Europa League: Villarreal CF – Liverpool FC ; 28.04.2016

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Villarreal CF – Liverpool FC

Europa League: Villarreal CF – Liverpool FC

28.04.2016 21:05

The other Thursday semi final opener serves a true football delicacy as it features a highly attractive clash of two renowned and currently in-form sides Villarreal and Liverpool. The Yellow submarine have been breezing through their Europa League campaign so far, knocking out some Europe´s heavyweights including Napoli and Leverkusen. But Liverpool, their semi final opponents, do not come up short either – they have beaten both Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund on their way to the last four. With that said, we are sure to be in for a great and entertaining fixture when Villarreal and Liverpool battle it out at El Madrigal.

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Villarreal CF

Villarreal began their Europa League journey in the Group E where they finished second with a positive score of 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat. The play-off draw has had no mercy with the Spaniards as it has already pitted them against at least two elite European sides Fiorentina and Leverkusen. But the Yellow submarine gave a great performance in these ties, knocking both of these teams out. Moreover, the Spanish squad only conceded one goal in these four games. In the quarter final, Villarreal took on Sparta Prague who were considerably weakened by multiple absences caused by both injuries and suspension. Therefore, it came as no surprise that Marcelino´s men emerged as the winners of the series, beating their Czech rivals in both matches (2:1 and 4:2). The semi final draw sent the Spanish team against Liverpool who have got in a very good form recently but the Reds will be without some of their important players in the first leg, which might be a huge advantage for the home team.

 

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Liverpool FC

For the last couple of weeks, Liverpool have been finally in the shape their fans were hoping for so long. After a series of good results in the Premier League, the Reds have the coveted top spots within reach and they can still produce a glorious achievement in the Europa League where they are to face Villarreal in the semi final. On their way to the last four, Liverpool have already picked up several impressive results such as eliminating both Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 and quarter final respectively. Considering these admirable feats and their current form, Liverpool´s hopes of reaching the final can be quite high but there is one thing that gives the coach Klopp a headache prior to the Thursday match – the Merceysiders will miss some of their mainstays in the game, including Benteke (knee), Emre Can and Origi (both ankle) while Skrtel (groin) is a doubt. Let us see if Liverpool pull together to overcome these difficulties and clinch a promising result in Spain.

 

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Summary

A very intense and tight battle can be expected in Villarreal who will host Liverpool in the first leg of their Europa League semi final series. An interesting confrontation between Spanish and English football, the duel promises to be a thrilling display as both of these sides have been in a great form lately and they both have managed to knock out some other European giants. With a spot in the final at stake, only one of them can progress further this time. Which of these two great teams will be happier with the outcome of the first duel? We will know by Thursday night.

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