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

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Champions League Tottenham Hotspur v Ajax Amsterdam

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019


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Punter's Pick

Ajax are an appealing looking 15/8 with Bet365 to shock Tottenham on their home patch and come away with a win, and should be seriously considered to be backed at this price given Spurs’ limited attacking options. Dusan Tadic is the pivotal attacker for the reigning Dutch champions and can be backed to score on his return to England at 21/10, again with Bet365.

England meets Netherlands in the Champions League Semi Final first leg, as Tottenham Hotspur chase a first appearance in the final against four times winner Ajax in a fascinating match up.

Ajax young guns ready for another major scalp?

Having already deservedly dispatched Juventus and reigning champions Real Madrid with great style and tenacity, Ajax arrive at the Semi Final stage no longer a surprise package but a team to feared and respected. With young talent such as Frenkie De Jong, Matthijs De Ligt and David Neres all capturing the eye in their remarkable run, the reigning Dutch champions will arrive at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium not us underdogs but at the very least joint favourites to progress to the final.

It is not only the young players that have caught the eye for Ajax this season, but a couple of former familiar faces to Premier League fans that have been instrumental in their run. Ex Southampton forward Dusan Tadic looks an entirely different proposition to the frustrating and inconsistent player that occasionally lit up the Premier League, with his 34 goals so far this season powering Ajax’s march towards a potential treble. Former Manchester United defender Daley Blind may not get the headlines amongst his talented young teammates, but his experience has been vital in the cauldron of trips to Turin and Madrid, and the team will be looking to him to lead from the front again in what is likely to be a feisty atmosphere in London.

Tottenham running out of steam?

In contrast to their young and vibrant opponents, Spurs seem to be running out of steam at just the wrong time, with the shortfalls of a small squad beginning to bite at just the wrong time. With limited options to rotate at the weekend, Spurs looked flat and leggy in the London Derby at home against West Ham United, slipping to a 1-0 defeat that was fully merited by the visitors. This followed on from a laboured 1-0 victory at home to relegation threatened Brighton, where they needed a trademark late strike to secure all three points. Given that Ajax will field one of the most youthful teams ever seen in a Champions League Semi Final, Spurs will have to recover some energy from somewhere or risk being overrun by the Dutch champions.

Team News

It is Spurs who go into this game with all the problems, with injuries and a key suspension likely to bite hard. Harry Kane and Harry Winks are both ruled out through injury, with the latter having a season ending knee operation. Moussa Sissoko is struggling with a groin problem picked up on the weekend and is unlikely to be available to start, and Heung Min-Son is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the previous round against Manchester City. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is likely to have to select reserve forward Fernando Llorente to lead the line, whilst outcast Dutch striker Vincent Janssen has even made the bench in the last two games, such is the plight of his squad at present.

Ajax have little if no problems going into this game, and are likely to go in with the same starting XI that so impressively disposed of Juventus in their own backyard in the previous round.

Spurs facing uphill struggle

Given their current injury problems and limitations in attack, Spurs are likely to find it hard to penetrate an organised and disciplined Ajax defence, which showed against both Juventus and Real Madrid they can dig in and defend for long periods. With enough quality in attack, the visitors will fancy their chances of nicking an away goal and taking a slender margin back to the Johan Cruyff Stadium next week.

Punter's Pick

Ajax are an appealing looking 15/8 with Bet365 to shock Tottenham on their home patch and come away with a win, and should be seriously considered to be backed at this price given Spurs’ limited attacking options. Dusan Tadic is the pivotal attacker for the reigning Dutch champions and can be backed to score on his return to England at 21/10, again with Bet365.

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