Our best bet for the Europa League Final in Chelsea saluted at nice odds ($2.40), so we now turn our attention to the Champions League Final on Sunday morning (AEST)! As we always do, we’ve provided our preview for the big fixture and have found the best value play to get on. Check It our below and good luck to everyone following!
For the second time this week we’ve got an all-England affair for a big European final. This time, however, it’ll be Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool doing battle in hope of being crowned the champions of Europe! The action gets underway at 5am (AEST) at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Spain.
The Spurs hung around in the Premier League title chase up until about the halfway point in the season, where everything turned pear-shaped. They would eventually hang on to clinch fourth spot on the table and another Champions League berth, although it was more the fact that the teams around them were struggling to get results, rather than Tottenham pulling out clutch wins.
Despite a disappointing second half of the Premier League season, Tottenham remained a force to be reckoned with in the Champions League. They were able to escape a really difficult Group Stage that included powerhouses Inter Milan and Barcelona, although it certainly wasn’t easy. They then crushed Borussia Dortmund (4-0 aggregate) in the Round of 16, before edging past Manchester City in the quarterfinals (4-4 advanced on away goal rule), and producing a miraculous comeback victory against Ajax in the semi-finals (3-3 advance on away goal rule) to advance to the final.
The Spurs will enter as underdogs against Liverpool in the final, just as they’ve done in all three knockout phases thus far. However, they may very well get back star striker Harry Kane from injury, who’s proven himself time and time again as a match-winner.
Tottenham have never reached the Champions League final before, so they’ve already made history by reaching this point in the competition. However, they won’t’ be satisfied with just getting here and will be desperate to earn some much-needed silverware.
Predicted XI: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Sissoko, Alli; Eriksen, Son, Kane
Liverpool had another terrific Premier League season where they once again fell agonising short of being crowned champions. They notched up the most league points in club history with 97 and lost just one game for the entire season, but it wasn’t enough as they finished one point behind champions Manchester City.
The Reds success this season wasn’t limited to the domestic league, as they produced one of their best ever runs in the Champion League. They began their campaign by progressing through a difficult Group C that boasted French giants PSG and Italian side Napoli. They then proved too good for Bayern Munich in the Round of 16 (3-1 aggregate), likewise FC Porto in the quarterfinals (6-1 aggregate), before overcoming a 3-0 deficit in the first leg of their semi-final clash with Barcelona to defeat them 4-3 on aggregate, clinching a spot in the Champions League Final in the process.
There are a few injury concerns for some key Reds players, namely Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino. The former has already been ruled out, while the latter will face a late fitness test.
Liverpool are the fourth most successful team in the Champions League history having already won it five times. Their most recent triumph was in 2005, although they made the final last season where they lost to Real Madrid.
Predicted XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Mane, Salah, Firmino
The bookies have Liverpool at near even odds to win the final in normal time, compared to the Spurs who are a 4-1 shot. While it may seem that Liverpool are at short odds for a final, they’ve been by far the better team in both the Premier League and the Champions League this season. They come into this match with better form and more experience and we expect them to be too good for their English rivals.
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