UEFA Champions League Final
Saturday 1st June 2019
Kick off at 8pm BST
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano
This will be the third same country Champions League Final since 2013 and the first all English final since 2008, and not many people could have predicted that this would have happened at the semi-final stage.
For both clubs incredible comebacks and hair-raising moments in the competition have brought them to this final match. Tottenham are making history at the weekend as this is their first ever European Cup Final, even when they reached the semi-finals in 1962 that was their first appearance in the competition so this will be quite an occasion for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Tottenham reached the final after their Hollywood type games against Manchester City where not even a movie script could have pulled off what really happened in the 2nd leg when Raheem Sterling seemed to have scored the winner for City in the dying seconds only for VAR to rule out the goal and for Tottenham to advance on the away goals rule. It got even better for the club against Ajax. They lost the first leg in London 1-0, were 2-0 down in the Netherlands, and needing to score 3 goals in 35 minutes. The young and brilliant Ajax team were not counting on Lucas Moura to ruin their night when the Tottenham striker scored a hat-trick, of course his final goal was in injury time. It has been a simply incredible journey for the team from North London who ended up finishing the Premier League campaign poorly.
Liverpool are back in the final after losing in 2018 against Real Madrid and after that loss which was overshadowed even more by Madrid’s Sergio Ramos tangling with Mohamed Salah which led to the end of Salah’s final there seems to be a feeling of unfinished business on Liverpool’s part.
While Tottenham have never reached a final, this will be Liverpool’s 4th final in 14 years, although they haven’t won the competition since 2005 and were beaten by AC Milan in 2007 and Real Madrid in 2018. Overall though The Reds have won the competition five times.
Liverpool will start as favourites to win but the one worry for Jurgen Klopp is that despite the brilliance of his side and their attacking flair he hasn’t been able to convert that into trophies and he also has a history of losing major finals. He has already lost 2 Champions League Finals, once for Liverpool and once for Borussia Dortmund and also lost a Europa League Final for Liverpool against Sevilla. On the flipside to that Pochettino for all his joy at Tottenham also has no silverware, for one manager that will all change on Saturday evening in Madrid.
Tottenham: The big news for Tottenham is that Harry Kane will return from injury after missing a large part of the league run in and has been declared fit for the match. Harry Winks will also return. Jan Vertoghen was a doubt but the player has confirmed he will be fit
Liverpool: The Reds have a near injury free squad to pick from. Roberto Firmino is back after missing the Premier League run in. Only Naby Keita has been ruled out with a long-term muscle injury
Tottenham vs Liverpool Head to Head:
The last time the teams met was in the league when at Anfield, Liverpool won 2-1.
In the reverse fixture earlier in the season also won by the same score line of 2-1.
In the last 14 matches between the teams Tottenham have just 1 victory.
The last 4 meetings have seen both teams score.
Tottenham vs Liverpool Prediction:
Every time nations from the same country have met in a Champions League Final the favourite of the two has always won. Most of the times they have been predictable finals in the fact that they have been close and tense matches, think of the all Italian encounter between AC Milan and Juventus that ended 0-0 and needed penalties and Manchester United and Chelsea in 2008 which also needed penalties and a John Terry slip.
It wouldn’t be out of sorts to believe we will get a close match here. And yet there is every possibility that Liverpool could ease to a win. They have the better team and have been through quite a season losing just 1 game in the Premier League. Some would say that Tottenham’s name is written on the trophy after their incredible comebacks but football isn’t that simple, and lets not forget Liverpool's comeback against Barcelona in the semi-finals. Therefore we are going for a Liverpool victory at the weekend to avenge their defeat from last season and also end Jurgen Klopp’s final nightmares.
Tottenham vs Liverpool Betting Tips:
Liverpool to beat Tottenham at 1.91
Liverpool to score 2+ goals at 1.91
Tottenham to have 4+ corners in 90 minutes at 1.72