Sheffield United vs Tottenham Hotspur: Can Spurs Blunt the Blades?

sheffield unitedWhile Spurs have picked up a respectable four points from the last two games, other results haven’t been favourable and the chances of a top four finish have essentially gone. With Wolves stringing wins together and Manchester United remaining unbeaten, Thursday’s game against Sheffield United may now be a battle for seventh,

At the time of writing this preview at the start of a new week, Tottenham occupied that seventh spot but may well slip down further after the midweek fixtures. Europa League football and the aim to finish above the other side in North London is still in our hands but can we bring the points back from Bramall Lane?

Team News

In terms of team news, little has changed ahead of Thursday’s game although it’s now being reported that Juan Foyth is likely to miss the remainder of the season. Troy Parrott is expected to be unavailable once again following his appendix operation while Japhet Tanganga is also set to miss out.

Aside from these absentees, there are no suspensions so Jose Mourinho is likely to have a strong squad heading up the M1 this week.

Match Odds

Spurs start as favourites for Thursday’s match with many sportsbooks quoting Even Money on the away win. Meanwhile, VBet are quoting best industry odds of 12/11 on this outcome while the same bookmakers has a top price on the draw at 27/11. Victory for Sheffield United rounds things off at a best of 3/1 with BetFred and Betway.

The Blades made a poor return to action following the extended break – losing to Manchester City and Newcastle United by an identical 3-0 scoreline. Overall, they have scored just once in their last four EPL games so maybe we are justifiable favourites but we know that they are a tough side to break down and, in the reverse fixture back in November, a late George Baldock goal held us to a 1-1 draw.

Another share of the points wouldn’t be the worst outcome against a competitive side although Sheffield United’s poor form since the restart suggests we should be pushing for the win.

Side Bets

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Harry Kane

Harry Kane was back on target in the win over West Ham and our lone striker is favourite to open the scoring on Saturday. Kane is listed at best odds of 19/5 with Unibet and 888Sport while Son Heung-Min has drifted a little this week to a top price of 11/2 with Coral and SportPesa. Spurs’ names continue to dominate with Dele Alli quoted at a best of 6/1 with Ladbrokes and SportNation while Steven Bergwijn is on offer at a top price of 7/1 with 888Sport and Unibet.

Also available at 7/1 with 888Sport and Unibet is Sheffield United’s first representative. Lys Mousset has a modest return of five league goals in 25 matches but that makes him the Blades’ joint leading scorer along with John Fleck. Midfielder Fleck may also be an option and the Scot is quoted at 12/1 with Unibet and 888Sport once again.

Other, potential picks for Tottenham include Lucas Moura at best odds of 9/1 with BetFred and SportingBet while Erik Lamela can be picked up at a top price of 12/1 with Coral and SportNation.

Sheffield United’s scoring stats won’t offer any confidence in the Both Teams to Score market. Chris Wilder’s men have found the net just once in their last four league matches and, for that reason, BTTS is close to Even Money. Betway and BetFred are both quoting 10/11 and that’s a relatively high figure for this market.

The statistics would also suggest that we should be looking at a low figure in the Total Goals betting. The bookies back up that theory and it’s very rare to see odds against figures for a bet Above the 2.5 line. The best odds here are from VBet at 17/14 while the same outlet also has the top price to go under that line at 3/4 which could provide some decent value.

As for the Correct Score, we are edging towards a low scoring draw and are not surprised to see a 1-1 outcome carrying the lowest price of 11/2 with Coral and GentingBet. Alternatively, a 2-1 win for Tottenham is quoted at 8/1 with BetFred and GentingBet while the same scoreline in favour of Sheffield United can be picked up at 25/2 with SportNation.

Dangerman

tottenhamThey may have enjoyed a productive campaign but Sheffield United have scored just 30 goals from their first 31 league games this season. To put that in perspective, that’s six less than Aston Villa who are second from bottom at the time of writing.

As we have seen, Sheffield United have joint leading scorers in Lys Mousset and John Fleck but, at a ratio of 215 minutes per goal, Mousset’s average is far better than Fleck at 470 minutes. Perhaps Mousset is the dangerman this week but those rare Sheffield United goals tend to be shared around.

Verdict

Whatever the final outcome may be, we suspect that this is going to be a tight match and, if there is to be a winner, one goal may be enough to settle it. With that in mind, you may want to take one of our regular punts on either side to win by one goal which is available this time at odds of 13/10 with Betway.

Our suspicion is that we will see a draw but we remain hopeful of the three points following a positive return to action. We’ve not gone for an obvious goal scorer and, while he doesn’t get many, Jose seems to like giving Erik Lamela plenty of gametime and he could be due at Bramall Lane.

The remaining tips are fairly obvious but, because of Sheffield United’s shyness in front of goal, Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals have risen quite nicely this week. If you like, you can look to take advantage as we aim to get the edge in that all-important battle for seventh…

Best Bets:

  • Erik Lamela to score at any time in 90 minutes at 9/2 with Coral
  • Both Teams to Score at 10/11 with Betway
  • Over 2.5 Goals at 17/14 with VBet

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