Real Madrid v Gijon, Sat 19:00
With the finish line now in sight, the Real Madrid players and management staff alike will be hoping that their considerable work done in the first half of the season will be enough to see them through to reclaiming the La Liga title as Victor Chandler offer long odds on Sporting Gijon to cause a huge upset at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The fixture showcases two sides going in complete opposite direction with the hosts sitting at the summit of the Spanish top flight while Gijon look likely candidates to see the drop.
Real would be naïve to take anything for granted going into this fixture however after drawing three of their last six league fixtures.
With those points dropped, Los Merengues have seen their advantage over Barcelona – who remain firmly on their heels in second spot – drop to just four points in less than a month.
That being said, one would think that Jose Mourinho’s men are capable of riding out the pressure this weekend with the statistics going massively in their favour.
The Madrid outfit may have slipped up in recent weeks but they have still scored an average of 3.75 goals per game when performing at home this season.
Their defence is almost as impressive but the Spanish giants have surprisingly found themselves leaking less goals when away from home rather than in front of their own supporters.
One man who is confident of leading his team to victory is 50 goal man, Cristiano Ronaldo who, speaking ahead of this weekend’s match, said:
“Still there is a little way to go but the league is near now. We were anxious going into the game as we knew that Barca had won but now we are relaxed,”
The Portuguese star added: “Losing is not a word in my vocabulary. We knew it would be a difficult game against Atletico and they played very well so I am happy with the result. I am not looking for personal records but titles for Real Madrid and I have to thank my teammates because without them I would not have scored.”
Javier Clemente’s Sporting Gijon travel to the Bernabeu having lost four of their last six fixtures, and with the worst defence in the Primera Liga, look likely to add a fifth on Saturday.