It’s an All-England UCL Final at the Wanda Metropolitano
Last updated: May 31, 2019 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Liverpool 2 – 1 Tottenham|
The All-England final this weekend is a fixture that hardly anybody would have predicted at the beginning of this years Champions League competition. Both sides have put in epic performances throughout their respective campaigns to reach the pinancle fixture in domestic club football. After both sides overcame seemingly impossible deficits in the semi-final’s to reach the final, this match will no-doubt be an epic showdown between two immensely talented teams.
Immensely talented as they both may be, Liverpool have the edge in most peoples’ minds. Van Dijk is a rock at the heart of their defence, the midfield is made of pure steel, while the attacking three are perhaps the deadliest trio in the business. The Reds have history and pedigree in this competition. The defeat last year stung, though perhaps not as much as losing out on the EPL title by one single point. Liverpool will be able to get over both of their defeats with a win here, killing two birds with one stone.
There are question marks over Spurs here, largely due to Harry Kane’s fitness. The striker has declared himself fit despite another ankle ligament injury in April. It would be a quick return and perhaps Pochettino would be erring on the wrong side of caution to play Kane, but try tell either that. If capable, Kane will push to start.
That would mean a reshuffle. Lucas Moura was the hero of the semi-final but may have to make way to accommodate Kane. Sissoko and Eriksen will start in midfield, while Heung-min Son is sure to start. Tottenham have been far less defensively resilient this year, especially in comparison to Liverpool. That is where the questions will be asked. Containing Liverpool’s attackers will be hard enough, while playing out from the back against Liverpool’s press will compound things.
Naby Keita will miss out after not returning from injury in time.
Roberto Firmino is fit, though he hasn’t played a match for the last six weeks as a muscular injury.
Kane has declared himself fit, but hasn’t played since an ankle ligament injury in April.
Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose, and Alli have all been pictured in training and should be fit, after being previously injured.
|Liverpool (4-3-3):||Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane|
|Subs:||Mignolet, Phillips, Milner, Lallana, Camacho, Sturridge, Origi, Shaqiri|
|Injured:||Gomez, Lovren, Oxlade-Chamberlain|
|Tottenham (4-3-3):||Lloris, Trippier, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Rose, Sissoko, Eriksen, Moura, Son, Kane|
|Subs:||Wanyama, Llorente, Lamela, Davies, Dier, Foyth, Gazzaniga, Winks, Skipp|
Head to Head
|Last meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|31/03/2019||Premier League||Liverpool 2 – 1 Tottenham||Firmino 16’|
|15/09/2018||Premier League||Tottenham 1 – 2 Liverpool||Wijnaldum 39’|
|04/02/2018||Premier League||Liverpool 2 – 2 Tottenham||Salah 3’|
|22/10/2017||Premier League||Tottenham 4 – 1 Liverpool||Kane 4’|
|11/02/2017||Premier League||Liverpool 2 – 0 Tottenham||Mane 16’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
The bookmakers have Liverpool as favourites and it’s difficult to see past the Reds. Both meetings between these teams this season have been close though. Spurs also managed to score in both of them and deserved more in at least one of the meetings. This is far from easy for Liverpool then and the occasion could get to them. That said, we ultimately think the Reds will rise to the challenge and not let things slip through their fingers again. Liverpool to win is a great price at Coral.