Zinedine Zidane will be hoping that his reserves step up and perform well at Sporting's El Molinon. The French coach left Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Keylor Navas and Dani Carvajal out of the list, so it's time for James, Isco, Kovacic or Morata to prove their worth.
Next week will be very tough for Los Blancos, as they will host Bayern Munich on Tuesday and then Barcelona next Sunday. Those two games could be decisive for them, so it will be important for Zidane to have his starters fresh and completely ready to play and perform.
Sporting should be a manageable team for Real Madrid, although it's true that they desperately need the three points if they want to avoid relegation, so they will surely play with a lot of intensity and their fans will be wanting to play a big role. Madrid's reserves need to match that intensity and walk away with the win.
How to watch the Sporting Gijon-Real Madrid
Kick-off time: 16:15 CET, 10:15am EST.
Venue: Estadio El Molinon, Gijon, Spain.
Prediction: Sporting Gijon 1-3 Real Madrid
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