Wednesday 8 May: 8pm KO
Live on BT Sport
It’s over 40 years since the glory days of Ahax when they ruled European club football. Now in 2019, they are again in a position where they aren’t just in a Champions League semi-final but playing some great football too. They host Tottenham in this second-leg with the visitors having to score to have any chance of making their first ever Champions League final.
Tottenham had good and bad news at the weekend. The bad was that they managed to lose yet another Premier League game. The good was that Arsenal and Manchester United couldn’t win either and a place in next season’s Champions League is all but guaranteed.
The loss away to Bournemouth on Saturday was their 13th league defeat of the season, yet they are still fourth in the table. It was the fifth time that Tottenham have lost in their last six league and cup games. Including extra time, they have lost nine of their last ten away games. Just remember, they are one of the top four teams in England!
They come into this game with odds of 10/1 (11.0) to win the Champions League this season. They trail 1-0 in this game and somehow have to conjure up a performance that will get them into the final. There are odds of 5/2 (3.5) at William Hill that they will quaify for the final.
Their away record in the Champions League this season has seen them win just one game. That was at Borussia Dortmund in the last 16. Apart from that they have three draws and two defeats One promising stat is that Tottenham have scored in all six of their away games in this season’s Champions League. It’s 3/10 (1.3) at BetVictor that they score a goal in this match.
The problem is that Tottenham have only kept one clean sheet on their Champions League travels. They’ve also failed to score in each of their last two away matches, so something has to change there. You can get odds of 12/5 (3.4) at Betway on them winning this match.
Ajax have been in great form this season despite not having anything like an easy set of fixtures. hey had to beat Standard Liege and Dinamo Kiev just to reach the group stages. Then they found themselves drawn against Bayern Munich but drew both their matches.
The knock-out stages has seen them beat Real Madrid and Juventus to progress to this semi-final. They are 2/7 (1.28) at Ladbrokes to qualify for their first final since 1996, a year after they last won the Champions League. SkyBet will give you odds of 7/2 (4.5) that Ajax win the Champions League trophy this season.
They are chasing a treble this season and the weekend saw them earn their first trophy. Ajax beat Willem II 4-0 to win the Dutch Cup. Winning the Dutch Eredvisie title is a close battle with them only ahead of PSV on goal difference with two games remaining.
Ajax have scored 111 goals in their league campaign and in the Champions League hit the back of the net 26 times and they have scored in each of the last 11. Tottenham may take heart though from the fact that Ajax haven’t won any of their last three home Champions League matches. The odds on them beating Tottenham in this match are 23/20 (2.15) if placing your wager at Unibet.
Tottenham have only played away to Ajax on one previous occasion. That game was won 3-1 in 1981, it’s 9/2 (5.5) at Betfred that Tottenham win this game with both teams scoring.
Tottenham will have Heung-Min Son back in their side after missing the first leg through suspension. Ajax will be without Carel Eiting and Hassane Bande.
Tottenham seem to have gone off the boil in the past couple of weeks and their away form has been a problem for a lot longer than that. Ajax should have won the first leg by a wider margin and a bet on the Dutch side winning this game with both teams scoring is 11/4 (3.75) at Boylesports.