Real Madrid will lock horns with UD Almeria at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos on Sunday night as they look to kick off this La Liga campaign with a win on the road. Los Blancos managed to secure an impressive 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup in midweek which will give them a lot of confidence ahead of this season opener.
Carlo Ancelotti could stick with his favoured 4-3-3 formation and is expected to name the same starting XI that played versus Frankfurt. Karim Benzema will undoubtedly keep his place as the centre-forward following his goal-scoring display earlier this week.
4-3-3 Real Madrid Predicted Lineup To Face Almeria
Thibaut Courtois will resume his duties in between the sticks for the Madrid giants after earning a clean sheet in the Super Cup final in midweek. Eder Militao will continue to play alongside David Alaba at the centre of Ancelotti’s defence as they hope to keep the Almeria attackers quiet throughout the 90 minutes.
Dani Carvajal will get a chance to impress at right-back while Ferland Mendy hopes to produce a hard-working performance as the left-back. Both of them will have the freedom to get forward and create some decent chances in the final third.
Antonio Rudiger will be named on Real Madrid’s bench as he provides cover for the defensive positions.
Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric will once again make up Los Blancos’ midfield. The experienced trio would focus on dominating possession at the centre of the park and engineer a few meaningful opportunities for their teammates to find the back of the net.
Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchoumeni will be available for selection on the bench as they wait for their opportunity to catch the eye in the second 45 minutes if needed.
Vinicius Junior will get a chance to make a real difference from the left flank while Federico Valverde keeps his place on the other side as a right-sided wide player.
Karim Benzema will once again spearhead Ancelotti’s attack up top. The French striker didn’t take long to open up his goal-scoring account for this campaign after scoring in the second half against Frankfurt earlier this week. He will be expected to do most of the damage for the Madrid outfit in the final third.
Mariano Diaz will make up the numbers on the bench but might come on to make an impact in the latter stages if required.