With Barcelona entertaining Villarreal on Saturday, Real Madrid have the advantage of knowing just what is required from this match though that said, Jose Mourinho demands the same thing from every game which is three points, pure and simple.
Real Madrid’s manager picked up a two match touchline ban in midweek which will keep Jose in the stands for this La Liga encounter, though where their new ‘presidential advisor’ Zinedine Zidane will watch the match from is unknown at the time of writing!
With Real Madrid remaining unbeaten in sixteen matches this season (having won twelve of those games), the reasoning for the new appointment is unclear, other than the role confirms Madrid’s ambition of winning every competition they contest.
Their German playmaker Mesut Ozil has slipped into his position as if he had playing in La Liga all his life, ensuring that Madrid remain one point clear of Barcelona, with a superior goal differential of seven over their great rivals.
Sporting Gijon lie in thirteenth position, hoping they might repeat the stalemate achieved last season, though Mourinho will remind his players that Madrid handed out a 4-0 thrashing to Sporting on their own patch the previous year.
Diego Castro has scored in three of the last four league games when Sporting have found the net, though stakes for him to score first should be kept to a minimum with Real Madrid starting the match as firm 2/7 favourites.