Can Goal Shy Spurs Create an All-English Final
Tottenham head across to Holland for their second leg against Ajax tonight, and they need to do something they have struggled with in recent weeks and that is to score. Spurs were held off the score sheet by Ajax in the first game, and they have scored just one goal in their last five games, which takes them back to their quarter final with Manchester City. They need someone to do something, but one positive for the team is the return of Heung Min Son, who was suspended for the first game.
Son is as close as Tottenham get to a replacement for Harry Kane, even though his usual role is in support of the England star. He has the ability to score goals, but perhaps more importantly he is a lively player who likes to be busy and that is something that Tottenham certainly lacked in the first game. There was no movement when it came to playing the final ball through, and player like Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen looked a little devoid of ideas.
The Korean will help with that, but there is no doubt this is still going to be a big ask for Spurs. There was little to choose between the two teams in the first encounter, and although they were away from home, Ajax certainly stood their ground against the Premier League club. With home advantage for this second game, assuming they can handle the pressure and the feeling of being so close to reaching the final, Ajax are going to be tough to beat.
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The bookmakers have Ajax favourites to win on the night, but there is not too much between the sides, and they clearly think Totttenham can put up a fight here. Ajax are priced up at 27/20 to win the game, with Tottenham available at 2/1 to win on the night and the draw, which suits Ajax, priced up at 27/10. This looks set to be another intriguing Champions League night in Amsterdam, and just like Liverpool yesterday, Tottenham will be hoping to strike for the English once again.