Our prediction for this Champions League match:
All eyes will be on Allianz Stadium when Juventus and Villarreal face each other in the Champions League last 16, return leg. The Bianconeri have been producing fine displays in the Serie A of late, and thanks to a 3-1 win over Sampdoria they rejoined the title race. January signing Dusan Vlahovic returns to the starting XI after he was rested at the weekend, while important duo Giorgio Chellini – Paulu Dybala should recover in time to face the Yellow Submarine in Turin.
All Chiesa, Bonucci, Kaio Jorge, Zakaria, and McKennie remain in the recovery room. Villarreal, on the other hand, came from behind to play out a 1-1 draw with Juve in the first leg, and they are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Wednesday’s clash. All Raul Albiol, Juan Foyth, Etienne Capoue, and Gerard Moreno are rated doubtful for the match, speaking of the away side. Anyhow, yet another close encounter is on the horizon as the two teams seem to be evenly matched.
Highlighted Player (Matthijs de Ligt):
Matthijs de Ligt is yet another product of famous Ajax football academy. After making 17 appearances for Jong Ajax, Matthijs de Ligt started playing for the senior team in 2016. The talented centre-back, who was born on August 12, 1999 in Leiderdorp (Netherlands) made his debut for the Amsterdammers on September 21, 2016 in a cup game against Willem II. Thanks to this goal Matthijs de Ligt became the second youngest goalscorer ever, behind legendary midfielder Clarence Seedorf.
In March, 2017, the Ajax defender made his debut for the Netherlands national team in a 2-0 loss to Bulgaria in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. In 2018 he received AFC Ajax Talent of the Year award (Marco Van Basten Award). Mathiijs de Ligt’s main position is centre-back and his preferred foot is right. His contract with the Amsterdammers should expire on June 30, 2021.
In the 2016/2017 season Matthijs de Ligt and his teammates made it to the Europa League final, but Ajax were beaten by Manchester United in the title game.
Highlighted Team (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Villarreal managed to reach the Primera Division for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club could not manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Division. In the last couple of years Villarreal developed itself to a stable club in the Primera Division.
This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3rd on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.
The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.