Bayern Munich vs Villarreal predictions and match preview for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the Yellow Submarine target a place in the last four.
|Date||Tuesday 12th April 2022|
|Kick-Off||21:00 (local time)|
|Competition||UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, 2nd Leg|
Bayern Munich vs Villarreal Preview
Villarreal are in Germany this Tuesday for the 2nd Leg of their UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final against Bayern Munich. They hold a 1-0 advantage after a terrific performance at the Ceramica in the 1st Leg but will expect a really tough night in Bavaria.
It’s perhaps telling that Villarreal’s players didn’t respond to last week’s victory with wild celebrations. There was more a sense that an opportunity was missed to really take command of the tie with Bayern out of sorts and fortunate to only concede one goal. Evenso, it was a night to remember for followers of the Yellow Submarine and they will travel to Germany with a belief that they can complete the job, although Bayern still look like the team most likely to progress.
Unai Emery signalled his clear intention to prioritise this competition by resting a host of key players in LaLiga at the weekend for what was an important game against fellow European hopefuls Athletic Club. A 1-1 draw was a decent outcome in the circumstances for what was effectively a second-string Villarreal side. They’ve taken just 1 point from 3 league games since winning in Turin to set up this tie and will be hoping to continue the trend of saving their best performances for the European stage here.
Bayern will mean business though and they can take confidence from their Last 16 tie where they were held to a 1-1 draw in the 1st Leg by RB Salzburg before routing the Austrians 7-1 in the return in Munich. They will already have a sense of how competitive this Villarreal side can be but this is still a very strong Bayern side packed full of attacking quality which ought to rise to the challenge of turning the 1st Leg deficit around.
They are cruising to another Bundesliga title but still opted for a relatively strong XI in their 1-0 weekend win over Augsburg. However they have also frequently flexed their muscles in Europe this season and were viewed as the most likely winners of this competition outside of the Premier League’s top two, before last week’s 1st Legs. A return of 20 goals scored and just 3 conceded in their 4 Champions League home matches this term is an indicator of just how tough an assignment this is for the Spanish side.
Head to Head
- Villarreal won the 1st Leg 1-0 last week in Spain.
- The only previous meetings came in the 2011/12 UCL group stage.
- Bayern won 2-0 away and 3-1 at home.
Corentin Tolisso and Eric Choupo-Moting are expected to be out for Bayern Munich.
Long-term absentee Alberto Moreno is Villarreal’s only significant absentee. Boulaye Dia is also a doubt with a host of players set to rotate back in following weekend rests.
Bayern Munich vs Villarreal Predictions
Score Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-1 Villarreal (AET | Aggregate: 3-2 Bayern)
Villarreal have risen to every European challenge that has been presented to them over the past 18 months and they are capable of pushing Bayern all the way here having taken that 1st Leg advantage. However it is going to be tough to see the job through and Bayern’s extra firepower may just prove decisive, although don’t rule out the need for Extra Time.
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