Kick-off: 2000, 22/02/2022
Stadium: Estadio de la Ceramica
TV: BT Sport
Juventus are another one of those perennial European powerhouses who have just slipped backwards of late and we’re keen to take them on at El Madrigal.
Europa League holders Villarreal play with great energy under Unai Emery and were a touch unlucky not to top their group ahead of Manchester United.
We’re going with the Yellow Submarine to prevail on home turf at 2.87 for our first Villarreal vs Juventus prediction.
Villarreal Betting Odds
Villarreal took just one point off United but were only undone by a Cristiano Ronaldo decider in stoppage time at Old Trafford and David de Gea’s heroics in Spain.
Emery’s side opened up with an entertaining 2-2 draw with Atalanta at El Madrigal and comfortably did the double over Young Boys by a 6-1 aggregate.
They travelled to Italy just one point above Atalanta on Matchday 6 but showed no signs of nerves when racing into a 3-0 lead, before fending off a late fightback to win 3-2.
Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcacer are two quality front men, while Arnaut Danjuma has been a revelation since joining from Bournemouth.
Midfielder Etienne Capoue was always underrated at Watford and is another who has thrived with Villarreal.
Juventus Betting Odds
Following nine straight Serie A triumphs, Juventus only just scraped into this competition when fourth in Italy’s top flight last term.
Massimiliano Allegri was brought back, but Ronaldo’s departure put the pressure on other players to step up and their domestic form has been patchy again this term.
Five wins in Group H has to be respected, although Malmo were out of their depth and Zenit invariably fall short at this level.
The Bianconeri managed to edge out Chelsea 1-0 in Turin but a 4-0 drubbing at Stamford Bridge on Matchday 5 set alarm bells ringing.
Juve have in the past relied heavily on some veteran stars at the back, but Gianluigi Buffon is now gone, Giorgio Chiellini is 37 and Leonardo Bonucci 34.
Going forward, they have some nice footballers, but so far most have proved to be nearly-men at elite level.
Let’s add 10.5 for a 2-1 home victory to our Villarreal vs Juventus betting tips.
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