Real Madrid left the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening with an excellent 2-1 win over Bayern Munich, yet manager Zinedine Zidane admitted afterwards he was a little disappointed the side had not scored more goals. Los Blancos had Bayern on the ropes and only the heroics of Manuel Neuer prevented a heavier defeat for the Germans.
The second leg at the Bernabeu on Tuesday will be in Zidane's thoughts when he selects a side to face Sporting Gijon on Saturday afternoon and expect plenty of changes in the starting XI.
The likes of Marco Asensio, Alvaro Morata and Mateo Kovacic will almost certainly start while Cristiano Ronaldo could be well be rested given that Real Madrid's next match after the clash with Bayern is the Clasico against Barcelona.
Nevertheless the visitors should be too strong for a Sporting side who look doomed to relegation sitting five points clear of safety. Bet365 who are live streaming the game for UK based customers offer a home win at 11/2 (6.50) while Real Madrid can be backed at 2/5 (1.40) and the draw is offered at 4/1 (5.00).
In Real Madrid's last away game Zidane made nine changes to the side with Los Blancos playing well and winning 4-2 at Leganes, while the manager also rested players away to Eibar last month and recorded a 4-1 win.
A changed side should not be an impediment to a Madrid victory, and on the road the European champions have been scoring freely and winning. Zidane's men have won their last six away matches in all competition, while in La Liga they have recorded 10 wins on the road.
In eight of those wins they have scored over 2.5 goals and a repeat is offered at a hugely tempting 6/5 (2.20). Sporting have conceded at least three goals at home on six occasions this term - including against both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid - and they look incapable of stopping an in-form Real Madrid side from getting among the goals.