Liverpool’s quest for a historic quadruple continues as they welcome giant-killers Villareal to Anfield on Wednesday night. Below we have some predictions for the Champions League semi-final, as well as who the bookies are predicting to triumph in the first leg.
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Liverpool vs Villareal Betting Tips
- Our Tip: Liverpool to Win 1-0 – 53/10 on Betstorm.
Liverpool will be quietly confident to have drawn Villarreal in the semi-finals, who are perceived to be the underdogs amongst the last four.
Unai Emery’s team have shown they are capable of toppling the European elite however, knocking out both Juventus and Bayern Munich across two legs on their journey to the penultimate stage. The Yellow Submarine are simultaneously stubborn in defence and efficient in attack, and their game management is clearly drilled into the starting eleven making them an incredibly hard side to beat.
While they have twice shown their resilience against bigger opponents, Liverpool pose an entirely different threat. Jurgen Klopp’s side are arguably this year’s favourite for the Champions League title, and their focus will firmly be on clinching European glory once again should league rivals Manchester City fail to slip up for the remainder of the season.
While we’re predicting Villarreal to be typically strong at the back and put in a good account of themselves, we still think Liverpool will find a past them and take a one-nil lead going into the return leg.
Liverpool vs Villarreal Predictions
- Under 1.5 Goals – 39/10 on Betscore.
It is hard to look past Liverpool for this tie – they have looked imperious throughout this year’s European campaign and on paper, possess a team capable of dismantling Villarreal with ease.
This is where predicting the tie gets harder however. Villarreal simply can not be counted out, and their ability to keep a free-scoring Bayern Munich team at bay across two legs is hard to ignore. Unai Emery is a master tactician, and will tailor his set up to match Liverpool’s intensity and hopefully leave Anfield with a result to take back to Eastern Spain.
We are predicting a low scoring game – we can see Liverpool edging it by a singular goal but don’t expect them to be rampant. Villarreal possess all the necessary tools to keep Liverpool at bay, and who knows, maybe claim a famous first leg win.
Liverpool vs Villarreal Odds
Liverpool vs Villarreal Team News and Predicting Line-Ups
Liverpool Team News
It seems Jurgen Klopp will have a near-full strength side at his disposal. The only doubt is Roberto Firmino, who looks set to miss the first leg and is yet to join full training – the Brazilian is close to returning to the side however, so he should be back for the return leg.
Liverpool Predicted Line-up
Alissoon, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago, Henderson, Salah, Jota, Mane.
Villarreal Team News
For Villarreal, Yeremy Pino has been ruled out due to injury, while the fitness of forward Gerard Moreno is still yet to be determined as he faces a race against time to recover from a hamstring problem.
There is no return for ex-Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno following a nasty tear to his anterior cruciate ligament back in March.
Villarreal Predicted Line-Up
Rulli, Foyth, Albiol, Mandi, Estupinan, Capoue, Parejo, Trigueros, Lo Celso, Yeremy, Danjuma.
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