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Tottenham Hotspur vs Sheffield United: 02/05/2021 – match preview and predicted starting XIs

Tottenham Hotspur vs Sheffield United

Date: 02/05/2021

K/O: 19:15

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Referee: Andre Marriner

TV: Sky Sports Main Event

Tottenham Hotspur transfer their Carabao Cup disappointment into Champions League qualification hopes, as they face an already relegated Sheffield United on Sunday evening.

Spurs were in action against Manchester City last weekend in the Carabao Cup final, although ‘action’ is a strong word in Tottenham’s case. Like in any match, City dominated the possession and chances created, and though Spurs did well to reach the last ten minutes without conceding, they would have had to take it to penalties to have a chance of victory and their first trophy in over a decade.

The somewhat shocking departure of Jose Mourinho shortly before the final made way for 29-year-old Ryan Mason to take charge and attempt to steer a deflated team back into the Champions League. The last-minute victory over Southampton was Mawson’s first game at the helm, but the task ahead still remains a tough ask: five games to make up five points between them and fourth place.

We’ve had a mixed bag of results for Sunday’s fixture since Sheffield United returned to the top-flight: a draw, a United victory, and a Tottenham victory – with ten goals across those three matches. The Blades haven’t been anywhere near as sharp as they were last season, so if we are to get a hefty scoreline it will probably be in Tottenham’s favour.

Having said that, United scraped a narrow 1-0 victory against Brighton last time out. This fifth win of the season won’t change the end result but may trigger a flow of hope that they can return to the Premier League next season. It’s not inconceivable that the vast majority of players at the club will be happy to stay on and fight for their place back in the top-flight, and this would surely only bolster their chances overall.

David McGoldrick is one particular player that fans would like to see remain at the club. The forward is not far away from making up half of United’s total goal tally this season and has managed to keep his head up in some tough times for the club. It’s difficult to see the 33-year-old pushing a move away from the Blades, so it will be interesting to see whether he features in the Premier League again.

Team News

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs are fortunate not to have a long injury list at this crucial stage of the season. Full-back Ben Davies has been out since March with an injury and remains unavailable.

On the other side of the defence, Matt Doherty has recovered from his injury and could make his first appearance under interim boss Ryan Mason.

Sheffield United

Chris Basham has been out with injury since mid-March but looks to be close to a return to action, perhaps even this weekend. Paul Heckingbottom implied that Sander Berge is even more likely to feature on Sunday – an even more exciting piece of news given the Norwegian has been unavailable since 2020.

United’s injury list sadly remains extensive, however, with Oliver McBurnie, Jack O’Connell, Billy Sharp and Jack Robinson all on the sidelines.

Predicted Starting XIs

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Reguilon, Dier, Alderweireld, Aurier; Ndombele, Hojbjerg; Son, Lucas, Bale; Kane

Sheffield United (3-4-1-2): Ramsdale; Bryan, Egan, Baldock; Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Bogle; Osborn; McGoldrick, Brewster

Score Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Sheffield United 

The difference between a club with Mourinho in charge and a club with just about anyone else in charge was evident in Tottenham’s last league game. We should expect the Lilywhites to carry through this attacking eagerness and take all three points against bottom-placed Sheffield United.

Harry Mahon

90maat's team correspondent for Tottenham Hotspur, graduate of Loughborough University and current student at the University of Surrey.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Manchester City 35 25 5 5 80
2 Manchester United 35 20 10 5 70
3 Leicester City 36 20 6 10 66
4 Chelsea 36 18 10 8 64
5 West Ham United 35 17 7 11 58
6 Liverpool 34 16 9 9 57
7 Tottenham Hotspur 35 16 8 11 56
8 Arsenal 36 16 7 13 55
9 Everton 34 16 7 11 55
10 Leeds United 35 15 5 15 50
11 Aston Villa 34 14 6 14 48
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 12 9 14 45
13 Crystal Palace 35 11 8 16 41
14 Southampton 35 11 7 17 40
15 Burnley 35 10 9 16 39
16 Newcastle United 35 10 9 16 39
17 Brighton & Hov… 35 8 13 14 37
18 Fulham 35 5 12 18 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 35 5 11 19 26
20 Sheffield United 35 5 2 28 17

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