Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Liverpool defied the odds to reach the Europa League semi-finals, but having come this far, the Reds are eager to lift the coveted trophy and thus secure Champions League qualification. Jurgen Klopp’s charges produced quite a coup by coming from two goals down to eliminate Borussia Dortmund in the previous stage and they were very close to achieving a goalless draw at El Madrigal, but a lapse in concentration allowed Villarreal to record a last-gasp victory. The Reds are now hoping for another great European night, but the reality is they face plenty of problems and this is something the Spanish side will know how to exploit. The suspension to Mamadou Sakho has made the back line weaker, while numerous injury problems in midfield only add to the worries. Villarreal, on the other hand, are at full strength and they appear to have rediscovered their form, so we predict that a scoring draw will end the dream for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Daniel Sturridge):
Daniel Sturridge is an English footbal player born on 1st of September 1989 in Birmingham. Sturridge started his football career for Aston Villa. After playing for Chelsea, Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers Sturridge got transferred to Liverpool for approximately 11 million euro. Daniel Sturridge made his debut for the English national team on 15th of November 2011.
Sturridge is known for being a strong and fast left footed striker. Because of his great technique defenders don’t know what to expect once they are in a one against one situation with Sturridge. Sturridge won several prices with Chelsea like the Champions League, the Premier League title and the FA Cup.
Sturridge’s best individual season was in 2013/2014 where he and Suarez were able to reach to the second place in the Premier League. The way Sturridge celebrates his goals are very recognizable and widely mimicked.
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.