Saturday 1 June: 8pm KO
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Neither of these clubs may be champions of England but one will become European Champions on Saturday. Liverpool have had a few losing finals in recent years under Jurgen Klopp but after a fantastic season, this weekend represents their best chance of winning the Champions League as they take on Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.
All roads lead to Madrid on Saturday, which is a lot easier than working out how to get to Azerbaijan on a Wednesday. For only the second time the Champions League final is being contested between two English clubs. Let’s hope for a dry evening and no chance of any players slipping as they take penalties, which was the case when Chelsea lost to Manhester United. It’s 13/2 (7.5) at SkyBet that either Liverpool or Tottenham win this game via a penalty shoot-out.
Liverpool lost in last year’s final and won’t want to repeat that experience on Saturday. Getting 97 points in the Premier League with only one defeat and still not winning the title was bad enough. They are 8/15 (1.52) at Betfair to lift the trophy with a win over Tottenham.
Both of these sides have had an emotional route to reaching the final. For Liverpool, it’s been one that has proved that there are few things better in football than a European night at Anfield. From beating PSG in their opening game to the staggering 4-0 demolition job they carried out on Barcelona, it’s been an amazing Champions League season for the Reds.
Liverpool have already lost four games on the way to this final. They needed that Anfield magic just to get them out of the group after losing all three of their away games. There’s no Kop to cheer them on in Madrid but they proved in Munich when beating Bayern that they can come up with the goods on the road. You can get odds of 10/11 (1.91) on them winning this game in 90 minutes.
Tottenham are in their first Champions League final and boy have they got there the hard way. A late goal for Inter against PSV in the group stages would have sent the Londoners into the Europa League rather than the Champions League knock-out rounds.
Only the existence of VAR got them past Manchester City in the last eight and then it was comeback time against Ajax in the semi-finals. Will they lift the Champions League trophy on Saturday evening? Go to Paddy Power to receive odds of 6/4 (2.5) on Tottenham doing just that.
Harry Kane has announced that he’s fit to play in the Champions League final. He hasn’t played since going off injured in the first leg of the quarter-final against Manchester City. He’s 7/4 (2.75) at Betfred to score in this match. Serge Aurier and Harry Winks are also available for Tottenham. Liverpool expect both Roberto Firmino and Andrew Robertson to be fit for this final.
Liverpool have won nine of their last 14 games against Tottenham. Seven of their last eight meetings have seen both teams score. The odds of both Liverpool and Tottenham scoring in this final are 3/4 (1.75) at Sportingbet.
High Scoring Game Possible
Five of the last six games played between Liverpool and Tottenham have had over 2.5 goals scored in them. It’s 4/5 (1.8) at Ladbrokes that stat will be a winner on Saturday.
Liverpool are one game away from again becoming European Champions. They have been in great form for nearly all the whole season. They have their top players fit again and will be hoping Mo Salah can play the whole match this time after last season’s injury. Tottenham are likely to have Harry Kane on the pitch for some, if not all of the game. This should be a cracker of a final but Liverpool have more experience of an occasion as big as this. A bet on a Liverpool win and both teams scoring has odds of 14/5 (3.8) at William Hill.