Villareal v Liverpool tips – No defeat for Reds against Villarreal
Liverpool are 9/5 favourites to win the Europa League
April 26th, 2016
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are favourites to go all the way in this season’s Europa League following their dramatic win over Borussia Dortmund in the two-legged quarter-final.
Liverpool grabbed themselves a hard-fought 1-1 victory in the last round at Dortmund, although they looked out of their depth when 3-1 down at Anfield in the return leg.
This proved not to be the case and a Liverpool fight-back saw the hosts win 5-4. Manager Jurgen Klopp was naturally pleased that his Reds side had won against his former club, the German saying: “That (when Liverpool were losing 3-1) is the moment in football and life when you have to show character and that’s what the lads did. It was pretty cool to watch. We needed three goals and I said that, even if it is not really likely, it is possible and we should try to do it.”
The Reds now have it all to do again, although they will be in for an arguably tougher assignment when they go head-to-head with a Villarreal outfit which are currently fourth in Spain’s La Liga.
Thursday evening’s hosts have won twelve of their sixteen games at home this term with victories over both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. How will the Reds respond to Thursday’s tough challenge? Clearly they have enjoyed some excellent results so far in this competition and could certainly get one up on their Spanish opponents, however the potential for slip-ups is never too far away for this Liverpool side as demonstrated when giving up a two-goal against Newcastle United recently.
With that in mind, we’re very wary of backing a Reds win on Thursday evening, however we do believe that they can avoid defeat in this clash. As such, we’ll be going with Bet365’s 3/5 for Liverpool-Draw on the Double-chance market.
This will certainly prove a tough clash for both sides and with Villarreal being particularly solid defensively this season but relatively goal-shy, we’re not exactly expecting a goal-fest by any means. Indeed, a cagey affair should ne the order of the day given that both teams will be eager to ensure that they will still be in with a chance of qualifying for the final after the first leg. As such, we’ll be backing Under 2.5 goals at 6/10 with Coral.