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VIL vs JUV, UCL 2021/22: MPL Preview, Predictions, & Fantasy Team

Unai Emery, a multiple-time champion of the Europa League, will be looking to advance in the Champions League when Villarreal host Juventus at the Estadio de la Ceramica for the opening leg of their last-16 tie on the night of Tuesday, 22nd February.

For the record, the Yellow Submarine finished second in Group F behind Manchester United to get thus far, while Juventus finished first in Group H ahead of the defending UCL Champions Chelsea.

Despite Emery’s illustrious record in the second tier of Europe’s continental tournament, the former Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain manager will be more aware than anyone that his team is a significant underdog in the race to hoist the Champions League trophy off the ground.

Even though they lost to Manchester United twice, Villarreal mostly held their own in the group stages, and a stunning 3-2 victory away to Atalanta BC on the penultimate matchday secured their position in the knockout stages for the first time since 2009.

Arnaut Danjuma was the star of the show for the Yellow Submarine on that occasion, scoring a brace, and the Dutch striker was once again the star of the show in the Yellow Submarine’s 4-1 victory against Granada over the weekend, scoring three goals and claiming the match ball in the rout.

It is exactly what the doctor ordered for Emery’s team ahead of this match, as they have gone four games undefeated in La Liga, taking 10 points from a possible 12 and conceding only one goal in that time. Emery has guided Villarreal to just their third-ever Champions League knockout round.

Arsenal has defeated Villarreal on two previous occasions, in 2005-06 and 2008-09, so there may be a tinge of nostalgia for Emery despite his ill-fated time in North London. However, despite Villareal’s six-game unbeaten run on home soil, Arsenal will face a true test of their mettle this week, despite their six-game unbeaten run at home.

After forcing the reigning champions to settle for third is undoubtedly a good omen for this topsy-turvy Juventus side, who are long overdue success on the European stage while also attempting to re-establish their dominance in their home country.

It’s best not to talk about Juventus’ 4-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge, but Allegri’s team won five of their other five Group H games to advance with 15 points – only Ajax, Liverpool, and Bayern Munich had a better record than Allegri’s side.

Juve, on the other hand, has begun to struggle in Serie A once again, and they did not get off to the best possible start in the Derby Della Mole, where they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with Torino after Matthijs de Ligt’s early strike was cancelled out by the visitors’ talisman Andrea Belotti, who scored the equaliser.

In their seventh successive appearance in the knockout stages, the 1995-96 Champions League champions have been plagued by the last-16 curse for the previous two years, having been eliminated at this level by Lyon in 2020 and then by Porto last year.

Although a seven-game undefeated run in all competitions is nothing to scoff at, Juve will face Villarreal for the first time ever in a competitive match this week, after the Yellow Submarine thrashed the Old Lady 4-1 in a friendly back in 2009. Villarreal has never faced Juve in a professional match.

Juventus and Villarreal have never played each other in an official game before, therefore we don’t have any historical data to assist us to predict how this game will go. Despite this, we can see this game concluding with both sides scoring goals since they each can score at least one goal in the game.

Furthermore, both sides have scored in each of Juventus’s previous three matches across all competitions, while both teams have scored in 67 percent of all Villareal games in the Champions League group stages.

VIL vs JUV, UCL Round Of 16 2021-22

Date: 23rd February 2022

Time: 1:30 AM IST

Venue: El Madrigal

Form:

Villarreal Champions League form:

  • D-L-W-W-L-W

Villarreal form (all competitions):

  • D-L-W-W-D-W

Juventus Champions League form:

  • W-W-W-W-L-W

Juventus form (all competitions):

  • W-D-W-W-D-D

HEAD TO HEAD:

Considering this is the first meeting between the two teams, it is expected that both would be trying to start their rivalry on a high note.

Team News:

Gerard Moreno, Francis Coquelin, and Ruben Pena, all of whom are recovering from injuries, will not be available for selection for the Villareal team this weekend. Etienne Capoue is also a doubt for Villarreal due to an injury.

Several players, including Federico Chiesa, Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele Rugani, and Giorgio Chiellini, have been sidelined due to injury. Meanwhile, Luca Pellegrini is a significant worry after being forced off the field against Torino on Friday night due to an injury.

Villarreal Predicted XI (4-3-3): Sergio Asenjo; Serge Aurier, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alfonso Pedraza; Manu Trigueros, Moi Gomez, Dani Parejo; Samuel Chukwueze, Boulaye Dia, Arnaut Danjuma

Juventus Predicted XI (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczęsny; Juan Cuadrado, Danilo, Matthijs De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Manuel Locatelli, Denis Zakaria, Paulo Dybala; Federico Bernardeschi, Alvaro Morata, Dusan Vlahovic

PREDICTIONS:

Juventus enter the game with multiple injury worries running down the core of the club, making Villarreal the minor underdogs in the match. We, on the other hand, are rooting for the Italians to sabotage their efforts and compel them to share in the spoils. So, expect a draw.

Score Prediction- VIL 2-2 JUV

VIL vs JUV Fantasy XI No. 1

VIL vs JUV Fantasy XI No. 2

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