At the onset of the UEFA Champions League neither Tottenham Hotspur nor Ajax were expected to contend for a deep run towards a title. However, both teams have defied the UEFA Champions League betting odds to make the semifinals. By all accounts gamblers and fans have both Tottenham and Ajax labeled as outsider underdogs. Based on a roster comprised of superior European experience has Tottenham opened as a small betting favorite in the first leg of the semifinals. To be exact Ajax has not been a threat to upper tier teams since the mid 1970’s.
2019 UEFA Champions League Semifinals Tottenham vs. Ajax
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 3 p.m. ET
Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
UEFA Champions League Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Ajax||PK (+106)||2½ (-109)||+192|
|Tottenham||PK (-121)||2½ (-106)||+159|
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Road to the Semifinals
Initially Ajax was an afterthought due to the fact that it has been over 40 years since they had championship level success. Just to get into the UEFA Champions League they had to survive three grueling rounds of qualification. In the same way Tottenham Hotspur has last lifted a European Trophy all the way back in 1984. Accordingly, both teams will be fueled by dramatic quarterfinal victories that have propelled them to this moment. While not the most skilled teams nobody has shown more courage and resiliency. This is an intriguing battle of wills for UEFA Champions League betting odds.
To begin with Ajax was written off for dead heading into a draw in Amsterdam against a much-heralded Juventus team. And when All World Cristiano Ronaldo scored to give his team the lead it was considered a game winning goal. But Donny van de Beek would have none of it and tied the match just four minutes later. Following that goal momentum changed as Ajax dominated with ball control tactics. Finally, a header by 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt sealed the upset for Ajax.
Meanwhile Tottenham faced Manchester City in what was considered some of the greatest football ever played. After winning the opener at home, Hotspur looked defeated after a goal by Raheem Sterling for City. However, the goal was overturned due to a video replay offside. Although the Spurs lost 4-3, they advanced based on scoring six more away goals.
Head to Head
Increasingly most punters consider this sportsbook matchup to be even. On paper Tottenham boasts slightly more skill and experience. Balanced against that is the exciting brand of football played by Ajax. Indeed, the assertive nature and bravery of Ajax has won the respect of all in this Champions League season. Subsequently Ajax will be playing with a confidence that will be hard to shake.
Matchup to Watch
In this matchup is the UEFA Champions League betting odds wild card of rest. Consider the Dutch FA have arranged for Ajax to have free weekends heading into both legs of this semifinal matchup. Tottenham will be coming off the pressure of high stakes Premier League matches. In comparison Ajax will be far more rested and focused.
UEFA Champions League Betting Odds Picks
On this occasion the home pitch for Tottenham will be offset by Ajax momentum.
UEFA Champions League Betting Online Pick: Draw
UEFA Champions League Betting Online Score Prediction: Tottenham 1, Ajax 1
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