First thing to take notice of is that if Real Madrid win this match, Real Madrid would go top of the table level on points with Barcelona but Barcelona will still be at 1st position because of superior goal difference.
Eight points and six spots separate Real Madrid and Almería heading into tonight’s match at the Mediterranean Games Stadium, where Real Madrid players have never won in official competition. A victory by Real Madrid would be their eighth straight without a loss in league play and would situate them in first place alongside Barcelona.
Racing Santander’s upset against Valencia on Saturday left the top spot of the table up for grabs, and Real Madrid, who haven’t lost in eight straight league matches can claim a share of it with a victory over Almería tonight at 19:00 CET.
The Mediterranean Games Stadium has been unkind to Real Madrid, who have never left with three points in tow. Goals by Juanito and Negredo gave the hosts the win last season, but one year later the Madridistas have different plans for the only venue they have yet to conquer.
Cannavaro is likely to return to action and should line up in defense with Pepe, Ramos and Heinze. Higuaín and Raúl, meawhile, will lead the Madridista attack, which will be without Ruud van Nistelorooy, who stayed in Madrid with a bruisedrightknee. Higuaín has knocked in five goals to quickly become the team’s top scorer in La Liga.
Four former Madridistas
Real Madrid don’t just face past demons in Almería, but also four footballers who know Real Madrid inside and out. Negredo, Corona, Julio Álvarez and Nieto came up through the Madridista academy and will be looking to derail their former club.
Nieto is still nursing an injury, but Álvaro Negredo is sure to be in the starting eleven after serving a one match suspension against Rayo Vallecano in the side’s Cup opener.
Almería coach Gonzalo Arconada:
“[Real Madrid] have footballers who can quickly determine the outcomeofmatches.Theycanbeplayingpoorly