Champions League Final: Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Champions League Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool logo Tottenham Hotspur logo

Saturday, June 1, 2019


Wanda Metropolitano Stadium

Punter's Pick

This game is a difficult one to call despite Liverpool starting as strong favourites. Both teams will feel they have the quality to win a one-off game and that it could be their year given their respective runs to the final. However we feel that Liverpool are the team to lift the trophy and are well priced at 19/20 with Bet365 to emerge victorious. With the attacking ability of both teams we are also going for over 9 corners at 8/11 with the same bookmaker.

An all English final sees Liverpool take on Tottenham Hotspur in the seasons showpiece fixture, as each team vies to become champions of Europe. The Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid hosts the final with two of the most attacking teams in the competition promising a thrilling encounter for fans and neutrals alike.

The route to the final for both teams has been an exhilarating one with some spectacular performances and monumental comebacks going down in folklore in their respective histories. Liverpool were all but out when they were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Barcelona at the Camp Nou courtesy of goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. But the magic of Anfield resurfaced as doubles from Divock Origi and Gini Wijnaldum saw Liverpool win 4-0 and go through to the final. The team will be looking to add to their haul of five Europeans Cups and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that he can go one better with the Reds than when he first competed in the final with Borussia Dortmund – a game they lost against Bayern Munich. The form of the Reds going into this game has been exceptional with that solitary loss to Barcelona the only defeat they tasted in 23 fixtures whilst winning 14 out of their last 15 games in all competitions.

Tottenham come into this game with a poor record at the back-end of the season, losing five out of their last eight games. The team were on the verge of missing out on next year’s tournament altogether as their top four place was at risk due to their form and when they lost 1-0 at home to Ajax in the first leg. The manner in which the Dutch side outplayed Spurs in front of their own fans had many fearing that their team would exit the tournament with a whimper and these doubts were further increased when they went 2-0 down in the second leg in Amsterdam. However an inspired second half, especially from Lucas Moura saw Tottenham and the Brazilian score three goals including one in the final minute which had the Spurs players and fans in delirium. This will certainly have had the fans thinking it could be their time, especially with the events that unfolded when they thought Raheem Sterling had knocked them out of the competition in the quarter-final stage, only for VAR to overturn the decision. Pochettino will be hoping the journey can be completed on Saturday night and deliver Spurs their first Champions League.

In recent meetings between these two, Liverpool have had the edge winning both league fixtures 2-1 earlier in the season. The second victory was very fortuitous as a 90th minute own goal from Toby Alderweireld allowed the Reds to claim all three points but on the balance of play also Liverpool have been the dominant team. This however will be a completely different game given the magnitude of the event and the teams may be cagier at the start and look to feel their way into the game. But the style of both is to be attacking and press high up the park and the game is likely to open up after 20 minutes with the attacking players getting more space to operate in.

The likely setup of both teams will be interesting and for Liverpool the question will be who will form part of the midfield trio in their 4-3-3 formation. The back-four is likely to remain the same with Matip and Van Dijk in central defence and Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson as full-backs. Liverpool will be sweating on the fitness of Roberto Firmino to see if he can come back and form part of the fearsome trio alongside Salah and Mane. The key decision is who Klopp starts with in midfield will be between Henderson, Milner and Fabinho, as it is very likely that one of those will certainly be Wijnaldum, who forms the spine of their midfield.

The big question for Spurs will be the fitness of Harry Kane and whether he starts or is a substitute for this game. Reports have suggested that Kane could feature at some point and Pochettino would need to remain clear in his decision-making as pressure to start Kane after months out with injury may not be the right choice, especially given their success in getting through to the final without him. The speed and mobility of Moura and Son may be better suited for the final game with Eriksen providing the creativity in behind them.

Punter's Pick

This game is a difficult one to call despite Liverpool starting as strong favourites. Both teams will feel they have the quality to win a one-off game and that it could be their year given their respective runs to the final. However we feel that Liverpool are the team to lift the trophy and are well priced at 19/20 with Bet365 to emerge victorious. With the attacking ability of both teams we are also going for over 9 corners at 8/11 with the same bookmaker.

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