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  • April 14, 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero
  • • Attendance: 72000
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Real Madrid - Sporting Gijon Preview: Mourinho's side can stretch their Liga lead to seven points with victory

Real Madrid - Sporting Gijon Preview: Mourinho's side can stretch their Liga lead to seven points with victory

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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 semi-final 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 are 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 have won just three of their last 15 matches in La Liga.
  • Having shipped an average of 1.9 goals per game this season, the Asturians have the leakiest defence 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.

Players to watch

K. Benzema

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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It may have taken a while, but the Frenchman finally seems to be fulfilling his potential at Madrid with some sharp displays in front of goal. Between him, Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo, they have scored an incredible 77 goals in La Liga this campaign.

De las Cuevas

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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An attacking midfielder who is equally adept at playing on the wings and in a central role behind the striker, the 25-year-old will be looking to repeat his heroics in this corresponding fixture last season, when his late goal ended Mourinho's nine-year unbeaten home league record.

Editor's Prediction

Despite their shock win over Levante, Sporting are in crisis amid reports of a rift between Clemente and his players after he appeared to criticise the quality of his squad. There are no such concerns for the Madridistas, but Mourinho will want a commanding display from his team to build momentum heading in to heavyweight clashes with Bayern and Barcelona.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Real Madrid

Sporting Gijón

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol Real Madrid
Draw
Real Sporting de Gijón SPO
Real Sporting de Gijón Sporting Gijón
84%

Top 3 Predictions

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
5 - 0
Real Sporting de Gijón SPO
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
4 - 0
Real Sporting de Gijón SPO
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
3 - 0
Real Sporting de Gijón SPO

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