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Tottenham v Liverpool – Champions League Final preview and predictions

This is it! The last game of the 2018/19 season for European teams, with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool going head to head in a bid to be crowned champions of Europe.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Champions League final at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

Form

Tottenham Hotspur: LLLWD

Spurs come into the Champions League final in relatively poor form, with their only win in the last five being the incredible comeback victory over Ajax in the semi-finals over in Amsterdam.

Saying that though, the end to Spurs’ season did feel somewhat like they had put all their eggs in their Champions League basket, although as Jamie Carragher pointed out last week, the three-week break since the end of the season could be more of benefit to the North London club in a one-off game than it is to their opponents, Liverpool.

In the absence of Harry Kane, Heung Min Son and Lucas Moura have taken turns in leading the line, although the two-time Premier League golden boot winner has declared himself fit and ready to return to action.

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Liverpool: WLWWW

After narrowly missing out on a maiden Premier League title, being beaten to the title by a solitary point by Man City, Liverpool have the chance to put a gloss on a fine season by claiming their sixth European Cup.

The only blot on their form record in their last 10 outings is their first leg, 3-0 defeat to Barcelona, a result which ultimately counted for nothing considering the superb come back they produced in the second leg at Anfield.

Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are all likely to lead the line for Jurgen Klopp’s side for one final time this season, and the famed triumvirate have all scored four goals apiece in the Champions League this season.

Meanwhile, after his two-goal heroics in the semi-final tie against Barcelona, Divock Origi will be hoping for a chance to repeat his magic trick on Saturday evening.

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Predicted Lineups

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Sissoko, Eriksen, Lucas, Son, Alli, Kane.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Who is the referee?

Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

Odds

After their respective semi-final comebacks, how you can say one club is any more a “team of destiny” than the other? Liverpool having to net four against Barcelona of all teams is a daunting task for any occasion, while Tottenham bagging three in a single half against Ajax to advance, after similarly surviving Manchester City in the previous round, is an insanity all its own.

So what is there to go on then? This Liverpool side are familiar with the pageantry of the Champions League, while domestically lost a single match this season while handling Tottenham twice by identical 2-1 scorelines. As mercurial and unheralded as Spurs have proven to be in the tournament, the odds ever so slightly favour Liverpool in the Champions League final.

Spurs – 10/3

Draw – 13/5

Liverpool – 19/20

What channel is the Champions League final on?

For those in the UK, the Champions League final will be shown on BT Sport. while those in the USA can watch on TNT.

Meanwhile, the game will also be streamed live on YouTube.

What time is kick off?

20:00 BST.

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