MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Villarreal

Folks I am so sorry for the sporadic posts lately, I'm very close to finishing University so it should all be back to normal soon. The good news is I've managed to find some free time to get a preview done for this massive tie with Villarreal. I am super excited for the game but also hugely nervous, if he doesn't start Daniel Sturridge I might actually lose it!

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A fitness update on Emre Can came through earlier in the week and somehow it seems like he may be available for the game against Villarreal. Jurgen Klopp will not be able to select Divock Origi or Jordan Henderson though who both remain out. For Villarreal, they are unable to call upon Leo Baptistao and Eric Bailly.

Last Meeting

The last match between the two sides in Spain last week ended in heartbreak for Liverpool after a last minute goal from Adrian. The Reds had set up tactically, looking to stem the flow of Villarreal and while it was risky it almost worked perfectly. The downside of course is that Villarreal now have the upper hand, 1-0 is not disastrous, especially not at Anfield but things could get very tentative if the away side manage to find an early goal on Thursday evening.


Liverpool have won six out of their last ten games in the Premier League, however they did fall to defeat at the hands of Swansea this weekend, perhaps explained by the weakened team fielded by Klopp. The Reds have scored 13 goals in their last five fixtures in the league.

Villarreal have won just three out of their last ten games in the league. Their most recent victory came against Valencia where Marcelino's side scored two goals away from home.


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Odds on Liverpool half time and full time are currently 8/5 while the straight win for the Reds is priced at 8/11.

In terms of first goalscorers, Daniel Sturridge is down at 7/2 while Coutinho is priced at 13/2.

If you fancy Liverpool to get a big win Thursday night you can get odds of 13/1 for a 3-0 win and 35/1 for 4-0.

Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!