Real Madrid visit La Cerámica to avenge their 2-1 loss in the league two weeks ago.
Real Madrid hope to put their woeful form behind when they visit Estadio de la Cerámica to take on Villarreal in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side haven’t been at their best since the return of club football after the World Cup, and even in games that they ended up winning, they were unconvincing.
What will have also shaken the belief of the players and the coach is the humiliating 3-1 loss to Barcelona in the Supercopa de España final.
Los Blancos will miss the services of Luka Modrić, David Alaba, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vázquez – all integral to Ancelotti’s plans.
Villarreal, on the other hand, have enjoyed a good spell under new coach Quique Setién, who have climbed up to fifth place in La Liga and are tied on points with Atlético Madrid at 28, who sit in fourth spot.
They will fancy their chances of making it to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey after defeating the defending La Liga champions 2-1 two weeks ago.