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Liverpool vs Villarreal betting tips: Champions League semi-final first leg preview, predictions and odds

Liverpool vs Villarreal betting tips: Champions League semi-final first leg preview, predictions and odds
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Danjuma, Arnaut
Alcacer, Paco
Diaz, Luis
Origi, Divock
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Alexander-Arnold, Trent
Gomez, Joe
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Mane, Sadio
Jota, Diogo
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Henderson, Jordan
Keita, Naby
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Chukwueze, Samuel
Dia, Boulaye
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Estupinan, Pervis
Trigueros, Manu
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Parejo, Dani
Aurier, Serge
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Lo Celso, Giovani
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Coquelin, Francis
Pedraza, Alfonso
Mane, Sadio
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Estupinan, Pervis
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Estupinan, Pervis
Van Dijk, Virgil
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Liverpool have only won two of their last five knockout matches at home to Spanish clubs. However, the Reds are unbeaten at Anfield in European Cup semi-finals, winning nine of 11 matches.

Villarreal have won two of five previous two-legged ties against English clubs, beating Everton in 2005 and Arsenal last season. However, the Yellow Submarine are winless in 12 Champions League matches against English clubs, drawing six and losing six (excluding qualifiers). 

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Under 2.5 goals is 11/8.

Under 2.5 goals and both teams to score NO is 7/4.

Liverpool to win and both teams to score NO is 11/10.

Liverpool to win and under 2.5 goals is 11/4.

Mohamed Salah has scored 33 goals in 53 Champions League appearances for Liverpool. He is 3/1 to break the deadlock and 8/11 to score anytime.

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Liverpool vs Villarreal betting tips: Champions League semi-final first leg preview, predictions and odds

STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA, MILANO, ITALY – 2022/02/16: Thiago Alcântara of Liverpool Fc looks on during the Uefa Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Fc Internazionale and Liverpool Fc . Liverpool Fc wins 2-0 over Fc Internazionale. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Will Liverpool stay on course for a tenth European Cup Final as they, ultimately, bid to become European champions for the seventh time?

To a certain extend, Jürgen Klopp’s side have cruised through to the semi-finals, first winning all six group matches against Atlético Madrid, Porto and A.C. Milan.

They’ve subsequently dumped out Internazionale and Benfica, building up substantial first leg leads away, thereby making the return games at home a near-formality.

This time though, the Reds start on Merseyside, but the formulae stays the same as they’ll hope to take an insurmountable advantage to Spain next Tuesday.

Of course, Liverpool could still become the first men’s English team to win the quadruple with three trophies up for grabs next month.

Last week, in the space of eight days, the Reds beat Manchester City in an FA Cup semi-final, before home wins over their biggest rivals Manchester United and Everton.

On Sunday, they were frustrated for so long, but Andy Robertson broke the deadlock before super sub Divock Origi secured a 2-0 derby day win.

This leaves Liverpool one point behind Man City, and win an FA Cup Final against Chelsea to look forward to.

In contrast to their illustrious hosts, Villarreal’s run to just a second-ever Champions League semi-final has been a fairytale.

El Submarino Amarillo only got into the competition by lifting last season’s Europa League, defeating Man United in the final to win their first piece of major silverware.

However, they’ve fully grasped the opportunity, knocking out Atalanta, Juventus and then Bayern Munich to get this far.

Against the Bundesliga champions, with the score 1-1 on aggregate, Samu Chukwueze smashed home a last-minute winner, thereby silencing the Allianz Arena.

Head Coach Unai Emery has now won 22 of his last 24 two-legged knockout ties, with both defeats coming as PSG boss.

The four-times Europa League winning manager is now dreaming of taking this provincial Spanish club to a first-ever European Cup Final.

The visitors will be well-rested as this is their first game for eight days.

Last Tuesday, Arnaut Danjuma’s brace downed Valencia 2-0 in Derbi de la Comunitat, but they remain seventh in La Liga, nine points off fourth.

