Ajax vs Tottenham: Three things to expect in the Champions League semi-final second leg


The celebrations at the Etihad Stadium in the last round are a distant memory now.

Spurs' woes have continued, along with their poor form, losers in five of their last six matches. In fact, the disappointing results stretch all the way back to their 3-0 demolition of Borussia Dortmund in February as the Lilywhites have lost nine of the last 15 matches since.

Falling behind Chelsea in the league, they look to have secured at least fourth place in the league, but only just, with Champions League football seemingly assured next season.

They must now travel to Amsterdam and over-turn the one-goal deficit they surrendered to Ajax last week.

With only one team in the last 17 progressing to the final of the Champions League after suffering a first-leg defeat, Spurs will be encouraged by the fact Ajax are winless in their last three Champions League matches at home.

The Dutch side are still fighting on the domestic front, and the battle for the Eredivisie is in Ajax’s control, but only on goal difference. Full of goals and with multiple attacking threats, Ajax have scored 111 goals in just 32 Eredivisie matches, so the visitors know they will have to be on top form to progress.

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  • Son’s suspension left Spurs short on fire-power in the first leg, and with Harry Kane injured for the rest of the season, Tottenham managed only one shot on target, their joint-lowest total in a Champions League game. The South Korean hasn’t scored since the quarter-final second-leg, but has been responsible for half of Spurs’ goals in the competition, and when he goes the full 90 minutes, Son averages 2 shots on target per match. Over 1.5 shots on target for Son is 11/10.
  • Ajax have scored in every game of the competition so far this season and are simply prolific goal scorers at home, netting three or more goals in 11 of their last 15 at the Amsterdam ArenA. They have, however, leaked goals in recent matches, giving up two to both Vitesse and Excelsior, and Spurs may have an opportunity to strike, knowing they have to score to stand any chance of making it to the final. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is 1/1.
  • Ajax tend to dominate control of the game in the Eredivisie, in the Champions League, however, their style of play is slightly different. Averaging over five corners a game at home in the league, this number drops drastically in European action. From the group stages onwards, only once have they registered in excess of 4 corners in any game and that was against AEK Athens in Match week 1. Ajax under 4.5 corners is 1/1.

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