Champions League Final Special Bets: Milner to start? Kane to score? VAR chaos?

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Will Harry Kane start? Could James Milner have a big part to play? What about Divock Origi? Max Liu picks the best Champions League final specials bets...

"It's hard to see Pochettino leaving out a fit Kane, which is why he's 1/4 to start, but is there an outside bet he could use him off the bench? He could have a devastating impact against a tiring Reds defence, so 25/1 on Kane to come on and score the winner is tantalising."

Make money on Milner

Be honest, who'd have thought that in his mid-thirties James Milner would have reached consecutive Champions League finals? The midfielder/full-back has become vital to Liverpool since joining in 2015. But if you were surprised, you probably didn't follow Milner's career closely enough, as he's done well wherever he's played - in all positions at all clubs, including Newcastle, Aston Villa and Manchester City - and Fabio Capello once dubbed him "the future".

You'd be in good company, however, if you don't get Milner, as Lionel Messi is the latest to underestimate him, reportedly calling the Liverpool man a "donkey" in their semi-final duel. Milner had the last laugh then and there's every chance he will on Saturday, with odds of 7/4 on him starting and 11/2 on him scoring (he's an impeccable penalty-taker) both appealing.

Kane to come off the bench and score?

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Mauricio Pochettino's Harry Kane conundrum is a major talking point ahead of the Champions League final? The England captain hasn't played since April 9 but he is still Tottehnam's top scorer this season and arguably the best striker in the world. Kane himself says he's fit and ready to play. So should Pochettino start him? Matters have been complicated, of course, by the heroics of Spurs understudy strikers Fernando Llorente and, in particular, Lucas Moura who scored a hat-trick in the semi-final second leg against Ajax.

It's hard to see Pochettino leaving out a fit Kane, which is why he's 1/4 to start, but is there an outside bet he could use him off the bench? If so, he could have a devastating impact against a tiring Reds defence, so 25/1 on Kane to come on and score the winner looks tantalising.

Klopp confident of Firminio fitness but Origi on red alert

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Jurgen Klopp says Roberto Firmino is fit to play on Saturday. The forward missed Liverpool's last three matches due to a muscle issue, but returned to training last week. Firmino scored in both Liverpool's 2-1 wins over Spurs this season, so his manager will want him to be available. Mind you, Klopp will only go as far as to say he expects to be able to call on Firminio, so could that mean the Brazilian is destined to start on the bench? If so, Divock Origi, who scored a brace in the second leg against Barcelona could start - something that's 5/1 at the moment.

Will final yield another VAR controversy?

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This has been one of the most dramatic seasons in the Champions League and, while the herculean self-belief of Spurs and other teams have been a major factor in that, VAR has unarguably played a big role. Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint German have all found themselves on the receiving end of controversial VAR-assisted decisions. Could the VAR have a big role to play in the final in Madrid on Saturday? You kind of hope not. Then again, there's not a huge amount between these two and it could take something special or controversial to settle it. On Betfair, you can get 20/1 on Liverpool having a goal overturned by VAR from the 85th minute onwards.

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