrid team news
Dani Carvajal recovered from a sprained ankle during preseason to start against Frankfurt in midweek. With a fully fit squad at his disposal, Carlo Ancelotti plumped for the same XI that won Los Blancos a 14th European Cup against Liverpool last May. It proved a good decision.
Real Madrid Starting 11: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius
Bench: Lunin, Fernandez, Rudiger, Vallejo, Tchouameni, Valverde, Camavinga, Hazard, Asensio
Almeria vs Real Madrid score prediction
Madrid's gaze for the season ahead sits above a game against newly-promoted opposition. Multiple members of Real Madrid's squad have made it abundantly clear the goal is to win all six trophies available this season, a feat only Bayern Munich and Barcelona have achieved in Europe.
Even Almeria's goalkeeper, Fernando Martinez, admitted: "Real Madrid are the favourites," before adding a limp-wristed rallying call, "but we have our weapons." Whatever those threats may be, there is a strong chance Real Madrid will be able to overcome what they encounter on Sunday night.
Prediction: Almeria 0-2 Real Madrid