Villarreal are placed fifth in the standings with 28 points from 17 games, while Real Madrid have 38 points from 16 matches to be placed second in the table.
Real Madrid will be eyeing a revenge when they play host to Villarreal in the Copa del Rey round-of-16 contest on Thursday night. Normally, Real Madrid would be the favourites in this fixture, however, form is not on their side. Besides, Villarreal have the experience of beating Real Madrid not so long ago in La Liga. Hence, they would be confident of producing another upset on Thursday night.
Fresh from losing 3-1 to Barcelona in the final of the Supercopa de Espana, Real Madrid will be eager to get a quick response. However, it would not be an easy task against a spirited Villarreal, who defeated Real Madrid 2-1 earlier this month in La Liga. As things stand, Villarreal are placed fifth in the standings with 28 points from 17 games, while Real Madrid have 38 points from 16 matches to be placed second in the table.
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There will be a few absentees on both sides, with Villarreal set to miss the majority of them. Arnaut Danjuma, who is the subject of transfer speculation, is unlikely to be involved in this game. Besides, Juan Foyth and Kiko Femenia will also most likely miss this match. There are also question marks over the availability of Gerard Moreno, Alfonso Pedraza, Nicolas Jackson and Giovani Lo Celso. Meanwhile, Aurelien Tchouameni and David Alaba’s participation in this game for Real Madrid is doubtful. Besides, Lucas Vazquez will remain on the sidelines for some more weeks.
Villarreal possible line-up: Reina, Cuenca, Albiol, Torres, A. Moreno, Coquelin, Morlanes, Parejo, Chukwueze, Pino, Moreno
Real Madrid possible line-up: Courtois, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho, Mendy, Kroos, Camavinga, Modric, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr, Benzema
|Real Madrid||2-1 (W)|
|Last 5 matches (all competitions)||Results|
|Villarreal beat Real Madrid||2-1|
|Villarreal draw Real Madrid||0-0|
|Real Madrid draw Villarreal||0-0|
|Real Madrid beat Villarreal||2-1|
|Villarreal draw Real Madrid||1-1|
The Copa del Rey match between Villarreal and Real Madrid will take place at El Madrigal on Friday at 1:30 am IST.
The Copa del Rey match between Villarreal and Real Madrid can be seen on fuboTV España, TVE La 1, RTVE.es in Spain.
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