The Champions League trophy will be heading back to England with either Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur at the conclusion of their final at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid (3pm ET Saturday).
After three consecutive triumphs for Real Madrid and five for Spanish clubs, this time around there will be an English name on the trophy in 2019 for the first time since Chelsea’s success in 2012. Neither of the finalists has had an easy ride through the competition.
There were points during the group stage when both Liverpool and Tottenham looked likely to suffer an early exit. Drawn in a tough group, Liverpool lost three times and only advanced thanks to a narrow win over Napoli on the final match day. Spurs took just one point from their first three matches before recovering with two wins and a draw to go through.
The drama didn’t end there. After making relatively comfortable progress to the final four, Liverpool lost 0-3 away to Barcelona in the first leg of their semi-final in what appeared to be a decisive defeat but Jurgen Klopp’s side had other ideas. In the return at Anfield they produced a steamroller performance to overturn their disadvantage and make the final with a 4-0 win on the night and 4-3 victory on aggregate.
Spurs had already come through a pulsating, back-and-forth quarter-final with Manchester City before producing a remarkable comeback of their own in their semi-final with Ajax. At half-time in the second leg in Amsterdam, Spurs were 0-3 down on aggregate. Two quick-fire goals from Lucas Moura just before the hour mark gave them hope, and then deep into stoppage time, Moura pounced again to send Spurs through on away goals.
It now remains to be seen whether the two teams can produce an equally memorable final. Each of the last four meetings between them have featured at least three goals (two of them four or more). There has been late drama in two of their last three encounters, including the injury time own goal from Toby Alderweireld that saw Liverpool win out 2-1 at Anfield in March.
There is, though, a high standard to meet: three of the last four Champions League finals have seen four or more goals in normal time.
Liverpool were, of course, involved in last year’s final as losing finalists to Real Madrid, and they are seeking to go one better this time around. After a record-breaking league campaign in which they were only pipped to the title by a stellar Manchester City team, the Champions League trophy would provide some concrete reward for their superb football this season.
Spurs didn’t enjoy such a good year in the league, but still took fourth place and so qualified for next season’s Champions League. Mauricio Pochettino has proved himself to be practical and adaptable in dealing with the variety of injuries that have left him short in various areas over the course of the campaign. Now he and his side have a shot at glory in Europe.
Liverpool have an illustrious history in what used to be named the European Cup, having lifted the trophy on five occasions, most recently in 2005, and appeared as losing finalists a further three times. In contrast, this is a first final for Spurs, whose run to the semi-final in 1962 was their best performance in the competition until this season. Both sides have three other major European trophies to their credit.
Much of the build-up has focused on the availability of the central strikers of both teams, but it now seems that both Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Tottenham’s Harry Kane will be fit and ready to take part in Madrid.
Our Betting Preview’s Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur Champions League Final Predictions & Picks Verdict
Liverpool have recently had the upper hand on Spurs, emerging victorious from both of this season’s Premier League clashes, and winning nine of the last 14 meetings. They have also been the better of the two teams this season in terms of performances and results. That could easily all go out of the window in a one-off final, but unless fortune really doesn’t favor them, Liverpool should be considered the more likely victors. So these are our Champions League soccer final predictions:
- Bet on Liverpool to win in a match featuring over 2.5 goals @ 2/1 with Bovada. You will find this option beneath that sportsbook’s “Match Result and O/U 2.5 Goals” section which is with all the odds for this game.