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Villarreal vs Juventus in the Champions League on Feb 22. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Villarreal vs Juventus in the Champions League on Feb 22. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

One of the most intriguing, and toughest-to-call ties of the Champions League Round of 16 sees Europa League holders Villarreal take on Italian giants Juventus.

Betting sites are finding it hard to split them in the market for this first leg, although Juventus are odds-on favourites to progress to the quarter-finals.

Villarreal arrive in pretty decent form and they’ll take plenty of confidence from their recent 0-0 draw against Real Madrid.

Juventus are also having a good time of things of late, so we could be in for a tight game.

Read on for our expert football betting tips for the contest.

  • Kindly note that all information in this preview, including whether or not the event will take place, is subject to change due to Covid-19.
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Draw And Under 2.5 Goals

Villarreal are a pretty adaptable team when it comes to setting up for matches of this kind, so it’ll be interesting to see how Unai Emery approaches this one.

It’s likely, given the opposition, a more cautious approach will be taken. Couple that with Juventus’ similar style and we could be in for a bit of a cagey affair.

The Yellow Submarine are a well-organised outfit, who are more than capable of keeping Juventus at bay in front of their home crowd. Juventus probably wouldn’t be too dissatisfied with taking at least a draw back to the Allianz Stadium too.

With these things considered, a low scoring stalemate looks the best betting option to go for. So, our selection for the match is a Draw and Under 2.5 Goals at odds of 3/1 with bet365.

Villarreal Form, squad news, opinion

After their win on penalties in the Europa League final against Manchester United last year, Villarreal won’t be fearing anyone in this season’s Champions League, even though the size of their club isn’t on the same scale as most who are left in the competition.

The Yellow Submarine play with plenty of heart, but there’s also lots of talent running throughout their side, and Unai Emery certainly does a good job of getting a good tune out of his players.

They’re well drilled when it comes to playing against the bigger sides and Juventus will have a tricky time of things when it comes to breaking them down.

They won three of their six matches in the group stages and that saw them progress to this round as runners-up. A brilliant 3-2 victory away at Atalanta is the win that sealed it for them - a performance that showcased Villarreal’s infectious tenacity.

Prior to their La Liga game against Granada, Emery’s men have lost just two of their last twelve in all competitions.

Top scorer Gerard Moreno remains on the sidelines with a calf problem, but he could be back in action in 3-4 weeks. Ruben Peña and Francis Coquelin are also on the injury list for the home side.

Juventus Form, squad news, opinion

Bar a 4-0 away defeat to Chelsea, Juventus showed a sprinkling of sparkle in the group stages, winning five games and topping the standings ahead of the current Champions League holders.

Before their league game against Torino, they’re on a run that’s seen them lose just one game in fifteen across all competitions - and that was a Super Cup defeat in extra time to a late Inter Milan goal.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side are certainly starting to be more solid in games recently - a common trait with successful Juve teams.

They’ll have to be just that against opposition that will be up for the battle, but confidence is starting to build again after a tough beginning to their campaign.

Centre-back and captain Giorgio Chiellini looks set to be out until March with a calf strain, so he’ll miss this engagement, but the Italian could be back in time for the second leg in Turin. Federico Bernardeschi and Federico Chiesa are also absentees for the Old Lady.

History

The pair have never met in competitive action before. They did face each other in a friendly back in 2009, with Villarreal running out 4-1 winners

About the Venue

Estadio de la Ceramica has been the home of the Yellow Submarine since 1923. It holds up to 23,500 fans, which is around half the population of the city of Villarreal.

There’s very much a community feel to the club and that’s shown through their passionate supporters, who can create a warming, yet lively atmosphere.

Conclusion

A clash that has ‘tight game’ written all over it. First legs of knockout ties tend to be a bit tentative, and these two generally have a similar set up, so they could cancel each other out.

Villarreal might try and force the issue a bit in front of their home crowd, but with Juventus on a run that hasn’t seen them taste defeat that often, honours could be even after this one.

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