Tottenham v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 28, 2019
Wanda Metripolitano - Champions League
With a Champions League trophy in the balance, Tottenham and Liverpool travel to Madrid aiming for their own slice of glory. Jurgen Klopp's men will be hoping that its second time lucky, but face a stiff test from a resolute Spurs side.
History does not bode well for Tottenham, who have been beaten in both of their meetings with Liverpool this season. The most recent glass saw a Toby Alderweireld own goal decide the distribution of points, although Roberto Firmino has been on target in both fixtures.
Tottenham fans will be hoping that Harry Kane is fit to start at the weekend, following a lengthy absence. The striker offers a very different prospect to Fernando Llorente, but may have to be content with a role of the bench, with Harry Winks, Jan Vertongen and Danny Rose similarly at risk of missing out.
Naby Keita looks set to be the only absentee for Liverpool, who are likely to field a midfield three of Jordan Henderson, Gini Wjnaldum and Fabinho. Klopp will be glad to welcome back Roberto Firmino to the side, despite Divok Origi's inspiring performance in the win over Barcelona.
Tottenham v Liverpool Predictions and Previews
Going into the first all-English Champions league final in over a decade, both Liverpool and Tottenham will feel they have a solid chance of winning.
The Reds are unquestionably favorites, having done the double over Spurs this season, and finishing 26 points above them in the table. Jurgen Klopp's side did the un-doable in beating Barcelona 4-0 at the Nou Camp, without Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino, to progress to the final, and look to have been improving with every game. Their brand of attacking football has drawn plaudits from fans and pundits alike this campaign, with their defence now suitably fortified.
However, Tottenham have proved to be no push overs themselves, managing a rousing come-back against an impressive Ajax in the last round, scoring three goals in the second half. Much like Liverpool, they also had to do so without their talismanic forward, with Kane going off injured in the previous round against Manchester City. Spurs have often looked a one-man-team this season, short of ideas without their captain, but Moura was unplayable on the day and is 8/1 to score on Saturday.
Pochettino has tinkered with formations a number of times this season, and may well revert to a back three in order to suppress Liverpool's potent attacking trident. As was evident in the first leg against Ajax, this can lead to their midfield being overran, with the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen hardly known for their ball retention. Secure in the knowledge that Klopp's side will attack from the get-go, the tone of the match may well be decided by whether Pochettino decides to fight fire with fire, or to park the bus.
With two attacking, intelligent managers, and two well matched squads, fans should be in for an entertaining match on Saturday, regardless of who lifts the trophy.
Mohammed Salah to score and Liverpool to win at 9/4
Following disappointment last season the Egyptian will be keen to make his mark on proceedings.
Over 2.5 goals at 5/6
Liverpool will push forward, and should crack Spurs' back line, but may leave spaces in behind.