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CONFIRMED lineups: Real Madrid vs Sporting Gijon, 2016 La Liga

James starts.

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Real Madrid published the starting XI for La Liga match against Sporting Gijon at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid Starting XI: Navas, Danilo, Pepe, Ramos, Nacho, Modric, Kovacic, James, Vazquez, Ronaldo, Benzema.

Sporting Gijon Starting XI: Mariño, Douglas, Meré, Amorebieta, Lillo, Isma, Carmona, Sergio, Rachid, Moi and Cop.

As Zinedine Zidane confirmed during the pre-match press conference, Sergio Ramos has been included in Real Madrid's starting lineup, meaning that the Spanish defender must avoid getting booked if he wants to face FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou next week. It'd have been wise to start Pepe and Nacho and give Ramos some rest, but Zidane decided to focus on this match instead.

However, the French coach decided to make some rotations with Marcelo and Carvajal, while James will also replace Isco in the starting XI and Vazquez will play in Bale's spot.

It will be important for Madrid to provide a consistent effort in order to gain some momentum ahead of El Clasico.

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