[Image] Predicted 4-3-3 Tottenham XI to face Ajax – can Spurs take early advantage against the Dutch giants?

Tottenham Hotspur vs Ajax predictions: Tottenham line-up

After a poor result against West Ham on Saturday, Tottenham will be looking to bounce back against a brilliant Ajax side in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Beating Ajax will be a huge result for Spurs especially after they dropped out of the title race after the turn of the year. Pochettino will have to get his tactics spot on to have a chance against an Ajax side who have already beaten Real Madrid and Juventus this season.

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Jan Vertonghen is expected to return to the side after missing out against West Ham on Saturday. Harry Kane, Erik Lamela, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks and Serge Aurier are all ruled out with injuries.

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Probable Tottenham XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Hugo Lloris (GK)

The French World Cup winner has been Pochettino’s first choice this season and he is set to continue in goal on Tuesday.

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Kieran Trippier (RB)

A star for England in the World Cup, Trippier hasn’t been able to replicate his previous form this season but he has to be at his best to stop David Neres.

Toby Alderweireld (CB)

The Belgian will be up against his former club on Tuesday and he will be looking to prove a point.

Jan Vertonghen (CB)

Another Spurs player associated with Ajax, Vertonghen has had a shaky season so far but he should be focused to help Spurs come away with a win on Tuesday.

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Danny Rose (LB)

The Englishman has been used in a wing-back role of late but he is more than capable of providing them with the right balance between the attack and the defence.

Victor Wanyama (CDM)

The Kenyan has struggled with injuries this season but scored on his return against Huddersfield Town. He should start in defensive midfield on Tuesday.

Eric Dier (CM)

The injuries to Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks have left Pochettino with no choice but to start Eric Dier against Ajax midweek.

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Christian Eriksen (CM)

The Dane will again be Tottenham’s most important player on Tuesday and facing his former club would make him want to have a positive impact.

Dele Alli (LW)

Alli’s absence was a huge miss for Spurs earlier this year and his availability will give them a massive boost against Ajax on Tuesday.

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Lucas Moura (RW)

The Brazilian showed Tottenham fans what he is capable of with a hattrick against Huddersfield but he has been quiet since. His runs down the right wing will be a massive outlet for Spurs against a resilient Ajax side.

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Fernando Llorente (ST)

Llorente should lead the line in the absence of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, and his hold up play will be hugely important for the North Londoners.

Written by Shamanth Jayaram

24-year old Electrical engineer turned football writer, born and brought up in Bangalore.

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