Liverpool v Villarreal Prediction: Champions League Match on 27.04.2022
Betting TipLiverpool to Win
The second of this week’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first legs will be played on Wednesday at Anfield as English Premier League side Liverpool host Spanish La Liga reps Villarreal. This is another England v Spain match, and, at present, we have the opportunity for an all-Premier League final or an all-La Liga decider.
Man City host Real Madrid on Tuesday in the competition’s other fixture, and you can read our in-depth and completely free preview elsewhere on this site. Here, we focus on Liverpool’s attempt to make their home advantage count.
The home side are no strangers to success on the continent and rank as one of European football’s most successful teams. Villarreal don’t boast the same kind of success as their opponents at this level, but they did upset the odds last season to win the Europa League thanks to an unexpected victory over Manchester United in the final.
They are the dark horses of this tournament and have a real chance of making history by winning the UEFA’s second competition and then following it with success in the main attraction. Villarreal deserve all the credit they have received recently.
The head to head stats associated with this semi-final match at Anfield make for interesting reading. Liverpool and Villarreal have met only twice before in competitive action, and the scores are divided by one win each.
Those meetings came in the Europa League back in 2016 when the Spaniards won 1-0 in the first leg on their patch before Liverpool swung the tie in their favour with a stunning 3-0 win in the reverse. Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana scored the goals that mattered that evening, and another 3-0 would put the Reds within touching distance of the final.
Reds beat the blues
Liverpool warmed up for this match with a stunning win over rivals Everton in Sunday’s Merseyside Derby at Anfield. The Blues have been poor this season and are in serious danger of being relegated come the end of the campaign. Liverpool were expected to win the second derby of the season with a bit to spare, and they had no trouble living up to the hype on that one.
Jurgen Klopp’s men delighted the home support with a stunning 2-0 victory over Everton, thanks to goals from Robertson and Origi. That match was tied at 0-0 until the Scotsman broke the deadlock on 62 minutes, but there was no denying that Liverpool fully deserved the points.
That victory over Everton came hot on the heels of a home win when Manchester United came calling earlier this month. The Red Devils are another club in turmoil, and a summer clearout of the players and coaching staff is expected.
That doesn’t concern Klopp and his men, who were unsympathetic when winning 4-0 thanks to goals from Diaz, Mane, and a Salah double. This is a Liverpool team that is full of running and full of goals. They don’t rely as much on Salah as they did during their league title-winning season.
Liverpool made it to the semi-final of the Champions League thanks to a high-scoring win over Benfica in the previous round. They won that match with a 6-4 aggregate score after finishing 3-3 at home in the second leg. That was a match they would have wanted to win, but the damage had been done in the first leg in Portugal when claiming a crucial 3-1 victory to hand them the advantage.
Villarreal are up for the fight
Villarreal gave fans something to cheer about last season when defeating Man Utd in the final of the Europa League despite being written off by most pundits before the start. That was a Man Utd side that was in much better shape than the one we have before us today.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the manager, and the players were on board, willing to fight for the cause. Something that is missing from the team just a year on. Villarreal won the game and fully deserved to be crowned European champions. They now have the chance to do the double and are two games away from a Champions League final.
The visitors entered this competition as winners of the Europa League despite finishing well off the pace of the top four in La Liga. Many believe promoting the Europa League champions is a bad idea as the gulf in class between the two tournaments is just too big, but that hasn’t been the case this season.
Villarreal are into the last four on merit, and it would come as no shock to see them make the final and lift the trophy. It’s quite a story.
They made it to this stage thanks to a stunning win over Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals. They won 1-0 in Spain, then battled to a 1-1 draw in Germany to dump FCB out of the running. That was a Bayern Munich side that impressed during the group stages and were picked by many famous pundits to go all the way to the title. This La Liga side deserve maximum respect for what they have achieved.
Liverpool v Villarreal prediction
Liverpool have gone from strength to strength this season and have a great chance of winning both the Premier League and the Champions League. Fans will be bitterly disappointed if their club doesn’t pick up at least one of those trophies. They are a confident side, especially at Anfield, have been in great form all season and are good enough to win this match if they play to the best of their abilities.
The Villarreal story is impossible not to buy into. They have made a habit of upsetting the odds in the Europa League and now the Champions League. Their domestic form isn’t the best, but it would take a brave pundit to write them off in the semi-final, especially over two legs. They’ll want to be competitive at Anfield.
Champions League odds
Liverpool are 1.275 at 22bet for the win with Villarreal 9.6 and the draw 6.
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