Europa League Semi-Final Game 1: Villarreal vs LiverpoolPublished April 28, 2016 by Sol FH
Villarreal vs Liverpool in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal. Match starts at 20:05 GMT.
Villarreal has kept a superb home record in all competitions this year, which is a glimmer of hope against Jurgen Klopp's men travelling from Liverpool still in search of their first UEFA win in Spain this year. For both teams, tonight's match is crucial if they want to make it to the Europa League Final, which is the last chance for glory in all of their competitions.
This will be the first meeting of these sides in UEFA competitions. Although Villarreal is practically spotless at home this year, they have not played well against English sides in their last 13 UEFA matches. El Submarino Amarillo have only three wins, six draws and four losses against teams from the UK. Even though they are unbeaten in 11 of their last Europa League games, they will be tested tonight against the Reds, as Jurgen Klopp's side is hungry for a championship berth and a ticket back to the Champions League next year.
Liverpool are the sole team in the Europa League to make it through the group stage up until the semifinal, without losing a match. Although their away record is only a single win and five draws, Liverpool is confident they will start tonight well and have a healthy squad to work with.
All of the teams in the semifinal competition have won the Europa League at some point; excluding Villarreal. The Spaniards time to shine is now and expect a 2-1 victory tonight.
Europa League Betting
The Europa League is live throughout the match at bet365 Sports, with the famed UK sportsbook posting both pre-match and live in-play odds in favor of Villarreal at 2.60, while Liverpool are not far behind at 3.00. A draw is also an attractive bet tonight at 3.30 and punters can find dozens of props bets available prior to the game.