Villarreal vs. Liverpool: Emery's Team Need a Miracle to Stop Liverpool

May 2, 2022
Benson Chikezie

UEFA Champions League 2021/2022
Playoffs: Semi-finals 2nd Leg
Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal

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Unai Emery and his team from the small town of Villarreal need nothing short of a miracle in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final clash against Liverpool. The match will kickoff at 00:30 IST on May 4.

The Reds took two giant steps towards the final, overcoming stubborn resistance from the Yellow Submarine with two quickfire goals. Villarreal could hardly piece together a meaningful string of passes or a threatening attack at Anfield, and they know they have to up their game to stand a chance against this Liverpool team.

Teams Status

Take a look at the latest form and squad news from Villarreal and Liverpool ahead of their semi-final tie:

Villarreal Form and Team News

The Yellow Submarine traveled to Anfield with hopes of repeating their heroics against Bayern Munich. Sadly, they could not muster up any challenge on the night, and only excellent defending kept them from shipping more goals than the two they conceded.

Losing in La Liga ahead of Liverpool’s visit is not a great way to prepare for the game of their lives, but Emery’s men suffered a 2-1 loss against Alaves. While that loss may have dampened the mood at the club, their excellent home record (8 wins and four draws in their last 12 matches) is a positive they will draw courage from. 

Gerard Moreno, Alberto Moreno, and Yeremy Pino will not be available for selection for Villarreal, while Raul Albiol and Francis Coquelin remain doubtful to feature.

Liverpool Form and Team News

Jürgen Klopp celebrated his contract extension with a trademark win against Newcastle over the weekend, as the Reds continue to rumble towards a potential four-trophy season. They have one foot already in the Champions League final, with two goals in two minutes, sealing the fate of Villarreal in the first leg.

One would say Liverpool got the easier opponent compared to their rivals, but they came up against a dogged Villarreal side determined to keep them from scoring. They will expect such fierce resistance in Spain, but Liverpool’s remarkable record away from home cannot be overlooked.

Roberto Firmino is still on the sidelines due to a foot injury and may miss the trip to Villarreal.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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Liverpool have a strong chance of progressing as they take a significant advantage into the second leg. The sportsbooks at Melbet, Parimatch, and Paripesa have tipped Liverpool to win at 1.744, 1.74, and 1.744 odds, respectively.

The odds for a draw and a win for Villarreal are at 4.12 and 4.98 on Melbet, 4.10 and 4.60 on Parimatch, and 4.12 and 4.98 on the Paripesa sportsbook.

Tipster’s Angle

Villarreal are yet to lose at home since December 2021, but they come up against a Liverpool team who are yet to taste defeat in 13 straight away games. Liverpool took a giant stride towards the final and will look to seal their victory early into the match. Here are our tips for this fixture:

Tip: Goal in Both Halves @ 1.64

Champions League nights of this magnitude present excellent entertainment, and a goal by either team in both halves is a likely occurrence, as Villarreal will go all out in search of an early goal to boost their qualification chances. 

Liverpool are synonymous with goals this season, and we expect them to respond in kind as they will look to seal their place in the final. Goal in both halves is available on the Paripesa sportsbook at 1.64 odds.

Tip: Liverpool to Win or Draw @ 1.15

Liverpool hold a two-goal advantage over Villarreal, and with the form of Klopp’s men in 2022, it is highly unlikely that they will turn in a performance terrible enough to cost them qualification. Liverpool to win or draw is available on the sportsbook at 1.15 odds.


Liverpool utterly dominated the first leg, and their performance means that Unai Emery’s side need a miracle to turn this match around. Whether they can conjure an upset remains to be seen, but we expect another Liverpool masterclass on the night.

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