Tonight marks a huge first leg of this year’s UCL semi-finals between two of the lesser fancied teams’ pre-tournament. Tottenham were sitting at 25/1 and Ajax were an absurd 150/1, both teams have proven their worth throughout the tournament and it’s going to make for an exciting semi-final.
Ajax have been one of the most surprising packages of the tournament, overturning Juventus and Real Madrid in the knockout stages. Juventus were level after the first leg and then Ajax won the away leg at the Allianz. Real Madrid suffered the same fate but were winning 2-1 after Ajax’s home tie then the Dutch outfit turned up at the Bernabeu and walked a 4-1 victory. De Godenzonen seem to love playing away aswell as at home with 32 goals scored across the UCL with a 17/15 home to away spread.
The progress of Ajax is less shocking when you see that they’ve scored 160 goals across all competitions. Dusan Tadic has been pivotal in the goal contributions and the Serbian has been involved in 10 goals across the tournament, that stat only bettered by Lionel Messi this year. In addition, all 6 of his goals he’s scored in this year’s UCL have all come after the 60-minute mark.
Spurs have been nothing short of unlucky in recent weeks with an injury to Harry Kane in the previous round, ruling him out of tonight’s game. Further problems stem from a suspension for Heung-Min Son meaning Fernando Llorente will more than likely lead the line. The Spaniard has scored twice in this year’s competition and has played less than 100 minutes across 7 fixtures he’s taken a part in.
At the weekend we saw Spurs lose, concede and drop points for the first time in their new stadium which puts them under huge pressure for a number of reasons. Ajax have been in this year’s competitions from the preliminary qualifying rounds and are beating big teams away from home on a round by round basis.
Everything for the evening is pointing at an Ajax result and they’re surprisingly 12/5 outsiders. They’re also available at roughly 4/7 to win or draw, snap it up and fill your pockets.
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