Having already won at Juventus and drawn in Munich, can Villarreal spring an even bigger surprise at Anfield?

Liverpool team news

Liverpool vs Villarreal betting tips: Champions League semi-final first leg preview, predictions and odds

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: Ibrahima Konaté of Liverpool looks on during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield on March 2, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

With Jürgen Klopp’s team fighting on three fronts, the game are coming thick and fast so some rotation is required.

Ibrahima Konaté is expected to return at centre-back, displacing Joël Matip, as Virgil van Dijk’s partner.

The Frenchman has scored headers from corner the last three times he has started, twice against Benfica and against Man City at Wembley.

Fabinho and Thiago are virtual ever-presents in midfield, with Jordan Henderson and Naby Keïta battling it out for the third place.

In attack, Klopp has five, possibly six if you include wildcard Divock Origi, players vying for just three spots.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané always start but, on the left-wing, Luis Díaz could get the nod over Diogo Jota this time.

Roberto Firmino missed the Merseyside derby due to an injury, but could be back for this one.

Villarreal team news

Liverpool vs Villarreal betting tips: Champions League semi-final first leg preview, predictions and odds

BERGAMO, ITALY – DECEMBER 09: Arnaut Danjuma of Villarreal celebrates his second goal with his team-mate Alberto Moreno (R) during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Atalanta and Villarreal at Gewiss Stadium on December 09, 2021 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

As mentioned, Villarreal haven’t played for over a week and are very much out of top four contention domestically.

So, it’s full focus on this competition for Unai Emery’s team.

Former Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno is out long-term, meaning Pervis Estupiñán will continue to deputise.

A bigger blow is the absence of Gerard Moreno, who’s season has been blighted by injury and he’s likely to miss both legs of this tie too.

So, Arnaut Danjuma, who’s scored 16 goals this season, including six in the Champions League, will continue to lead the line.

Giovani Lo Celso, who’s been sparkling since arriving from Tottenham on loan in January, will be in support.

Other former Premier League players who could start include Juan Foyth, Étienne Capoue, Francis Coquelin and Dani Parejo.

Manu Trigueros and Mario Gasper both featured when Villarreal last visited Anfield for a Europa League semi-final six years ago.

Liverpool FC vs Villarreal CF form
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Southampton FC vs Liverpool FC - 1:2
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Chelsea FC vs Liverpool FC - 0:0
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Aston Villa vs Liverpool FC - 1:2
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Liverpool FC vs Tottenham Hotspur - 1:1
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Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC - 2:3
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Villarreal CF vs Real Sociedad San Sebastian - 1:2
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Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal CF - 1:5
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Villarreal CF vs Sevilla FC - 1:1
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Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC - 2:3
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Deportivo Alaves vs Villarreal CF - 2:1
Last 5 games for Liverpool FC
May 17, 2022 Premier League 21/22 Southampton FC 1  - 2 Liverpool FC
May 14, 2022 FA Cup 21/22 Chelsea FC 0  - 0 Liverpool FC
May 10, 2022 Premier League 21/22 Aston Villa 1  - 2 Liverpool FC
May 7, 2022 Premier League 21/22 Liverpool FC 1  - 1 Tottenham Hotspur
May 3, 2022 UEFA Champions League 21/22 Villarreal CF 2  - 3 Liverpool FC
Last 5 games for Villarreal CF
May 15, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Villarreal CF 1  - 2 Real Sociedad San Sebastian
May 12, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Rayo Vallecano 1  - 5 Villarreal CF
May 8, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Villarreal CF 1  - 1 Sevilla FC
May 3, 2022 UEFA Champions League 21/22 Villarreal CF 2  - 3 Liverpool FC
April 30, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Deportivo Alaves 2  - 1 Villarreal CF
Liverpool FC vs Villarreal CF UEFA Champions League 21/22 form
Liverpool FC Villarreal CF
14 Matches played 14
10 Matches won 5
183 Goal attempts 108
75 Shots on goal 47
64 Shots off goal 39
86 Corner kicks 41
51% Average ball possession 41%
44 Shots blocked 22
14 Cards given 26
163 Free kicks 166
25 Offsides 17
1 Shots on post 2
5 Shots on bar 7
22 Goals by foot 17
6 Goals by head 3
30 Goals scored 20
13 Goals conceded 16
Liverpool FC vs Villarreal CF statistics for most recent head to head matches
Liverpool FC Villarreal CF
4 Matches 4
2 Home Matches 2
2 Away Matches 2
8 Total Goals 3
2 Average Goals Scored 0.75
3 Wins 1
1 Losses 3
0 Draws 0
Last 5 games & match results between Liverpool FC and Villarreal CF
May 3, 2022 UEFA Champions League 21/22 Villarreal CF 2  - 3 Liverpool FC
April 27, 2022 UEFA Champions League 21/22 Liverpool FC 2  - 0 Villarreal CF
May 5, 2016 UEFA Europa League 15/16 Liverpool FC 3  - 0 Villarreal CF
April 28, 2016 UEFA Europa League 15/16 Villarreal CF 1  - 0 Liverpool FC

