UCL 2021-22: Villarreal vs Liverpool prediction and betting tips (May 3)
Villarreal host Liverpool in the return leg of their UCL 2021-22 semi-final. The Reds have a two-goal lead going into this match. Can the Yellow Submarine overturn the deficit and win the fixture?
Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal) showed himself as a big game player
Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal) showed himself as a big game player

Villarreal play Liverpool in the semi-final of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League. This is the second leg of the fixture.

The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, 3 May 2022. The match venue is Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal, Spain.

Betting tips and match predictions for the Villarreal vs Liverpool (May 3) game are available in this article. Next is a preview of the latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups.

Villarreal vs Liverpool latest odds on betting sites

Villarreal to win odds are priced at 4.75 (+375 American; 15/4 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 3.80 (+280; 14/5), while Liverpool to win odds are priced at 1.71 (-140; 5/7).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Villarreal — 21%, draw — 26%, Liverpool — 53%.

Latest betting odds on Villarreal vs Liverpool (3 May 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 1.66 (-150; 2/3)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 2.20 (+120; 6/5)
  • Asian handicap (+0.5, +1.0) on Villarreal — 1.96 (-104; 25/26)
  • Asian handicap (-0.5, -1.0) on Liverpool — 1.94 (-106; 50/53)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.66 (-150; 2/3)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 2.10 (+110; 11/10)

Villarreal vs Liverpool match preview and statistics

Villarreal have two wins, two losses and a draw in their last five matches. They have lost two back-to-back games ahead of this game. The Yellow Submarine lost 1-2 to Deportivo Alaves in the last match.

Unai Emery’s team had 57% possession, 1.60 expected goals (xG), zero big chances, six shots on target, 457 accurate passes, 86% pass accuracy, five fouls committed, five offsides, eight corners and three yellow cards.

Victor Laguardia gave Alaves the lead in the fourth minute with a shot from close range to the high centre of the goal, assisted by Joselu with a headed pass following a corner. Gonzalo Escalante doubled the lead in the 31st minute with a left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Ruben Duarte.

Samuel Chukwueze pulled one back in the 47th minute of the second half with a left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal, assisted by Giovani Lo Celso. The goal wasn’t enough to get them a draw.

Villarreal team news: Alberto Moreno is doubtful for the game.

Liverpool are unbeaten in 12 matches, with 10 wins and two draws. They are on a five-game winning streak ahead of this match. The Reds beat Newcastle 1-nil in their last match.

Naby Keita scored the match winner in the 19th minute of the first half. Keita did extremely well in the final third to play a one-two with Jota before rounding Dubravka to fire home, Jota go the credit for the assist.

Team statistics: 66% possession, 2.39 expected goals (xG), 24 total shots, two big chances, 10 shots on target, 442 accurate passes, 84% pass accuracy, 11 fouls committed, one offside, six corners, three yellow cards.

Liverpool team news: Divock Origi is doubtful for the match, while Roberto Firmino is sidelined due to a foot injury.

Villarreal vs Liverpool H2H

Liverpool have won the previous two matches against Villarreal. The Reds won 2-nil in the first leg of the clash. Pervis Estupinan scored an own goal in the match, while Sadio Mane doubled their lead within two minutes.

Villarreal vs Liverpool lineups and key players

Villarreal projected starting lineup:

  • Geronimo Rulli
  • Juan Foyth
  • Raul Albiol
  • Pau Torres
  • Pervis Estupinan
  • Giovani Lo Celso
  • Etienne Capoue
  • Daniel Parejo
  • Gerard Moreno
  • Samuel Chukwueze
  • Arnaut Danjuma

Samuel Chukwueze is the key player to watch out for. He’s a big game player, with the way he stepped up against Bayern Munich, expecting the same vs Liverpool. Chukwueze scored a goal in their last match against Deportivo Alaves. He has two goals in the UCL this season.

Liverpool projected starting lineup:

  • Alisson Becker
  • Trent Alexander Arnold
  • Joel Matip
  • Virgil Van Dijk
  • Andrew Robertson
  • Thiago Alcantara
  • Fabinho
  • James Milner
  • Sadio Mane
  • Luis Diaz
  • Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah is the key player to watch out for. He gave the assist to Sadio Mane’s goal in the first leg of the tie against Villarreal. Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer in the UCL with eight goals and an assist. The Egypt international is expected to be on the scoresheet in this game.

Villarreal vs Liverpool predictions and betting tips

Liverpool are in top form ahead of this match, haven’t lost in 12 matches and are on a five-game winning streak. The Reds are favourites to also win this match and make it to the UCL final. Villarreal have lost two back-to-back games ahead of this game. The loss in the first leg and their last game against Alaves.

Even with this, they are not predictable. Unai Emery can still pull off a win against Jurgen Klopp’s team. In the last three meetings, Villarreal have only one win while Liverpool have two wins. The Reds won 2-0 in the first leg of the tie.

Predictions for this match are Villarreal to win or draw (double chance), and both teams to score. The Yellow Submarine are unbeaten in 12 home games, they have the home advantage in this match. Liverpool's chances of scoring in this match are high, they’ve scored in 12 straight games, and with that Villarreal should also be able to score on their home court.

Betting prediction: Villarreal to win or draw

Odds: 2.10 (+110 American; 11/10 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Both teams to score (Yes)

Odds: 1.66 (-150 American; 2/3 Fractional)

Football UEFA Champions League . Semi-finals. Leg 2
Villarreal — Liverpool
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