Liverpool will face Villarreal while they put up yet another strong performance, defeating Everton 2-0 in the Merseyside Derby, a fantastic warm-up for their Champions League semi-final first-leg match against Villarreal at Anfield. It was their third straight victory, and their ninth win in ten games with two or more goals.
With two second-half goals, they were forced to work for their victory, and it could be a foreshadowing of what to anticipate against the Spaniards — a defensive approach. Liverpool have eight victories, a loss, and a draw in their ten Champions League matches this season, although there have been nerves in their recent games in this league.
Villarreal have been on a more consistent run recently, and they will bring their colossal killing instincts to Anfield for this match. They are coming off a 2-0 win over Valencia and will benefit from a longer rest period, having last played on the 19th, four days before Liverpool’s match against Everton.
The Spaniards will hope that their extra rest pays off in this game. They haven’t lost in their last five matches and have scored in each of them, with Arnaut Groeneveld scoring three times in that time. In the last two rounds, Villarreal eliminated Bayern Munich and Juventus. They enter this game as the weakest of the semifinalists, but it is the enormity of their performance in the quarter-finals that will determine their fate.
Villarreal have ousted big names in the last two rounds, and they will be looking for a similar result here. They are up against a team that is in excellent form, especially at home. It will take a lot, but Liverpool have struggled at home in this competition, despite their attacking skills. This match will be a draw.
KICKOFF TIME: Villarreal versus Liverpool match will go down on Wednesday at 8PM Nigerian time.