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Villarreal host Liverpool on Tuesday with a place in the UEFA Champions League final up for grabs. The English side have one foot in the final after easing to a 2-0 first leg lead a fortnight ago. Here at we'll preview this Champions League semi-final second leg by bringing you up to date team news, expert betting tips and the latest match odds from our betting partners at Betfair.

Team News

Roberto Firmino is likely to be Liverpool's only absentee on Tuesday. The Brazilian is set to travel to Spain but a foot injury is set to prevent him playing any part in the match.

Jurgen Klopp will make wholesale changes to the side that defeated Newcastle United in the Premier League at the weekend. Mohamed Salah, Thiago, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Ibrahima Konate should all come back into the starting eleven.

First Leg Recap

Liverpool claimed a 2-0 first leg victory thanks to two quick-fire goals just before the hour. A Pervis Estupinan own goal broke the deadlock before Sadio Mane netted a couple of minutes later.

Betting Tips

Liverpool made such light work of the first leg that it's hard to see anything but another win for The Reds at El Madrigal. Jurgen Klopp's side had 19 shots to Villarreal's one and claimed 73% possession. An away win is very back-able at 4/6.

Villarreal have an impressive home record in La Liga this season. Unai Emery's side have earned 35 points at home compared to just 17 on the road. Therefore, Liverpool probably won't have it all their own way on Tuesday. Both teams to score is excellent value at 4/6.

Mohamed Salah has not scored in the Champions League since the first leg of their last 16 tie. In fact, his brace against Manchester United two weeks ago are the only non-penalties the Egyptian has scored since February 19th.

With Liverpool's talisman not firing on all cylinders, there is plenty of value elsewhere in the goal scorer markets. Sadio Mane has been Liverpool's go-to man in recent weeks, especially in the Champions League. Mane has four goals in his last five Liverpool appearances, including the first leg of this tie. Sadio Mane is 4/1 to open the scoring in Spain or alternatively 13/10 to score at any time.

Match Odds

To win:

  • Villarreal: 15/4
  • Draw: 29/10
  • Liverpool: 4/6

To progress

  • Villarreal: 16/1
  • Liverpool: 1/100

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