Sheffield United vs Tottenham Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Sheffield United vs Tottenham | Wednesday 28 January, 2015 | Bramall Lane | 19.45
Tottenham are looking to move on from their FA Cup exit at the weekend by protecting their 1-0 lead over Sheffield when they play the second leg at Bramall Lane on Wednesday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side faced disappointment on Saturday when a 2-1 defeat at home saw them knocked out of the FA Cup in the fourth round.
Nigel Clough, Sheffield United boss, is now anticipating a tough fight in Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final second leg clash as the top tier club look to redeem themselves.
Spurs’ exit was one of the least surprising upsets in a weekend full of giant killings that saw Chelsea lose 4-2 at home to Bradford City and Manchester City beaten 2-0 at the Etihad by Middlesbrough. Both Manchester United and Liverpool were held to 0-0 draws by their lower league opponents, forcing replays.
Clough is urging his men to take inspiration from the weekend’s events, commenting, “I read some quotes from Bradford players saying the Friday night game, where Cambridge drew 0-0 at home against Manchester United, a brilliant performance and result, gave them inspiration and belief.
“And we are going to try to use this weekend for the same sort of motivation.
“But the other side of that is that it will have put Spurs on high alert – if last Wednesday didn’t already – as lower-league teams can cause you a problem.”
In the first leg of the League Cup semi-final between Spurs and Sheffield the Blades managed to hold their own for much of the game, with Andros Townsend scoring the only goal from a penalty rather than from play.
Tottenham appeared to rest many of their first team players against Leicester at the weekend which could have contributed to their defeat, with Pochettino instead choosing to prioritise the League Cup clash this week.
Clough commented, “I think the team that Spurs put out, having rested nine players from the Wednesday game, showed maybe that their priority is on this semi-final.
“I think when you’re 90 minutes away from a major cup final that has to be the priority.
“I think a lot of people probably expected that the tie would be over after the first leg. Spurs having recently put five past Chelsea, four past Burnley, are more than capable of doing that a White Hart Lane.
“But the fact that it is only 1-0 has got everybody up for it and believing. It’s still going to be an incredibly tough ask, but it’s possible.”
Townsend, who scored the winning goal in the first leg, commented ahead Wednesday’s game, “It’s a massive game and hopefully we can put the smiles back on the faces of everyone associated with the club.
“That is what everyone is focused on doing and putting the FA Cup defeat behind us. The character is there, everyone has seen the amount of times we’ve come back in games this season from goals down in the last minute.”
Winger Erik Lamela confirmed the forward-thinking mentality at Tottenham after the weekend’s disappointment, stating, “It’s a shame we were knocked out of the FA Cup and it was a result that disappointed everyone, because some great teams were eliminated and we had the chance to go further.
“But we’re still in other competitions and we can fight all the way to the end in those. We can compete with any team we face.
“To win a trophy here is what I want the most. To win a cup is everything I hope for.”
Both teams rested key players over the weekend so Pochettino and Clough will have virtually fully fit squads to pick from.
Ryan Flynn is the only real doubt for Sheffield as he continues to recover from an Achilles problem, while the return of Kieron Freeman from Derby could prove a welcome boost for the Blades.
Sheffield United vs Tottenham Betting Tips
The Blades will put up a good fight at home but Spurs will dominate overall. A Tottenham victory with both teams to score is a solid bet, priced at 13/5 with Betway.