In-form Spurs can blunt the Blades’ ambitions
Sheffield United’s cup exploits over the last 18 months are almost the stuff of legends in south Yorkshire.
As a League One side, they came within minutes of reaching last year’s FA Cup Final and now stand just 180 minutes away from another Wembley appearance in the Capital One Cup semi-finals.
Premier League clubs hold no fears for Nigel Clough’s side – they knocked out two top-flight teams in their FA Cup run last year before losing an eight-goal thriller against Hull City and they’ve already won at QPR in that competition this season.
They beat Southampton to earn their two-legged semi-final with Tottenham Hotspur and will have a huge following in the first game at White Hart Lane – but it might all go horribly wrong if Spurs are on-song!
The league has to be the Blades’ priority this season – they are a big club with a large fan base that has had to put up with third-tier football for far too long. But they now find themselves 18 points off an automatic promotion place and outside the play-offs following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at MK Dons.
They’ve only won one of their last eight league games and fans aren’t happy with the team or manager.
Marc McNulty, their hero against Southampton in the quarter-finals and 10/3 to score anytime at the Lane, came in for particular criticism from Clough after the MK Dons game and his place may be in jeopardy, though none of the United strikers have been particularly prolific this season in a formation which restricts goalscoring opportunities.
Spurs will have to be careful of complacency against United having secured the draw that Chelsea and Liverpool would have wanted but it’s hard to imagine that they won’t be good enough to go through with two bites at the cherry and they are a very short price to take a lead up to Bramall Lane.
Mauriccio Pochettino’s team have scored 11 goals in their last three home games, including five against Chelsea, and could get a few more against United. You can back Harry Kane and company to enjoy themselves and overturn a two-goal start for the visitors on the European handicap at 5/2.
Kane is 14/5 to score the game’s first goal with Christian Eriksen, another in fine form, at 11/2.
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The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday, January 21st at White Hart Lane.