Villarreal on Fire
Villarreal, the current Europa League champions and one of the most in-form teams in the European top-flight leagues, takes on depleted Juventus on Wednesday in the Champions League Round of 16. You can live-bet on the Champions League action by using our sportsbook.
Villarreal qualified in the knockout stages by finishing second in Group F behind Manchester United. They managed to beat Atalanta in the final match with Arnaut Danjuma scoring a brace. They are also on a superb stretch of performances at home. going unbeaten in their last six games and winning four.
They enter this clash as +145 favorites on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds. A four-game domestic unbeaten run, during which time they have earned 10 points from a possible 12 and conceded just one goal, puts them in a strong position against Juventus. Villarreal will once again be without top goal scorer Gerard Moreno, which is a tough blow for the hosts. Francis Coquelin and Ruben Pena are also out while Etienne Capoue and Giovani Lo Celso are questionable.
Villarreal vs Juventus Betting Preview
Villarreal had an unbeaten record in their last two matches against Italian teams and had scored a total of five goals in the process. After netting two against Atalanta in December, Arnaut Danjuma heads into this clash with confidence after scoring a hat trick last weekend against Granada. Games involving Villarreal were pretty entertaining in the Group Stage, though, with over 2½ goals and “both teams to score” coming up in four of their six matches. That makes me think we might see goals here, even though first legs can often be cagey.
Villarreal boss Unai Emery has built a reputation for being a great success in the Europa League following success with Sevilla and Villarreal. The Champions League is not his favorite competition, but his troops are in great form, and we expect them to deliver. Veteran Villarreal defender Raul Albiol returns after a domestic ban and could be good value for the bookings’ market.
The hosts have scored in all but three home games all season. It’s better to avoid the winners’ market and not to include them on our soccer picks and parlays, but we expect them to score at least twice against a depleted Juventus squad.
Juventus: Unbeaten in 15 Games
Juventus is on a 15-game unbeaten run and impressively, 10 of these were wins. After a poor start to their domestic season, they are back in business, sitting fourth in the Serie A standings and pushing for the title. Their Champions League group was straight-forward. They managed to finish first above Chelsea, ending the group with five wins and one defeat and 10 goals scored.
The 1996 UCL winners are making their eighth consecutive appearance in the knockout stages, but the last-16 curse has bedeviled them for the past two years as they were knocked out at this stage by Lyon in 2020 before the exit to Porto last year.
Already without Federico Chiesa, whose season finished because of a heartbreaking injury, and the rock-solid duo Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, manager Max Allegri witnessed the painful sight of Daniele Rugani pulling out of the 1-1 draw with Torino due to a warm-up injury. Additionally, their most important striker, Paulo Dybala, and Luca Pellegrini were both casualties of the Derby della Mole. Juventus opened at +170 but they are priced at +210 after many of their key players got injured.
By the looks of things, expect an entertaining fixture on Tuesday between the two teams. It’s anticipated that both teams will contribute on the scoreboard at the Estadio de la Ceramica so if you’re betting online, focus on the goals’ market. Juventus will look to new transfer Dusan Vlahovic for goals, with the Serbian international scoring on his debut after joining from Fiorentina a few weeks ago.