371 days after The Nightmare in Kiev, Liverpool are back in the UEFA Champions League Final this time up against Tottenham, rivals in the EPL in what will be the second all English final ever as a result of two of the most amazing Champions League comeback we’ve ever seen occurring on back to back nights. Anfield’s magic swallowing Lionel Messi’s Barcelona whole in a 4-0 second leg comeback and Spurs digging deep to overturn a 3-0 aggregate score line against Ajax’s brave young ballers.
In the lead up to this final, there are a few things you need to know!
Harry Kane should be fit
Kane suffered an ankle ligament injury against Manchester City on April 9th. Tottenham’s talisman has returned to training and recently came out and said “If the finial was tomorrow, I would be fit to play. I feel good.” The question however will be is “Is Harry Kane fit to start?”. Kane will be determined to play in what will arguably be the biggest game of his career and we know Pochettino will be desperate to get his chief goal scorer involved in a game of this magnitude. Harry Kane has previously bagged 5 goals in 9 previous appearances against Saturday’s opponents so should be backing himself to deliver once again, however on both occasions in the league this season, he failed to find the back of the net.
Klopp’s men have the upper hand in recent head to heads
In the last 14 meetings in all competitions Spurs have only claimed victory on one occasion. This season Spurs lost 2-1 both at home and away. Losing at Anfield in dramatic circumstances which say Toby Alderweireld score an own goal in the 90th minute. Whilst Liverpool grabbed victory on both occasions both games were closely contested as they have been in recent occasions and Saturday’s final should be no different.
Liverpool are favourites
According to The Bookies, Liverpool are favourites for the tie. With Naira bet offering 7/2 on a Spurs win and 20/21 on a Liverpool win meaning a N10 bet on Liverpool win could see you win 19.50 whilst a N10 bet on Spurs could see you win N44. Liverpool finished 26 points clear of Tottenham and the recent head to head supports them being seen as favourites for the tie.
History will be made
Spurs have the opportunity to win their first ever Champions League trophy in what are exciting times at the club, they only just moved into their new state of the art stadium at the tail end of last season and opening for the new season as European champions will signify the dawn of a new successful era for The Lilywhites. This is perhaps made even bigger by the fact that North London rivals, who have oppressed Spurs for most of their history have never been crowned Champions of Europe. Also, if Spurs are successful on Saturday it will be the first time in their history to win a match in Spain, having come up short on 6 previous occasions, losing 3 and drawing the other 3.
Liverpool, on the other hand have the opportunity to be crowned Kings Of Europe for a 6th time in their history which will see them become the 3rd most successful club in the competition, surpassing Bayern Munich and semi-final opponents FC Barcelona, behind only reigning champions Real Madrid (13) and AC Milan (7).
How to watch
The Champions League final will be held on the 1st on June, 2019 at The Wanda Metropolitan stadium, home of Atletico Madrid. The final will be broadcast live on DSTV and GoTV and subscribers will be granted access to pre-match programming with the Official Champions League preview show at 6pm. These will be available on SuperSport 3 (DStv Channel 203), SuperSport 10 (DStv Channel 210) and Select 2 (GOtv channel 32).
By: Mosope Afolabi