Tip Villarreal - Manchester United
Prediction published on November 21, 2021 at 6:20 AM - Modified on November 23, 2021 at 1:57 PM
Villarreal’s only loss in the Champions League this season was against Manchester United, and they have the chance to avenge when they host the English giants on Tuesday in Group F. For the two teams, this remains a crucial game, as they are both on seven points and occupying the top two slots. Villarreal warmed up for this game with a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo in La Liga and they go to the game unbeaten in the last three matches. They’ve failed to score in just one of their last five matches and go here with two clean sheets in three games. In three of their four Champions League games, Villarreal have scored twice and head to this game with back to back wins over Young Boys. In their two home matches in Group F, they’ve scored twice in each and will go to this game seeking to heap on United’s misery.
Manchester United are coming from yet another very poor performance; the defeat to Watford was their third in five matches and they’ve only won once in that run. They’ve conceded two or more goals in four of their last five matches and managed just one clean sheet. Four of their last five matches have produced over 2.5 goals with United mostly on the receiving end. The loss to Watford was the last for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer; he was sacked right after the defeat. Former United midfielder Michael Carrick will take temporary charge but the fact remains that the team will be under immense pressure to win here. While United are unbeaten in their last three Champions League matches, they’ve had to come from behind in each one of them, including their 2-1 win over Villarreal at Old Trafford. At some point in all their matches in the Champions League, they have trailed, which means they have no clean sheet yet. They have Cristiano Ronaldo to thank for the seven points the team has managed. The Portuguese forward has scored late point-winning goals in each of the last three matches.
Key points Villarreal - Manchester United
Villarreal have two clean sheets in their last three matches.
Villarreal have scored two or more in three of their four Champions League matches.
Manchester United have had to come from behind in each of their last three Champions League games.
Manchester United have conceded two or more in four of their last five matches.
Villarreal have three wins in five home matches ahead of this one.
Conclusion Villarreal - Manchester United
Villarreal will be looking to avoid the pitfalls in their first meeting with Manchester United in this group, and their continued stay in the Champions League is somehow hinged on this game. They know how crucial a win here will be and in their home form, they should be confident enough. Manchester United are in shambles and have barely survived with late goals in their last three Champions League games. The Red Devils’ luck could run out here; back Villarreal to win.