Villarreal is hosting Bayern Munich at Estadio de la Ceramica in the first leg of the quarterfinals in the UEFA Champions League. Villarreal is an excellent team, defensively very sound, and their offense is capable of scoring a lot of goals. Bayern is one of the best offensive teams in the world, they are sloppy defensively on the road, but with an offense like that, they can be.
Villarreal has now lost their last 2 LaLiga games in a row, but they have had an outstanding performance against Juventus in the previous stage of the Champions League. During this 2-game losing streak, Villarreal hasn’t scored a single goal, and they will do everything to break that bad streak. Danjuma is the leading goalscorer for Villarreal with 5 goals, while Moreno added 2 goals and 3 assists. In LaLiga, Villarreal is pretty far away from the Champions League spot, which means if they want to compete in this competition next season as well, they need to win it now, and that is highly unlikely. I love Villarreal, I love the way they are playing, and it certainly would be nice if they qualified for the semifinals of the Champions League.
Bayern has scored 85 goals so far in Bundesliga, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they reach 100 by the end of this season. Defensively, Bayern has improved, but they are still not good enough. Bayern is now also undefeated in their last 8 games, and they have beaten Freiburg in their last game. As far as the Champions League goes, Bayern has played 1-1 against Salzburg in the first leg, but they have destroyed them 7-1 in the second leg. When it comes to scoring goals, there is no one better than Lewandowski, but a few of them are close. Lewandowski has scored 12 goals in 8 Champions League games, while Sane has added 6 goals and 6 assists. On paper, Bayern is an excellent defensive team, but they are making some stupid mistakes in their games, and they have conceded a lot of goals because of it. The good news for Bayern is they have enough offense to compensate for the lack of defense, but they won’t be able to do that against every team they face.
Villarreal and Bayern have met twice in the past, and Bayern has won both of those games. If anything is helping Villarreal to do well in this matchup it’s their defense, otherwise, they are done. Bayern can score a ton, and so can Villarreal, so it only makes sense to take the goals in this one.