UCL SEMIFINAL 1ST LEG ANALYSIS: Liverpool vs Villareal
The UCL Semifinal 1st Leg tie continues today with Liverpool taking on Villareal at Anfield.
Another cracker of a game as both teams are known for not holding back when they take on their opponents.
I know many football lovers might have written off Villareal looking at how good Liverpool have been this season.
However, Let's take a look at points favoring both sides before we make our final decision.
Competition Expertise: You are definitely not overlooking this, are you?
When you mention the elite and experienced teams in the UCL, you can't do without mentioning Liverpool
And as proof, they have the highest number of UCL titles, 6, after Real Madrid and AC Milan who have 13 and 7 respectively.
Don't be surprised if Villareal get discouraged by this fact, any team would.
General Form: Another fact for the Reds.
Having lost just a game in all competitions since the beginning of this year, Jurgen Klopp's men look to be on another level.
Even the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea could do nothing to stop them in games that mattered.
This form of theirs have also ensured they are in good position to land a Quadruple come May.
You will agree with me that the above is another huge motivating factor they will be feeding on as well.
So do you still see Villareal stopping the Reds?
Wait a second, don't come to conclusions yet, we haven't considered facts favoring the Yellow Submarines.
Knockout Stage Form: Our 1st point in favor of the Dark horses of the tournament.
Aside from Manchester City, Villareal are the only team yet to suffer defeat in this season's UCL knockout stage.
And just like the Cityzens, they've managed 2 wins and 2 draws in those fixtures.
Let me also remind you that the opponents they faced were Juventus and Bayern Munich.
Even Jurgen Klopp would be worried when he realizes this fact.
Liverpool's Poor Home Form: Another powerful fact in favor of Unai Emery's men.
This season's UCL have seen Liverpool amass 8 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss.
Unfortunately, both the draw and loss came in the knockout stage.
What makes the above even more baffling is that the loss and draw were at Anfield against Inter and Benfica respectively.
Many might say both results were because Liverpool had already secured their qualification into the next rounds before those games.
Well, they had better not take the Yellow Submarines lightly because they wouldn't mind drowning them on their own turf as they did to Juventus.
If I were to choose a side, I would go with Liverpool.
However, I won't be surprised if Villareal carry the day or get a draw. They've got all it takes to do so.
What do you think guys? Let's get your opinions and predictions.