Michael Owen states his prediction for Tottenham v Ajax
Liverpool FC legend Michael Owen is backing Tottenham Hotspur to beat Ajax in the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night
Michael Owen is backing Tottenham Hotspur to beat Ajax in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night.
The Lilywhites will host the Dutch side for the opening leg of their last-four clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side progressed to the last four thanks on away goals following a 4-4 aggregate draw with Manchester City in the quarter-finals.
Tottenham have never played in the Champions League semi-finals and the north London side will taken on the four-time European Cup winners.
The Dutch side have secured some big scalps en route to the Champions League last four following victories over Real Madrid and Juventus.
Tottenham have already faced Dutch opposition this season, taking four points from their two group games against PSV Eindhoven.
However, England captain Harry Kane, who scored three of their four goals against PSV, is sidelined for the visit of Ajax.
Former Manchester United striker Owen is backing Tottenham to beat Ajax at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night.
“Ajax are the first side to win at both Real Madrid and Juventus in the same season in European competition and they are also the first side to qualify from two knockout rounds of the European Cup/Champions League having failed to win the first leg at home,” Owen told BetVictor.
“Spurs have won eight of their last 10 Champions League home games – including the last four – but they lost their perfect home record at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when West Ham took all three points in the Premier League at the weekend.
“I expect Spurs to take a lead back to Amsterdam next week, but this young Dutch side will fancy their chances of finding the back of the hosts’ net in what promises to be an open entertaining clash with chances at both ends.”
Tottenham have never reached the Champions League semi-finals before, although Spurs managed to get to the quarter-finals in 2010-11.
The Lilywhites have won eight of their last 10 Uefa Champions League home matches to underline their impressive form in the English capital.