Champions League Final Preview

Tottenham v Liverpool, 8pm Saturday 1st June

You wait eleven years for an all-English European final and two come along in the space of three days.

After Chelsea’s Europa League victory, Tottenham take on Liverpool in Madrid on Saturday night in a final that will mark one manager’s first silverware at their current club.

A first ever managerial garland for Mauricio Pochettino could prove bittersweet for Spurs fans, with the Argentine hinting at an exit should he triumph in Europe’s premiere competition.

His side are the underdogs, though, at 16/5 to win in 90 minutes and 17/10 to lift the trophy – which would be their first major honour since Harry Kane was a 14-year-old midfielder in the Spurs’ youth ranks.

Liverpool have had a shorter wait but Saturday will still mark seven years and 94 days since they last claimed a trophy. Jurgen Klopp’s men are odds-on, at 2/5, to end that barren spell and lift the European Cup for the sixth time at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Liverpool have had the upper hand in recent meetings, losing just once in their last 14 clashes. They’ve won nine of those, including two 2-1 victories in the Premier League in the season that’s just ended. The same scoreline on Saturday night is available at around 7/1.

Roberto Firmino scored in both those ties and Klopp is confident the Brazilian will be available for the final. The 27-year-old is 6/1 to open the scoring and 2/1 to net anytime.

In the opposing camp a lot will rest on the fitness of Kane. The England striker has been out since is side’s quarter-final win against Manchester City but is eager to return against a side he has scored five goals against in nine appearances. Spurs’ talisman is 9/2 to score first and 6/4 to find the net in 90 minutes.

Kane and Lucas Moura, with five apiece, each have more goals in the competition than Liverpool’s front three this season. The latter was the hat-trick hero in Amsterdam and the Brazilian is 3/1 to continue his scoring streak in Saturday’s decider.

These sides have shared 20 goals between them over their last six meetings and have goal threats all over the park. Over 3.5 Goals is around 2/1 but Over 4.5 Goals looks decent at 5/1.

Video Assistant Referees have caused a bit of controversy in the knockout stages and it would be no surprise should that continue in the final. VAR to award a penalty at anytime looks a decent shout at 4/1 with Ladbrokes’ #GetAPrice markets.

Five of PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk’s six goals this season have been headers – including two in the Champions League. The Dutchman is 12/1 with Ladbrokes to nod another past Hugo Lloris on Saturday.

In what has been an epic, but eccentric, competition so far it’s hard to rule out anything happening. But, going on form, we just plump for Liverpool here. The Reds to triumph in normal time and both teams to score is best price of 14/5.

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