By Craig Kemp
Last Updated: 31st May 2019
Spain’s stranglehold on the Champions League is finally over after five consecutive victories (four for Real Madrid and one for Barcelona), while this will also be the first final since 2013 not to include one of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, there’s a streak that’s survived even longer than either of those mentioned above and is 8/11 to occur again for the ninth successive final when Tottenham face Liverpool in Madrid.
The assumption would be that finals of any kind would be tense and cagey affairs, where the priority is to keep things tight ahead of going for the jugular.
Yet, the past eight finals have seen both teams score within the 90 minutes. The last team to keep a clean sheet in European football’s club showpiece was Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan in 2009/10, when shutting out Bayern Munich in a 2-0 victory.
Spurs vs Liverpool domestically
Both teams scoring has also been a generally successful bet in recent seasons on any occasion that Liverpool and Tottenham have clashed.
Jurgen Klopp’s men ran out 2-1 winners in both Premier League encounters this season, which extended the sequence to both teams finding the target to seven meetings out of eight between the clubs.
A third straight 2-1 Liverpool win is priced up at 15/2 in the Champions League final. Alternatively, it’s 14/5 that Liverpool win a game in which both teams are on target.
How about some late goals?
In both league meetings this season, a goal has been netted in the 90th minute – Toby Alderweireld scored an own goal at Anfield, after Erik Lamela grabbed a Spurs consolation at Wembley earlier in the campaign.
The latter meeting last season was witness to a pair of late goals, as Mohamed Salah thought he’d scored the winner at Anfield when putting Liverpool 2-1 ahead, only for Harry Kane to convert a penalty five minutes into stoppage time.
There’s also been an injury-time goal in three of the most recent five Champions League finals, while in the two years prior to that there were goals in either the 88th or 89th minute.
A goal between the 86th minute and the final whistle in Madrid can be backed at 5/2, while it’s 4/1 that someone scores in second-half injury time.