The only doubt in Zinedine Zidane’s starting eleven to face Sporting de Gijon was whether the Frenchman would pick Isco or James Rodriguez for midfield. The new Real Madrid manager has finaly chosen the Spaniard, who will feature alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
Raphael Varane will come in to replace injured Sergio Ramos, as expected. Marcelo, Pepe and Daniel Carvajal complete the defense line.
In the forward line, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo will be the main threat for Sporting. Keylor Navas will start on goal as usual.
This is Real Madrid’s starting eleven: Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos, Isco; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Meanwhile, Abelardo Fernandez has made more changes than expected.
This is Sporting Gijon’s starting eleven: Cuellar; Lora, Hernandez, Mere, Lopez; Sergio, Cases; Jony Rodriguez, Halilovic, Alex Menendez; Guerrero.