Sheffield United v Spurs: Blades Looking Sharper After first win

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There was a depressing sense of inevitability about Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Fulham. Leading for much of the game through an early Harry Kane strike, a late goal from the opposition forced a share of the points and left us on the back foot for much of the final stages.

The result and performance mirrored that of our recent match away to Wolves and the point leaves us outside of the top four as other games went against us. On the face of it, Sunday’s trip to Bramall Lane looks straightforward enough but, with the Blades picking up their first win of the season in midweek, few of us will be supremely confident ahead of this 2pm kick off.

Team News

Confirmed team news is scant once again and the quick turnaround in fixtures right now makes it tough to complete this section with any great authority. Ahead of the Fulham game, Pierre-Emile Hojberg and Erik Lamela were injury doubts but both men eventually made the matchday squad.

Meanwhile, Giovani Lo Celso continued to miss out and the latest update from Jose Mourinho suggested that the player would not be involved at all in January. That appears to be it as far as news is concerned so, with the exception of Lo Celso, Jose might just have a full squad to select from. As always, do check the press conference ahead of the match for confirmed updates.

Match Odds

Spurs are odds on for the win right across the board and Jose’s men can currently be claimed at 63/100 with Novibet. The draw is on offer at best industry odds of 3/1 with Unibet while the same bookmaker has the top price on a victory for Sheffield United at 11/2.

There is a gap of 25 points between these two sides with the Blades rooted at the bottom of the table. Chris Wilder’s side remain nine points from safety but they did pick up their first win of the season in midweek and we should all be wary. A win will undoubtedly be welcome but who is going to provide the goals that seal the three points?

Side Markets

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Harry Kane

Having opened the scoring in midweek, Harry Kane takes up his usual place as favourite to find the net first. Harry can be claimed at best odds of 3/1 with Betway and BetFred while reserve centre forward Carlos Vinicius is available at 15/4 with Betway again. The tempter, as it often does, lies with Son Heung-Min who is quoted at a top price of 4/1 with VBet.

Moving through the list, other options for Spurs include Gareth Bale at best odds of 6/1 with GentingBet, Lucas Moura at a top price of 15/2 with Unibet and Steven Bergwijn at 8/1 – also with Unibet.

The first option as far as Sheffield United players are concerned is Lys Mousset who is listed at 9/1 with most bookies including Betway and VBet. Slightly further back at 10/1 with GentingBet and VBet is David McGoldrick who is the Blades’ leading scorer this season with five.

Moving on to other side bets, Both Teams to Score has reached that magic mark of Even Money. In fact, it’s gone a little higher than that at GentingBet who are quoting odds of 21/20.

Total Goals may also hold some value for Sunday with 42/41 available from VBet to go Over the 2.5 line. Recent results suggest that it’s not worth going any higher than that level but you may want to consider pushing to Over 3.5 which is on offer for this game at 5/2 with BetFred and Unibet.

We’re expecting a tight and low scoring match and, in the correct score betting, a 2-1 away win is currently listed at 8/1 with GentingBet. If Sheffield United grind out a 1-0 win, odds of 12/1 with 10Bet and SportNation are the reward while the 1-1 draw can be backed at 13/2 with BetFred and Unibet.

Last Season

Tottenham didn’t enjoy their encounters with Sheffield United last season, picking up a solitary point from the two games. In the corresponding fixture at Bramall Lane, played on July 2nd after project restart, we slumped to a 3-1 defeat with the Blades’ goals coming from Sander Berge, Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie. Harry Kane notched a consolation in the 90th minute but it was truly a day to forget.

Sheffield United have clearly been a different side this season but fans will have bad memories of that game and we’ll all be relieved to get out of South Yorkshire with something more positive.

Verdict

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Can we get that positive result after failing to convert that early advantage against Fulham? Negative bias is a cruel mistress and it will inevitably lead to accusations of unnecessary doom and gloom. In reality, a nervous outlook comes from decades of watching the team and having to suffer results like the one we saw on Wednesday night.

Of course we should win it so let’s try to be positive and hope for a comfortable three points. If I were neutral I’d certainly be considering the draw but, while we’re relying almost entirely on Harry and Sonny in front of goal, we’ll assume that this is a match where they can find the target.

Sonny to open the scoring is, therefore, our first tip at a reasonable 4/1. Both Teams to Score has risen to above that Even Money mark and, as it came in on Tuesday, we’ll take that on one of the rare occasions when it isn’t odds on. We’re hopeful, if not supremely confident about the three points so we’ll finish with a slight hedge and take the 6/4 on offer from Betway on either side to win it by one goal.

Best Bets:

  • Both Teams to Score at 21/20 with GentingBet
  • Winning Margin of one goal on either side at 6/4 with Betway
  • Son Heung-Min to score the first goal at 4/1 with Betway

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