The first Champions League semi-final rounds off a busy day of sport this Tuesday with Tottenham hosting a dangerous Ajax outfit in North London (BT Sport, kick-off: 20:00 BST).
While the Dutch heavyweights have European pedigree and made the Europa League final in 2017, this is the first time in over 20 years they’ve reached the penultimate stage of the premier continental competition.
Ajax have done it the hard way, inflicting knockout phase aggregate defeats on Champions League holders Real Madrid and Italian giants Juventus.
In doing that, the Amsterdam club won away legs in the Bernabeu and Turin. Spurs’ new stadium should hold no fears for them, then.
Tottenham did boast a 100 per cent record after belatedly moving into their new ground, but a 1-0 defeat by London rivals West Ham United at the weekend ended that.
This is uncharted territory for Mauricio Pochettino’s team as dual UEFA Cup winners Spurs have never reached the semi-finals of either the European Cup or Champions League.
Spurs not at full strength
Key players are unavailable for Tottenham and that’s the worst possible thing against a dangerous, hungry and young Ajax side.
Whether the Eredivisie team go on to make the final or not, the fate of their players being sold because of their exploits in this superb European run is inevitable.
For now, however, backing Ajax for a win over Spurs at a standout 9/4 with Betfair looks real value as they’ve only lost one of their last 15 matches.
Erik ten Hag has reaped the benefits of something his predecessors haven’t always had – a blend of youth and experience.
Former Premier League players Daley Blind and Dusan Tadic know what tackling Tottenham is like after each spending four years in English football.
With Harry Kane injured and Son Heung-Min suspended, Spurs look light in attack for this game and – having also shipped six goals in their last four games – look vulnerable.
Bet of the Day: 9/4 with Betfair, Ajax to beat Tottenham in the Champions League semi-final first leg.