Who Will Win the Champions League Final on Saturday Evening?
Chelsea fans may be celebrating a landmark victory in the Europa League last night, while Arsenal fans nurse their bruised ego’s following that 4-1 defeat to their London rivals, but the attention now turns to the action taking place in Madrid on Saturday night as two more Premier League giants battle it out for club football’s biggest honour, the Champions League.
Liverpool have won this trophy five times, more than any other English team, and this is their ninth final in total and it comes just a year after they lost in the final to Real Madrid, chiefly due to two goalkeeping howlers from Loris Karius. For Tottenham, this is their first Champions League final but victory here would see them complete the full set of European trophies as they have won the UEFA Cup (now Europa League) and Cup Winners Cup in the past.
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Let’s now take a look ahead to who will win the all-Premier League clash in the Champions League Final on Saturday evening in Madrid.
Champions League Final
Tottenham v Liverpool
- Venue – Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid)
- Kick Off – 8pm
- Referee – Damir Skormina (Slovenia)
How They Reached Madrid
Group Stage Results
- Matchday 1 – Liverpool 3-2 Paris St Germain (Sturridge 30, Milner 36(p), Firmino 90)
- Matchday 2 – Napoli 1-0 Liverpool
- Matchday 3 – Liverpool 4-0 Red Star Belgrade (Firmino 20, Salah 45,51(p), Mane 80)
- Matchday 4 – Red Star Belgrade 2-0 Liverpool
- Matchday 5 – Paris St Germain 2-1 Liverpool (Milner 51(p))
- Matchday 6 – Liverpool 1-0 Napoli (Salah 34)
Knockout Stage Results
- Round of 16 – 1st Leg – Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich
- Round of 16 – 2nd Leg – Bayern Munich 1-3 Liverpool (Mane 26,84 Van Dijk 69) – Liverpool win 3-1 on aggregate
- Quarterfinal – 1st Leg – Liverpool 2-0 FC Porto (Keita 5, Firmino 26)
- Quarterfinal – 2nd Leg – FC Porto 1-4 Liverpool (Mane 26, Salah 65, Firmino 77, Van Dijk 84) – Liverpool win 6-1 on aggregate
- Semifinal – 1st Leg – Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool
- Semifinal – 2nd Leg – Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Origi 7,79, Wijnaldum 54,56) – Liverpool win 4-3 on aggregate
Group Stage Results
- Matchday 1 – Inter Milan 2-1 Tottenham (Eriksen 53)
- Matchday 2 – Tottenham 2-4 Barcelona (Kane 52, Lamela 66)
- Matchday 3 – PSV Eindhoven 2-2 Tottenham (Moura 39, Kane 54)
- Matchday 4 – Tottenham 2-1 PSV Eindhoven (Kane 76,89)
- Matchday 5 – Tottemham 1-0 Inter Milan (Eriksen 80)
- Matchday 6 – Barcelona 1-1 Tottenham (Moura 85)
Knockout Stage Results
- Round of 16 – 1st Leg – Tottenham 3-0 B.Dortmund (Son 47, Vertonghen 83, Llorente 86)
- Round of 16 – 2nd Leg – B.Dortmund 0-1 Tottenham (Kane 48) – Tottenham win 4-0 on aggregate
- Quarterfinal – 1st Leg – Tottenham 1-0 Man City (Son 78)
- Quarterfinal – 2nd Leg – Man City 4-3 Tottenham (Son 7, 10 Llorente 73)) – 4-4 on aggregate – Tottenham win on away goals rule
- Semifinal – 1st Leg – Tottenham 0-1 Ajax
- Semifinal – 2nd Leg – Ajax 2-3 Tottenham (Moura 55,59,90) – 3-3 on aggregate – Tottenham win on away goals rule
Champions League Final Facts
- 17 of Tottenham’s 20 goals in the Champions League have come in the second half of games.
- Both teams qualified from their group in second place and both needed positive results in their final games in order to qualify.
- Both teams came back from 3-0 deficits in their semifinal to clinch a Final spot. Liverpool coming back from 3-0 down at home to Barcelona, winning 4-0 to progress, while Tottenham were 3-0 down to Ajax with just the second half left to play in Amsterdam before staging a remarkable comeback to draw the tie 3-3 and progress on away goals.
- Lucas Moura is Tottenham’s top goalscorer in the competition with six goals. Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane have both scored four in the competition so far for Liverpool.
- Both managers are seeking their first trophy with their team. Klopp has reached three finals with Liverpool so far, Carabao Cup, Europa League and the Champions League last season and lost all three.
Tottenham have some good news in that key striker Harry Kane is reportedly back to full fitness after missing the last few weeks of the season, although how match sharp he is for the game remains to be seen. Spurs should also have the likes of Harry Winks, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez also available after all picked up knocks in the last few weeks of the season.
Tottenham’s main decision is who starts in midfield with the likes of Winks, Dier and Wanyama pushing for a place in the team although I feel Sissoko will likely hold onto his place for the game.
Liverpool will be without Naby Keita due to a thigh injury, but Roberto Firmino will be back to full fitness for the game after he missed the last couple of games of the season. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain could earn a place on the bench after missing most of the season through injury.
Liverpool have a couple of selection issues in midfield, namely over whether Fabinho or James Milner will start with the form of the Brazilian likely to see him given the nod, Firmino will return to the attack with Origi probably dropping to the bench. Matip will likely start in defence ahead of Gomez or Lovren.
Tottenham – 4-1-3-2 – Lloris, Trippier, Rose, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Son, Moura, Kane
Liverpool – 4-3-3 – Alisson, Alexander Arnold, Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Firmino
Our Tips for the Game
Full Time Result – Liverpool to win – 19/20
The Reds have won the two Premier League games between the teams this season, albeit the one at Anfield a little fortuitously, and they finished a massive 26 points clear of Tottenham at the end of the season. They are also the form team heading into this game and having beaten Barcelona en route to the final in such sensational fashion the Reds will be brimming with confidence.
They also have a score to settle after last years final and also after three near misses for Jurgen Klopp to land his first trophy. It has been an incredible year for Liverpool and I think they’ll finish it off with the win here.
Correct Score – Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham – 8/1
With Harry Kane not likely to be fully match fit, I think Liverpool’s defence will have a more comfortable time of it than if the England man was right at his very sharpest. The Reds defence has been their cornerstone this season and I think they’ll be the key to allow Liverpool to win the game thanks to the chances they will take. I am backing Salah and Mane to do the damage and for the Reds to win the game 2-0.