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  • April 14, 2012
  • • 2:00 PM
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero
  • • Attendance: 72000
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La Liga Preview: Real Madrid - Sporting Gijon

La Liga Preview: Real Madrid - Sporting Gijon

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Los Merengues begin a potentially season-defining week with a home encounter against Javier Clemente's men, followed straight after by trips to Bayern Munich and Barcelona.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao
Khedira, Sahin
Higuain, Ozil, Callejon
Benzema
SPORTING GIJON

Juan Pablo
Orfila, Botia, Hernandez, Canella
Lora, Cases
Trejo, Colunga, De las Cuevas
Barral

Jose Mourinho may opt to rest some of his players for Saturday's visit of Sporting Gijon with an eye on the midweek Champions League semifinal away to Bayern Munich.

Ricardo Carvalho (thigh) remains sidelined, while Nuri Sahin is in line to make his first La Liga start in place of the suspended Xabi Alonso. Cristiano Ronaldo could start on the bench, as the Portugal star will miss next week's El Clasico through suspension should he pick up a yellow card.

Sporting will be without Gregory, Sebastian Eguren and Carmelo, who are all sidelined through injury. Pedro Orfila, Roberto Canella and Oscar Trejo sustained knocks in Wednesday's win over Levante but are expected to make the trip to the capital.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid is on a 17-match unbeaten run in La Liga (W14, D3).
  • Los Merengues need to score four more goals to surpass their own record for most goals struck in a single Liga season (107 in 1989-90).
  • Should Crisitiano Ronaldo (pictured right) score on Saturday, he will beat his own record for most goals scored by a player in a single Liga campaign (40 in 2010-11).
  • Sporting Gijon has won just three of its last 15 matches in La Liga.
  • Having shipped an average of 1.9 goals per game this season, the Asturians have the leakiest defense in the Primera Division.
  • A Miguel de las Cuevas goal gave Sporting a famous 1-0 win at the Bernabeu in this corresponding fixture last season.

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1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
12MarceloDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
7José Callejón Striker
1AdànGoalkeeper
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
8KakáMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
13Juan PabloGoalkeeper
-BotíaDefender
14Iván HernándezMidfielder
-CanellaDefender
2Damián SuárezDefender
4Alejandro GálvezDefender
-Moises GarciaDefender
11LoraMidfielder
8De las CuevasMidfielder
18TrejoMidfielder
10SangoyStriker
25Pichu CuéllarGoalkeeper
10AyozeDefender
-André CastroMidfielder
21Nacho CasesMidfielder
8RicardoMidfielder
-Mate BilicStriker
9Adrián ColungaStriker

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