Liverpool v Villarreal betting tips – it could be a long night at Anfield

It could be a long night at Anfield


Liverpool #1-0

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Betting Tip: Liverpool #1-0 @ 5/1 with bet365

A poignant night expected at Anfield on Thursday, with Liverpool playing their first home match since the families of the Hillsborough disaster victims were awarded the judgement they have spent 27 years battling for.

Jurgen Klopp will instruct his players to feed off the crowd although discipline on the pitch is important if the Reds are to claim their place in this month’s Europa League final.

Liverpool were narrowly beaten at the Madrigal and that late Adrian winner gives Villarreal something to defend rather than needing to come out of their shell for that away goal.

The Yellow Submarine won 2-0 at Valencia on Sunday to warm up nicely for this contest and Villarreal are virtually guaranteed a spot in next season’s Champions League already so there is less pressure on them to win here.

Marcelino Garcia Toral was able to field a reserve team against Los Che, although the defensive discipline didn’t waver and it’s worth noting that Villarreal keep things very tight away from home.

They have conceded just twenty-one goals in their eighteen matches on the road, with the Spanish side arriving at Anfield off the back of three clean sheets.

That’s not to say they will have life easy against a Liverpool side who showed a plethora of changes when losing at Swansea on Sunday, although the absence of Divock Origi, Jordan Henderson and Mamadou Sakho is far from ideal for Klopp.

Nevertheless, the dramatic comeback against Borussia Dortmund illustrates that this team can produce under their German manager and we’re happy to take a punt on the 1-0 win and the chance for the tie to go into extra-time.

Betting Tip: Liverpool #1-0 @ 5/1 with bet365

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