Ajax Amsterdam v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Champions League Ajax Amsterdam v Tottenham Hotspur

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019


Johan Cruyff Arena

Punter's Pick

Given how the first leg panned out it is certainly excellent value to back Ajax at 5/4 with Bet365. The team presses the ball and attacks swiftly and we feel that they could overwhelm Spurs again. However the return of Son will play a huge factor and with Eriksen returning to his old club and pulling the strings from midfield, Spurs will have plenty of pace with Moura and Son up front as well as a target man in Llorente. This game is likely to be more open than the first and we are backing over 2.5 goals at 4/6 as well as a cheeky 5/4 for Son to score at any time.

Dutch giants Ajax welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Johan Cruijff ArenA in a clash between two of the unfancied teams in this seasons Champions League. Despite a dominant performance in the first leg, Ajax only lead by a solitary goal, which will give Tottenham huge confidence that they could overturn their home defeat and make it an all English final in Madrid.

Ajax come into this game having not lost in their last 10 matches in all competitions and will be in confident mood of completing the job in front of their home fans. After a fine performance in London the team will be looking to add Tottenham to their list of notable scalps which also includes Real Madrid and Juventus this season. Ajax impressed with their slick passing and ability to penetrate the Spurs backline at will and a finely taken goal from Donny van de Beek gave them the crucial away goal. However they didn’t press home the advantage and a 1-0 scoreline keeps their opponents in the hunt.

Tottenham will know that they need to improve on their first leg performance if they are to have any success against Ajax’s young guns. There were signs of an improvement especially when Moussa Sissoko came on and added some steel to the midfield. However their league game in between these two ties certainly didn’t provide ideal preparation as they lost 1-0 at Bournemouth and saw Son Heung-Min and Juan Foyth both sent off. That makes it five losses in their last six games in all competitions but the return of the South Korean for this clash will be a huge boost as the Son, Moura and Llorente between them helped propel Spurs to an aggregate victory over Manchester City in the previous round to reach the semi’s.

In team news, Tottenham are likely to replace Davinson Sanchez with Jan Vertonghen. There had been fears the Belgian wouldn’t play having suffered a head injury in the first leg. However tests have confirmed that he was not concussed and therefore is likely to replace Sanchez who suffered a thigh injury in the 1-0 loss at Bournemouth. Son Heung-Min will return to spearhead the Spurs attack and he will be a big factor in this game as his direct play and ability to put away his chances will boost the team. Harry Kane remains out with a long-term injury.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag said he had a fully fit squad to choose from and no new injuries so it is likely that Spurs could come up against the same 11 that outplayed them in the first leg.

Tottenham will be hoping that Ajax lose focus in the build up to this game and fatigue also sets in as they wouldn’t have had as long a break as they did prior to the first leg. The team is locked in a tight battle with arch rivals PSV for the Dutch league and lead only on goal difference. They did however secure one trophy which could form part of an amazing treble this season when they beat Willem II 4-0 in the Dutch Cup final on Sunday.

Punter's Pick

Given how the first leg panned out it is certainly excellent value to back Ajax at 5/4 with Bet365. The team presses the ball and attacks swiftly and we feel that they could overwhelm Spurs again. However the return of Son will play a huge factor and with Eriksen returning to his old club and pulling the strings from midfield, Spurs will have plenty of pace with Moura and Son up front as well as a target man in Llorente. This game is likely to be more open than the first and we are backing over 2.5 goals at 4/6 as well as a cheeky 5/4 for Son to score at any time.

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