Sporting de Gijon's reward for being promoted after a three-year hiatus from La Liga will probably feel more like a punishment as they well the world's most expensive side in Real Madrid.
Madrid, who finished last season as runner-ups to Barcelona will want to go one better and look to the guidance of Madridista Rafa Benitez who is finally back in Spanish football after spending over ten years in England and Italy.
All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale who reportedly had issues last season as they struggled to coexist together.
The duo start today but this appears to be at the cost of Karim Benzema's place in the starting line up, sparking more rumours about a move to Arsenal.
Team sheets below: