Saturday 1 June sees the Wanda Metropolitano, home of Atletico Madrid, host the Champions League Final as five-time winners, Liverpool, play Tottenham Hotspur for the right to be crowned Champions of Europe.
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>Here, we preview the game and offer our very best Champions League final tips.

How they made it to Madrid

Tottenham have enjoyed an incredible journey to get this far in the Champions League. Having just about qualified as runners-up in Group B behind Barcelona, but ahead of Inter Milan in what was the toughest group in the tournament, Spurs then faced Borussia Dortmund in the first knockout stage. Two brilliant performances saw them progress past the German’s 4-0 on aggregate to reach the quarter finals.

There they would meet Manchester City and win a controversial first-leg 1-0 in their brand-new stadium. In the return leg at the Etihad Stadium, an unforgettable and even more controversial game saw City run out 4-3 winners, but Spurs would go through on the away goals rule – even surviving a last-minute goal being ruled out for offside.

Their semi-final was equally as epic against Ajax. A poor performance in the first leg saw the Dutch champions win 1-0, and in the return leg in Amsterdam, Ajax were 2-0 up at half-time and 3-0 ahead on aggregate. But Spurs would stage an incredible comeback which culminated in Lucas completing his hattrick in the fifth minute of added time to win the game 3-2, making the aggregate score 3-3 and send Spurs to the final, again on the away goals rule.

Liverpool also just about qualified from the group stages, finishing as runners-up behind PSG in Group C after losing each of their three away games in the group. In the knockout stages they first met Bayern Munich and after a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the first leg, produced a brilliant performance to win 3-1 in Munich to reach the quarter finals.      

There they would face FC Porto and qualify with some ease, 6-1 on aggregate to set up a semi-final against Barcelona. The first leg at the Nou Camp could not have gone much worse for Liverpool who were beaten 3-0. However, in the return leg at Anfield, the Reds needed to manufacture the impossible against Messi and the rest of an exceptional squad.

An early Origi goal set the tone for the evening as Liverpool produced one of the best comebacks ever witnessed in European football. Two further goals from Wijnaldum had the teams’ level on aggregate, before Origi scored again to put Liverpool ahead in the tie for the first time, 4-3 on aggregate. They held on to book their place in Madrid and make it back-to-back Champions League final appearances having made it this far last year too.

Head-to-head this season

In the last five competitive games between these two sides, Liverpool have come out on top with three wins, one draw and just one defeat. That defeat occurred last season when the sides met at Wembley Stadium in the Premier League, with Spurs winning 4-1.  

However, Liverpool have remained unbeaten against them in the three games since, including two wins in the league this season. The Reds ran out 2-1 winners in September back at Wembley thanks to goals from Wijnaldum and Firmino; Lamela replying for the home side. Then Liverpool beat Tottenham by the same score line at Anfield in March. Again, Firmino was on the score sheet, before Lucas equalised for the visitors, but Alderweireld scored a last-minute own goal to hand Liverpool the points.

Review

This is the furthest Tottenham have ever been in the Champions League or European Cup. They will be hoping that Harry Kane is declared fit to play, although they have done well without him in reaching the final, and in claiming fourth place in the Premier League to guarantee Champions League football again next season.  

This is Liverpool’s second appearance in as many seasons in the Champions League final, having lost 3-1 last year against Real Madrid.

The Reds, who also just missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City this season, will be desperate to avoid more disappointment and lift the famous trophy for the sixth time in their history.

Liverpool will go into the game as strong favourites and many of last season’s squad will have the experience of playing in such a huge game. Both clubs have had incredible journeys to get this far, and many people have said that Spurs name is on the cup with some of the fortunate breaks they have enjoyed.

However, Liverpool will have had time to get over the disappointment of missing out on the Premier League title, and that frustration can inspire them in Spain. Tottenham cannot be written off, as Ajax and Manchester City discovered, but we’re backing a Liverpool win in what will hopefully be an entertaining game.

Get Liverpool to win the trophy @10/11 with MansionBet

Roberto Firmino to score anytime is 12/5 with Novibet

Over 2.5 goals is 4/5 with Novibet