LIVERPOOL’S name could be on the Europa League after their Borussia Dortmund miracle but face a massive test tonight.
Jurgen Klopp’s side head to a Villarreal outfit chasing a Champions League place and who have been a match for the best this season.
In La Liga they’ve beaten Real and Atletico Madrid and drawn against Barcelona at El Madrigal but have taken one point from their last three games.
Klopp won’t fear the trip having held former club Dortmund 1-1 away before that amazing recovery to win from 3-1 down at Anfield.
First legs of semi-finals are usually tight and this could be another 1-1 draw – and it certainly should go under 2.5 goals at 19-20 at bet365. Villarreal have conceded just one goal at home in six EL ties this season.
I can see Liverpool battling to a stalemate – and as they’re a big price the value is in Liverpool draw no bet at 23-20 at McBookie – that should set them up to qualify and they are 4-7 at Skybet to progress to the Final with Villarreal 13-8.
The absence of Mamadou Sakho is a blow for Liverpool and the man their reshuffled defence have to watch is Cedric Bakambu who is 11-2 with Paddy Power to score first. The Frenchman hit doubles in both legs against Sparta Prague in the quarters.
In the other tie holders Sevilla travel to Shahkar Donetsk and their terrible away form will be put to the test. They’ve reached the last four lie seventh having won just four of 27 road trips this season.
Shakhtar are “strong” at home – Lviv is currently their home – and I’m on the Ukraine side at 7-4 with McBookie to edge this one despite the absence of striker Fred.
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