Sheffield Utd host Spurs in a decisive game for European football next season. We preview a game which could see the visitors close the gap on the top six.
Who is playing?
Sheffield United vs Tottenham Hotspur
What competition is it?
Premier League Matchday 33
What time is Sheffield United vs Spurs?
18:00 GMT, Thursday 2nd July 2020
Where do Sheffield Utd play?
Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England
Where can I watch Sheffield Utd?
Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League
Thoughts on Sheffield Utd vs Spurs
It’s a significant game for both sides. The hosts are looking for a reaction after they have suffered three defeats from their last four in all competitions since the restart. For Spurs, they must get something from this game to match the hot-form of their fellow top four chasers. In the reverse fixtures, they shared the points in a 1-1 draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Heung-Min Son and George Baldock scored goals for both sides. It would be bitterly disappointing if the Blades were to throw away their amazing season by slumbering over the line in mid-table. For Spurs, no European football next season in what is an incredible new stadium would be fairly embarrassing on their part.
Have the Blades become blunt?
Before the suspension of the Premier League, Sheffield Utd were in 7th place only two points behind Man Utd with a game in hand. However, since the restart the hosts have not found their rhythm in front of goal, failing to score a goal in the games since ‘Project Restart’ began. They have also conceded seven goals in the Premier League in the first three games back, which led the team to fall from 7th to 9th, yet still in contention for European football places as there are only eight points between 9th and 5th place.
Efficiency has been the key to Chris Wilder’s men this season. Interestingly however, they have yet to beat any side above them in the table at the time of playing this season in 10 attempts. Despite their recent form, their league games still only average 1.97 goals per match, the lowest of any side in the league. They have won 1-0 home and away in 29% of their Premier League games this season. Sheffield Utd usually go into half time, like with the recent trend since the resumption of football, on level terms. In fact, 16 of their 31 games have seen them and their opponents enter halftime all square.
Huge test for Mourinho’s Spurs team
Spurs have not lost a game since the Premier League resumed playing two games, one win, and one draw. They have several key players back from injury, such as Harry Kane, who will look to get on the scoresheet to follow up his goal in the previous game against West Ham. Mourinho’s men know they have serious competition in the form of Manchester United, Chelsea, and Wolves for a top four spot. Not to forget Burnley and 3rd place Leicester City. Spurs are in 7th place, but only a point separates both these teams, so this match carries substantial significance in the race for European football next season.
One of the biggest struggles is the away form this season, which let them down massively and was a significant reason in the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino. They are averaging just 1.00 away PPG compared to a 1.88 home PPG. They have suffered six defeats in the league since Mourinho took over and have not put a run of games together beyond three. There has been goals scored and conceded in beyond the 80th minute mark in their opening two games back.
Sheffield Utd recent matches:
- Arsenal (h) 1-2 defeat
- Man Utd (a) 3-0 defeat
- Newcastle (a) 3-0 defeat
- Aston Villa (a) 0-0 draw
- Norwich (h) 1-0 win
Spurs recent matches:
- West Ham (h) 2-0 win
- Man Utd (h) 1-1 draw
- RB Leipzig (a) 3-0 defeat
- Burnley (a) 1-1 draw
- Norwich (h) 1-1 defeat on penalties
Sheffield Utd top scorers:
- Lys Mousset (Forward) – 5 Premier League goals and 4 Premier League assists (Only played 56 minutes of football since return)
- John Fleck (Midfielder) – 5 Premier League goals and 2 Premier League assists (Last scored against Arsenal in January)
Spurs top scorers:
- Harry Kane (Forward) – 12 Premier League goals and 2 Premier League assists (Goal in last game)
- Heung-Min Son (Forward) – 9 Premier League goals and 8 Premier League assists (Assist and offside goal in last game)
|9th November 2019||TOT 1-1 SHU||Premier League|
|28th January 2015||SHU 2-2 TOT||EFL Cup|
|21st January 2015||TOT 1-0 SHU||EFL Cup|
|10th February 2007||SHU 2-1 TOT||Premier League|
|22nd August 2006||TOT 2-0 SHU||Premier League|
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