Last time out in the Champions League defending Europa League champions Villarreal caused a shock by eliminating Juventus 4-1 on aggregate. Following a 1-1 draw in the first leg at home, they ran out 3-0 victors in the return match. Gerard Moreno, Pau Torres, and Arnaut Danjuma netted in the second-leg win. Speaking of whom, Danjuma has been instrumental behind Villarreal’s success in Champions League play this season, the Dutch forward is their top scorer with five goals. Unai Emery’s men have picked up just one win across four previous home games in Europe. Nevertheless, the Yellow Submarine will be seeking to extend a nine-match home unbeaten run (six wins and three draws) in all competitions. In their last six matches they’ve won three and lost three. Villarreal have scored nine times and conceded five over that period, scoring first in three of the six contests.
As for Bayern, it was a more straightforward affair in the Round of 16, the German champions defeated Salzburg 8-2 on aggregate. After playing out a 1-1 draw in the first leg, they ran out 7-1 victors in the return match at home. Robert Lewandowski netted a hat-trick to lead the scoring in the second leg. They are unbeaten in their last eight matches in all competitions (five wins and three draws). Lewandowski comes into this week’s fixture having netted on 12 occasions in this season’s Champions League, including four match-opening goals. The Polish striker leads the way at the top of the scoring charts in the competition in 2021/22. Bayern have also never been defeated on the road in the competition this season with three wins and one draw. Bayern are currently on a four-match away unbeaten streak (two wins and two draws). Across their last six games Bayern have won four and drawn two. They scored 18 and conceded four in that period, netting first in five of the six.
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Villarreal vs Bayern Munich: Match Stats
This will be Villarreal’s first game at the quarter-final stage of the Champions League since April 2009, when they were eliminated over two legs by Arsenal. Overall, they have only won one of their six games in the competition at this stage or later (two draws and three losses) – 1-0 v Inter Milan in April 2006. Villarreal boss Unai Emery, who is set to play his 50th game in the Champions League (21 wins, 10 draws and 18 losses), has never overseen a game at this stage while seeking to record consecutive wins in the knockout stage for the first time as a manager in this competition. He’ll be banking on Gerard Moreno who has scored two goals and made three assists in just 276 minutes played in the Champions League this season, recording more direct goal involvements than any other Spanish player in the competition this term.
After losing five consecutive away games against Spanish opponents in the UEFA Champions League between 2014 and 2017, Bayern Munich have since gone unbeaten in their last four such away games (two wins and two draws). The most recent of those came earlier this season, in a 3-0 win away to Barcelona in the group stage. Bayern are unbeaten in their last five games when playing away from home in the first leg of a knockout stage tie in the Champions League (three wins and two draws) – their last defeat came in the 2015/16 semi-final first leg against Atlético Madrid, when Pep Guardiola’s side were eliminated on away goals. The undisputed German champions have scored 101 goals in the Champions League since they were last held to a clean sheet (0-0 v Liverpool in February 2019). Across their last 30 games in the competition, they have averaged 3.4 goals per game, while winning 26 of those.