As one of the biggest sporting events of any year, the Champions League final is an event which demands a world class host. After the criticism that came UEFA’s way for the decision to host the Europa League final in Baku, there will be no such complaints about the Wanda Metropolitano, the venue for Saturday’s match between Tottenham and Liverpool.
Thousands of fans of both teams decided to make the most of their appearance in the final by making a holiday out of it. While they warm up for the final by enjoying the Spanish sun and hospitality, the players have been hard at work preparing themselves for the biggest match of their careers.
Tottenham’s preparations have been boosted by the news that Harry Kane is fit to start. It remains to see how big a part the England captain will play in Madrid but there is no doubt that Spurs’ chances are boosted by his presence as they try to come up with a way of outscoring a Liverpool team who put four past Barcelona in their semi final second leg.
Goals to Flow When the Nerves Settle
This is just the second all English Champions League final but it’s the second all English European final of the season. It’s fair to say that the second half of Chelsea versus Arsenal was much more entertaining than the nervy first half and we could be in for more of the same in Madrid.
As five time Champions League winners and last season’s beaten finalists, Liverpool have a wealth of experience but this current crop of players will still be feeling the nerves in the early stages. The Tottenham players, too, will have to play through some early tension in what is the club’s first appearance in the Champions League final.
Whatever tricks Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp pull from their bag of man management skills, they know it’s going to be tight in the first 10-15 minutes. Once the players get used to their surroundings and the match develops a rhythm we expect the goals to start flowing.
There’s been just one goalless draw in the last 15 matches between these two and both teams have scored in eight of 10. That leads us to two bets, the first is on over 2.5 goals at 10/11 with Betfred and on the second half having more goals than the first at 21/20 with Betway.
Liverpool to Put Previous Disappointment Behind Them
Liverpool are the odds on favourites with the bookmakers to win Saturday’s final inside 90 minutes. Tottenham’s incredible late shows against both Manchester City and Ajax showed that they are a team you cannot write off but you have to think that the Reds are the worthy favourites.
Spurs finished some 26 points behind Liverpool in the Premier League standings thanks to the amazing consistency of Jurgen Klopp’s men. They lost just one league game all season and somehow managed to miss out on the title despite amassing 97 points but some believe they are even better suited to being a cup team.
The familiarity between the two sets of players adds another level of intrigue to this match which should feature swings in momentum but we think Liverpool will manage to get the win to avenge last season’s defeat against Real Madrid and their Premier League disappointment firmly in the rearview mirror. Therefore, consider the 11/4 that Coral are quoting on Liverpool winning the match and both teams scoring.
Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 11/4 with Coral
Second half to have more goals than the first at 21/20 with Betway
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