Almeria Vs Real Madrid Betting Tip: Draw at Half-Time – 14 August 2022

Slow burner in Andalusia as Los Blancos begin La Liga defence?

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Spain Almeria Vs Real Madrid Spain

Sunday, 14 August 2022 – 21:00 (BST)
Spanish La Liga
Pick: Half-Time result to be a Draw
Odds: 6/4
Bookmaker: Bet365
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 12 August 2022)

Preview: Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid, fresh from lifting La Liga and Champions League trophies in 2021-22, begin the defence of their 35th Spanish league title with a first foray to Almeria for seven years. With the team from Madrid having won comfortably – 4-1 and 5-0 – on their two most recent visits, what hope is there for an upset materialising at Power Horse Stadium?

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Almeria – Promoted side up against it from get-go?

Back in La Liga following a seven-year absence, the objective for Almeria in the season ahead is no different from the other newly-promoted sides. Avoiding the drop. Should they achieve that, this season would have to be regarded as an unmitigated success. They return as champions of the Segunda Division, after pipping Real Valladolid to the title by virtue of a superior record across the pair’s head-to-head matches.

The confidence garnered from topping the second tier should serve them well as they attempt to make the step up in class as smooth as possible. Moreover, they’ll need their solid home record from last season (W14 D4 L3) to hold up as well. According to some Spanish football experts, though, their summer transfer business has been underwhelming, leaving them susceptible ahead of a tricky set of opening fixtures.

Key Stat: Almeria would lose just three of 21 Segunda Division matches at home in 2021-22, and start the season having lost only one of their last nine league encounters (W6 D2) at their Power Horse Stadium.


Draw/Real Madrid (HT/FT Betting)



Real Madrid – More of the same from Spain’s champs?

All the signs from pre-season are that the defending La Liga champions are more or less than same team which won the league with numerous games to spare last time around, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. While others, particularly those whose aspirations hinge of challenging towards the top of the league, have seen a high turnover of first-team personnel, this Real Madrid side remain settled.

A league and Champions League double means expectations are higher, and this could be an issue for Carlo Ancelotti as he looks to find a balance between fitting in new faces – Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger – and keeping the established order content. Los Blancos have been known to slip up early too, dropping points in at least one of their first two away league games across each of the past four seasons.

Key Stat: Last season in La Liga, Real Madrid incurred the joint-fewest number of losses (4, same as Sevilla). However, three of these would come in away matches (W13 D3 L3).

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Almeria Vs Real Madrid Betting Advice

It took Real Madrid until October, in what was their eighth league game of the season, to suffer the first of just four La Liga defeats in 2021-22. Until then Carlo Ancelotti’s side had picked up six wins and a couple draws, laying those early foundations for a record 35th Spanish league title. That first defeat, however, would come at the home of Espanyol who, like Almeria, won the Segunda Division the season before.


Almeria Vs Real Madrid – Key Facts:

  • Real Madrid are the defending Spanish La Liga champions, taking on the champions from the Segunda Division last season. The pair last met in April of 2015, a 3-0 home win for Real Madrid who are unbeaten in H2H’s going back to 2008 (W8 D2).
  • Almeria lost three of 21 home games in Spain’s Segunda Division last term. All three were ‘to nil’. However, only four of Real Madrid’s 13 wins away from home in 2021-22 La Liga were accompanied by a clean sheet.
  • Karim Benzema scored away to each of last season’s three promoted teams, with all four of these strikes from the Frenchman arriving beyond the 70th minute.


Furthermore, Real Madrid have slipped up in either their first or second away league outing in each of the past four seasons. So there is precedent for a surprise occurring in Andalusia on Matchday 1. Los Blancos also toiled initially against last season’s promoted trio, failing to score a first-half goal on trips to Espanyol, Mallorca and Vallecano. Meanwhile, 12 of Almeria’s 21 home games last term were level at the break.

Best Betting Odds – Almeria Vs Real Madrid

Almeria – 13/2 (Betfair)
Draw – 4/1 (Bet365)
Real Madrid – 2/5 (Ladbrokes)