It is one of the biggest games that there is, one of the most watched fixtures in world football. The UEFA Champions League has come around once again, with an all-English duel between Tottenham and Liverpool taking place on June 1st, 2019 in Madrid.
As for Tottenham, they would be the first first-time winners of the competition since Chelsea’s 2012 success. BetBTC pays 2.79 on Tottenham to be the new champion.
The occurrence of two teams from the same nation reaching the final of the tournament has happened before. In fact, in the history of the Champions League, there have been six previous occasions where clubs from the same country have done battle in the finale. One of those six occasions involved two English teams as well.
The 2008 UEFA Champions League Final was contested between Chelsea and Manchester United, with the Red Devils winning a dramatic penalty shootout in Moscow, following a 1-1 draw in the match. Now, eleven years later it is a Tottenham v Liverpool showdown that fans have to look forward to, both having mounted unlikely fightbacks in their respective semi-finals to book their places.
Semi Final Stunners
If the final produces anywhere near as much drama as the semi-finals did, then there should be a cracker of a match to come. Liverpool were the first to reach the final after knocking out Barcelona. The mighty Spaniards had taken a home win in the first leg of their semi-final showdown, a thumping 3-0 victory, clinically taking their chances in the match where Liverpool failed to do so.
That set up Liverpool with a task that no team had managed to pull off before, overturning a 3-0 deficit to qualify from a two-legged Champions League tie. But they did it on a dramatic night on Merseyside, Divock Origi sending them on their way in the 7th minute, before rounding off the night by getting their crucial fourth goal eleven minutes from time. Their 4-0 win at Anfield put Liverpool into consecutive Champions League Finals, the third time in their history they have reached back to back UEFA finals.
Tottenham looked to be crashing out halfway through the second leg of their semi-final against Ajax. The Dutch side were 2-0 up on the night, adding to their 1-0 win in London in the first leg. It looked a hopeless case for Spurs as they kicked off in the second half. But in this season of Champions League comebacks, Tottenham had something special up their sleeve. At least Lucas Moura did as he scored a second-half hat-trick in Amsterdam to send Spurs through on the away goals rule. Tottenham are +323 underdogs for the night in Madrid.
The form of the two is all with Liverpool. Even though they have both had a nice break since the end of the Premier League season, it’s worth considering how they each finished. Liverpool closed out the season with a remarkable streak of winning 13 of their last 14 games in all competitions (L1). They scored at least two goals in 13 of those 14 games as well.
Tottenham only managed to take two victories in their last eight games in all competitions, losing five of those eight fixtures. In that sequence, the Lilywhites only earned the one clean sheet as well. A positive for them is that they could have star striker Harry Kane fit and ready to take part in the Final, following his lay-off through injury. That would such a huge boost to have their captain back.
Tottenham v Liverpool Head to Head
Liverpool boss the head to head against Spurs when it comes down to their recent meetings. In the last fourteen fixtures between the two sides in all competitions, Liverpool have lost just one and have won nine. In the 2018/19 Premier League meetings, it was 2-1 victories that the Reds took over the Londoners in both games.
Goals to come in Madrid?
There is a trend towards expecting goals on Saturday night in the Champions League final. Both teams have scored in each of the last eight Champions League finals for starters. Three of the last four have each seen at least four goals in regulation time. There has also been plenty of scoring in recent fixtures between Liverpool and Spurs.
Both teams have scored in seven of the last eight matchups between them and five of the last six have ended up going over 2.5 goals. Neither of these are teams who like to play a defensive game either and so over 2.5 goals is a -107.07 option in Tottenham v Liverpool betting.
UEFA Champions League: A night of dreams
It is a night where dreams are made, which also means that it’s a night where someone’s hopes of being crowned European champions are shattered. Liverpool had the feeling of disappointment twelve months ago as they crashed to a 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid. But they are a club with such a high European pedigree, this being their 9th European Cup final, having won it five times before.
Interestingly, their last six defeats in European competition have all happened outside of England, but will the heartache of last year’s final defeat provide them with extra determination for a positive result this time around?
Spurs are making their first-ever appearance in the final of the European Cup/Champions League so this is a very special night for them. There is a piece of history awaiting them too. If Spurs claim the win on Saturday night they would become only the sixth club ever to win all three major UEFA competitions. They would join Juventus, Ajax, Bayern München, Chelsea and Manchester United in that exclusive club of having won the European Cup/Champions League, European Cup Winners’ Cup and the UEFA Cup/Europa League. Not even Liverpool managed that.