The Johan Cruyff Arena is where Ajax and Tottenham will meet on Wednesday night (May 8, 8 p.m.) in the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final. Ajax take a 1-0 lead into the tie after a stunning opening period of football in the first-leg that led to them scoring the only goal of the game Tottenham last week.
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Ajax have hit form at the perfect time of the season, and eight wins and a draw in their last nine games has left them on the brink of clinching another Eredivisie Title if they can win their last two games of the season. They also have Champions League Final destiny firmly in their own hands.
What’s been most impressive about Ajax’s recent run is their ability to adapt their tactics to suit their opponents. On the domestic front, they’ve shown their ability to score plenty of goals to win their last two home matches 4-2 and 6-2, whilst they’ve stunned their opponents away from home in the Champions League, winning 4-1 at Real Madrid and 2-1 at Juventus before also beating Tottenham last week.
Admittedly, their home form in the Champions League hasn’t been anywhere near as strong, as Real Madrid won 2-1 in Holland, whilst Juventus drew 1-1.
It’s a completely different story for Tottenham who, after promising so much this season, are on the brink of disaster if they fail to qualify here and lose their last match of the English Premier League season.
However, both are a real possibility for a Tottenham side that has lost five of its last six games and its last five away games.
Their biggest problem is in front of goal, with just one goal in their last five games. They’re defence hasn’t been bad in that period, conceding just one goal in each of their last four defeats, but the pre-longed absence of Harry Kane seems to have taken its toll.
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The only recent match between these two sides is the first-leg of this tie and the statistics make for interesting reading. Tottenham managed just 12 shots in the entire game and only one of those was on target, whilst Ajax managed 10 shots with just two of those on target.
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Tottenham will be hoping that Son Heung-min can fire them into the final after missing the first-leg through suspension, and his sending-off at Bournemouth on Saturday may at least mean he’s fresh for this match.
However, as well as missing Harry Kane, Tottenham also have a list of other injuries that have weakened the squad. They include Jan Vertonghen, Harry Winks, Erik Lamela, and Serge Aurier.
Ajax vs Tottenham Verdict
This season’s Champions League Knockout Stages have already produced more than their fair share of second-leg shock results but prices of around 5/2 for Tottenham to qualify for the final make no appeal at all.
Ajax may not have won either of their two home games in the knockout stages so far but Real Madrid and Juventus look tougher opponents on paper than an injury-ravaged Tottenham side that has a tendency for bottling it in the biggest of games at the best of times.
I’d actually love to see Tottenham pull a rabbit out of the hat, as they’ve consistently been one of the most entertaining sides in Europe over the last few seasons, but still don’t have a trophy to show for those efforts.
However, with their current problems in front of goal, it’s going to be hard for them to contain an Ajax side that is scoring freely and is full of confidence after winning eight of their last nine games. Ajax also look likely to try and press home their advantage, especially knowing that if they score even just one goal, Tottenham will have to score at least three.
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