Tottenham Hotspur are looking to win their first Champions League title. It’s been a great season for Spurs and capping it off with the club’s first European title since winning the UEFA Cup in 1984 would be a remarkable achievement. However, they are underdogs to league rival Liverpool in the second all-English final ever. Liverpool must feel hard done by failing to win a trophy this season despite a wildly successful campaign, but they can wipe away all those bad feelings by winning their sixth Champions League crown here.
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Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur
- Date and Time: June 1, 2019, 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
- US Television Coverage: TNT, Univision
- Betting Line: Liverpool -0.5, O/U 2.5
Neither one of these teams looked too impressive in the Group Stage, and both Liverpool and Tottenham only just managed to hold on for second place. From there though, these clubs turned it on.
Liverpool went on the road and knocked off Bayern Munich in the Round of 16, and they followed that up with a big win over Porto in the quarterfinals. Their chances looked slim after a 3-0 loss to Barcelona in Camp Nou in the first leg of the semifinals, but they managed to overcome that deficit at Anfield to make their second straight Champions League Final.
Tottenham were impressive against Borussia Dortmund in both legs in the Round of 16, but they weren’t given much of a chance against Manchester City. However, Spurs were able to advance on road goals after a wild second leg that saw seven goals in total. They were behind the eight ball again versus Ajax, but Lucas Moura sent them to Madrid just before the final whistle after a furious second half comeback.
Naby Keita will not take part in this match due to a groin injury, and he is considered questionable to play in the Africa Cup of Nations starting three weeks from now as well. Roberto Firmino is listed as probable for Liverpool, while Andrew Robertson has been fully cleared and is listed at 100 percent.
It appears that Spurs will have their full squad for Mauricio Pochettino to select from on Saturday. Harry Kane appears to be good to go, and other injury worries like Davinson Sanchez, Harry Winks, and Jan Vertonghen have been cleared to play.
Liverpool Player to Watch
Sadio Mane is still not getting the recognition he deserves. Mane has turned himself into a world class finisher, and he has made the most of his opportunities with Liverpool this season. He finished tied for the Premier League lead in goals (22) with teammate Mo Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Mane will be looking to make his mark against Tottenham.
Tottenham Hotspur Player to Watch
Lucas Moura has proven that preseason tournaments do mean something. Moura earned recognition for his play in the International Champions Cup, leading Spurs to the preseason title. His performance led to an increased role with the team, and he ended up making 48 appearances for Tottenham this season and netted five goals in Champions League play. Moura has paired well with Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane, and he netted Tottenham’s lone goal in their last game versus Liverpool.
Champions League Free Picks
The over is my favorite play on the board. Both regular season meetings between these clubs ended in 2-1 wins for Liverpool, and recent Champions League finals have been high scoring. Liverpool and Tottenham are both daring, well-managed clubs that like to attack, so I believe the over has the most value.
Champions League Prediction: Liverpool 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1
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