- Kane won’t attend the game against Ajax
- Spurs seem tired in their game versus West Ham
- Ajax rested and ready to take on the English team in London on Wednesday
Tottenham and Ajax will meet up at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, opening the UEFA Semifinals. Game 1 will have the Spurs host the Dutch guests in what we can only hope to be a spectacular first match played on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
Tottenham vs Ajax UCL Semifinal: The Story So Far
To properly understand the odds and chances of both teams winning, you need to be familiar with the events up to date. Tottenham did exceptionally, knocking Manchester City, the EPL’s most likely winners this year, out of the race with Ajax dominating Juventus. Even more surprisingly, Ajax defeated Real Madrid, signing two landmark victories in their book.
Mauricio Pochettino’s players did well, winning in terms of away goals versus City for a total aggregate of 4-4. Ajax dismayed the audiences by both showing Juventus the door and defeating Cristiano Ronaldo’s home team with 3-2.
While Tottenham has struggled at home against teams, such as West Ham and even Brighton, UEFA has been another chapter for the team. Erik Ten Hag’s team though, remains strong, and the Spurs must not drop their guard.
- Date: Tuesday, April 30
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
- TV channel: TNT and Univision
- Moneyline: Hotspur +138 / Ajax + 210
- Spread: Hotspur pk, -½ +104 / Ajax pk, +½ -120
- Draw: +215
Ajax will be coming into the game strong with a lot of home talent, such as Frenkie De Jong and Matthjis De Ligt. These players will be joined by Dusan Tadic and David Neres, bringing the offensive power of Ajax to a new high.
One of the knocks on Tottenham at the beginning of the English Premier League (EPL) was that their defense wobbled and shook, and even Pochettino admitted this much. This cannot be the case if Spurs want to win on Wednesday or even draw against Ajax.
Tottenham Lose to West Ham – What Does It Mean for Ajax?
Spurs right winger Lucas Moura recently said that he had never doubted his team’s ability to make it into the Semifinals. However, the recent loss against West Ham revealed a different story. Tired, Spurs didn’t show much initiative against the methodical play of West Ham, conceding a 1-0 defeat in the end.
Will Harry Kane Play?
Tottenham may be criticized as a team that lacks depth, but the the Spurs have three injured players, one of whom will miss out on the game completely:
- Harry Kane
- Moussa Sissoko
- Jan Vertonghen
Even though Sissoko and Vertonghen will be part of the Wednesday game, Kane will not attend, Pochettino revealed. This is a serious blow to Tottenham’s chances of winning the game.
Given their faltering performance against West Ham, many fans fear that the Spurs won’t nearly be in as good a form as they need to even contest Ajax. Meanwhile, Kane may even miss the entire season:
Ajax Set to Win Another Game
Ajax’s victory over Juventus and Real Madrid has given them lots of confidence and they seem to be perfectly capable on taking on the Spurs.
|Ajax – Tottenham: UCL Stats 2019|
Fernando Llorente will probably have to replace Kane on attack, which means Ajax will be able to handle their defense better while constantly applying pressure against their opponents. With just a day to go, we are looking forward to the game between Ajax and the Spurs.