Sunday 22 September 2019

Can I watch Pro14 and Champions League final? All you need to know about Leinster v Scarlets and Liverpool v Real Madrid

A general view of the Aviva Stadium prior to the Guinness PRO14 Final between Leinster and Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
A general view of the Aviva Stadium prior to the Guinness PRO14 Final between Leinster and Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Sam Roberts

Saturday promises to be a huge afternoon across both rugby and soccer as Leinster take on the Scarlets in the final of the Pro14 in the Aviva Stadium, followed almost immediately by the Champions League final in Kiev.

Here is all you need to know ahead of today's finals:

What time is kick-off?

Leinster v Scarlets will start at 6PM, while Liverpool v Real Madrid kicks off at 7:45PM. This means there may well be some overlap between the end of the Pro14 finale and the start of the game in Kiev, particularly if the final in Dublin requires any extra-time.

Where can I watch it?

Live coverage of the Pro14 final will be available in Ireland on both TG4 and Sky Sports, while the Champions League finale will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2, coverage starting at 7PM.

What's at stake?

The magnitude of the clash in Kiev cannot be understated, after a remarkable campaign Liverpool are looking to win their sixth European Cup and become the third most successful club in the history of the competition. Top of the winners list however are Madrid, and the Spanish giants are after their third win in as many seasons. It would be their 13th European title overall, six more than next best AC Milan.

Leinster are also looking to make history and complete the 'double' of European Cup and domestic league wins, which would be a first for an Irish side. The Scarlets meanwhile are looking for their second league win in a row, and will have confidence they can come to Dublin and overturn the European champions after shocking them in the RDS at the semi-final stage last season.

What are the lineups?

The starting 11s for the Champions League final won't be named until an hour before kick-off, but we know Liverpool injury worries Emre Can and James Milner have been declared fit to play, while there are rumours Gareth Bale will get the nod to start in Madrid's attacking three.

In the rugby Leinster look to complete the European and domestic double with much the same team that won the Champions Cup in Bilbao, one notable absentee being Robbie Henshaw, who was ruled out with injury.

Leinster: Rob Kearney; Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Isa Nacewa (capt), James Lowe; Johnny Sexton, Luke McGrath; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong; Devin Toner, James Ryan; Rhys Ruddock, Dan Leavy, Jack Conan.

Replacements: James Tracy, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Scott Fardy, Jordi Murphy, Nick McCarthy, Joey Carbery, Rory O’Loughlin.

Munster-bound Tadhg Beirne starts his final game for the Scarlets, after earlier this week he was named in a Joe Schmidt Ireland squad for the first time ahead of the tour to Australia. The defending champions had their European dreams ended by Leinster at the same stadium last month, and will surely return to Dublin with a point to prove.

Scarlets: Leigh Halfpenny; Johnny McNicholl, Scott Williams, Hadleigh Parkes, Steffan Evans; Rhys Patchell, Gareth Davies; Rob Evans, Ken Owens (capt), Samson Lee; Lewis Rawlins, Steven Cummins; Aaron Shingler, James Davies, Tadhg Beirne.

Replacements: Ryan Elias, Wyn Jones, Werner Kruger, David Bulbring, Will Boyde, Jonathan Evans, Daniel Jones, Tom Prydie.

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