The Champions League semifinals continue on Wednesday as favorites Liverpool host underdogs Villarreal at Anfield for their first leg. The Reds are looking to make the final for the third time in the last five seasons, while the Yellow Submarine are back in the semifinals for the second time in their history, looking to pull off another shocker after bouncing Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals.
After knocking out Inter Milan and Benfica, The Reds have been handed what they may feel is another favourable draw against Unai Emery’s Villarreal.
But Villarreal have already shown they can spring a surprise or two by knocking out two European giants.
In the round of 16, the Yellow Submarine drew 1-1 at home to Juventus before hammering them 3-0 in Turin.
And in the quarter-final, they beat 2020 winners Bayern Munich 1-0 at home before a last gasp Samuel Chukwueze goal saw them snatch a 1-1 draw in Germany to go through.
Here’s our storylines, how you can watch the match and more:
Wednesday’s broadcast schedule
- UEFA Champions League Today, 2 p.m. ET, CBS and Paramount+
- Liverpool vs. Villarreal, 3 p.m. ET, CBS and Paramount+
- UEFA Champions League Post-Match Show, 5 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network and Paramount+
How to watch and odds
- Date: Wednesday, April 27 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Anfield — Liverpool, England
- TV: CBS Live stream: Paramount+
- Odds: Liverpool -345; Draw+460; Villarreal +900 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Liverpool: The Reds aren’t missing any key players, but Roberto Firmino remains doubtful. Eyes will be on how things look in attack, with Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane expected to start. That means Colombian sensation Luiz Diaz will likely be the man off the bench for a second-half spark, if they need one.
Villarreal: Alberto Moreno (knee) and Yeremy Pino (pulled muscle) are both out for the first leg, while Unai Emery will be sweating the status of striker Gerard Moreno. The Spanish talent is dealing with a hamstring knock that leaves him as doubtful for this clash.
The Reds run rampant and leave the Yellow Submarine sinking after a lopsided 90 minutes. Pick: Liverpool 3, Villarreal 0