Champions League final: 8 specials our traders have priced up
From sweary managers to injury-time drama, these picks will keep you entertained throughout Saturday evening's showdown.
Neither Harry Kane nor Mo Salah to score
In the last six Champions league finals, the best goalscorer on the pitch has netted in regulation time just once.
Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi failed to score in 2013 and 2015, while Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t net in 2016 or 2018. In the 2014 final, he only managed a 120th-minute penalty to make it 4-1.
It’s not for us to decide which of Kane or Salah is the best in front of goal, so let’s back neither of them to score.
Jurgen Klopp to swear during his post-match BT Sport interview
Klopp didn't give a sh*t about swearing after Liverpool's semi-final win against Barcelona, reasoning that "the kids are in bed" by 10am.
So he's unlikely to hold back in his praise of "these f*cking giants" if he applies the same logic here.
With Liverpool clear favourites to win the final, this looks a solid shout.
The match to be decided by penalties
Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-1 twice in the league this season, but Spurs could well have taken a point from Anfield in March, squandering several chances and conceding a freak late own goal.
Let’s back a repeat of the only other all-English Champions League final, then, when Manchester United overcame Chelsea in a shoot-out.
Either goalkeeper to score an own goal
After two bad errors in last weekend’s EFL play-off finals, it feels like goalkeepers are vulnerable at the moment.
Hugo Lloris is lucky that the gaffe in the World Cup final went largely unnoticed, while Alisson is under pressure to improve on Loris Karius’ catastrophic performance this time last year.
Either team to score twice in second-half injury time
Manchester United’s 1999 comeback against Bayern Munich has been in the news a bit recently, so let’s back the ultimate commemoration.
Both Liverpool and Spurs have been involved in European ties that make United’s victory in the Nou Camp seem routine this season.
Lucas Moura to score a hat-trick
Given his semi-final heroics, it’s remarkable to think that the biggest barrier to Moura banging in another hat-trick is that he might lose his place in the starting XI.
That, and Virgil van Dijk.
Kane to score a penalty and miss a penalty
Kane is so authoritative from the spot these days that it is impossible to imagine him ever missing.
The last time he did, though, was against Liverpool, when he scored and missed inside the last 10 minutes at Anfield in February 2018.
Liverpool to go 3-0 down and lift the trophy
You probably haven’t heard, but Liverpool have history for this sort of thing.
They won a final like this once (in Istanbul, apparently), and overturned a 3-0 deficit in this season’s semi-final against Barcelona.
The Champions League has been so weird this season that if Jurgen Klopp’s side do find themselves three down with a reasonable amount of time left, you’d probably still fancy them.
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