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Tottenham vs Ajax betting tips: Champions League match preview & predictions

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Tottenham Hotspur head into their very first Champions League semi-final with a squad depleted by injury and fatigue.

Defeat to West Ham United on Saturday highlighted Spurs’ major problems with key players missing and others looking shattered.

Mauricio Pochettino faces a tricky task of negotiating his way past a tough AFC Ajax side without numerous star men.

Ajax meanwhile have had a week’s preparation with the Eredivisie moving a whole gameweek to help their league leaders prepare.

This young side has stunned many on their route to the last four and underestimating them could be Spurs’ biggest downfall.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 17: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates at the end of the match during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at at Etihad Stadium on April 17, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Tottenham vs Ajax betting tips: Who will win?

Tottenham are at 8/5 to return to winning ways at their new ground against Ajax.

The draw between the two sides is at 12/5 with Bet365.

Ajax condemning Spurs to a second consecutive defeat at their new stadium is at 19/10.


Dusan Tadic

MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 05: Dusan Tadic of Ajax celebrates as he scores his team’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Ajax at Bernabeu on March 05, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Champions League preview: Tottenham vs Ajax

Defeat to West Ham on Saturday has put a major dampner on the mood at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

For the first time in 22 games, Tottenham were on the losing side in N17 as Michail Antonio scored the first away goal at the new stadium.

That is now 18 defeats in all competitions for Spurs this term, the most they have suffered since the 2008/09 season.

But given Pochettino’s severe squad limitations, his side suffering lapses in performance over the course of the season was inevitable.

However, with the season reaching its climax, his squad is being tested harder than ever.

Harry Kane (ankle) and Heung-min Son (suspension) will both miss out on Tuesday. A loss for any side in the world, especially Tottenham’s thread bare squad.

Moussa Sissoko, another massive player for Spurs, trained on Monday, but is far from certain to start having been out with a groin injury since the quarter-final second leg at Manchester City.

The Argentine has worked wonders with his limited resources this season, but Tuesday will be his biggest test of all.

Heung-min Son

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 09: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Ajax’s youngsters ready to cause another upset

Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Juventus are three teams who have fallen victim to Ajax’s success this year.

A team formed with some of the finest young talents on the continent has helped them advance all the way to the last four of the competition.

The Dutch league leaders’ romp to the semi-finals has only heightened the reputations of players like Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt.

Meanwhile, Dusan Tadic and Daley Blind will return to England looking to show their former clubs what they are missing.

Ajax are looking to complete a famous treble this season as they lead the way in the Eredivisie and take on Willem II in the KNVB Cup final.

TURIN, ITALY – APRIL 16: Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Juventus and Ajax at Allianz Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Tottenham team news vs Ajax

Tottenham are set to be boosted by the return of Jan Vertonghen who missed the defeat to West Ham due to fatigue.

Pochettino has confirmed that the Belgian will return for Spurs on Tuesday and could feature in a back-three.

Heung-min Son will serve a one-match ban for picking up three bookings in Europe this season.

UEFA rules state that yellow cards are wiped following the conclusion of the quarter-final meaning despite confusion, the South Korean is indeed suspended.

Moussa Sissoko remains a doubt and is unexpected to feature, but the Frenchman did train on Monday.

Ajax’s one weakness is players running at them, and they could struggle to contain Sissoko’s driving runs through midfield. Despite this it still seems unlikely Sissoko will be risked.

Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela are all still sidelined through injury.

Ajax team news vs Tottenham

Noussair Mazraoui will miss Tuesday’s clash due to injury.

Long-term absentees Hassane Bande and Carel Eiting both also remain out injured.

Tottenham predicted line-up vs Ajax

Tottenham predicted line-up vs Ajax

Ajax predicted line-up vs Tottenham

Ajax predicted line-up vs Tottenham

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