Friday, March 24, 2023

Prediction: Villarreal vs Bayern Munich

Verdict: Bayern Munich win

Best Odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to cause an upset when they turn their attention back to Champions League duties, Villarreal will welcome Bayern Munich to the Estadio de la Cerámica on Wednesday night.


Starting with the hosts, although Villarreal might have stunned many across Europe as they overcame Italian giants Juventus last month, it appears that the Yellow Submarine are struggling with their consistency. While Head Coach Unai Emery might have seen his side pick up that famous 3-0 romp in Turin on March 16th, the former Arsenal boss saw his side put in another flat display last weekend. Marking their return from the international break with a shock 2-0 defeat away at Levante, the defending Europa League winners have suffered back-to-back La Liga losses. Still sat down in seventh and knowing that they’re in an uphill battle to clinch another European finish this season, fans around the Estadio de la Cerámica should at least be boosted by their side’s rugged displays on home soil. Last seen in front of their own supporters landing a 1-0 victory against Celta Vigo, Wednesday’s hosts are unbeaten in each of their previous nine outings in Villarreal, a run that has seen them snatch points from both Atletico Madrid and Los Blancos.

Team News

Missing out over the weekend with a knock, Villarreal are sweating over the fitness of attacking talisman Samuel Chukwueze on Wednesday night.

Likewise, Spanish international Gerard Moreno will also miss out as he still deals with a knee issue.

Bayern Munich

As for the visitors, while Bayern Munich might have entered March’s international break with 1-1 draws against Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen, the German giants came roaring back last weekend. Appearing to cruise their way towards yet another Bundesliga crown this season, Head Coach Julian Nagelsmann saw his side claim a 4-1 victory away at Freiburg. Really appearing to have refound their form in the final third, the former RB Leipzig boss has seen his side now bag 16 goals in just their last four outings across all formats. Eventually stormed their way to the quarter-finals of this year’s Champions League with a thumping 7-1 romp against Salzburg on March 8th, Bayern also have one attacking talisman who has only continued to break more records this time around. Along with already notching a staggering 31 Bundesliga strikes so far this season, Polish superstar Robert Lewandowski has also bagged himself 12 Champions League goals.

Team News

Bayern Munich will once again be without the duo of Alphonso Davies and Joshua Kimmich are both unavailable when they make the trip out to Spain on Wednesday.

Likewise, not included in Bayern’s Champions League squad, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will not be included here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off on Champions League duties back in 2011, Bayern Munich picked up a 5-1 aggregate win.
    • The German giants have bagged 16 strikes in just their last four matchups across all formats.
    • Villarreal have suffered back-to-back defeats against Levante and Cadiz on either side of the international break.
    • However, the Yellows are unbeaten in each of their last nine matchups at the Estadio de la Cerámica.
    • Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has racked up 12 Champions League strikes this season.


    Managing to mark their return from the international break with a thumping 4-1 win away at European hopefuls Freiburg, Bayern Munich should be smelling a real chance on Wednesday night. Appearing to have refound their form in the final third and bagging 16 strikes in their last four outings, the German giants will be looking to cash in on a Villarreal side who have shown some extended inconsistencies. While the midweek hosts might have stunned Juventus out in Turin last month, they are coming off the back of another sluggish display while on domestic duties. Suffering back-to-back 1-0 and 2-0 losses against Levante and Cadiz, we’re backing a home victory for the 2020 European champions.

    Verdict: Bayern Munich win

    Best Odds: 4/6

    Bookmaker: Unibet


    Tom Dunstan

    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan



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