And then there were four. This season’s Champions League final has arrived at the semi-final stage with the first of leg legs taking place on Tuesday 30 April and Wednesday 1 May. Both ties will be shown live on BT Sport at 8.00pm as the teams involved face one final push to the final where they will get the chance to etch their name into the history books. Here are our top Tottenham v Ajax betting tips.
Spurs v Ajax – Leg One
We get moving at the jaw-dropping Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a perfect setting for such a glamour tie. Spurs ousted pre-tournament favourites Manchester City in the quarters, will they continue their run with a home win that would see them put one foot in the decider?
Tottenham’s win over City may have been unexpected but it was a joy to watch for neutrals. The two legs had everything but the second at the Etihad was nothing short of phenomenal and a game that had everything. The Cityzens thought they had done enough to win on aggregate through a late goal but had their hopes dashed when VAR signalled the winner as being off-side, with no need to go to the referee. Ecstasy turned to agony for the City fans, agony for ecstasy for those in the opposite stands
Spurs were out, in and then through in a rollercoaster final few minutes. Another Spurs win has been priced up as 11/8 favourite with Bet365, both teams to score worth a second look when putting together your accumulators, offered at 4/6 – top price with Ladbrokes.
Something in the Air
Ajax were another side who turned the tables on bookies in the quarters when firing to knock a fancied Juventus side out of the running thanks to a 3-2 aggregate win, including a 2-1 in Italy. Juventus were picked out as the team to be on when the draw was made, Ajax seen as one for the future, but the Dutch club proved they are back where they believe they should be when turfing The Old Lady out on her ear and into the cold. Cruel? Not in the eyes of Ajax’s long-suffering fans who were always confident their heroes would return as a major force in the continent following an extended stay stuck out in the wilderness.
Ajax were held to a 1-1 draw by Juve at home as the Serie A side showcased the strength of their defence. A scoring draw away from home meant Juventus fancied their chances of going through when the tie was taken back to Italy but things didn’t go according to plan.
Ajax saw the return for what it was – a one off game and shoot-out for spot in the semi-finals. Win and they were through, it was as simple as that, and they did. Ronaldo scored on 28 minutes that night and it looked like the writing was on the wall but van de Beek equalised before the break to set-up a tense finish, de Ligt netting what turned out to be the winner.
CR7 and Juve were out, Ajax had announced their return. Bookies were impressed but have the away day written off as a second favourite in London. Unibet offer a market best price of 43/20, the draw an option at 12/5 with Bet365. The latter is outsider of three in the match winner market, and that surprised us.