Prediction and odds for the game: Villarreal (15/4) vs Liverpool (8/11)
We are backing Liverpool half-time/full-time at odds of 13/8
When: Tuesday 3 May 2022, Kick-off 20:00
Where: The Estadio de la Ceramica
On Tuesday night, Villarreal and Liverpool go head-to-head at the Estadio de la Ceramica in the Champions League semi-final second leg. The home team have it all to do after a 2-0 defeat in the first leg at Anfield.
The Yellow Submarine have an uphill task on their hands to book their place in the Champions League final. Unai Emery’s team heads into this clash on the back of two straight defeats, as they suffered a 2-1 weekend defeat at Alaves in La Liga. The defeat dented their chances of earning European football for next season.
The first leg 2-0 loss at Anfield ended a five-game unbeaten run for Villarreal in the Champions League. In that stellar European run, the Yellow Submarine has won 3-0 at Juventus and beaten Bayern Munich 1-0 at the Ceramica.
Despite the win over Bayern, Villarreal has an inconsistent recent home record at the Ceramica in the Champions League, winning just two of their last nine European matches on home soil. However, they have suffered just one defeat in their last five away matches in the Champions League.
The Reds maintained their bid for the Premier League title by recording a narrow 1-0 win at Newcastle. The victory temporarily moved Liverpool above reigning champions Manchester City.
However, the Citizens recorded a 3-0 win at struggling Leeds in Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off to move a point clear at the summit of the English top-flight table.
Liverpool’s form has been excellent in the Champions League, having won nine of their last 11 games in Europe’s elite competition. In fact, Jurgen Klopp’s team has suffered just one defeat in their last 12 European games.
The Reds have also been strong on their travels in the Champions League, having lost one of their last ten away matches in Europe. The men from Merseyside have also won their last five away wins in Europe’s elite competition, having scored at least two goals in all five of the recent wins.
Villarreal shocked big teams earlier in the Champions League. However, Liverpool proved their dominance in the first leg. We believe Liverpool will pick up another win, but the away win offers little value. Instead, we are backing Liverpool half-time/full-time. The game could be another tight encounter, so we are backing under 2.5 goals scored.
Our Tips: We are backing Liverpool half-time/full-time at odds of 13/8 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 6/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365)
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Can Villarreal rescue this tie or will Liverpool cruise into the Champions League final?