Champions League Tuesday Preview

Tottenham Hotspur host Ajax in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.

Spurs have not been to a semi-final of a European competition since 1984, when they won the UEFA Cup.

They have been in the last four of Europe’s premier club competition back in 1962 – when it was the European Cup – they lost to Benfica over two legs, but now they are looking for a first ever final at this level.

But Ajax represent a huge test, having beaten champions Real Madrid and Juventus on their way to the last four and Spurs boss Maurcio Pochettino knows the Dutch giants can’t be under-estimated.

“It’s going to be a very competitive game, we must show respect for our opponents and Ajax fully deserve to be where they are,” he said.

Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag is hopeful his side can claim another scalp.

“We want to continue this progress. It’s amazing that we are in the Champions League semi-finals – nobody could have predicted at the beginning of season that a Dutch team would end up here. We have achieved something, but we want more.”

We run through every game including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray, our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and BoyleSports’ Lawrence Lyons.

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Tottenham Hotspur 20:00 Ajax
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Tottenham are without the suspended Son Heung-min who joins the injured quartet of Harry Kane, Erik Lamela, Serge Aurier and Harry Winks. Spurs hope that Moussa Sissoko and Jan Vertonghen will be fit.

The only player definitely sidelined for Ajax is Hassane Bande, whilst Noussair Mazraoui is rated doubtful.
KEY FACT: Liverpool have never lost a European match against Porto in seven previous encounters
MATCH ODDS: Spurs 6/4 Draw 9/4 Ajax 9/5
BoyleSports pick: Christian Eriksen to score anytime @ 7/2
ANDY SAYS: Tough call but I think that Ajax might just get something against my former club…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: This will be a good game, and a close one, but I think Spurs are the better team and edge the first-leg…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Frenkie De Jong – Can the Barcelona-bound midfielder inspire more Ajax success?

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