The first UEFA Champions League doubleheader will take place today when Villarreal hosts Liverpool in Spain. The winner of that match will advance to the final of the competition and will be just one game
Will the Reds manage to reach another European final, or will Villarreal follow up their impressive Europa League win over Manchester United last season by reaching the main tournament final? We will find out by the end of the season on Tuesday.
The Reds are in control of this match after winning the first leg 2-0 at Anfield last week. Liverpool was expected to win this game in a heartbeat, and they lived up to that billing. The 2-0 aggregate lead and the experience they have gained in the last rounds of this competition make them the hot favourites to advance, but they cannot afford to take anything for granted.
If Liverpool travel to Spain believing the job is already done, Juergen Klopp’s men could end up paying a heavy price. The first-team coach will ensure that his players stay focused and professional.
The statistics for this match are interesting, because Villarreal and Liverpool have met only three times so far. The English have two wins, including the 2-0 victory last week at Anfield, while the Spaniards have only one victory, the last one in 2016, when they won 1-0 at home. On that occasion, Adrian scored the winner in the 90th minute, but Liverpool prevailed 3-1 in the second leg after a strong performance in the first leg.
Villa Real Vs Liverpool Prediction
Villarreal were not blown away by Liverpool at Anfield last week, but they have a tough task ahead of them here. The hosts need to score first and early enough to stay in the race.
Liverpool impressed in the first leg and it will be interesting to see how they go on.
Our Pick: >2.5 Gols
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