Liverpool V Villarreal Betting Tips And Odds

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Jurgen Klopp’s Reds face a surprise semi-final opponent in the Champions League as we look at some possible Liverpool v Villarreal betting tips for the first leg at Anfield.

Liverpool were expected to face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals but Villarreal defied the odds in Europe once again to dump the German giants out.

The Spanish side are big underdogs once more but will pay no attention to that ahead of the first leg, which kicks off at 8pm on Wednesday April 27 and is live on BT Sport.

Liverpool v Villarreal odds

Liverpool’s quadruple odds were cut once again when Villarreal beat Bayern 2-1 on aggregate in the quarter-final, with the Yellow Submarine seen as easier opponents.

While that may be harsh on Villarreal, Liverpool are certainly clear favourites to win the first leg at 2/7 while the visitors are 11/1 to win and 29/10 to avoid defeat.

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Liverpool’s first-leg performance has put them in control of the tie in both knockout rounds so far, winning 2-0 at Inter Milan and 3-1 at Benfica which allowed them to go through despite failing to win the second legs.

This time they are at Anfield for the first leg and another victory by more than one goal is an option for Liverpool v Villarreal betting tips at 3/4, while they are 19/10 to win by three goals or more.

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The two teams have only been drawn together once before and that was also in the semi-finals of a European knockout competition.

On that occasion it was the Europa League in 2016 and Villarreal won the first leg 1-0 in Spain thanks to an Adrian Lopez goal in injury time.

It was a different story at Anfield as Liverpool eased to a 3-0 victory in the second leg, with an early own goal followed by second-half strikes from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana.

While that result should give Liverpool confidence, it should be noted the Reds lost the final to Unai Emery’s Sevilla, with the same manager up against Klopp again here and looking to add to the Europa League he won with Villarreal last season.

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Liverpool v Villarreal form guide

Liverpool are facing a gruelling schedule as they compete for four trophies this season but seem to have the strength in depth to cope.

Their front three of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino has been supplemented by Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz during recent transfer windows to make a fearsome forward line-up.

That gives Klopp plenty of options and he has rotated his squad without results suffering.

He was able to make seven changes for the second leg against Benfica and rested the likes of Salah, Virgil Van Dijk and full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

The return of key players was a big factor in the FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City and the seemingly impossible quadruple has begun to look a realistic target in recent weeks.

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The way Villarreal limited Bayern Munich to just one goal in 180 minutes cannot be ignored while a 3-0 win at Juventus in the previous round was equally impressive, having drawn 1-1 at home in the first leg.

It should also be noted that Villarreal are only seventh in La Liga so the question is whether they can again raise their game in Europe.

They have held leaders Real Madrid to two 0-0 draws this season and look stronger in defence than they do up front.

Keeping things tight will surely be their priority at Anfield and both teams to score is priced at 10/11, with ‘no’ in the same market 20/23. Under 2.5 goals is priced at 31/20 and a goalless first half is 5/2.

If Liverpool dominate as they would hope to do, there are plenty of #YourCall options for Liverpool v Villarreal betting tips.

The Reds to win both halves, score at least three goals and keep a clean sheet is 7/2, or Liverpool win either half, score over 1.5 goals and keep a clean sheet is 7/4.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

Author: Lucas Carlson