27th April 2022 – 21:00, Anfield, Liverpool
Liverpool will host Villarreal in the Champions League semi-finals first-leg game on Wednesday evening. The hosts aim to win the trophy, and they want to secure the home advantage. On the other hand, the away side will search for another surprise.
Liverpool Preview & Team News
Liverpool will be looking for another win after the 2:0 Premier League victory vs Everton. Thanks to that victory, the Reds remained in the title race, being one point behind Manchester City. Three or more goals per game were seen in 5 of the last six fixtures where Liverpool has taken part. Opposing sides scored 8 of them in these games, whereas Liverpool managed to get a total of 17. Mohamed Salah and the lads booked three straight wins, and they head to this clash full of confidence. The Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has zero fitness concerns whatsoever before this clash, with a completely injury-free squad available for selection.
Villarreal Preview & Team News
Villarreal goes into this clash following on from a 2:0 La Liga win with the downing of Valencia in their last outing. The Yellow Submarine extended its unbeatable streak, and they sit in 7th place in La Liga. Over the course of 5 of the previous six clashes involving Villarreal, a notably low volume of goals have gone in between them and their opponents. The overall average goals scored per game during that spell comes out as a paltry 2, with the number of goals averaged by El Submarino Amarillo being 1.17. Although they are underdogs in this one, nobody should underestimate Villarreal since they have already eliminated Juventus and Bayern Munich. Thanks to a largely full-strength group, there’s just the sole fitness issue for the Villarreal manager Unai Emery to contend with. Alberto Moreno (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) misses out on this game.
Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction
Both teams have been playing excellent lately, and they enter this clash full of confidence. However, Liverpool should meet the expectations here and celebrate a win by at least two goals.
Goals Market Prediction
Villarreal has been pretty disciplined lately, and only two of their last ten matches went over a 2.5 margin. They will be focused on defense in this one, and we don’t think there will be more than two goals in total here.
Liverpool vs Villarreal
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