Partido; Real Madrid - Sporting Gijón
Estadio; Santiago Bernabéu
Matches coming thick and fast now, the seasons' first midweek schedule sees the visit of Sporting to the Bernabeu in what looks like a straightforward three points. Sporting were crushed 6-1 at home to Barca at the weekend and arrive here with a point to prove. Schuster is more worried about keeping everyone fresh, especially with next week's match iin St.Petersburg. Diarra is getting rested and with Guti, Gago and Sneijder all out - Javi Garcia will partner DLR in central midfield. Ruud Van Nistelrooy is set to start on the subtitutes bench.