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Sheffield United FC vs Tottenham Hotspur FC, free match prediction 17 Jan 2021

17 Jan 2021 | 19:30 | South Yorkshire, Bramall Lane
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Tottenham in search of only second win in six but face another tough side in Sheffield United

  • Tottenham have slipped to 6th place in the league after drawing to Fulham
  • Their only win in the last five came against Leeds
  • Sheffield United picked up their first win of the season but remain bottom

Tottenham to win 1-0

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: South Yorkshire, Bramall Lane

SHEFFIELD UNITED FC vs TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC Match Preview & Analysis

Sheffield United stunned the footballing world in midweek by finally picking up their first league win of the season, over a desperately poor Newcastle side.

Chris Wilder, although his side remain bottom of the table, will be delighted with the effort his players have put in to improve their form of late, in a run that also includes a win in the FA Cup.

He will be under no illusions that his team are on the up, however. They remain nine points adrift of safety and after Spurs they face both Manchester clubs away from home. Life rarely gets tougher as the manager of a struggling Premier League side.

As for Spurs, they will be disappointed at not killing off the game against Fulham, which ended 1-1 after a late Cottagers’ equaliser. 

It’s a result that represents a dip in form for Mourinho’s men and he will warn his players to expect the same kind of determined football from their opponents this weekend.

Teams Preview

Sheffield United FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LLLWW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Two victories on the bounce including in the FA Cup

     Have shown much improved form of late, particularly against bigger teams

Reasons to be fearful:

     Up to seven key players missing in this game

     Spurs will have a point to prove after drop in form

To finally get the first league win of the season under your belt will come as a huge relief to manager Chris Wilder, who must have wondered just how much longer it was going to take.

There is now no chance of a 9th place finish like they achieved last season, but will they be able to gather enough points together to survive? The nine points gap is not impossible, but it would arguably be the biggest ever recovery in Premier League history if they were to manage it.

For this game, they will likely have at least seven players missing through either injury of Covid-19, though these have not been named yet. In addition, the likes of McBurnie, Stevens and Baldock will face late fitness tests.

It will be a tough match against Spurs, but they have shown recently how they can frustrate bigger clubs.

Star Man – Billy Sharp

Doesn’t always start these days, but his winner against Newcastle in midweek will mean his confidence is sky-high.

Tottenham Hotspur FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): DWWWD

Reasons to be cheerful:

     The likes of Bergwijn and Bale could be fit to play

     Mourinho will challenge his side to improve their performance 

Reasons to be fearful:

     Spurs have not won at Sheffield United in last seven meetings

     Form is starting to wobble and won’t want to drift further from top

Spurs are at a critical part of their season, one where they can keep pace with (or even catch) the leaders, or their mixed form can continue and they’ll drift further from the top.

With just one league win from their last six, Mourinho will be desperate for his side to put in a top performance here and close the gap on the teams above them.

He will not find it easy – although The Blades are bottom, they are unbeaten against Spurs in their last seven games and will likely have a similar game plan of how to frustrate them. 

Spurs have shown this season that they have fabulous on the counterattack, with Kane and Son scoring goals for fun (23 combined), but when teams sit back and invite Spurs onto them, they often struggle.

Star Man – Harry Kane

Has scored in his last two league games and will fancy his chances of continuing that here.

SHEFFIELD UNITED FC vs TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC Winning Prediction

     Tottenham are favourites but will need to work hard

     Sheffield United will have 11 men behind the ball at times

     Should be an interesting, but tight game

As Tottenham found out against Fulham in midweek, even the teams near the bottom end of the table can fight.

By defending deep and getting bodies behind the ball, teams can be difficult to break down. Spurs must find a way of doing that here against Sheffield United.

With the players that Spurs have, particularly upfront, they should have enough to claim three points here.

Tottenham to win 1-0

Author: Ross B.