Ajax vs Spurs:The UEFA Champions League semifinals are finally upon us, and the first leg of both matchups takes place this week. On Tuesday, the two underdogs meet in London as Tottenham Hotspur welcome Ajax on what promises to be a fascinating European night.
Spurs vs. Ajax
Date: Tuesday, April 30
Time: 3:00 PM ET
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
TV Channels: TNT, UDN, Univision
Streaming: fuboTV (watch for free)
It is a big surprise to see these two in the Final Four of the Champions League, but they have earned it by knocking out some huge teams on their way to the semis: Spurs dominated their Round of 16 against Borussia Dortmund before eliminating Manchester City in what was one of the most memorable 90 minutes in the history of the game in the quarterfinals; Ajax have been the true giant killers of the competitions, destroying the defending champions Real Madrid in the Round of 16 before knocking out Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus to reach the semifinal.
Now the two teams come into a very even matchup with a huge chance to make the Final in Madrid. The first leg on Tuesday might be the most important of the two games: Ajax have been incredible away from home, and Spurs will play this one without their two best players, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane. If the Dutch once again win on the road, it’d be a huge step to a place in the title match. But Tottenham has shown in this competition how much they love the drama, and even a bad result at home wouldn’t scare them going into the second leg.
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The Champions League semifinals kick off Tuesday when the two biggest surprises of the competition meet up in London. Tottenham, fresh from knocking out Manchester City in the competition, welcomes Ajax to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first leg. Ajax, like Spurs, is riding a massive wave of confidence. The Dutch club knocked out Juventus, one of the favorites and three-time reigning champ Real Madrid on its way to the semis. It’s a clash of two teams that nobody had making it this far, and only one will come out on top and become the surprise finalist.
Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:
Champions League: Tottenham vs. Ajax
Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: Tottenham +130 / Ajax +200 / Draw +250
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Tottenham: It remains to be seen if Harry Kane can return for these matches with his ankle injury, and if he can’t go, things could get a little complicated. Son Heung-Min is out of the first leg due to suspension. It’s a different looking Spurs with Lucas Moura in the final third, but without Son and Kane, this team may have to rely on Fernando Llorente in attack.
Ajax: No fear and nothing to lose. By knocking off Real Madrid and Juventus, this team couldn’t have any more confidence. On the road it has won at Real and Juve in the knockout stage, so against a weakened Spurs team, why can’t they do it again? They’ll gladly take a draw with goals though, and they will go forward in numbers to get at least one away goal.
Tottenham vs. Ajax prediction
A fantastic match with plenty of chances sees Tottenham get the narrow win, but an away goal from Ajax keeps the door wide open for them to move on.
Tottenham will look to move one step closer to a maiden Champions League final when they face surprise package Ajax in the first leg of their last-four clash on Tuesday night.
Spurs ousted Manchester City in stunning fashion at the quarter-final stage, though two top-flight defeats since then – which takes their tally for the season to 17 across all competitions – have led to questions over possible fatigue within a squad who have now lost their unbeaten record at the new stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino will be without the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela against a vibrant, Eredivisie-leading Ajax side that have claimed the notable scalps of holders Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus in successive rounds.
However, the Argentine is unconcerned regarding those absentees and the potential for tiredness, insisting at his pre-match press conference that it is “impossible” not to be excited for such a grand occasion.
“It’s going to be a magic night,” he added. “To play a [Champions League] semi-final in our new stadium is something nobody could think a few months ago.”