2018-19 UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals: Second Legs – Wednesday

Tottenham Hotspur head to Ajax knowing that they must win if they’re to reach this season’s UEFA Champions League Final, where the winner of this tie will face Liverpool.

Currently a goal down from the first leg, Spurs need at least two goals to stand any chance of keeping their European dream alive otherwise away goals could well become a crucial factor. 

 

Team news

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Ajax - Pre-Season Friendly
Carel Eiting remains sidelined for Ajax alongside Hassane Bande. (Image credit: Football Whispers)

Ajax have no fresh injury concerns as Hassane Bande (calf) and Carel Eiting (knee) their only two absentees. 

Jan Vertonghen is available for Tottenham after recovering from a bizarre nose injury suffered in the first leg last week. 

Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela could also be in contention following hamstring injuries, alongside Son Heung-min and Juan Foyth who are available for this game but will miss Sunday’s league game through suspension. 

Harry Kane (ankle), Harry Winks (groin), and Davinson Sanchez (thigh) are all ruled out. 

 

Stat Attack 

  • Of the last 17 occasions in which a team lost the first leg at home, only one team has gone on to reach the final, being coincidentally Ajax who lost 1-0 at home before beating Panathinaikos 3-0 away in second leg in 1995-96 season. 
  • Ajax has only lost once at home this season in all competitions, losing 2-1 to Real Madrid in first leg of their Last 16 tie.
  • Tottenham have drawn two of their last three trips to the Netherlands (W1, D2). 

 

Prediction

Tottenham have been rather unlucky to lose their last three games by 1-0 results, particularly at Bournemouth where they produced a good defensive performance with nine men. 

I am therefore expecting an angry Spurs side here but Ajax’s home record has been sublime this season, so I am going for a tight open game with away goals just about seeing Spurs through here. 

Prediction: Ajax 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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