Tottenham Hotspur could climb into the top half of the Premier League table with three points against Sheffield United this weekend.
His counterpart, Chris Wilder, will be preparing his well-oiled machine for a difficult encounter in the capital, although with four unbeaten games under their belts, the South Yorkshire side will no doubt prove a tough nut to crack for Spurs
Read on for Spurs vs Sheffield United preview, predictions, key players, team news and more.
When is Spurs vs Sheffield United and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Date: Saturday, 9 November 2019
Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: Spurs vs Sheffield United
28 Jan 2015: Sheff Utd 2-2 Spurs (League Cup)
21 Jan 2015: Spurs 1-0 Sheff Utd (League Cup)
10 Feb 2007: Sheff Utd 2-1 Spurs (Premier League)
22 Aug 2006: Spurs 2-0 Sheff Utd (Premier League)
05 Mar 1994: Spurs 2-2 Sheff Utd (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Spurs (DWLWD) 8-6 Sheff Utd (DLWLD)
Ones to watch
Spurs: Dele Alli
It hasn’t been an easy year for Alli. The 23-year-old has once again been overlooked for the England squad by Gareth Southgate, but there have been one or two moments when the advanced midfielder has looked like getting back to his best.
A crucial goal against Everton at the weekend preceded a fine assist on Wednesday as Spurs blitzed past Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League. He will now be hoping to keep his goal contributions rolling with further final third devastation against the Blades.
Key stat: Alli averages more shots per 90 minutes inside the six-yard area than any other Spurs player in the Premier League this season (0.6).
Sheffield United: Lys Mousset
Wilder has profited immensely from Bournemouth’s willingness to allow Mousset to leave the South Coast. The young Frenchman always looked like he possessed more than enough quality to make the grade as a top Premier League attacker but struggled to supplant the Cherries’ formidable frontline.
However, at Bramall Lane Mousset is now starting to realise his potential. He is already the club’s top scorer and miraculously provided a hat-trick of assists last weekend as the Blades humbled Burnley 3-0.
Key stat: Mousset is the first player in the Premier League to provide a hat-trick of assists in a single game this season.
Harry Kane will return to the Spurs squad this weekend having sat out of the 1-1 draw to Everton, as he started in the midweek Champions League clash against Red Star. Meanwhile, Son Heung-min is also available having seen his red card overturned.
Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen remain out for the Lilywhites, while Erik Lamela faces a late fitness test following a thigh agitation.
Confirmed XI: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Dier, Sánchez, Davies; Sissoko, Ndombèlé; Lo Celso, Alli, Son; Kane
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John Egan has passed a late fitness test having been taken off during the win over Burnley, with the rest of Wilder’s XI picking itself.
Confirmed XI: Henderson; Baldock, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Stevens; Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck; McGoldrick, Mousset.
Spurs will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend, but there has been little evidence to suggest they will be firing on Saturday. As for Sheffield United, they have been forming quite the reputation as giant killers, or at least, giant tormentors. They’ve already beaten – and kept a clean sheet – against Arsenal, taken points at Stamford Bridge and nearly secured a point against Liverpool, so expect another frustrating afternoon for Spurs fans.
Scoreline prediction: Spurs 1-1 Sheffield United