Villarreal Eyeing Another Stunner
Juventus and Bayern Munich. Those were the powerhouses eliminated by Villarreal eliminated en route way to the Champions League semifinals. Now, it’s Liverpool, the second-highest scoring team in the tourney, averaging two-and-a-half goals per game.
This time, Villarreal opens the series on the road, which means a Yellow Submarine draw wouldn’t be a bad result. However, expect the home team to go all-in right from the start. The Reds, who control the soccer lines at -365, won both first legs in their previous two series.
Liverpool on Fire
Liverpool secured its ticket to the UCL semifinals, defeating Benfica with a 6-4 aggregate. The Reds won the first leg, 3-1, while the second one ended, 3-3. They did the same against Inter Milan in the Round of 16, winning, 2-0, at San Siro, then losing, 1-0, at Anfield.
Then, after securing its ticket, the Reds have three straight victories, in all competitions, with an aggregate score of 9-2. First, they defeated Manchester City, 3-2, to advance to the final of the FA Cup. Later, they crushed Manchester United, 4-0, before blanking Everton, 2-0. The last two games were at home.
Liverpool has relied on its depth. For example, against Everton, Ibrahima Konate, James Miner, Luis Diaz and Divock Origi started on the bench. Origi came in to seal the result with the second goal.
Individually, it’s another great season for Mohamed Salah. The Pharaoh has scored 30 goals between the English Premier League and the UCL, ahead of Diogo Jota (18 goals) and Sadio Mane (17).
The Reds totally deserve to be online betting favorites, as they won eight of their last 10 games at home. They finished with a clean sheet in six of those games, and failed to score only once.
Villarreal Not Afraid
As was previously mentioned, Villarreal eliminated title contenders in Juventus and Bayern Munich. In both cases, the Yellow Submarine did so on the road. They crushed Juventus, 3-0, in Turin after a 1-1 first-leg draw. Later, they drew, 1-1, in Germany after winning the first leg, 1-0.
Gerard Moreno, Arnaut Danjuma, and Samuel Chukwueze have been crucial for the team’s success. The defense also deserves a lot of credit, because limiting Bayern Munich to one goal isn’t easy. Prior to that series, the German side was averaging 3.3 goals per game.
Of late, the Yellow Submarine defeated Valencia, 2-0, in La Liga, getting two Danjuma goals. Expect a highly-motivated team. There’s also the fact that they only lost one of their previous five road games in the UCL. That was a close (2-1) match against Manchester United.
The Spanish side is offering a +1100 price in the sportsbook to win, and they’re used to being the underdog. In second leg against Juventus, they were priced at +260. For second leg against Bayern, they were +400.
Liverpool vs Villarreal Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 2
- Liverpool Victories: 1 (3 goals)
- Villarreal Victories: 1 (1 goal)
- Draws: 0
These two collided in the semifinals of the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League, with each side winning at home. First, Villarreal won, 1-0, on a goal from Adrian Lopez. Liverpool then turned things around with a 3-0 victory. Bruno Soriano (own goal), Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana were the scorers.
Overall, the Reds own a 20-16-18 record against Spanish teams. Conversely, the Yellow Submarine owns a 7-10-9 against English teams.
Liverpool vs Villarreal Game Information
- Date: Wednesday, Apr. 27th
- Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Anfield, Liverpool, EN
- Live Stream: fuboTV
Liverpool vs Villarreal Betting Lines
Liverpool vs Villarreal Prediction
There’s no doubt Liverpool is the better team here. However, don’t underestimate Villarreal ever again. That doesn’t mean we think the Yellow Submarine will pull off the stunner. They will offer a good fight, keeping the series alive.
Manager Unai Emery knows Liverpool very well, having coached Arsenal between 2018 and 2019. Expect a fast-paced, close match. Therefore, out recommendation to include in your soccer picks Liverpool winning by a goal.