Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Tips & Predictions - Saturday 26th October 2019

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This season will live long in the memory of Tottenham fans as for the first time ever, they’ll get to see their team in the Champions League final. On so many occasions it looked like the Londoners wouldn’t go this far but somehow they always found a way even when seemingly being on the brink of elimination. Overcoming the odds has become their specialty but they must do it one last time if they are to claim their first European title since a 1984 UEFA Cup triumph.

Tottenham are the first debutante Champions League finalists since 2008 but for Liverpool, they have been here so many times before. Jurgen Klopp’s side fell at this exact stage last year but they have been crowned kings of Europe five times before. History is very much on the side of the Premier League runners-up but past success will not be of much help in the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Top Tips

Liverpool to win @ 19/20

Tottenham to score exactly one goal @ 7/5

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Tottenham Hotspur News: Kane confident of comeback

Tottenham Hotspur Bench and Fans
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Official injury news regarding Harry Kane has been in short supply but media reports indicate that the Englishman will be fit enough to appear in Madrid. There has been no setbacks suffered in training with both ball work and sprinting exercises going smoothly. Also aiding the striker’s cause is that he is regularly one to return from injuries substantially quicker than average. He himself has reportedly told others that he will be ready in time for June 1st but whether his ankle will last the full 90 minutes is another question.

Winks makes timely return

There is some slight doubt if Davinson Sanchez will be fit to play in this final but he is the only real concern for Spurs now that Harry Winks is back in action. The midfielder returned to training mid-way through the month having fully recovered from surgery on a troublesome groin problem. The initial injury and subsequent operation has kept the 23-year-old out since early April but he will nevertheless be making a strong claim for an eighth Champions League start of the season.

Liverpool News: Firmino back in training

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Making Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Barcelona even more incredible is that they did so without the aid of their much-revered number nine, Roberto Firmino. Initially reports suggested he was in contention to feature but a failed fitness test later ruled him out. Careful not to rush the Brazilian back, he sat out the rest of the campaign, no doubt with this fixture in mind. He has since been passed fit enough to take part in full training although the club revealed they will be carefully monitoring his progression.

Alexander-Arnold set to make history

Should Trent Alexander-Arnold take up his regular spot at right back for this match, the academy graduate talent will go down in Champions League history. By featuring among the first XI he would become the youngest player in the history of the competition to start successive finals. The current record holder is Christian Panucci who represented AC Milan in the 1994 and 1995 finale.

Analysis: Klopp to end finals curse

Klopp’s first experience of a cup final as a manager ended in victory but since then the German has fallen six times at the last hurdle. The most recent loss came in this competition 12 months ago, a result largely determined by a possibly concussion induced mistake by Loris Karius. His side have come back even stronger this year though and their extra quality will help them avenge last year’s heartbreak in Kiev.

Little reason to doubt the Reds

Liverpool are the 19/20 favourites to win this match in 90 minutes and all things considered, it is a fantastic price. When the pressure was on during the title race, Klopps’ men didn’t falter and were able to string together nine consecutive wins to end the season. When trailing to Barcelona 3-0, the Merseysiders didn’t panic and turned around what was anyway a harsh first leg deficit. Not a lot separated Liverpool from European glory last season but they are much better side now as their domestic performance shows. Solid at the back and often devastating going forwards, expect the favourites to wrap this match up without needing extra time.

Kane return may harm Spurs

A return to full fitness for Kane will give his side a huge morale boost but it may reduce their fluidity upfront. The last time the Englishman spent a significant spell side-lines, his teammates won four consecutive league matches but then failed to win any of the next five following his return. On the face of things, it seems hard to blame Kane for the change in fortunes as he scored three times but his reintroduction massively hindered Heung-Min Son’s productivity. A sudden return will only make adjusting to Kane’s style even harder so a one-goal haul (7/5) might be as much as Spurs can muster here.

Mane to step up yet again

It doesn’t take much analysis to discover that right back is the weak spot in the Spurs defence. Tottenham are largely solid elsewhere in the backline but Kieran Trippier’s poor offerings this season have made their right flank a real area of vulnerability. There’s a strong case to be made for him not starting but it’s hard to see Pochettino risking experimenting at this late stage. As a result, back Sadio Mane, who will be facing Trippier, to find the net in this match (13/8). The Senegalese international has scored 26 times already this campaign and claimed his side’s only goal during last year’s final.

Recent Matches

Purely going by recent clashes between these two sides, you would have to place your money on Liverpool getting the win. The Reds have lost just one of their last 14 meetings with Spurs across all competitions, winning nine of them.

31st March 2019: Liverpool 2 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League but they had Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld to thank. In the 90th minute, the Belgian inadvertently put the ball into his own net after Hugo Lloris palmed Mohamed Salah’s routine header. The nature and the timing of the winning goal was cruel on Spurs who were fully worthy of a point. Lucas Moura has deservedly put them on level terms in the second half before Moussa Sissoko spurned a glorious one-on-one chance just minutes before his side conceded.

15th September 2018: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 2 Liverpool

Liverpool almost paid a high price for not seeing off this one-sided affair. Naby Keita and Sadio Mane both missed fantastic opportunities as the Reds converted just two of their 10 shots on target. Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino looked like being enough though as an exhausted Spurs struggled to muster anything in response. This was until Erik Lamela pulled one back during injury time. Still with enough time to launch one more attack after this, the hosts had a huge penalty shouted waved away as Heung-Min Son fell in the box.

4th February 2018: Liverpool 2 – 2 Tottenham

There was absolutely no shortage of drama during the final stages of this clash. Harry Kane saw his late penalty saved with the game level and Mohamed Salah made him pay by scoring just four minutes later. With the clock ticking, Virgin van Dijk conceded a penalty after his clumsy swipe felled Erik Lamela. This time Harry Kane did duly convert from 12 yards this time with what was the last kick of the game.

22nd October 2017: Tottenham 4 – 1 Liverpool

Spurs ran riot in this game, giving Dejan Lovren such a hard time in particular that the Croatian was subbed off before half-time. The loss would turn out to be a turning point for the Reds however as following this humbling loss they went on a 14 game run without losing a league match.

11th February 2017: Liverpool 2 – 0 Tottenham

An early Sadio Mane brace helped Liverpool secure a routine win at Anfield. Tottenham were second in the league at the time but were constantly second best, rarely troubling Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool net. This win extend the Reds’ unbeaten league run against Spurs to nine matches.

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