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Real Madrid vs. Almeria prediction, odds, line: Soccer expert reveals 2022 La Liga picks, bets for August 14

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MONACO - NOVEMBER 21: Timo Werner of RB Leipzig celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group G match between AS Monaco and RB Leipzig at Stade Louis II on November 21, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. © Provided by CBS Sports

MONACO - NOVEMBER 21: Timo Werner of RB Leipzig celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group G match between AS Monaco and RB Leipzig at Stade Louis II on November 21, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco.

Real Madrid's quest for a record 36th Spanish La Liga title begins Sunday with a match against newly-promoted Almeria. Los Blancos won the league title by 13 points over rival Barcelona last season, and they also defeated Liverpool in the Champions League final. They added another trophy this week with a 2-0 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Almeria is back in the top division of La Liga for the first time since 2014-15, and just the seventh time in 34 seasons. 

Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET at Power Horse Stadium in Almeria, Spain. The latest Almeria vs. Real Madrid odds from Caesars Sportsbook list Real Madrid as the -195 favorite (risk $195 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line. Almeria is the +500 underdog, a regulation draw is listed at +350 and the over/under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before locking in any Real Madrid vs. Almeria picks or bets, be sure you check out the 2022-23 Spanish La Liga predictions from renowned soccer bettor Jon "Buckets" Eimer.

Eimer is a high-volume bettor who has vast knowledge of leagues and players across the globe. Since joining SportsLine, Eimer has covered the English Premier League, Serie A, the FA Cup and much more. He is 204-187-7 on his SportsLine picks in 2022, which includes a run of 51-34-1 on his last 86 picks (59.3 percent) for a profit of more than $900 for $100 bettors.

Now, Eimer has taken a close look at the Almeria vs Real Madrid matchup from all sides and just locked in his picks and La Liga predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Real Madrid vs. Almeria:

  • Almeria vs Real Madrid spread: Real Madrid -1.5 (+130)
  • Almeria vs Real Madrid over/under: 2.5 goals 
  • Almeria vs Real Madrid money line: Almeria +500, Real Madrid -195, Draw +350 
  • ALM: It has lost just once in its six La Liga season openers (2-3-1) 
  • RM: Real Madrid is 9-2-1 against Almeria, with 38 goals in the 12 games
  • Almeria vs. Real Madrid picks: See picks here.

Why you should back Real Madrid

Los Blancos should come out firing in search of more hardware, and they won't have much acclimating to do. They didn't do a lot in the transfer window after a dominant season that saw them post a league-high 80 goals while conceding just 31 (second-fewest). Antonio Rudiger was brought in from Chelsea to add fire to the defense, but the team will continue to revolve around Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior up top, a stellar midfield and an elite goalkeeper. Benzema led the league with 27 goals in 2021-22, while 21-year-old Vinicius scored 17 and had 10 assists.  

Luka Modric (eight assists), Toni Kroos (three) and Casemiro, (three) will drive the attack with their creativity, and wing back David Alaba will do it all. The 29-year-old is one of the best players in the world, whether he is bringing the ball up the field before whipping in crosses, defending or pouncing on loose balls. He and Benzema both scored in the win against Frankfurt. Los Blancos also have one of the world's top goalkeepers in Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian had 16 clean sheets and a 76.7 save percentage, both second-best in La Liga last season.

Why you should back Almeria

Los Rojiblancos should be a dangerous team as long as Sadiq is leading the attack. The striker has bounced around -- he has played for five teams in Italy already in his young career -- but he has settled in at Almeria. He has scored 38 goals and set up 13 more in his two seasons with the squad. He will be out to put on a show for a home crowd that will be in very high spirits for the return of top-flight football. Largie Ramazani, who signed with Manchester United at age 16 and is now 21, is likely to join Sadiq up front. The Belgian forward had eight goals in 2021-22. 

It won't be easy for Real Madrid to get past the Almeria defense and goalkeeper Fernando. The 32-year-old shared the division lead with 16 clean sheets and was fourth in save percentage last season. Almeria conceded just 35 goals in its 42 matches, the fewest in the Segunda Division. The squad added Kaiky, Houboulang Mendes and Alejandro Pozo for depth in the back. It is likely to sit back and absorb the pressure of Real Madrid while trying to spring Sadiq and Ramazani on counter-attacks. That has been a vulnerability for Madrid's defense at times.

How to make La Liga and Almeria vs Real Madrid picks

Eimer has analyzed Sunday's Almeria vs Real Madrid Spanish La Liga opener from every angle. He is going over on the goal total and also has provided two confident best bets and a full breakdown of the match. He's only sharing his Spanish La Liga picks here.

So who wins Real Madrid vs. Almeria in Sunday's Spanish La Liga matchup? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for the Almeria vs Real Madrid match, all from the soccer expert who is up more than $900 on his recent picks and has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the world, and find out.


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