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Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg between Tottenham and Ajax may be a slow burner so bet on there not being a goal scored before 29 minutes have elapsed.
Tottenham has reached the last four of UEFA’s top club event for the first time since 1962 when it lost 3-4 on aggregate to Benfica, a remarkable recovery after Spurs earned only one point from their first three group matches. In October, Tottenham fans would have given various limbs for their team to meet Ajax in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals but Spurs must tackle the biggest surprise packet of this term’s competition without their two main forwards, injured Harry Kane and suspended Son Heung-min. Also, Tottenham could be without some of its regular midfield starters so, while Spurs have ridden their luck to qualify for the UEFA Champions League last four, their luck has run out.
Ajax heads the Dutch Eredivisie ladder on goal difference from PSV and officials in the Netherlands cancelled last weekend’s league program to provide the Sons of Gods with time to rest their bumps and bruises prior to lining up against Tottenham. Ajax has won each of its last half a dozen Dutch Eredivisie games and it has stunned football supporters all around the world with its UEFA Champions League away defeats of Real Madrid and Juventus. Ajax has momentum and it is sure to attract widespread backing.
TOP TIP! – No goal before 29 minutes in Tottenham versus Ajax 83/100 1.83 -120 0.83 -1.20 0.83 with Bet365
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Using results versus PSV, one rates Tottenham as being marginally superior to Ajax but Spurs are unable to field their strongest side so that brings them back to the pack. With Tottenham experiencing midfield and forward issues, one thinks Spurs will focus on staying in the UEFA Champions League tie going into next week’s second leg when they should be able to recall Heung-min up front. Ajax’s best UEFA Champions League performances have occurred when it has had to turn around deficits versus Real Madrid and Juventus but one believes the Sons of Gods may adopt a more cautious approach on the road in their first clash against Tottenham.
If betting on the match result is your thing then the draw makes more appeal than either Tottenham or Ajax but one’s headline UEFA Chanpions League wager is neither team to break the deadlock before the 30th minute, an option that Bet365 is offering. Tottenham may tire – Spurs have looked weary in their recent domestic games – but it may take some time for Ajax’s passing play to take its toll and Spurs have been light on for goals outside of Heung-min and Kane.
TOP TIP! – Barcelona to beat Liverpool by one goal 11/4 3.75 +275 2.75 2.75 -0.36
Barcelona and Liverpool start their UEFA Champions League semi-final on Wednesday at 11/4 3.75 +275 2.75 2.75 -0.36 with Bet365 and the winner of their tie will assume favouritism for the final. Using results against Manchester United and Tottenham, one rates Barcelona ahead of Liverpool and, moreover, the Reds have not played their best football away from Anfield. For example, Liverpool has beaten just one of the other members of the English Premier League top six on its travels and the Reds were defeated in each of their three UEFA Champions League group matches.
One’s respect for Liverpool stops one from backing Barcelona at odds on to win Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg but one is content to back Barca to beat the Reds by a one-goal margin at odds-against prices.
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