Tottenham v Ajax Champions League Betting Preview

Martin Green

Sunday, April 28, 2019 7:49 AM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 28, 2019 7:49 AM UTC

Tottenham have a huge game against an energised, fearless and dynamic Ajax game on Tuesday night.

<p><strong>Tottenham v Ajax</strong></p><p><strong>Date: Tuesday, April 30, at 8pm</strong></p><p><strong>Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium</strong></p><p></p><h2>Form Guide</h2><p></p><p>Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted his side were stressed and fatigued after they suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham on Saturday. That saw their 100% home record evaporate and it will leave fans worried ahead of this <a href="" target="_blank" title="Tottenham v Ajax">huge Champions League clash</a>. They are clearly missing the goal threat of star striker Harry Kane, who went down with another long-term ankle injury in the first leg of their quarter-final clash with Man City. They will need the defence to hold strong and look to their other forwards to fill Kane’s shoes.</p><p>Ajax should be comparatively energised after the Eredivisie gave them the weekend off. They have won six league games in a row to soar to the top of the table and they should be full of confidence. They have vanquished Real Madrid and Juventus already in the Champions League, so they should not fear Spurs. Real Madrid had dominated this tournament for three years before they came up against Ajax, while Serie A champions had a stellar defence and Cristiano Ronaldo up front, yet they had no answers for Ajax’s exhilarating blend of youth and experience.</p><p></p><h2>Team News</h2><p></p><p>Kane is the big miss for Spurs as he provides a focal point to their attack. Son Heung-Min stepped up and delivered heroics in both legs of Tottenham’s quarter-final clash and they will need more of the same from the talented South Korean in this one. Jan Vertonghen was rested at the weekend and should return for this game, and Tottenham welcomed Eric Dier back to the starting 11 against West Ham. However, Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko are both injury doubts, while Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela are missing.</p><p>Ajax are blessed with some magnificent young talent in Frenkie De Jong – who will join Barcelona next season – Matthijs de Ligt, Nicolas Tagliafico and Donny van de Beek, while Hakim Ziyech is always dangerous. They are all expected to start against Spurs, while the experienced Daley Blind helps marshal the defence and the likes of Dusan Tadic, Kasper Dolberg and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar can provide a goal threat.</p><p></p><h2>Betting Tips</h2><p></p><p>Everything points to an Ajax win as they are well rested, energised and totally fearless, having already toppled Juventus and Real Madrid. But write Tottenham off at your peril. They produced a heroic effort to vanquish a magnificent Man City side over two legs and, the defeat to West Ham aside, they have been superb at home of late. If Son delivers, they can absolutely win this game as they have more experience and a great deal of talent, so a Tottenham win looks tempting at 147/100 (2.47) with Marathon and 7/5 (2.40) with <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a>. Alternatively, you can find 79/100 (1.79) on Spurs draw no bet. Both teams to score is 7/10 (1.70) and that is a very regular occurrence in Ajax games, so that might tempt you too.</p>
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