Premier League: Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur

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.

Tottenham cruise to 3-0 Premier League win over Leeds United

Spurs ended 2020 on a bum note, with just one win in December, but the timely return to form his key pair means Spurs are now back in business.

It was Marcelo Bielsa’s side that edged out the opening stages as Ezgjan Alioski smashed just wide and Mateusz Klich scooped over the bar.

But with the visitors unable to find that all important breakthrough Spurs took full advantage on the half hour.

Alioski’s clumsy challenge on Steven Bergwijn was judged to be just inside the box and Kane confidently tucked home his tenth of the season from the spot.

That goal released a pressure valve for Spurs before the break as Bergwijn skewed wide and Son netted his 100th Tottenham goal.

Again it was to be the Son-Kane combo that did the trick for Spurs as Kane’s low cross was buried by the South Korean.

Leeds started the second half with the same force as they did the first, but again their lack of cutting edge came back to haunt them, as Toby Alderweireld made it 3-0.

Son’s corner caused problems for Illan Meslier and Alderweireld’s flicked header squeezed past him.

That goal took any sting out of Leeds in the final 30, with Meslier thwarting Bergwijn and Kane to keep the score down.

Spurs’ afternoon was dented late on as Matt Doherty was sent off for a second booking but the three points are all that matters to Jose.

Full Time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium it’s Tottenham 3 Leeds United 0

Crystal Palace clinch late 1-1 Premier League draw with Tottenham

Despite leading for the majority of the game in South London, thanks to Harry Kane’s early goal, they were punished late on as Jeff Schlupp snatched a point for Palace.

Both teams looked bright and breezy in the early stages as Hugo Lloris denied Wilf Zaha and Vicente Guaita sprang into to life to save from Tanguy Ndombele.

But with no real early pattern forming in the opening half hour a thunderbolt from Kane brought the contest into life.

Son slipped him into space around 30 yards from goal and with Guaita slightly out of position Kane opened up his body and smashed one beyond him.

That goal allowed Spurs’ first half confidence to soar before the break with Guaita called into action to make a double stop from Steven Bergwijn and Ndombele.

Tottenham set their stall out to preserve that one goal advantage after the break as Palace battled hard to squeeze out a breakthrough.

Roy Hodgson’s team did look to up the tempo late on as Lloris denied Zaha and Christian Benteke, before Schlupp eventually forced home that all important equaliser.

Eberechi Eze’s whipped free kick was fumbled by the normally unflappable Lloris and Schlupp prodded into the empty net.

Spurs did almost flip the game back on its head in added time but Guaita came to Palace’s rescue with a cat like stop from Kane.

Full Time at Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 1 Tottenham 1

Top Four chasing Leicester City face Tottenham test

Jose Mourinho’s side are right back in the running for a Europa League spot, while the Foxes are determined to hang on to their Top Four place.

Mourinho was impressed with his team in their 3-1 win at Newcastle last time out, and he is not expected to rotate too much.

Lucas Moura was taken off with a minor knock at St. James, and Steven Bergwijn could come in as the hosts only change.

For Leicester, Brendan Rodgers will be delighted with the fight his side have shown in the last week, with a crucial win against Sheffield United.

Skipper Wes Morgan will fill in for Caglar Soyuncu at centre back, with teenager Luke Thomas at left back.

Ben Chilwell and James Maddison out for the rest of the campaign, and Rodgers will be relying on Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez to score the goals and get them over line in their final two games.

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