English Premier League squad Liverpool heads to the Estadio de La Ceramica on Tuesday hoping to end Villareal’s dream Champions League season. The Reds took their sweet time getting it going in the first leg. In leg 2, will Pool rush out to a lead? Or will Villareal make things interesting? Check out Champions League odds on MyBookie, analysis, and free picks for Villareal versus Liverpool.
Liverpool versus Villarreal Betting Odds | UCL Semifinals – 2nd Leg Match Analysis
Liverpool at Villarreal – UEFA Champions League Betting Info
- When: Tuesday, May 3 at 3:00 pm ET
- Where: Estadio de La Ceramica, Villarreal, Spain
Why Liverpool is a good bet versus Villarreal
Although an own goal by Pervis Estupinan led to the Reds’ first goal of the night, we shouldn’t look past the fact that Pool dominated Villareal. The Reds controlled possession 73% to 27%. Liverpool took 19 total shots with 5 shots on goal. Sane blasted the second goal 2 minutes after Estupinan’s deflection own goal. Pool does have a lead, but they won’t want to leave doubt that they’re the best team left in the CL.
Liverpool Last 5
- W – 0-1 vs. Newcastle United
- W – 2-0 vs. Villareal
- W – 2-0 vs. Everton
- W – 4-0 vs. Manchester United
- W – 2-3 vs. Manchester City
Liverpool Predicted Starting Lineup
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Why Villarreal is a good bet versus Liverpool
Although Liverpool outplayed Villarreal, Unai Emery, Villarreal’s fantastic coach and manager, almost led his team out of Anfield accomplishing exactly what he wanted. If not for the Estupinan bad luck own goal, Villarreal would have escaped Liverpool down a single goal on the aggregate. The time of possession difference was by design. So we shouldn’t look past Emery coming up with a strategy that leads to Villareal victory.
Villarreal Last 5
- L – 2-1 vs. Alaves
- L – 2-0 vs. Liverpool
- W – 2-0 vs. Valencia
- W – 1-2 vs. Getafe
- D – 1-1 vs. Bayern Munich
Villareal Predicted Starting Lineup
Final Betting Analysis: Liverpool at Villarreal
Villarreal is a good soccer club. Also, there are few managers / coaches as talented as Unai Emery. The Villarreal skipper knows how to get his squad to play their best in UEFA tournaments.
But although Villarreal will give it their all, and this happens on their pitch, Liverpool is on fire. The Reds beat a scorching Newcastle squad 1-0 in the match after their leg 1 win against Villareal.
Also, Jurgen Klopp won’t mess around. He knows how talented Emery is at putting together a winning strategy. Klopp will instruct his players to go right after Villarreal.
Because Villarreal is down two goals, Emery can’t allow his team to play a defensive match. So the more aggressive Villarreal becomes, the more chances Sane, Henderson, Diaz, and Salah will have to kick the ball into the net.
That’s bad news for Villareal. Expect at least a 2-goal Liverpool victory.
Champions League Pick: Liverpool -½