Both teams released the starting lineups for the game that will start in less than one hour.
Villarreal Starting XI: Areola, Musacchio, Bailly, Víctor Ruiz, J. Costa- Trigueros, Bruno, Dos Santos, Denis- Bakambu, Soldado
Real Madrid Starting XI: Navas, Danilo, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, James, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.
It's definitely surprising to see Casemiro starting in Toni Kroos' spot, even though the German hasn't been playing great ever since the season started. Casemiro will be the team's defensive midfielder and this probably means that James might play in the midfield too, allowing the team to play in the successful 4-3-3 formation that saw the team completing good performances lately.
Still, it's clear that Toni Kroos is a better player than Casemiro, so this choice might not last for very long. Casemiro's physical presence will be useful against Villarreal's midfield and that's probably why Benítez chose this lineup, so nobody should read much into this starting XI.