The Champions League Final is finally upon us and it really couldn’t be a more exciting match-up.
After a season in which Liverpool pushed Manchester City so close to the title, you feel that their name must be written on at least one piece of silverware. But then there’s Tottenham Hotspur. Never won the tournament, brand new stadium and a season in which they’ve achieved again without spending a penny.
It’s going to be an intriguing encounter and while Liverpool have beaten Spurs every time they’ve met this season, it’s certainly going to be a close one.
The Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool takes place on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid.
It’s the new home of Atlético Madrid, having only opened at the beginning of last season.
Kick off is at 8pm UK time and is only the second time the trophy has welcomed an all-English Final.
The bookmakers are comfortably placing Liverpool as the favourites following the season they’ve had and the dramatic and bullish turnaround against Barcelona.
William Hill are pricing them at 19/20 to win the Champions League inside 90 minutes and 8/15 to lift the trophy regardless of extra time or penalties.
The draw to take the game into extra time is priced at 5/2, while you can back Spurs to win inside 90 minutes at 3/1.
Spurs can be backed at 14/1 to win in extra time, while to lift the trophy in any manner, the bookies are seeing as a 6/4 shot.
The BTTS and Win market will find you better odds on Liverpool, with Paddy Power offering 3/1.
For Pochettino’s men and both teams to score, 13/2 looks fantastic value and we’re sure plenty of Spurs fans will be jumping on that.
Pundits, fans and bookmakers alike are all starting to predict their scoreline for the game.
For the bookmakers, the 1-1 draw is the favoured outcome from the likes of bet365 offering 11/2, with a Liverpool 1-0 victory priced at 6/1.
A 2-1 win you can back at 15/2 for the Reds, while a Spurs 2-1 victory is a 12/1 shot.
Some of the more favoured correct scores with bet365 are as follows:
Much of the game will rely on a number of key players for both sides, who really could prove the difference between winning and losing.
Sadio Mane will be one of the big stars who will be looking to shine, just as he did in the Semi-Final and has throughout the season.
Mane and Liverpool to score anytime is good value at 11/5, while Spurs will of course have to be aware of his link play with both Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino.
It’s going to be touch and go as to whether Spurs’ talismanic front man will be fit or not, but one thing is for sure, they’re certainly more dangerous with him.
It’s going to be a tough call for Mauricio Pochettino as to whether he starts Kane or brings him on from the bench, but either way, Virgil van Dijk will have to keep him covered at all times.
It’ll be a huge boost for the club to see him in the line-up and it’s looking more and more likely the closer to kick off we get.
After emotionally leaving the field through injury a year ago, Mohamed Salah will desperate to leave his mark on the Champions League.
He sat out the Semi Final Second Leg through injury but will pose just a threat as any in the final with his ability to flip the game on its head in an instant.
It’s thought that Spurs could reluctantly cash in on the Danish midfielder this summer, so it could be the end of an era for Eriksen with the club.
His creativity is always a threat and Liverpool will be on red alert with any set pieces. If he has Kane to aim for, he’ll prove even more dangerous.
As you’d probably expect, it’s the Liverpool side whose players are the favourites to score with Salah and Sane priced at 7/5 according to William Hill.
Harry Kane and Divock Origi are at 8/5, while Son Heung-min is priced at 23/10.
When it comes to first goalscorer, you’ll find Sala and Sane at 4/1, with Kane only slightly longer at 9/2.
Son is priced 13/2 as first scorer, with Lucas Moura an outside shot at 8/1.
June 1 is all many pundits and players are talking about, with this final one of the most exciting in years for the British media.
Pepe Reina has of course backed Liverpool to win, with hunger being the key factor in his eyes, while many more are also backing the Reds.
It’s been more with trepidation in which Spurs are being backed, with many saying “if” certain circumstances happen they “can win.”
Which is putting them as rank outsiders to be polite.
Fans are eagerly anticipating the Champions League Final, and while much of the talk is revolving around the lack of tickets available to fans and the problems with travel, many others are looking to the stars…
Editor at Spurs-Web.com: “Mauricio Pochettino’s side go into the game as underdogs but they have shown this season they can beat anyone. Spurs to win 2-1 with a Harry Kane late winner.”
We’ve seen plenty of humour, particularly around the Semi Finals, with fans perhaps expecting more end-to-end action and plenty of goals.
The build up is really getting underway on the likes of Twitter, and one thing is for sure; no matter who wins, we can’t wait!
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