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Tottenham vs Sheffield United: Match Preview
With Tottenham coming up short in the League Cup final last week, interim incumbent Ryan Mason must now galvanise the troops and ensure his side stay firmly in the race for European qualification, and that means he must avoid any banana skin results, with already-relegated Sheffield United certainly in that bracket.
Mason — the Premier League’s youngest ever coach — now has a monumental job on his hands to safeguard the club over the coming weeks, ensuring heads don’t drop following another final defeat, and making sure The Lilywhites secure European football for next season.
The Blades, likewise, are in the hands of temporary management, with Chris Wilder dismissed earlier this campaign and interim coach Paul Heckingbottom drafted in to save face and make sure the South Yorkshire club bow out of the top flight in respectable fashion.
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Tottenham vs Sheffield United: Odds
Tottenham are the clear favourites with the bookmakers, with Betfair, William Hill and 888Sport all pricing a Spurs win at 2/7.
Tottenham vs Sheffield United: Predictions
Squawka scoreline prediction: Tottenham 3-0 Sheffield United (8/1 with SBK)
Spurs have been guilty of dropping half-time leads this season, the nadir of which came against West Ham, in which Mourinho’s men squandered a 3-0 lead in the final eight minutes, but Mason should feel confident of doing the business in the final 45 as Sheff Utd have conceded more second half goals in the Premier League this season than any other club (32).
Harry Kane, who appeared to be nursing an injury in the League Cup final, with the England international initially a major doubt after rolling his ankle against Everton the week prior and missing out on the midweek win over Southampton, will be eager to bounce back and forget about the Wembley defeat. He has been directly involved in 34 goals across 30 Premier League games for Spurs this season (21 goals and 13 assists), only registering more goal involvements in a single campaign in 2016-17.
Tottenham vs Sheffield United: Head to Head
17 Jan 2021 – Sheffield United 1-3 Tottenham – Premier League
02 Jul 2020 – Sheffield United 3-1 Tottenham – Premier League
09 Nov 2019 – Tottenham 1-1 Sheffield United – Premier League
28 Jan 2015 – Sheffield United 2-2 Tottenham – League Cup
21 Jan 2015 – Tottenham 1-0 Sheffield United – League Cup
Tottenham will be looking to complete their first league double over Sheffield United since the 1975/76 campaign. The South Yorkshire club went unbeaten against Spurs last season, but the north Londoners were not in the mood to follow that pattern earlier this year, winning 3-1 at Bramall Lane, with Tanguy Ndombele netting that Puskas-worthy chip.