Ajax vs Tottenham 2019 UEFA Champions League Odds & Pick.

Ajax vs Tottenham 2019 UEFA Champions League Odds & Pick

Written by on May 7, 2019

The last time Ajax won the Champions League was 1995, but after beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in the first leg of the semi-finals, the Dutch side is just 90 minutes away from the finals. As the home team in the second leg, Ajax is favored with a money line of +104. Tottenham, meanwhile, is listed at +221 to win with a draw set at +255. Tottenham enters Wednesday’s game tired and short-handed. A lack of squad depth could be catching up to them late in the season, as they have lost three straight games by a 1-0 score, including last week’s first leg against Ajax and two matches against mid-table Premier League clubs. Meanwhile, Ajax is unbeaten in their last 10 matches across all competitions dating back to late March. They are also riding high after winning the Dutch KNVB Cup over the weekend, already giving them one trophy this season. Of course, Ajax wasn’t able to rotate their squad much in the game and they still have to worry about their final two league games, as they are currently tied atop the Dutch Eredivisie table.

Ajax vs Tottenham 2019 UEFA Champions League Odds & Pick

Out of Their Comfort Zone?

The second leg of the semi-finals offers a new challenge for Ajax, as they have the pressure of being the home team. In the previous two rounds, Ajax was away for the second round, which made things a little easier. The largely young squad will also have to deal with being the favorites to advance heading into the second leg, something they didn’t deal with when facing Real Madrid and Juventus in the previous rounds of the knockout stage. With a 1-0 aggregate lead heading into Wednesday’s game, Ajax is likely set up to do a lot more defending than attacking. They faced a similar situation during the second half of the first leg and managed to survive. However, Spurs will be more desperate for a goal, and so the Dutch side’s defending must be desperate as well. Ajax also failed to score on the counterattack to get a second goal in the first leg, making Tottenham’s task a little easier in the second leg.

Master Tactician

For Tottenham, the first 30 minutes of the first leg was a complete disaster. They were lucky to only concede one goal and remain in contention heading into the second leg. However, manager Mauricio Pochettino made some tactical adjustments to turn the game around. Spurs went on to dominate most of the final 60 minutes of the match despite failing to score an equalizer. The pressure is now on Pochettino to come up with a game plan that will allow Spurs to dictate the game and create scoring chances. Tottenham will also benefit from having Son Heung-min on the field. Son missed the first leg due to suspension and is the team’s most dangerous scoring threat with Harry Kane sidelined due to injury.

Not Enough

A tired Spurs team will surely leave everything on the field as they chase a spot in the Champions League finals. However, they’ve been held scoreless in three straight games, so scoring multiple goals may be a tall task. Meanwhile, Ajax is a difficult team to shut out, especially on their home turf. In the end, Tottenham won’t have enough to win. Bet on this game ending in a tie but Ajax advancing.