Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Sheffield United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Bramall Lane on Thursday with the Blades desperate to return to winning ways an re-inject some momentum into their Premier League campaign. Spurs are now above the South Yorkshire side in the table, and Jose Mourinho’s side will be eyeing up fifth place if they can string some wins together. Read on to see where the best betting value can be found in what should be an entertaining game.
The enforced suspension of football due to the health emergency has really not done Chris Wilder’s Blades any favours at all. Since football resumed, United have not won in four games. A goalless draw at Aston Villa in the Premier League has been followed by two league defeats, both away from home and both 3-0, to Newcastle United and Manchester United. At the weekend, they were knocked out of the FA Cup sixth round by Arsenal, losing 2-1 at home to the Gunners. After being one of this season’s surprise packages, it looks like the Blades have lost their way.
Spurs haven’t played a game since June 23, when they won 2-0 at home against West Ham United. That extra rest may well give Mourinho’s side an advantage in this game. They are unbeaten in the two games they have played since football resumed, having also drawn 1-1 at home with Manchester United. Spurs’ away form may be of some concern to Mourinho ahead of this game, however. The north Londoners have won just three of their last 15 away games in the Premier League. That stat is balanced by the Blades having won just seven of their last 15 home league matches.
The bookies have made Spurs favourites for this game, and it is not hard to see why, give the Blades’ form since football resumed. One stat which is well worth noting, however is that Sheffield United have kept 11 clean sheets in the current campaign. By way of comparison, Spurs have kept just five. The Blades also create chances, though, having created an average of 1.65 chances per Premier League game in 2019/20. Spurs, perhaps surprisingly, have created an average of 1.32 chances per game.
The Blades are a pretty well disciplined side this season. In 2019/20, they have received an average of just one card per game. They also average just one goal per home game in the Premier League this season, so goals could well in short supply in this match. Spurs average a goal a game when they are away from home this season. If you think that both sides will maintain that average this week, then William Hill have odds of 24/5 on the game ending in a 1-1 draw.
When it comes to Premier League meetings between these teams, things are pretty even. There have been just seven Premier League clashes between the Blades and Spurs, and both teams have two victories to their names. Each team’s victories have come at home, with neither having managed to yet win in the Premier League on opposition soil in this fixture. There have been three draws. It will be interesting to see how the lack of a crowd at Bramall Lane affects matters this Thursday.
The most recent Premier League meeting came earlier this season at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Back in November, the game ended 1-1, with Son Heung-Min opening the scoring for the home team in the 58th minute. If you think he might add to his tally of goals on Thursday, then William Hill have him priced at 18/5 to be Spurs’ first goalscorer in the game. George Baldock equalised in the 78th minute for the Blades.
This game is hard to call when it comes to predicting the outcome, but we think that Spurs might just edge it 1-0. Mourinho’s men have had a longer time to prepare for the game, while the Blades have looked decidedly sub-par since football resumed earlier in June. Our recommended tip comes from William Hill. They are offering a price of 17/5 on there being one match goal, which we think is a good bet. This game looks likely to be tight and tense, and the solitary goal might well come from an error or a set-piece.