VILL vs FCB, UEFA Champions League 2021/22: MPL Preview, Predictions & Fantasy Team: Villarreal will host a jubilant Bayern Munich in a UEFA Champions League semifinal at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Thursday.
Villarreal were not expected to get the better of Juventus in the pre quarters. But they showed some exemplary football as they knocked the Italians out of the competition. With top 4 looking like a distant dream winning the Champions League is the only possible way for the Yellow Submarine to get a UCL berth next season.
Three late goals in the second leg against Juventus secured a first quarterfinal appearance since 2009 and they will be eager to get the job done this time.
Bayern Munich are coming to this game on the back of a blistering performance against RB Salzburg in the Champions League. The Germans blanked the Austrian side 7-1 in the second leg to march in the quarterfinals.
They haven’t lifted the Champions League title since the 2012-13 season and they will be determined to make their effort count. Goals have poured in for the German champions and to put things into perspective they have scored on 85 occasions in 28 German top flight games.
Robert Lewandowski has been their main man but Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane have been putting great shifts for them. Sane has been very prolific in the Champions League as he already has netted six goals and set up six more in the proceedings.
Villarreal are a very organised side and Bayern will have a daunting task to get past their backline. The Spanish side likes to play a very disciplined game and under Unai Emery they have been hard to beat at their home.
They are currently on a nine match unbeaten run at Estadio de la Ceramica and will try to make the contest more even . Big game mentality could be a problem as the Spanish side is not regular in the Champions League knockout stages while this will be Bayern’s 10th quarterfinal appearance in the last 11 seasons.
Villarreal’s domestic form isn’t very promising as they lost to Cadiz and Levante in the La Liga and are currently in the 7th position in the Spanish top flight.
Bayern are nine points clear of second placed Borussia Dortmund and have almost wrapped up the Bundesliga title.
However, football is a game of uncertainties and no team can rest until the final whistle. It remains to be seen how the two teams perform on the biggest stage of football.
VILL vs FCB, UEFA Champions League 2021/22
Date: 7th April 2022
Time: 12:30 AM IST
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica
Villarreal Champions League Form
Villarreal Form (all competitions)
Bayern Munich Champions League Form
Bayern Munich Form (all competitions)
Head to Head
These two sides have met each other three times so far and Bayern have an edge winning all the three matches over their Spanish opponent.
Villarreal Team News: Alberto Moreno is definitely out of this game while Boulaye Dia and Samuel Chukwueze are doubts for this match.
Bayern Munich Team News: Corentin Tolisso had to be subbed off in the last match and he is expected to have a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has contracted the Covid-19 and is likely to miss the game. Alphonso Davies is also missing as he is going through a rehabilitation period.
Villarreal Possible Lineup
Rulli; Aurier, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan; Pino, Parejo, Capoue, Trigueros; Danjuma, Moreno
Bayern Munich Possible Lineup
Neuer; Pavard, Sule, Upamecano, Hernandez; Kimmich, Goretzka; Sane, Muller, Coman; Lewandowski
Villarreal are a no match for Bayern Munich. The Bavarians have been in relentless form and will be looking to kill the game in the first leg only.
VILL vs FCB Fantasy XI No. 1
Neuer; Pavard, Hernandez,Torres; Kimmich, Goretzka, Parejo, Capoue: Lewandowski, Sane, Moreno
VILL vs FCB Fantasy XI No. 2
Neuer; Pavard, Hernandez, Torres, Aurier; Goretzka,Parejo Capoue; Muller, Lewandowski, Moreno