Saturday 1 June: 8pm KO
Live on BT Sport and their YouTube Channel
The 2018/19 Champions League began way back on 26 June, 2018. The World Cup hadn’t even finished but teams across Europe began the long road to the final in Madrid, Now on the very first day of June 2019, Tottenham and Liverpool battle it out to see who will become the Champions of Europe.
Liverpool are no strangers to winning Europe’s top club competition and a triumph in Madrid would be the sixth time they have become Champions of Europe. They haven’t lifted the trophy since 2005 and only once in the last 35 years but you can get odds of 4/9 (1.44) at Betfair on them winning the cup on Saturday evening.
It’s been an incredible season for Liverpool, one that has catapulted them back into the position where they are one of the top club sides in Europe. Last season saw them lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, one thing is for certain this time around though. Liverpool have a much better goalkeeper making his way onto the pitch at Atletico Madrid’s ground.
Liverpool fans have a lot easier journey to make for this final and they will make their presence felt. Look out for the ‘Pete Price is a lizard’ flags, they’re bound to be making fun of their top local DJ. He’ll be joining in the celebrations if Liverpool win this game and they are 10/11 (1.91) at Unibet to win it in 90 minutes.
It’s not been the easiest of routes to the final for Liverpool. Their problems began long before that amazing night at Anfield when they beat Barcelona 4-0 to reach the final. Liverpool had a tough group to get through and it didn”t help one bit that they lost all three of their away games at Napoli, PSG and Red Star Belgrade. It took plenty of Anfield magic to get them through to the last sixteen.
That away form picked up in the knock-out stages with wins at Bayern Munich and Porto before the loss at Barcelona. Liverpool have become a team that will fight all the way to win a sixth title They have a strike force most teams would dream of having and Sadio Mane is 6/4 (2.5) at Paddy Power to score in this final just as he did last season.
Tottenham are newcomers to the Champions League final and that might just play against them. They’ve had a trying season with the problems of moving to their new ground and a series of poor away results that scuppered their bid to win the Premier League. They are 9/5 (2.8) to win the Champions League trophy if placing your wager at Betway.
Just like Liverpool, there have been a few times when making it to Madrid didn’t look like happening. They trailed badly in the group stages after losing to both Inter and Barcelona. It took two home wins and a draw at Barcelona to squeeze them into the knock-out stages. You can get 5/2 (3.5) on this Champions League final ending as a draw after 90 minutes.
After a convincing win over Borussia Dortmund in the last sixteen, Spurs found themselves up against Manchester City in the quarter finals. In one of the first games played at their new ground, they beat City 1-0 in the first leg but lost Harry Kane to injury. Then came the astonishing second leg with goals galore and a VAR controversy. But for that late City goal being overruled by VAR, Tottenham wouldn’t have reached the last four, let alone the final.
Another big comeback was needed in the semi-finals against Dutch champions Ajax. At half-time in the second leg, Tottenham found themselves 3-0 down on aggregate and away from home. It took an incredible Lucas Moura hat-trick completed in the 96th minute to bring the London team back from the dead and through to the final on away goals. No away goals rule tonight, but you can get odds of 10/3 (4.33) at Bet365 on Tottenham winning this match in 90 minutes.
Liverpool have only lost once to Tottenham in their last 14 games. They did the league double over them this season winning both games 2-1. It’s 8/1 (9.0) at William Hill that they win this match in 90 minutes by that same scoreline.
Harry Kane had pronounced himself fit for this game but it’s not known whether he will start the game for Tottenham.At Coral he’s 15/8 (2.87) to score in this final. Roberto Firmino could make his return for Liverpool but Naby Keita is ruled out. You can get 11/5 (3.2) at Betfred on Firmino getting a goal in this match.
This should be a fantastic final and it’s hard to choose between the two sides. Liverpool have the experience from last season’s final and will be desperate not to lose two straight finals. A bet on Liverpool to win with both teams scoring has odds of 9/4 (3.25) at SkyBet.