An all-English clash in the Champions League final for the first time since 2008, pits Spurs vs Liverpool in what proves to be an absolute classic. Both teams performed heroics in the semi-finals, some more than others as Liverpool overturned a 3-0 first leg deficit with a classy 4-0 victory at Anfield over then favourites Barcelona. Spurs on the other hand had Lucas Moura to thank as his injury time hat-trick sealing finish knocked out Spurs on away goals. Both incredible in their own ways and both definitely deserving of a place in Europe’s elite club competition.
Spurs vs Liverpool betting preview
After losing out on Premier League title on the last day of the season to Manchester City, Liverpool will really be looking to end the season on massive high. It really is a testament to Liverpool’s performance this season as they finished the season with the third highest points total ever. Jurgen Klopp really does have this Liverpool team purring at the moment, with their incredible attack of Mane, Firmino and Salah, two of whom shared the golden boot in the Premier League. Now they’ve sorted their defensive frailties with the purchases of Virgil Van Dijk & Allison going hand in hand with the breakthroughs of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson. They really are a contender for one of the best teams in Europe and will be looking to cement that come Saturday evening in Madrid.
Spurs on the other hand, proved a lot over this season as they joined the title race, only to drop off later and struggle into a top four position. They finished just a point ahead of North London rivals Arsenal, thankfully securing their Champions League spot next year. Spurs this season have been blighted by injuries and reaching the Champions League final is still a massive positive for Mauricio Pochettino’s men. If they were to win on Saturday for the first time, it would be a ground-breaking day for club and their history.
Spurs vs Liverpool team news
Jurgen Klopp was mainly positive about the chances of Roberto Firmino starting the match and the triple threat of Mane, Firmino and Salah must have Spurs worrying. Semi-Final hero Georgino Wijnaldum is expected to start in the midfield alongside Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, with the latter providing some match needed defence against a potent Spurs attack.
Unfortunately, Naby Keita was confirmed as injured for the massive match but after the news of Andy Robertson returning to full fitness, the German really can’t complain about the starting line-up he will go with. If Liverpool are to keep with their form, they’ll be looking to their wingbacks (Andy Robertson & Trent Alexander-Arnold to provide more of their incredible assists.
With the news confirmed by the man himself, Spurs and England captain Harry Kane is due to return for this massive match. The England star stated his fitness for both the final and England Nations League campaign. This could spell curtains for hat-trick hero Lucas, as I’m not expecting Pochettino to drop any of their attacking midfielders Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.
Young England midfielder Harry Winks could be deemed fit for the final as he is just recovering from groin surgery last month. Pochettino will be buoyed by the fact that Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose are due to return from injury, giving Spurs some defensive support against a fantastic Liverpool attack.
Reasons vs Spurs vs Liverpool betting predictions
Giving both teams attacking threats and the very nature of their Champions League campaigns, I’m sure that goals will be flowing in this mammoth tie at the Wanda Metropolitano. You can get Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.80 or BTTS @ 1.70, both provide good value in my opinion as I’m expecting both teams to get on the scoresheet. Another bet that I’m liking the look of is Liverpool & BTTS @ 3.60, I’m expecting Liverpool to just edge the match and as I said with both teams finding the back of the net.
From a goal-scorer perspective, I think the two I like the most are Sadio Mane @ 2.50 & Son Heung-Min @ 3.75, both of whom have been very potent in front of goal in the Champions League and I’m expecting that to continue in this open and frantic match.
Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.80
Liverpool to Win & BTTS @ 3.60
Sadio Mane to Win Anytime @ 2.50