A big-time showdown with future Champions League implications will kick off Thursday afternoon as Sheffield United host Tottenham. With just a point separating these teams, both squads have their eyes firmly on European football for next season, but realize they need to win matches like these if that is to come to fruition.
While Sheffield United started the campaign brilliantly, the pause has really impacted their performance. It’s also clear they have been missing the energy provided from their home fans. The usually stingy side has been uncharacteristically loose in recent outings, and they haven’t won since the restart began.
For Tottenham, Jose Mourinho finally has his full allotment of players, and the Spurs are starting to show their might. They’re eagerly pushing for a top-4 finish, and after a solid showing vs. Man United, and a convincing win vs. West Ham, the Spurs are in fine form entering Thursday’s matchup.
With the games running out, and points meaning more than ever – this game should produce some excitement on Thursday afternoon. Keep reading on beneath the posted odds for a full match breakdown and betting analysis. Enjoy Tottenham vs. Sheffield United!
Tottenham vs. Sheffield United Betting Odds:
Sheffield Utd (+350)
Over 2.5 (+115)
Under 2.5 (-135)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Tottenham vs. Sheffield United Pick:
Things won’t be getting any easier for a struggling Sheffield United club today, as manager Chris Wilder will need to continue to deal with key absences.
It’s believed that both John Lundstrom and Jack O’Connell are unable to partake in today’s encounter, which should really impact the Blades’ overall play without the ball. Allowing the Spurs time and space to get into a rhythm could be bad news, but Sheffield might lack the quality of defenders to match-up against their skill.
For Mourinho and his Spurs side, there aren’t any fresh injury concerns to contend with. Finally, Tottenham’s attack is fully fit and showing their potential, while their play at the back remains questionable – it’s clear there is a lot of pace and potential within that group.
Look for Tottenham to control the pace and dictate the tempo from kick-off. They will surely control much of possession and see a ton of the ball. Up front, the quartet of the rapid Steven Bergwijn, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, and Harry Kane should completely overwhelm an undermanned Sheffield United back-line. Those four have excellent blends of speed, vision, and finishing ability – and could well be the most dangerous attack in Europe right now.
While Tottenham’s underlying metrics and expected goal numbers away from home haven’t been too inspiring, let’s not forget that this is a side we really have yet to see this entire campaign. They’ve battled injuries from last August, and now that they have fully returned to form – the potential of the Spurs should be on full display.
There’s pressure for Sheffield United to turn their form around, but they’ll get no boost from playing at home in an empty stadium. The Spurs are hitting their stride at the right moment, and with European places in sight – look for Tottenham to squeak out a narrow victory today.
Pick: Tottenham 1-0