Champions League Final: Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview, Team News & Live Coverage – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Chelsea dealt big blow as key man misses Valencia
Tuesday September 17, 2019
Chelsea dealt big blow as key man misses Valencia – originally posted on Sportslens.com Chelsea host Valencia on Tuesday aiming to make a winning return to the Champions League. The Blues missed out on last season’s competition, but gained excellent compensation by winning the Europa League. Manager Frank Lampard has been dealt a blow ahead
Liverpool vs Tottenham HotspurChampions League Final 2018/19Venue: Wanda Metropolitano, MadridDate: Saturday, June 1, 2019Kick-off time: 8:00pm GMT
The 2018/19 Champions League Final will be an English lockout as Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on June 1.
Both sides will be eager to end the season on a high note after failing to pick up any silverware during the current campaign.
The two teams mounted stunning comebacks to reach the final, each recovering from three goals down to win their respective last four ties.
Liverpool were 3-0 down after their first leg of their semi-final against Barcelona, but a 4-0 victory in the reverse fixture kept them in with a chance of a sixth Champions League success.
Spurs’ fightback was perhaps even more remarkable, particularly with Ajax holding a three-goal advantage after 35 minutes of the second leg of their tie.
However, Lucas Moura’s second half hat-trick sent the London club through on away goals to their first ever Champions League Final.
Liverpool’s only long-term absentee heading into the game is Naby Keita, while Harry Kane is Spurs’ major injury concern.
There have been six previous Champions League finals between clubs from the same country, all since 2000.
Real Madrid triumphed in all-Spanish affairs in against Valencia (2000) and Atletico Madrid (2014 & 2016), while AC Milan beat fellow Italian side Juventus on penalties in 2003.
Bayern Munich overcame Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 all-German final and Manchester United beat Chelsea 6-5 on penalties in the only previous all-English final back in 2008.
The two sides have met just only once previously in European competitions in the semi-finals of the 1972/73 UEFA Cup.
Liverpool progressed to the final on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw and went on to claim the trophy by beating Borussia Monchengladbach.
The only previous final meeting between the two sides came in the 1982 League Cup at Wembley, when Liverpool came from behind to win 3-1 after extra-time.
The Reds have dominated Spurs in recent times, losing just one of their last 14 meetings in all competitions.
They completed the double over Spurs during the Premier League season and are understandably favourites to win the Champions League.
However, it would be foolish to write off Spurs’ chances and it would be no surprise to see them take the game to a penalty shoot-out.
Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur predicted starting line-ups:
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Milner, Mane, Firmino, Salah.
Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Sissoko, Dele, Eriksen, Son, Lucas.
Follow our live blog on Saturday for updates throughout the match.
From Sportslens.com – Football News | Football Blog
Blow for Lennon as key Celtic player set to miss out Europa League clash
Thursday September 12, 2019
Blow for Lennon as key Celtic player set to miss out Europa League clash – originally posted on Sportslens.com According to reports from the Scottish Sun, Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic is expected to miss the club’s next couple of games. The Croatian last featured in the 2-0 Europa League first-leg win over Swedish champions AIK. Since then,
The post Blow for Lennon as key Celtic player set to miss out Europa League clash appeared first on 138bet.