Spurs play their first game at home under caretaker Ryan Mason, as Sheffield United visit North London
Tottenham Hotspur play their first home game under caretaker manager Ryan Mason on Sunday night, as basement boys Sheffield United visit North London.
Mason’s managerial career so far has been an entertaining one, relying on a last minute goal to beat Southampton in his first game in the dugout, before losing the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City last weekend. And that’s not even mentioning the Super League debacle.
For Sheffield United, it’s been a disappointing slog of a campaign. The term “second season syndrome” is a common cliché in football, but certainly seems to apply to the Blades, who have capitulated after one of the best debut seasons ever last year.
Like Spurs, the Blades have a caretaker in charge of proceedings going into this one, with Paul Heckingbottom reportedly in the frame to take the job on a full-time basis in the summer, when United’s bid for a swift return to the top flight begins.
Tottenham will have Harry Kane available for the visit of the Blades, after fears of another ankle injury weren’t as bad as first feared. The England striker didn’t manage a shot against Man City in the Carabao Cup final, but will fancy his chances against a defence that has shipped 56 goals this season.
Ben Davies has missed the last four games with injury and is sidelined again, but Matt Doherty has a chance of returning after missing the last five.
Sheffield United are hoping to have Sander Berge back available soon. The Norwegian midfielder has missed three months with a knee tendon problem, but is back in training and should make a return before the season end. Oli McBurnie, Jack Robinson, Jack O’Connell, Chris Basham and Billy Sharp are all out with various injuries.
Spurs need to be practically flawless between now and the end of the season if they are to qualify for Europe next season, and will go above at least one of West Ham and Liverpool if they beat the Blades, with the Hammers not playing until Monday night.
Sheffield United can make it to 20 points if they get a win, a small milestone in an otherwise miserable season.
Tottenham Hotspur take on Sheffield United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, May 3rd. Kick-off is at 7.15pm.