The second of two Champions League semi-finals will be played on Wednesday evening as Liverpool welcome Villarreal to Anfield Road. Will te Reds ease past La Liga outfit? Or will Unai Emery's men record another shocking upset? Don't miss here our Liverpool vs Villarreal predictions with best bets, odds, line-ups, team news, betting offers and exclusive free bets!
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Liverpool vs Villarreal is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Wednesday April 27, 2022.
Anfield in Liverpool will host the meeting.
Liverpool vs Villarreal Betting Preview
Liverpool's quest for an unprecedented quadruple resumes at Anfield, with the Reds playing their third Champions League semifinals in the last five years after knocking out Inter Milan and Benfica in the knockout stage. In both occasions, Jurgen Klopp's men failed to beat their opponents at home after winning the first leg on the travel. They lost 0-1 at the hands of Inter Milan and drew 3-3 against Benfica. Liverpool enter this clash on the back of three consecutive victories in the last 10 days - they beat Man City 3-2 in the FA Cup semifinal, thrashed Man UTD 4-0 at Anfield and won the Merseyside Derby 2-0 at home against Everton.
Villarreal beat Valencia 2-0 at home last weekend, meaning they are unbeaten in five ahead of this trip. They sit 7th in La Liga standings and are very likely to miss next year's Champions League - unleass they win this year's edition. The Yellow Submarines reached the semis after beating Bayern Munich 2-1 on aggregate in the quarter finals, courtesy of a 1-0 home success and a late 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena. In the last-16 round they knocked Juventus out of the competition with a stunning 3-0 away win in Turin.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz
Roberto Firmino missed the Manchester UTD match and the Merseyside derby, and remains a major doubt for this clash. Jordan Henderson started on the bench on Sunday, along with Luis Diaz, so they could potentially come into the side. The Colombian will complete the front trio alongside Sadio Manè and Mo Salah, with Diogo Jota and Divock Origi providing further options. The captain will join Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara in the middle of the park, while Ibrahima Konate is favourite over Joel Matip for a central defender berth alongside Virigl Van Dijk.
Villarreal (4-3-1-2): Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan; Parejo, Coquelin, Capoue; Lo Celso; Chukwueze, Danjuma
First-choice striker Gerard Moreno remains out for the visitors. He could only return from a hamstring problem in time for the second leg. Yeremi Pino has also picked up a fresh hamstring injury and will be absent. As a result Arnaut Danjuma will lead the line, partnerred by Samuel Chukwueze and supported by Giovani Lo Celso, who will play as number ten. Manu Trigueros is another viable offensive option. In midfield, Francis Coquelin has recently returned to training and could feature from the off alongside Dani Parejo and Etienne Capoue. The likes of Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Pervis Estupiñan and Juan Foyth will form the four man backline.
Liverpool vs Villarreal Betting Tips
Liverpool have been almost unplayable in recent weeks and they boast a strong home record. Their defeat to Inter Milan in Champions League last month is the only match they have lost in their 26 games. Villarreal’s ability to counter-attacking is well-documented and they could poste a threat here. Their manager Unai Emery is a master in knockout competitions. As a result, we don't expect a wide win for the hosts as it may be the case that Klopp is happy to settle for a low-scoring success. 1-0 is our Correct Score pick.
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