Live

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Repeat: OTB AM
Kevin Kilbane's Champions Leag...
Soccer

Kevin Kilbane's Champions League final verdict

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

07:21 31 May 2019

Will Liverpool make it No 6 or will it be Tottenham who end up with a maiden Champions League?

We'll find out on Saturday night in Madrid and our own Kevin Kilbane is already in the Spanish capital.

He joined us to preview the all-Premier League final.

The recent head-to-head trend has gone in Liverpool's favour.

"You look at the stats on it and Liverpool have won nine of the last 14 against Spurs," said Kevin.

"Spurs have only won one of those. So recent history suggests Liverpool will win this game. But there have been a lot of close games in the last couple of years, the way that it's gone.

"If we look at the game in the last few months at Anfield, Tottenham were more than in that game. They could've won it and had great chances to go and win the match."

Full-back Battle

He also picked out the full-back area as the key to winning the final.

"I think the game will be won and lost in the full-back areas," he said.

"Can Tottenham stop Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Roberston getting forward? I think what we're going to see is a congested midfield. Both sides are going to play quite narrow - man for man almost in the midfield areas.

"And it will be full-back against full-back and it's who's going to come out on top in those areas that will win the game."

Harry Kane, Champions League Tottenham forward Harry Kane, left, controls the ball during a training session at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Friday May 31, 2019. English Premier League teams Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are preparing for the Champions League final which takes place in Madrid on Saturday night. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Kevin also touched on the Harry Kane issue as the Tottenham player aims to regain a starting spot after two months out.

"Personally, I would probably start him. He's probably done enough training, enough of the work in the last 4-5 weeks, I'd imagine now," said Kevin.

"I think Harry Kane will be a focal point certainly."

As for a winner, he's predicting Liverpool to "just about shade it".

You can listen to the full chat on the podcast player below:

Kevin Kilbane's Champions League final verdict

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

Andy Robertson Champions League Football Harry Kane Kevin Kilbane Liverpool Off The Ball Tottenham Trent Alexander-Arnold

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

Up next

Off The Bench

Off The Bench

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Sunday Paper Review

Repeat: Sunday Paper Review

02:00 PM-03:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Nollaig na mBan - The Ellen and Ciara Show

Repeat: Nollaig na mBan - The Ellen and Ciara Show

03:00 PM-04:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Nollaig na mBan - LGFA Panel

Repeat: Nollaig na mBan - LGFA Panel

04:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Newsround

LIVE: Newsround

07:00 PM-07:30 PM

Share

LIVE: Off The Ball

LIVE: Off The Ball

07:30 PM-08:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

08:00 PM-09:00 PM

Share

LIVE: The Football Show

LIVE: The Football Show

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Leaders Questions with Stuart Lancaster

Repeat: Leaders Questions with Stuart Lancaster

10:00 PM-11:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

11:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-09:30 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

09:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on