Real Madrid vs Sporting Gijon
Spanish La Liga
Date: 26, November 2016; Saturday.
Kick Off at 15:15 UK
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid.
Real Madrid go into matchday 13 with four points clear-off Barcelona at the summit of La Liga. Having scored 18 goals in their last 5 La Liga matches and with on form Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid will be looking to extend their lead or at least keep four points ahead. Their opponent this week is the struggling Gijon side, who have accumulated only 9 points out of the 12 matches played and currently sit in the relegation zone.
The absence of the likes of Gareth Bale and Pepe from the squad may mean Madrid will have to adjust their play a bit, but this is certainly not something Zidane’s boys are not up to.
Gijon on the other side are already fighting for survival in the top flight of Spanish football and will be looking to snatch a difficult point at Bernabeu. If they were to surprise the hosts and score a goal, it would likely be through the Croatian forward Duje Cop, who has scored 5 and assisted 2 so far this season. With that said, it is likely Gijon will be looking to defend a lot more than press forward.
Real Madrid vs Gijon: Head-to-Head Stats
When looking at their head to head statistics, we can see that Real Madrid have the upper hand, as they do against most Spanish sides. They have won 3 out of their last 5 meetings, the last one at Bernabeu finishing in a 5-1 thrashing of Gijon. It was five years ago when Gijon last won points on this stadium with a 0-1 win in 2011.
Real Madrid vs Gijon: Prediction
There is no doubt that Los Blancos will press hard at home against Gijon to maintain their hard fought lead at the top of the table just ahead of El Classico. This leaves Gijon in dire straits as they will have to fight all the might of Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo and we give them bleak chances at best.
Real Madrid vs Gijon: Betting Tips
Real Madrid to Win To Nil: 4/5 (1.80)
Cristiano Ronaldo To Score First: 11/5 (3.20).