As Liverpool take on Villarreal in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday, they are in pole position to reach a second final in four seasons.
Villarreal vs Liverpool
Tuesday 3 May, 20:00
At Anfield, Jurgen Klopp’s team recorded 74% possession and 19 shots last week. The Spaniards were unable to register a single shot on target throughout the match.
Pervis Estupinan’s own goal gave Liverpool the lead in the second half before Sadio Mane’s strike put the Reds in control two minutes later.
Following a 2-0 defeat at Anfield last week, Villareal will need an incredible comeback to reach the Champions League final. Even though they have faced Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in the past 12 matches, Unai Emery’s side is at least unbeaten at home.
Villarreal will head into the second leg of this tie having lost 2-1 to Alaves in La Liga.
Due to this result, Unai Emery’s team is seventh in La Liga, nine points behind the top four and a staggering 29 points behind Real Madrid.
However, Villarreal have already knocked out Juventus (4-1) and Bayern Munich (2-1) in the Champions League to reach this stage.
Under 2.5 goals have been scored in Villarreal’s last 4 home games in the Champions League
Gerard Moreno is set to return from injury to face Liverpool on Tuesday night, a major boost for Unai Emery.
In the Premier League, Liverpool defeated Newcastle United 1-0 – leaving them one point behind Manchester City.
The Reds are not only unbeaten in each of their last five matches across all competitions, but they also haven’t lost in any of their previous 12.
In all competitions, Klopp’s team has lost just once in 28 matches.
Liverpool won all six of their group games before dispatching Inter Milan (2-1) and Benfica (6-4) to reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Liverpool have won five straight away games in the Champions League.
In the Champions League, Liverpool has scored at least two goals in 10 of their last 11 matches.
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Villarreal vs Liverpool betting tip: BTTS & Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.05