Ajax will be aiming to book a spot in the UEFA Champions League final when they host Tottenham Hotspur in the 2nd Leg UEFA Champions League match at Amsterdam.
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Donny van de Beek scored the only goal of the game, making the four-time Champions League winner the hot favourites to reach the final for the first time in 23 years.
The Dutch giants were the deserved winners in terms of the overall proceedings, but they ran their luck in the 2nd half as Tottenham upped the ante.
Regardless, it’s Ajax who take the lead back to Amsterdam and will no doubt start as the favourites to win the game.
Tottenham meanwhile will have to fight against the odds as well as the hosts, for no side in the previous 16 champions league knock out games to lose the first leg at home managed to win the tie. The previous side to do so was Ajax themselves, in the 1995-96 season when they beat Panathinaikos 3-0 in the 2nd leg after losing the first leg 1-0 at home.
Spurs can do that. They have both the quality and the temperament to achieve the unthinkable. But the visitors will have to raise their game by significant stretches to stand any chance of making to the UEFA Champions League final for the first time in their history.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Ajax – W W W W W W
Tottenham Hotspur – W W L W D L
Injured – Twenty-one-year-old Dutch midfielder Carel Eiting is Ajax’s only injury concern ahead of this match.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – None.
Note: Erik Ten Hag has no apparent reason to flirt with the playing 11 which started at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the first leg. However, the only change we can expect is at right-back with both Joel Veltman and Noussair Mazraoui in contention to claim the spot.
Probable XI: Onana (GK), Veltman, De Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico, De Jong, Schone, Van de Beek, Ziyech, Neres, Tadic
Injured – Davinson Sanchez is the latest player to join the injury list for Spurs. The Columbian international sustained an injury in Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to Bournemouth at the weekend.
In addition, Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Serge Aurier will also miss the trip to Amsterdam.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – Jan Vertonghen suffered a head injury in the first leg and had to sit out the game against Bournemouth at the weekend. The Belgian international may be ready to feature here. While Erik Lamela remains a doubt.
Note: Tottenham Hotspur are set to welcome back Son Heung-min to the starting line-up. The South Korean international missed the first leg through suspension.
Probable XI: Lloris (GK), Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Trippier, Sissoko, Wanyama, Rose, Alli, Eriksen, Son
Potential Game Changers: Top fantasy picks and the points earned in the last three games
Dusan Tadic – 3.5, 3, 3.5
Heung-Min Son – 18.5, 11.5, 3
Cristian Eriksen – 3.5, 9, 9.5
David Neres – 4, 3, 13
Frenkie De Jong – 5.5, 4, 6.5
Hakim Ziyech – 11.5, 8.5, 5.5
Stats and facts:
Ajax have lost just once in the last 19 UEFA Champions League games.
Hakim Ziyech is in good form heading into this match. He is having quite an impact, scoring or assisting a goal in four of Ajax’s last five Champions League knockout games this season. He also set up Van de Beek’s goal in the first leg against Spurs.
Goalkeeper: A Onana
Defenders: Alderweireld, D Rose, M d Ligt (VC)
Midfielders: Eriksen, Alli, F D Jong, H Ziyech, D v d Beek
Forwards: H Son (C), D Tadic
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TOT vs AJA Dream11 potential winner:
Tottenham Hotspur are more than capable of winning against any team, but Ajax are at home and they have an all-important away goal as well. We back the Dutch giants to qualify.