Saturday 1 June: 8pm KO
Live on BT Sport
For only the second time the Champions League final is going to be fought out between two English clubs. Liverpool have made it to the final for the second year in a row and will be looking for better luck than when losing to Real Madrid last season.
Not since 2001 has a club lost two consecutive Champions League finals. Liverpool won’t want to follow in the footsteps of Valencia (not the number one suspect to have lost two straight finals) as they travel to Madrid to take on Tottenham. William Hill have odds of 8/15 (1.52) on them lifting the Champions League trophy on June 1.
Liverpool were narrowly pipped by Manchester City in the race for the Premier League. How much would City give to be in Spain on June 1? It’s certainly not been the easiest of routes to Madrid for Liverpool. They had a tough group to make their way out of when drawn against PSG and Napoli. It was their home form that got them through as runners-up after losing all three of their away games.
The tough games continued in the last 16 as they were drawn against Bayern Munich. This time their away record came up trumps as they drew the home first leg but won 3-1 in Germany. Their quarter-final against Porto was a lot easier with a 6-1 winning aggregate and then came Barcelona and that amazing comeback. Liverpool’s defeat in Barcelona is their only loss in their last 23 league and cup games. Betfred will give you 1/1 (2.0) on them beating Tottenham in 90 minutes.
Tottenham have also undergone several times when it looked as if they weren’t going to make this final. When they only managed to earn one point from their first three group games and then went 1-0 down at home to PSV, they couldn’t have imagined that in June they’d be in the final. Tottenham fought back to finish second in their group and are 6/4 (2.5) at William Hill to win the Champions League this season.
Getting out of their group was the first of several comebacks for Tottenham. They had no problems getting past Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 but then drew Manchester City in the quarter-final. After winning the home leg they looked to have been knocked out at the Etihad but for VAR to rule out City’s ‘winning’ goal.
An even greater comeback came in the last four. They lost 1-0 at home to Ajax and were 2-0 down in the second leg before a hat-trick from Lucas Moura saw them win the tie on away goals. Moura is 29/10 (3.9) to score in this game if placing your bet with William Hill.
Tottenham only finished two places below Liverpool in the Premier League but there was a 28 point gap. They lost 13 Premier League games, four so far in the Champions League and two in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup. Could a team that have lost 19 games this season become Champions of Europe?
Liverpool have only lost one of their last 14 games played against Tottenham. Both teams have scored in seven of the last eight meetings and it’s 4/5 at Betfred that Liverpool and Tottenham get on the scoresheet in this match.
Tottenham will be hoping that Harry Kane is fit to play in this final, if only as a substitute. His presence would be a major boost and Tottenham are 3/1 (4.0) at Betfred to win this match in 90 minutes. Roberto Firmino missed the final games of the season but is expected to be fit for this game.
High Scoring Game Likely
Five of the last six games between Liverpool and Tottenham have had over 2.5 goals scored in them.The odds on that stat coming up in this final are 1/1 (2.0) at William Hill.
Both teams have had to fight hard to get to this final. Liverpool were miles ahead of Tottenham in the Premier League and are worthy favourites to win this game. A bet on Liverpool to win with both teams scoring has odds of 3/1 (4.0) at Betfred.