Liverpool v Villarreal Match Preview and Betting Odds

Liverpool v Villarreal Match Preview and Betting Odds

Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Villarreal in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final will prove to be the nail in the coffin for the Reds.

The Yellow Submarine are unbeaten in their last 12 games in the Europe and haven’t lost any of their previous three across all competitions.

Furthermore, they haven’t lost an away game in the Europa League by a margin of two goals or more since 2011, only losing three matches in that run.

Therefore, it would be wise to back the La Liga outfit to progress at 57/100.

However, it won’t be easy for the Spanish side especially when you look at how Jurgen Klopp’s men have been performing in recent matches.

Indeed, Liverpool are unbeaten in their last ten games at Anfield, with their last loss coming at the hands of Stoke in the Capital One Cup.

The Reds progressed in that tournament despite the defeat and the last time they suffered a setback with greater ramifications came in January when they lost to rivals Manchester United.

Additionally, they haven’t lost a home Europa League tie since 2012, winning their last four.

Yet, they are still going to be hurt by the fact that they didn’t get an away goal at the Estadio El Madrigal.

This is because they have conceded at least once in five of their last home outings in the competition, including three when Borussia Dortmund came to town the last time Anfield hosted a European night.

Furthermore, half of their last four wins on home soil have come by a margin of just one strike and, due to their failure to register in Spain, this wouldn’t be enough for them this time round.

Thus, it makes sense to back the Merseysiders to win and both teams to score at 13/4.