Liverpool vs. Villarreal Champions League odds, prediction

The second semifinal of the UEFA Champions League kicks off Wednesday in Merseyside as Liverpool hosts Villarreal for the opening leg.

Hosts Liverpool, which knocked out Benfica in the quarterfinals, are sizable favorites for the opener

Manager Jurgen Klopp’s side is a -300 favorite while Villarreal, which pulled a shocking upset over Bayern Munich in the quarters

Manager Jurgen Klopp’s side is a -300 favorite while Villarreal, which pulled a shocking upset over Bayern Munich in the quarters

Liverpool are also a sizable favorite to advance to the Champions League Final in Paris. Entering the first leg, Liverpool are -550 to advance while Villarreal are +325 on the comeback.

This will mark the first meeting between these sides in the Champions League. Their most recent head-to-head encounter

Put simply, a large portion of Liverpool’s success in this year’s Champions League campaign can be attributed to its attacking efforts.

The 2019 UCL winners have created 19.5 expected goals through 10 fixtures, the second-highest mark amongst the four semi-finalists. Plus