Premier League table:

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Manchester City 37 28 6 3 96 24 72 90
2 Liverpool FC 37 27 8 2 91 25 66 89
3 Chelsea FC 36 20 10 6 73 31 42 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 21 5 11 64 40 24 68
5 Arsenal FC 37 21 3 13 56 47 9 66
6 Manchester United 37 16 10 11 57 56 1 58
7 West Ham United 37 16 8 13 59 48 11 56
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 15 6 16 37 40 -3 51
9 Leicester City 36 13 9 14 57 57 0 48
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 37 11 15 11 39 43 -4 48
11 Brentford FC 37 13 7 17 47 54 -7 46
12 Newcastle United 37 12 10 15 42 61 -19 46
13 Crystal Palace 36 10 15 11 47 43 4 45
14 Aston Villa 36 13 5 18 49 50 -1 44
15 Southampton FC 37 9 13 15 42 63 -21 40
16 Everton FC 36 10 6 20 39 59 -20 36
17 Leeds United 37 8 11 18 40 78 -38 35
18 Burnley FC 36 7 13 16 32 50 -18 34
19 Watford FC 37 6 5 26 33 75 -42 23
20 Norwich City 37 5 7 25 23 79 -56 22
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La Liga table:

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Real Madrid 37 26 7 4 80 31 49 85
2 FC Barcelona 37 21 10 6 68 36 32 73
3 Atletico Madrid 37 20 8 9 63 42 21 68
4 Sevilla FC 37 17 16 4 52 30 22 67
5 Real Betis Seville 37 19 7 11 62 40 22 64
6 Real Sociedad San Sebastian 37 17 11 9 39 35 4 62
7 Villarreal CF 37 15 11 11 61 37 24 56
8 Athletic Bilbao 37 14 13 10 43 35 8 55
9 CA Osasuna 37 12 11 14 37 49 -12 47
10 RC Celta de Vigo 37 12 10 15 43 41 2 46
11 Valencia CF 37 10 15 12 46 53 -7 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 37 11 9 17 37 46 -9 42
13 Espanyol Barcelona 37 10 11 16 40 53 -13 41
14 Getafe CF 37 8 15 14 32 38 -6 39
15 Elche CF 37 10 9 18 37 51 -14 39
16 Granada CF 37 8 13 16 44 61 -17 37
17 RCD Mallorca 37 9 9 19 34 63 -29 36
18 Cadiz CF 37 7 15 15 34 51 -17 36
19 Levante UD 37 7 11 19 47 74 -27 32
20 Deportivo Alaves 37 8 7 22 31 64 -33 31
Last updated: 1 min ago

What time is kick off between Liverpool FC vs Villarreal CF?

19:00, Wednesday 27 April 2022