Villarreal will be locking horns with a rejuvenated Liverpool at the Estadio El Madrigal on Thursday for the first leg of the UEFA Europa League semi final tie. The Yellow Submarines have won all their 6 games at their home stadium so far this season, but they will be facing a side who has are unbeaten in the competition so far.
Villarreal conceded their only goal at home in a 2-1 victory over Sparta Prague in the first leg of the quarter final stage. The Yellow Submarine will hope to surpass their Semi Final fit and get to the final of the Europa competition for the first time, since they last lost the chance of a final ticket to Porto in 2011.
Liverpool on the other hand remains unbeaten in the competition so far, with 5 wins and 7 draws in 12 games. The Reds last appearance in the semifinal was in 2009/2010 season.
- Villarreal is currently on 11 games unbeaten run in the competition.
- Villarreal have won all their 6 games at home, conceding once in those 6.
- Villarreal have won twice in their last 5 games in all competition.
- Liverpool is currently on 12 games unbeaten run in the competition.
- Liverpool have won 1 of their last 6 away games in the competition, with 5 ending in draw
- Liverpool have won 4 of their last 5 games in all competition.
Villarreal: Team News
Marcelino Garcia will be without the services of Carrilho Baptistao with Juame Costa, and Pablo Musacchio all doubtful for the game due to thigh injury.
Villarreal: Predicted Line-Up (4-4-2)
Areola: Mario, Bailly, Ruiz, Rukavina: Suarez, Castillejo, Bruno, Trigueros: Soldado, Bakambu.
Liverpool: Team News
Klopp will be without the service of is skipper Jordan Henderson, and recent injury boy Divock Origi. Sakho is also doubtful for the game due to allegation of substance usage
Liverpool: Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1)
Mignolet: Clyne, Toure, Dejan, Moreno: Can, Milner- Firmino, Coutinho, Lalana: Sturridge
Villarreal Vs Liverpool: Head-To Head-Stats
Both are meeting for the first time in competitive game in Europe.
Villarreal has however met with other English side safe Liverpool. In 10 of their last meeting with an English club, the yellow Submarine has failed to win any. The Spanish club has also lost 1 of their last 7 home games in Europe with an English side.
Liverpool has also played numerous games with many Spanish side safe Villarreal. The reds have won over 46% of their away games in Spain losing 26% with 26% ending in a draw.
Villarreal Vs Liverpool: Prediction
With a price of a champion’s league spot for any side that wins the competition, the clash between both sides will be fierce considering their recent standing in the league.
Villarreal form at home poses a big treat to an unbeaten Liverpool side. Liverpool also have shown some great performance in the tournament so far with the recent one been produced at Anfield against Dortmund.
A score draw will be perfect from this game, but Villarreal has a bigger opportunity of taking all maximum point ahead of the second leg in Anfield.
Villarreal Vs Liverpool: Bet Tips
- Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals.
- Risky Bet: Both Teams to Score and Full Time Result Draw.
- Big Money Bet: Bakambu (VIL) to score first goal.