THURSDAY night is big for Liverpool as they take on Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) takes a look at the game for WLB.
Villarreal v Liverpool | Thursday 20:05 | BT Sport Europe
There was a real ‘Name On The Trophy’ feel to Liverpool two weeks ago when they implausibly came back from the dead to knock out Borussia Dortmund in the previous Europa League round but here they face a different kind of challenge.
Villarreal lie in the way of Liverpool and a first European final in nine years and the Spanish side should make things suffocatingly difficult for the Reds.
Marcelino’s men lie fourth in La Liga and have a great opportunity to qualify for the Champions League directly from their league rather than this competition. Their shtick has been simple. Keep it tight at the back and nick a winner.
Villarreal have conceded just 31 goals in La Liga this season. One fewer than Real Madrid, the Spanish side have been involved in 14 La Liga games which paid out in Under 1.5 Goals.
While the Yellow Submarines keep it tight they also struggle to score themselves. Their weak tally of 42 league goals puts them on a par with mid-table sides and beneath the likes of Rayo Vallecano (16th) and Deportivo (14th). Effective but hardly exciting.
It’s been a rampaging few weeks for Liverpool. One defeat in 18 matches tells you all you need to know and the spirit of that Dortmund win had echoes of their successful 2004/05 Champions League campaign.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have smashed 16 goals into the back of the net in their last five matches and look ravenous at this precise moment as people make a note of their price for the 2016/17 Premier League title.
Contrastingly though they’ve been a lot more conservative in the Europa League with incredibly 10 of their 12 matches going Under 2.5 Goals this season. The loss of Divock Origi also poses problems for Klopp as he looks to replace that zest.
This looks a contrast in styles but I’m inclined to believe we’ll see a game more in the Villarreal vein on Thursday as Liverpool look to play it cool in Spain.
Villarreal v Liverpool – No Goalscorer (15/2 Skybet)
Villarreal v Liverpool – 1-1 Draw (23/4 888 Sport)
Want TWO Free Bets And £5 Cash?
Sign-up to Ladbrokes, Netbet, Bet365, Coral, BetBright or BetVictor via any of the links on this page, deposit and place your first bet and drop us a line at [email protected] We’ll then arrange for TWO free bets to be dropped into your betting accounts and we’ll also cover your first bet with instant cash up to £5.
Remember folks, if you ever want to join a new bookmaker give us a shout – no other site will give you extra bonuses such as free bets and instant cash like WLB!
How To Claim Your Free Bet And Instant Cash:
- Register for a new account at Ladbrokes, Netbet, Bet365, Coral, BetBright or BetVictor via any of the links on this page. If you don’t use a link from WLB, you won’t be valid.
- Deposit and place your first bet (up to £5).
- Email [email protected] to let us know your account username and the bookmaker you’ve joined.
- We’ll arrange for TWO £10 free bets to be dropped into your betting accounts as well as £5 instant cash to cover your first bet.
- Remember, you’ll also be entitled to the new customer bonus or promotion with each of Ladbrokes, Bet365, Netbet, Coral, BetBright or BetVictor too. However, if you don’t join via the links on this page, you won’t be valid for our free bet and instant cash giveaway.
- Free bet crediting can take up to 28 days.
- Any questions? Just drop us an email or tweet us at @WeLoveBettingUK.
Want TWO Free Bets And £10 Cash?
We’re offering two free bets and £10 instant cash to all readers that register for a betting account with any of our nominated partners via this page.
We’ll then arrange for two free bets to be dropped into your betting accounts and we’ll also cover your first bet with instant cash up to £10.
Remember folks, if you ever want to join a new bookmaker give us a shout – no other site will give you extra bonuses like we do at WLB!
|Get treble the odds on your first bet when you sign-up at 888Sport|
|Claim up to £200 in bonuses when you join Bet365|
|Claim a £50 Welcome Bonus when you join Ladbrokes. Use code 'F50'|