Villarreal welcome Liverpool to the Estadio de la Cerámica for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League 2021-22 semi-finals in the early hours of Wednesday, May 4. The match will start at 12:30 AM IST (Indian Standard Time).
The English side hold a 2-0 advantage in the fixture courtesy of their first leg win at Anfield and will be expected to seal the tie off without much difficulty in Spain.
Jurgen Klopp has a solitary absentee in Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino for the second leg of the UCL semi-final fixture. Firmino, 30, is yet to recover from his foot injury.
Villarreal, on the other hand, have a major worry of their own. Arnaut Danjuma and Yeremy Pino missed training and are termed as doubtful for the fixture. Former Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno is out with a knee injury while Spanish striker Gerard Moreno has reportedly resumed training after recovering from a hamstring problem.
Villarreal vs Liverpool odds for UEFA Champions League 2021-22
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Villarreal vs Liverpool recent form
Liverpool warmed up for the second leg of their UCL 2021-22 semi-final with a 1-0 win over Newcastle, which maintained their push for the Premier League title. Unbeaten in 12 games across competitions, the Merseysiders will look to seal their place in the final without breaking much sweat.
As for Villarreal, they are coming off a 1-2 loss against relegation-threatened Deportivo Alaves. The result was just another instance of their inconsistent form this term but the Yellow Submarines are unbeaten in their previous 12 games on home soil.
Villarreal: L, L, W, W, D
Liverpool: W, W, W, W, W
Villarreal vs Liverpool head-to-head
The head-to-head record between Villarreal and Liverpool is in favour of Liverpool, with two wins and a loss in three meetings.
Villarreal win: 1
Liverpool win: 2
Villarreal vs Liverpool prediction and tips for UEFA Champions League 2021-22
Liverpool are backed by the odds to win the second leg of their UEFA Champions League 2021-22 semi-final against Villarreal.
The Reds have not lost a game in 12 matches across all competitions, and thus, have momentum on their side. Villarreal, despite being on a 12-game unbeaten run at the Estadio de la Cerámica, will be the underdogs in their own backyard.
Liverpool, unbeaten against Spanish opposition in the UCL this term, however, cannot afford to rest on their laurels against Unai Emery’s giant-killers, who have sent European giants like Juventus and Bayern Munich packing already from this season’s UCL.
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