Tottenham v Ajax Prediction & Betting Tips, 30th April 201929th April 2019 / lee
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Spurs take their first step into the UEFA Champions League semi-final after their epic victory over Manchester City in the last round. The Lilywhites are favourites to win this time, however, they will be facing an Ajax side who have produced two huge upsets in the tournament already. Can Spurs handle themselves against the enterprising young Dutch side? Read our Tottenham v Ajax betting tips for more.
Tottenham v Ajax Betting Odds*
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 28th, 2019 at 7:12 p.m.)
Tottenham News and Form
What a night that Tottenham had at the Etihad in the second leg of their quarter-final tie against Manchester City. It could not have been any more dramatic. Spurs lost the game on the night, but a telling goal from Fernando Llorente gave the London side the win on away goals. So now it is on to Ajax next. This is just the second European Cup semi-final for Spurs in their history, their previous one ending in a 3-4 reverse against Benfica in 1961/62.
Spurs are the only side left in this season’s tournament not to have ever made a European Cup/Champions League final. The Lilywhites have been up against Dutch opposition already this season as they faced PSV Eindhoven in the group stage. Spurs played out a 2-2 draw on the road and won 2-1 at home. Harry Kane got three of those four goals, but they are having to manage without him at the moment.
It is a six-match undefeated streak of form that Spurs are on against Dutch sides at the moment. They have posted a W4 D3 L1 record in their eight previous home games against Eredivisie teams. In two-legged contests against Dutch sides, Tottenham have a W3 L3 record. In this season’s round of sixteen, Tottenham’s home win over of Borussia Dortmund was their first ever victory in the knockout phase of the Champions League. They followed that up with a home win over Man City in the quarterfinals.
That is a four-match home winning streak in Europe that they are one. Spurs have won eight of their last ten Champions League home games, losing the other two. Tottenham lost their first game in their new stadium on the weekend as they suffered a 1-0 loss against West Ham in the Premier League. That is just five wins in their last 13 matches (lost seven) for Spurs across all competitions now.
Tottenham v Ajax Head to Head
Their previous meeting was in the 1981/82 European Cup Winner Cup
Spurs won that previous tie 6-1 on aggregate
Ajax conceded three goals in both legs of that previous tie
Ajax News and Form
For having come through the qualifying round, this has been some campaign from Ajax. They have dumped out holders Real Madrid and Juventus so far and both of those successes happened with second leg away wins. That’s how much of a threat that are on away from home. In the group stage of this season’s Champions League, they were up against Bayern Munich and took four points off the Germans too.
Ajax have a W6 L2 record from previous European Cup semi-finals and one of those two losses was against an English side. That was in 1980 against Nottingham Forest. The away record of Ajax in the European Cup semi-finals is W2 D2 L4. This is their first encounter against an English side in Europe since they met Manchester United in the 2016/17 Europa League Final, the Dutch side losing 2-0 in the game. Ajax were unbeaten in three against English opposition prior to that.
Ajax have only ever claimed two away wins in England (W2 D5 L4) so that’s not a great record for them. Their last victory in England was in the 2011/12 Europa League against Man Utd. In London specifically, Ajax are W1 D2 L1. The record of the Dutch club against English sides in two-legged ties is W3 L4 and they have lost the last four on the bounce.
Before their massive 4-1 win at Real Madrid in the round of sixteen, Ajax had been without a win in seven UEFA Champions League knockout fixtures. They were on a three-match losing streak away in knockout fixtures before the success at the Bernabeu. Their overall form is impressive in Europe though as the Amsterdammers have lost only one of their 16 European matches in 2018/19 (W9 D6). They are the first side ever to reach the final four of the Champions League having gone through three rounds of qualifying.
Tottenham v Ajax Tips & Odds
Who will win – Tottenham v Ajax Predictions
This is a tough game to call. Spurs looked really tired and jaded on the weekend in the Champions League. Ajax meanwhile have looked thoroughly enterprising and full of confidence in this season’s Champions League and will be fearless. A draw in the match outright will have some appeal in the game.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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