Boosted Odds Spurs v Ajax
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Today's boost is slightly different as instead of boosting 3 lines on 3 separate games we will be boosting all result lines on the 1, X, 2 markets on one game, namely tonight's Champions League Semi-Final between Spurs and Ajax
While hardly small clubs, the 1st of the semi-finals in this year's Champions League represents something of triumph of football over money. Tottenham (for several reasons) have not indulged in the kind of big money transfers that have been the hall mark of so many of the sides that have made it this far in Europe's premier club competition, in fact they haven't signed a single player in over year, relying instead on a fairly threadbare squad made up of youth products and bargain basement signings.
Their opponents in tonight's game, Ajax have a fine tradition in the European Cup but will be contesting their first semi-final for over 20 years when they walk out onto the pitch at the New White Hart Lane. The Amsterdam based club has historically had a reputation for producing some of the most technically gifted footballers in the world but in recent years the lure of big money in the more high profile leagues around Europe has seen them becoming "a selling club".
For proof of the amount of talent that Ajax have churned out over the years, one needn't look any further than the Spurs squad itself to find the likes of Eriksen, Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Sanchez all of whom for want of a better term, earned their spurs playing for the Dutch giants. While they are likely to lose several of their brightest stars over the summer, Ajax's march to the semi-final is testament to something of renaissance in Dutch football in general after a few years stuck in the doldrums.
In fact you could probably argue that Ajax have had to do it the hard way to get this far, drawing with Bayern Munich twice in the group phase, knocking out a Real Madrid side that has won the competition in 4 of the last 5 seasons and then beating Italians giants Juventus in QFs. In both those knock games Ajax had to come from behind away from home suggesting that their is steal and belief as well as raw talent in this side. Perhaps one of the big questions that needs to be answered then is how they will deal with the fact that they are not now rank outsiders to progress to the final? In fact, most bookies have the Dutch side as slight favourites to qualify ahead of their North London hosts.
Spurs of course have hardly had it easy, just squeezing through a group that contained Barcelona and Inter Milan before they comfortably dispatched another side full of youth and vigour in Borussia Dortmund. Their away goals victory against Man City was something of an epic but they followed that up with a last gasp win against lowly Brighton and a defeat against West Ham. Conversely Ajax's CL form has not effected their attempts at winning the Dutch Eredivisie and with 2 games to go they are neck and neck with PSV having won their last 5 league matches on the trot. Such late season form is undoubtedly the reason that the bookies have them as favourites to secure their place at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on 1st June.
The last time the 2 teams met was in the 1981 Cup Winners Cup with Spurs running out winners 6-1 on aggregate. With a host of injury and suspension problems, it's difficult to see this being such a one-sided result in the Lillywhite's favour this time around.
Tottenham continue to be without the services of star striker and talisman Harry Kane. There are muted suggestions that he may be in consideration for the 2nd leg but that sounds more like desperation than common sense. Since Kane's injury, much of Spurs goal-scoring responsibilities have fallen on the shoulders of South Korea's Son but with his suspension for the 1st leg of this tie, Spurs look a little thin in regards attacking options.
There are problems in midfield too with Harry Winks out until next season with a groin related injury and Moussa Sissoko struggling to regain fitness in time for tonights match Jan Vertonghen was rested for Saturday's derby defeat against West Ham and is likely to return to the 11 tonight. For their part Ajax have no fresh injury concerns with young stars De Ligt and De Jong joined by familiar former Premier League players Daley Blind and Dusan Tadic.
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