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This Champions League second leg sits on a knife-edge after a 1-1 draw in Villarreal. Here are the five key battles.

Vlahovic vs Pau Torres

It took Dusan Vlahovic just 31 seconds to score in the first leg and Pau Torres will be desperate to keep him out this time. Spanish international Torres is highly rated, but he’ll need to be at his best to deal with the Serbian striker who’s hit the ground running at his new club.

Locatelli vs Parejo

The key battle in the centre of midfield tonight. Euros star Locatelli has a passing success rate of 86.2% in the Champions League this season, closely matched by the 85.4% of first leg goalscorer Parejo. Who will win the battle of the pass masters?

de Ligt vs Danjuma

Danjuma is likely to lead the line for Villarreal again tonight and will be looking to add to his four Champions League goals. Danjuma has 1.7 dribbles per game this season, but de Ligt boasts an impressive 0.3 dribbled past per game record.

Rugani vs Lo Celso

Rugani is likely to fill in for the still-recovering Bonucci tonight and he’ll be up against Lo Celso who had a brilliant game in the first leg. The Argentine will look to drop into spaces that could cause issues for Rugani’s attempts to pick him up.

Danilo vs Pino

A young, pacey winger against a resolute, experienced full-back. Danilo averages 2 tackles per game in his 4 UCL appearances this season while only conceding 0.8 fouls. However, the tricky feet of Pino will look to challenge him with an average of 1.7 dribbles per game.

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