Premier League sides Tottenham and Liverpool lock horns in the Champions League final this weekend, in what promises to be a riveting game of football. There was a huge gap between the sides on the domestic front this term, but will that count for anything on Saturday night?
Where and when: Wanda Metropolitano – 1 June, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Tottenham vs. Liverpool: BT Sport
Last time: Toby Alderweireld scored a 90th-minute own goal to hand Liverpool a 2-1 win when the teams met at Anfield at the end of March.
Tottenham v Liverpool Predictions and Preview
After Tottenham’s collapse in the latter stages of the Premier League season, and Liverpool’s stunning form that almost saw them win their first title for almost 30 years, there was a massive difference of 26 points separating these two teams in the final table. Spurs have been a different beast at times in the Champions League this season though, while both teams pulled off the seemingly impossible in the second legs of their semi-finals.
Liverpool looked dead and buried after losing 3-0 to Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the first leg of their semi. The Reds put in a scintillating performance back at Anfield though, thumping the Catalan giants 4-0 to book their place in the Madrid final. That display was typical of Liverpool’s season, full of pace, energy and decisiveness in the final third.
Tottenham’s performance against Ajax was also typical of their campaign on the European stage this term. Spurs were out of it at half-time in Amsterdam, off the pace and needing three goals in the second period to reach the final. Lucas Moura stepped up with a heroic hat-trick to write his name into Tottenham folklore, but the Brazilian may give way to the fit-again Harry Kane this weekend.
The Spurs striker has recovered from an ankle injury that saw him miss the Premier League run-in. Tottenham were dreadful in their final fixtures, only winning three of their last 12 and one of their last five in the league. Liverpool, on the other hand, won nine in a row to finish just a single point behind Manchester City, and Jurgen Klopp has Roberto Firmino available after an injury.
|Over 3.5 goals||3/1||Offer|
|Firmino to score first and Liverpool to win 2-1||42/1||Offer|
|Kane to score first||27/5||Offer|
Liverpool’s stunning form this season means they start as the clear favourites to win this match. The Merseysiders are 19/20 for the win inside 90 minutes, while Tottenham are 3/1. The Champions League final is 13/5 to go to extra-time, while Liverpool are 8/15 to lift the trophy, with Spurs at 2/1. This fixture has seen plenty of goals in recent years, with Liverpool to win and both teams to score available at 3/1.
One to watch for Tottenham: England captain Kane could feature from the start, which may mean a bitter blow for Moura or Son Heung-min. Kane will need to justify his place in the starting line-up if Mauricio Pochettino names him in the XI, and he’s 27/5 to repay that faith with the opening goal.
One to watch for Liverpool: Sadio Mane has been excellent since the turn of the year, and has notched three goals in the Champions League knockout stages. The Senegalese forward scored in the final last season as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid, and he’s 5/1 to break the deadlock this time round.
Long shot: Reds striker Firmino scored in both of the Premier League meetings between these sides this season, including the opener in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory at Anfield a couple of months ago. The Brazilian is 42/1 to strike first as Klopp’s side lift the trophy courtesy of a 2-1 win on Saturday night.