Liverpool vs Villarreal Prediction
Where: Anfield Road, Liverpool, England When: Wednesday, April 27, 9 pm CET Liverpool meets Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League semis this Wednesday. The two sides met in the semis of one European competition a few years ago, but that was the Europa League. Now, the stakes are much bigger, a battle for the continental crown. While everyone expected to see Liverpool here, Villarreal reached here surprisingly and against all Read more
- Where: Anfield Road, Liverpool, England
- When: Wednesday, April 27, 9 pm CET
Liverpool meets Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League semis this Wednesday. The two sides met in the semis of one European competition a few years ago, but that was the Europa League. Now, the stakes are much bigger, a battle for the continental crown. While everyone expected to see Liverpool here, Villarreal reached here surprisingly and against all the odds. Despite many thinking that the Reds have hit the jackpot, we have to remind that Unai Emery’s unit eliminated Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals.
Liverpool vs Villarreal Preview
The Reds have been outstanding over the past three months, rolling over each rival that stands in their way. Klopp tightened up all the lines on the field, and for the moment, Liverpool looks unstoppable.
Luis Diaz’s arrival upgraded one of the best attacks in the world, even though many thought that it is impossible. The Reds are without a loss in the past 10 games, scoring two or more goals in nine of them. Regardless of the opponents, the game plan stays the same always.
A vast majority of Liverpool’s events since the start of April have been with over 2.5 goals, and most of them were with bot teams to the net. Even though the defense isn’t as mighty as in the past, in the moments when the game is on the line, Van Dijk and the boys always step up and deliver.
Unai Emery is one of the most underrated managers of today. Why? Because he has so many respectable results, and trophies as well, yet nobody mentions his name when the prizes are on the table.
Villarreal improved its form in the best possible time, and after a period of mild performances, the Yellow Submarine didn’t lose in the past five events, posting three wins and two draws. They are currently coming off back-to-back triumphs against Getafe and Valencia.
Just one of the last seven games in which Villarreal participated were with under 2.5 scores, and two over the previous 10. Tactics is the main weapon for the Yellow Submarine, and apart from that experience, them having several veterans who played numerous important games throughout their careers.
Liverpool vs Villarreal Possible Lineups
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Jota, Diaz
Villarreal: Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, P Torres, Pedraza; Lo Celso, Parejo, Capoue, Trigueros; Alcacer, Danjuma
Liverpool vs Villarreal Head to Head
Back in 2016, Liverpool and Villarreal met in the Europa League semis. The Reds lost the opening event in Spain, 1-0, but rolled over Villarreal at Anfield, 3-0, once again proving that their stadium melts down any advantage the rivals have.
Liverpool vs Villarreal Prediction
Liverpool is the absolute favorite here, and we expect to see them beating the Spanish representative. It will be hard, no doubt about that, but the Reds should deliver at least one goal and make a difference. The odds are not that high, but the risk is low as well.
Our verdict: Liverpool 2 : Villarreal 1