2019-20 Premier League: Week 12 – Tottenham Hotspur vs Sheffield United

Tottenham Hotspur welcome high-flying Sheffield United to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as both teams look to boost their European hopes. 

A win for Tottenham will lift them into the top ten whereas Sheffield United could go fifth with at least a point, as long as Arsenal don’t then draw or beat Leicester in the teatime match. 

 

Team news

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Erik Lamela could return for Tottenham after recovering from a thigh injury which kept him sidelined for their last three matches. 

Hugo Lloris (elbow) and Jan Vertonghen (hamstring) are however still ruled out. 

Sheffield United could once again have a full squad available for selection, although John Egan is doubtful with a knock. 

 

Form

Tottenham have taken just five points from their last six league games but have scored 12 goals in their last five across all competitions, although just three of those goals came from one goal in each of their last three league games.

Sheffield United enter this weekend unbeaten in their last four with three clean sheets from that run, and remain unbeaten on the road this season with Lys Mousset scoring in two of their last three away trips.

 

Stat Attack

  • Tottenham are unbeaten in four of six previous Premier League meetings with Sheffield United (W2, D2, L2).
  • Spurs have scored at least twice in all three previous home games against the Blades in the Premier League era, and conceded just twice in one of those three games. (W2, D1).
  • Chris Basham is the only remaining Blades player from Sheffield United’s last meeting with Tottenham in January 2015, when they drew 2-2 at Bramall Lane in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final which Spurs won 3-2 on aggregate.
  • Toby Alderweireld is the only Spurs player to have managed to make double-digit number of blocks in the league this season, producing 14 blocks in 11 appearances. 
  • Sheffield United have made the most clearances this season with a league high 311 clearances.

 

Prediction

Wednesday’s away routing of Red Star Belgrade highlights how unpredictable Tottenham have been this season, which is a huge issue because if Sheffield United turn up with another clinical display then anything could happen. 

I therefore feel that a draw could be on the cards but in Spurs’ last three home games, they have scored four then two goals before scoring just once in their last home clash against Watford.

If that pattern continues then they definitely won’t be scoring here against a team who are unbeaten on the road, and I am leaning towards a shock away win. 

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Sheffield United

Result: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Sheffield United

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