FCB vs VILL, UEFA Champions League 2021/22: MPL Preview, Predictions & Fantasy Team: Bayern Munich will be seeking a turnaround when they host Villarreal at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal.
Villarreal defeated the German champions in the first leg with a goal from Arnaut Danjuma and will be looking to build something on that.
The Spanish armada had their chance to build a solid in the first leg but they missed a number of chances and it could hurt their Champions League hopes.
They drew 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao in the La Liga and their entire focus will be on this tie. Liverpool should be waiting in the semifinal if they manage to get the better of Bayern in the second leg.
Bayern on the other hand once again banked on a Robert Lewandowski penalty as they edged Augsburg with a solitary goal in the Bundesliga. Julian Nagelsmann seems to have a tough task to cut out and they need to come with full force at their home ground.
The Bavarians do have a pretty strong record while at home and Villarreal would be wary of that. When the draw was done everybody expected Bayern to come out of the two ties with flying colours.
But will Villarreal manage to script history? Bayern’s last Champions League home game saw them thrashing Salzburg 7-1 but this will be a different ball game.
Unai Emery does have the knack of pulling off big results and he will be depending on his instincts. They are currently seventh in the La Liga and it becomes increasingly difficult for them to make a way to the Champions League next season.
Villarreal’s only Champions League semifinal appearance was back in the 2004-05 season when they were defeated by Arsenal. Should they make history it would be their second semifinal in the premier competition.
The odds are in favour of the home side as they have the strongest squad on paper but they have a weak point against Spanish teams and Villarreal will definitely exploit their chances.
FCB vs VILL, UEFA Champions League 2021/22
Date: 13th April 2022
Time: 12:30 AM IST
Venue: Allianz Arena
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Head to Head
The two teams have faced each other three times so far. Bayern have won on two occasions while Villarreal have won one match.
Bayern Munich Team News
Alphonso Thomas will be making a comeback in this match while Lucas Hernandez should start as his fullback partner. Niklas Sule, Bouna Sarr, Corentin Tolisso and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are all uncertainties for this match.
Villarreal Team News
Alberto Moreno and Boulaye Dia are the only absentees for Unai Emery’s side.
Bayern Munich Possible Lineup
Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Sane, Muller, Coman; Lewandowski
Villarreal Possible Lineup
Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan; Parejo, Coquelin, Capoue; Lo Celso; Moreno, Danjuma
Despite their first leg domination Villarreal will have to be a bit cautious as Bayern Munich’s home form has been pretty relentless.