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Yellow Submarine better not torpedo my bet

C'mon, let's hear it ...

"We all live in a yellow submarine.
a yellow submarine, yellow submarine.
We all live in a yellow submarine,
a yellow submarine, yellow submarine"

What a ridiculous song. Mrs B loves it when I strum it on my Ukulele, but personally I think it's a silly idea to live on a submarine, never mind a bright yellow one. What is this, Teletubbies?

If I did have to live on a submarine I'd want it to be Stingray, especially if that mute mermaid temptress Marina was on board. Ahoy there, matey!

Anyway, the happy-clappy Beatles song is perfect for the Europa League semi-final as Liverpool look to Mersey-beat Villarreal, who are nicknamed the Yellow Submarine. 

This Liverpool mob are still miles off the classic Liverpool sides of the 80s, but I think Jurgen Klopp could be bringing the magic back to Anfield and their extraordinary win over his old club Borussia Dortmund in the last round got the Klopp, sorry the Kop, rocking like the good old days.

It plays into Liverpool's hands that the second leg is back at Anfield, and I can see tonight's first game in Spain being pretty tight. The Reds drew in Dortmund and I reckon it will be similar here, so I'm going to put my buttons on a 1-1 correct score, setting the tie up perfectly for next week's return in Liverpool. 

The only thing is I don't trust Liverpool's dodgy defence, so I'm hoping the Yellow Submarine strikers don't torpedo my bet.

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Villarreal v Liverpool

Home Win Draw Away Win
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  • Liverpool have lost one of their last seven away matches
Expert verdict
Liverpool are unbeaten in 12 Europa League matches this season and they can show their resilience by beating Villarreal at El Madrigal on Thursday. The contest should not hold any fears for Liverpool, who are going from strength to strength under Jurgen Klopp and were the better side in their 1-1 draw away to Borussia Dortmund.