Sam WattLiverpool vs Tottenham, Saturday June 1st, 20:00, Wanda Metropolitano. The highly-anticipated Champions League final takes place on Saturday night in Madrid between two English sides for whom winning this competition would be particularly significant.
The highly anticipated Champions League final takes place on Saturday night in Madrid between two English sides for whom winning this competition would be particularly significant.
Both these sides reached the showpiece in the Spanish capital following remarkable comebacks in the second legs of their respective semi-final matches.
Liverpool los the first leg of their last four tie 3-0 at Barcelona but produced an astonishing turnaround to win the second game 4-0 at Anfield.
For Tottenham, they lost 1-0 at home to Ajax and found themselves two goals down at the break in the return, but a Lucas Moura hat-trick produced an astonishing turnaround for Spurs to triumph 3-2 and advance on away goals.
Liverpool won both league meetings this season – 2-1 at Wembley and by the same scoreline at Anfield – but this is a game which really could go either way and is tricky to predict.
Liverpool will be slight favourites to win their sixth Champions League title as they possess superior form and quality over Spurs.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are slight favourites to win this game although it will be a close-fought tie which is firmly in the balance – a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes with the game going all the way to penalties would appear a likely outcome from it.
The last four meetings between these sides have produced a remarkable total of 15 goals – just shy of four per game and it is likely that this game will one more be action-packed between two sides looking to attack. 13 goals flew in across the semi-final matches including nine in the second legs alone, with both possessing a wealth of attacking talent. 888 Sport have priced this at an attractive 23/10 and it’s among the best online betting odds for the fixture.
Linked into the previous bet, this game is likely to have goals and both teams are highly probable to find the net at least once. Each of the last four clashes between the two and seven of the last eight have seen both teams score at least once and this pattern is likely to continue in this final. This bet is priced at 7/2 by 888 Sport for the final and is worth a look.
Head to Head
Liverpool won each of the two meetings this season by a solitary goal; however, their 2-1 triumph at Wembley earlier in the campaign was more comfortable than their last-gasp 2-1 win at Anfield this year, with a last minute Hugo Lloris blunder seeing Jurgen Klopp’s side dramatically snatch all three points.
Tottenham have never been in a Champions League final and had not reached the semi-finals of this competition before this year since 1962, when they were defeated 4-3 by Benfica on aggregate.
Spurs have lost eight of their last 16 matches across all competitions but secured a top four finish in the Premier League and also reached this showpiece.
Liverpool are aiming to avoid a third European final defeat in the space of four seasons – they lost the 2016 Europa League final to Sevilla and last year’s Champions League showpiece against Real Madrid.
The Merseyside club have not lost a European knockout match since Jurgen Klopp was appointed in 2015.
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