These two finished first and second in last season’s Segunda División, so who will claim three precious Primera points in this Monday night match-up?
Of the two, Almería’s return to the top-flight has been considerably more impressive so far.
On the opening weekend, Largie Ramazani gave Rojiblancos a shock lead at home to Real Madrid, only for the champions to fight back and win 2-1.
However, since then, Rubi’s team are unbeaten, first holding Elche to a draw, followed by last weekend’s comeback victory over Sevilla.
Ramazani on target again, with Umar Sadiq bagging the winner at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos.
Real Valladolid meantime, who ended up behind Almería on head-to-head record alone last season, are yet to win this time round.
Blanquivioletas were demolished 4-0 at Camp Nou by Barcelona last Sunday and, in truth, were outclassed in every department.
A week earlier, Pacheta’s team had got off the mark, holding Sevilla to a 1-1 draw, with Anuar Tuhami on target.
Back at Estadio José Zorrilla, will Valladolid supporters be celebrating a first victory of the season?