This will be just the second time that Premier League teams will meet in the Champions League Final. The first all-English final pitted Chelsea against Manchester United, and the Red Devils won the match after an extended period of penalty kicks. We could see an even more exciting finale in three weeks if this Champions league continues to play out like it has to this point. Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur both won thrillers to reach this stage, and both fanbases are believing that their team is one of destiny.
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Liverpool FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur
- Date and Time: June 1, 2019, 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
- US Television Coverage: TNT, Univision Deportes
- Betting Line: Liverpool FC -0.5, O/U 2.5
If past meetings are any indication of how this match will go, Liverpool can start the celebration now. The Reds won both their league meetings with Tottenham 2-1 this season. The game in London was barely a contest as Erik Lamela had to score in the third minute of extra time to make the score line respectable for Spurs, but Tottenham nearly got a result in Anfield at the end of March. A Toby Alderweireld own goal in the 90th minute proved decisive for Liverpool.
Liverpool were heavy underdogs coming into the second leg of their tilt with Barcelona. The Reds didn’t play poorly in their first leg loss to the Blaugrana, but they had some bad luck and were seen as out after a 3-0 defeat in Camp Nou. Neither Mo Salah or Roberto Firmino was able to play due to injury, and it didn’t look like Liverpool could create the offense needed to advance. Georginio Wijnaldum had other ideas though, netting a brace within three minutes early in the second half to help lead the Reds to a 4-0 win and a surprising place in Madrid.
It was even more unlikely to see Tottenham go through. Spurs lost the first leg with Ajax at home 1-0, and it appeared all was said and done after the Dutch side opened up a 2-0 halftime lead. However, Lucas Moura wasn’t going to let Spurs dreams just die like that. Moura potted a hat trick in the second half, notching the dagger goal in the sixth minute of extra time to put Spurs through on away goals. That has Tottenham in the Champions League Final for the first time in their history.
Mo Salah and Harry Kane are the leaders of their teams, but both players are injury concerns headed into this game. Salah suffered a concussion last week, and Liverpool are very optimistic that he will be able to return for the Champions League Final. He would likely be considered probable at this moment, but concussions can be tricky. Teammate Naby Keita will be unable to go after rupturing a tendon, while Roberto Firmino’s status is more doubtful.
Kane picked up another ankle injury last month, and he has been sidelined for the last four weeks. He is desperate to return in time for this match, and honestly, I’d be surprised if he didn’t play. Teammate Harry Winks is very unlikely to play after undergoing surgery, while Serge Aurier, Jan Vertonghen, and Davinson Sanchez are all injury doubts.
Keep checking back in the coming weeks for more coverage on the Champions League Final. We’ll be breaking it down as the match gets closer, and you’ll want to check out our picks for both the Champions League and Europa League in the next couple weeks.
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