Tottenham v Ajax Champions League Betting Tips
The Champions League reaches the semi finals as Tottenham host Ajax at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Spurs will be looking to make a European final for the first time since 1984 and Ajax will want to continue their remarkable run and match the feats of Louis Van Gaal’s side of 1995. Both sides have gained plaudits for their style of play, but with similar styles employed by both managers, it remains to be seen how they will fare.
Tottenham’s European Form
How Did They Get Through To The Semi’s?
Spurs have exceeded all expectations in Europe this season by reaching their first ever Champions League semi final. In the round of 16, they faced a Borussia Dortmund side that has steamrolled it’s way through the group stage. Spurs easily won that tie 4-0 on aggregate, setting up a quarter final with Manchester City. Heung Min Son gave Spurs a 1-0 lead heading into the second leg, before one of the best Champions League matches in recent memory. Both sides shared goals in a 4-3 thriller, before Raheem Sterling saw a goal ruled out for offside in the 95th minute. Son was the hero of the tie with 3 goals across both legs, but he will be suspended for the opening leg. Harry Kane is still out and Dele Alli has only just returned to action, so the question is - who will score for Spurs? Fernando Llorente will be Kane’s replacement but has never set the world alight. Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura will both play, but again, neither are known for their goal scoring exploits. If Spurs can’t get their attack together, this could be a long game.
Ajax’s European Form
How Did They Get Through To The Semi’s?
Ajax have been the surprise of the Champions League this season, knocking out 2 European heavyweights on their way to the semi finals. Since finishing 2nd in their group, Ajax have beaten both Real Madrid and Juventus across 2 legs. The Dutch giants have only lost one knockout match so far and will prove a tough match for Spurs. So far, both ties have come down to Ajax’s strength playing away from home. A 4-1 victory at the Bernabeu was followed by a 2-1 win in Turin, although that really could have been more. Against Juventus, Ajax were once again led by Matias De Ligt, Frenkie De Jong and Dusan Tadic. De Ligt made up for losing Ronaldo for the opener with the eventual winning goal, and De Jong and Tadic continued to pull the strings. Tadic in particular has been instrumental this season for Ajax. Since his summer move from Southampton, the Serbian has scored 34 goals and helped with 21 assists in all competitions, so expect him to be a threat against Spurs.
Where’s the Value Bet?
As we mentioned above, Ajax have been formidable away from home. They are unbeaten away in the Champions League this season, with their counter attacking style perfect for facing bigger sides. Although Tottenham are probably the lesser of the sides they have faced so far, their style should still suit. In their last 2 away games, Ajax have won but failed to keep a clean sheet. That matches with Tottenham, who have managed a goal in all of their European games in the last 2 years. At a price of 15/4*, Ajax to win and both to score presents a huge amount of value for a result that looks very likely given past form.
How To Watch Tottenham v Ajax
Tottenham v Ajax will be shown live on BT Sport 2 from 8pm on Tuesday April 30th.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
These two sides have provided some of the most exciting attacking play in Europe this season. Despite Tottenham’s worries up front, both sides should contribute to an end to end game.
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