Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur clash in Madrid this Saturday in the final of the UEFA Champions League. While the Reds are going in search of their sixth continental crown, Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs are in the final of Europe’s top club competition for the first time ever. This is the second successive Champions League final that Liverpool have reached, as they were beaten by Real Madrid in Kiev. The Reds will be keen for success, as they just missed out on the Premier League title in an epic battle for top spot with Manchester City.
Spurs’ last appearance in a European final was back in 1984, when they beat Anderlecht on penalties to win the UEFA Cup thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Tony Parks. The north London outfit finished fourth in the Premier League this season, after being involved in the title race for much of the campaign.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Prediction: Spurs 1-2 Reds
Our prediction for this game is that the Reds will win 2-1. We suspect that it will be a closely fought contest, as the two Premier League clashes between the teams have been this season. Both of those games have ended in 2-1 wins for the Reds. Both teams have plenty of attacking talent in their line-ups, and there should be goals, as neither coach is especially cautious in mentality. Late goals have been scored in both of the Premier League meetings between the teams this season too, so punters might want to think about when goals will be scored too.
Our recommended tip: Liverpool, both score
Our featured tip for this game comes from Betway, who are offering odds of 13/5 on Liverpool to win and both teams to score. We think that this is a good bet as it matches our prediction for the match’s outcome perfectly. It also gives you a fair bit of flexibility when it comes to the precise final scoreline. A final score of 2-1 in Liverpool’s favour has also been recorded in both of these team’s previous meetings this season. Both teams have the kind of attacking power that produces goals, but we feel that the Reds have a slight edge over their London opponents in this game.
These two sides have met on two previous occasions in 2018/19, with both of those matches ending in 2-1 victories for the Reds. The first meeting was in the Premier League on September 15, 2018, at Wembley. Liverpool’s goals were scored Georginio Wynaldum and Roberto Firmino. Spurs’ goal was scored in injury time right at the end of the game by Erik Lamela. The second meeting was at Anfield in March in the Premier League. Firmino scored for Liverpool early on before Lucas Moura equalised in the second half. A Toby Alderweireld own goal in second half injury time won it for the Reds.
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Players to watch: Harry Kane & Mohamed Salah
Harry Kane has apparently recovered from injury in time to be available for the final, but whether he starts or not remains to be seen. Pochettino may opt to pick the quartet that got Spurs to Madrid in attack – Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son – with Kane on the bench. Whether he is named in the starting line-up or not, Kane is an iconic presence for Spurs, and one senses that he will have a part to play on Saturday.
Liverpool striker Mo Salah is keen to play a full part in this year’s final after being forced out of last year’s event with injury early on. Salah told the media this week that he is very happy to have the chance to put the sadness of last year properly behind him, and that he wants to score in the final. The lively Egyptian is a determined character and Spurs will need to keep a close eye on him in Madrid.