Regardless of who wins the UEFA Champions League final on June 1, England will lock up its 13th win in this tournament, moving past Italy into second place behind Spain in wins by nation. English Premier League runner-up Liverpool will clash with fourth-place finisher Tottenham Hotspur for the championship in Madrid, Spain. Liverpool has reached the final eight times before and won it five times while Tottenham is making its first-ever appearance in a UEFA Champions League final.
Both clubs enter the final in dramatic fashion
Liverpool suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of Barcelona in its first match of the semifinal, losing 3-0 on the road. With no road goals to help in a tiebreaker scenario, Liverpool’s best shot at advancing to the final would be an improbable 4-0 win over one of the best teams in the world. And that win would have to come with the team’s leading striker, Mohamed Salah, sidelined with a concussion.
Remarkably, this unthinkable dream result came to be. Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum each scored two goals in a masterful 4-0 win at Anfield that sent the home crowd into fits of joy and left Barcelona absolutely stunned.
Not to be outdone, Tottenham lost the first game of its semifinal matchup against Ajax 1-0 at home and then quickly fell into a 2-0 hole on the road just 35 minutes into the match. With no Harry Kane and a hostile road crowd to deal with, the idea of three second-half goals felt absurd. But once again, the English Premier League came through with some magic as Lucas Moura scored a hat trick, including the game-winner in the 96th minute to punch Tottenham’s ticket into the final.
Both teams will be looking to follow these remarkable comebacks up with a victory in the final. Liverpool is a -115 favorite at Bovada to win the match in regulation, with Tottenham paying +340 on a regulation win and the game being pushed into extra time going off at +260.
Liverpool seeks consolation after coming up just shy in EPL
With only one loss and a league record of 30-7-1, Liverpool finished the 2018-19 English Premier League regular season with 97 points. This point total was higher than all but two EPL champions in history: Manchester City’s total of 100 points last season and its total of 98 points this season.
Liverpool’s season was nothing short of remarkable. The club had a +67 goal differential with 89 goals for and only 22 goals against. Two of their players, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, finished league play with 22 goals apiece, the same number the entire league scored on Liverpool in 38 matches.
Coming up just short on both the EPL table and the Champions League in the same year would be a cruel twist of fate. Liverpool is hoping to avoid this as a -200 favorite to lift the cup on June 1. Tottenham will try to pull off one more big upset as a +165 underdog to win its first UEFA Champions League title.
Will Harry Kane be fit for the final?
If Tottenham hopes to crack through Liverpool’s brilliant defense, it will likely need Harry Kane back in action to do so. Tottenham has been a shell of itself without Kane, going just 2-1-4 over its last seven matches. Before Lucas Moura’s three-goal outburst in the second half against Ajax, Tottenham had managed only one single goal in its previous five games.
Kane has returned to the pitch for rehab and early reports appear to indicate that he will likely give it a go in the final. He will almost certainly be at less than 100 percent if he does play, but even a hobbled Harry Kane would be a dangerous one. Bettors will need to keep a close eye on injury updates as this game approaches.
The total in the final is set at 2.5 goals (OVER -130, UNDER +110). Tottenham going OVER a team total of 0.5 goals is a -235 favorite, but bettors may want to consider the UNDER 0.5 at +170 if they don’t expect Kane to be his usual self.
Take Liverpool to win in regulation at -115. Tottenham may have another heroic finish in its bag of tricks, but this Liverpool team is too talented and in too great a form to pass on at this price.