Tottenham vs Ajax predictions and betting tips for this week’s Champions League semi-final first leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Spurs won a memorable tie with Manchester City in the last round, and Ajax have been another surprise package this campaign.
Kick-off time: 8.00pm BST
Date: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham will be without Harry Kane for this fixture and that is a huge blow to their chances against this brilliant young Ajax outfit, however, they were underdogs against Manchester City and secured a first leg lead, before being involved in one of the best football matches ever, losing 4-3 at the Etihad Stadium but going through on away goals. Ajax were ultra-impressive against both Real Madrid and Juventus in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, and there is no way that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will underestimate this Ajax side.
Spurs would be the surprise package in most other seasons, especially after they somehow managed to escape from their Champions League group after a terrible start. They’ve not looked back since though and deservedly take their place in the last four. Another big blow for Spurs is that Pochettino has confirmed Moussa Sissoko will miss the semi-finals first leg tie.
Ajax have been the team of the tournament for us so far this season, they not only defied the odds to win at the Bernabeu and dump Real Madrid out, but they then went to Turin and beat Juventus, knocking them out and denying Cristiano Ronaldo another Champions League medal. This is the Dutch side’s first Champions League semi-final since 1997 where they lost to Juventus, but Erik ten Hag will be hoping his side can go one better here, and book their place in the 2019 Champions League final in Madrid.
Tottenham would be the 40th different team to reach a Champions League final if they can do so, and for our Tottenham vs Ajax predictions, we’re predicting they’ll have a first leg lead to take to the Netherlands, however, Ajax should get an away goal. The first betting tip is for Tottenham to beat Ajax and BTTS with the best odds being 4/1 with Betfair.
Another big blow for Tottenham in this game in the loss of Heung-Min Son through suspension, so Lucas Moura should start the match. He recently scored a hat-trick at the new Spurs Stadium and looks a good bet for an anytime goalscorer. Will Fernando Llorente start against Ajax? That remains to be seen. For the visitors, former Southampton man Dustin Tadic is the main danger and he’s having a remarkable season in front of goal, scoring six in this competition and 24 in the Eredivise.
The best odds for Lucas Moura to score vs Ajax are 13/5 with Betfair and as long as he is in the starting line-up, that looks a great bet!
For our correct score bet on this match, we need to back up the earlier prediction of a Spurs win and BTTS, and this would be a brilliant result given their injuries and suspensions. Big performances will be needed from the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli to help out the attack but Spurs are capable of putting on a performance against the odds, just as they showed in the seocnd leg at the Etihad. Ajax will be keen to get an away goal and they have scored in their last five away UCL fixtures. Tottenham have actually kept a clean sheet in their last three home games in this competition but Ajax will have no hesitation in going to attack here so we’re going for a 2-1 Tottenham win over Ajax, with the best odds being 19/2 at Bet Victor.