After recording their first win of the season on Tuesday night, Sheffield United host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon, hoping to continue their new found momentum.
Spurs will arrive at Bramall Lane in mixed form, having lost none of their last six games in all competitions, but having only picked up one win in their last six Premier League games – that being a 3-0 win over Leeds earlier this month.
As a result, Jose Mourinho’s side have gone from top of the table in December to 6th in January, and need a win over the Blades if they’re to keep up the pressure in the free-for-all that is the title race.
Much of Tottenham’s problems has been a lack of creativity, despite boasting the fearsome duo of Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane, who have contributed 23 of Spurs’s 30 league goals this season. The pair also have 16 assists between them, most of which have been for each other.
However despite the form of those two, killing games off has been an issue for Spurs, with Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at home to Fulham a perfect example.
Sheffield United will be hoping they can build on their 1-0 win against Newcastle, although Spurs are unlikely to be as easy to play against than the awful Geordies were.
Billy Sharp scored the winner in that game but will likely return to the bench, which Chris Wilder should be able to fill after injuries meant he could only name seven subs for the Newcastle game.
George Baldock and Enda Stevens missed that game as a precaution, but both should be back to feature in some capacity, but Oli McBurnie is expected to be absent. Sander Berge and Jack O’Connell are long-term absentees. Wilder did mention in Friday’s press conference that he has seven players unavailable, but didn’t say which new doubts he had after the Newcastle game.
Spurs only have two players with injury worries ahead of the trip to the Steel City, with Giovanni Lo Celso out with a thigh injury and not expected to play for a few weeks, and Gareth Bale not yet fully fit after a calf injury. Steven Bergwijn missed the draw with Fulham but should return after illness.
A win for Sheffield United could take the Blades off the bottom of the Premier League table for the first time, if West Brom lose to Wolves on Saturday afternoon, while three points for Spurs could take them as high as second in the table.
Sheffield United take on Spurs at Bramall Lane on Sunday, January 17th. Kick-off is at 2pm.