Real Madrid are away at Almeria on Saturday with Carlo Ancelotti's side chasing a second win from as many La Liga games so far this season. Los Blancos won 2-0 away at Athletic Club while Vicente Moreno's side were beaten by the same score at home by Rayo Vallecano. Rodrygo and Jude Bellingham did the damage for Real who are starting this campaign fast while bitter rivals Barcelona could only manage a goalless opening day draw.
Here's our storylines, how you can watch the match and more:
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How to watch and odds
- Date: Saturday, August 19 | Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Power Horse Stadium -- Almeria, Spain
- TV/Live stream: ESPN+
- Odds: Almeria +750; Draw: +400; Real -286
Almeria: Leo Baptistao and Martin Svidersky are both out injured but Marc Pubill and Sergio Arribas are both eyeing starts after the opening loss to Rayo. Luis Suarez is expected to lead the line while Adri Embarba should be on the left again and Edgar Gonzalez is expected to marshal the defense.
Potential Almeria XI: Marino; Pubill, E Gonzalez, Babic, Akieme; Robertone, Baba; Arribas, Ramazani, Embarba; Suarez.
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Real: Eder Militao will be out for a lengthy period after his ACL injury in Bilbao while Thibaut Courtois could also miss the entire season with an ACL of his own and Arda Guler also just underwent surgery. Ferland Mendy and Dani remain out while Eduardo Camavinga needs a late fitness test. Antonio Rudiger should replace Militao but Andriy Lunin is likely to start again despite Kepa's arrival.
Potential Real XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, F Garcia; Valverde, Tchouameni, Camavinga; Bellingham; Vinicius, Rodrygo.
This one should be straightforward enough for Real with Almeria not looking capable of casuing them too many problems. Although the hosts will want to show better than they did against Rayo, the visitors should be good enough to win without conceding. Pick: Almeria 0, Real 2.