Who wins the Champions League final?
After two of the most amazing semi-final comebacks you’ll ever see, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool do battle in the Champions League final in Madrid this Saturday.
It’s only the second-ever all-English Champions League final, following Manchester United and Chelsea’s clash 11 years ago.
This time around it’s Jurgen Klopp’s swashbuckling Reds versus Mauricio Pochettino’s never-say-die Whites. Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino take on Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and possibly Harry Kane.
After finishing some 26 points above Spurs in the Premier League, Liverpool are 1/2 favourites to win the Champions League and banish the blues of defeat to Real Madrid 12 months ago.
But this Spurs side never goes quietly. While Liverpool seek their sixth European Cup, the London side are 13/8 to raise ‘big ears’ for the very first time.
Liverpool come into this having lost just one of their last 23 matches, and that was away at a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona.
For all his success at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp is still seeking his first piece of silverware as Liverpool boss, but there’s 10/11 about the Reds to win the biggest prize of all inside 90 minutes.
Spurs have won just two of their last eight games, and lost both league meetings with the Reds this season. They’re out to 29/10 in the match betting.
A draw and extra-time is 29/10, while there’s 12/1 apiece about either side to win on penalties, as happened back in 2008.
Klopp has a near-fully fit squad to choose from, with Naby Keita the only absentee. Firmino is fit again and will start up front between Mane and Salah in a 4-3-3.
Fabinho and Henderson will hold court in the midfield, with James Milner and Georgino Wijnaldum battling for the third spot in the middle. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson will provide the width.
Pochettino has numerous concerns. Ben Davies is the only confirmed absentee, but each of Jan Vertonghen, Harry Winks, Davinson Sanchez, Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane have been battling to be fit for this one.
Will Pochettino take a risk and start Kane? Or keep with Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura? Danny Rose will deputise for Davies at left-back while Vertonghen should be fit to start alongside Toby Alderweireld in central defence.
Both Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen are fully fit though, and will have big roles to play if Spurs are to be victorious. Alli will be the link in Pochettino’s expected 4-3-1-2 formation.
Both Salah and Mane shared the Premier League Golden Boot this season, and the duo also share 4/1 favouritism to score first.
There’s 9/2 about Kane to score first, with Firmino at 11/2 and Son a 7/1 shot to break the deadlock in Madrid.
Looking at anytime goalscorers, Salah is 6/4 favourite with Mane at 8/5.
There’s 9/5 about Kane and Anfield semi-final hero Divock Origi, with 2/1 on Daniel Sturridge to pop up with a goal and 3/1 apiece on Fernando Llorente and Ajax conqueror Lucas Moura.
Where: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
When: 8:00pm, Saturday 1st June
How to watch: BT Sport 2 / BT Sport Youtube
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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication
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