Preview - Tottenham Hotspur vs Sheffield United 09 November 19

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Match Day 12
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sheffield United
Saturday, November 9th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur:
Last five matches form: W L D L D
Average goals per match: 1.55
Average goals against per match: 1.45
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (6)

Sheffield United:
Last five matches form: L D W D W
Average goals per match: 1.09
Average goals against per match: 0.73
Top Scorer: John Lundstram & Lys Mousset (3)

We have an intriguing clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this coming weekend as Spurs - who are languishing down in eleventh position - play host to high flying Sheffield United - whose solid start to the campaign sees them all the way up in sixth.

These two sides haven't met in the league since way back in the Premier League season of 2006/07. Spurs won 2-0 at White Hart Lane that year, with Sheffield United coming out on top 2-1 in the reverse.

Spurs arrive on something of a high having given their Champions League hopes a significant boost with a 4-0 win at Crvena Zvezda in midweek  They could really do with some of that form carrying over into the Premier League following what has been a very slow start by their own high standards. They have won three of five at home, but have already lost to Newcastle and drawn with Watford here.

Sheffield United certainly haven't been overawed on their return to the Premier League and have been excellent away from home. They have won just once - at Everton - but to avoid defeat in all five of their fixtures on the road to date has been an outstanding effort. That success has been built on a solid defence, with the Blades having conceded more than once in only one of their away fixtures.

Tottenham have really struggled to break sides down at times this season, and are unlikely to find this easy. Whilst a draw wouldn't surprise, the quality in Spurs squad surely must begin to show eventually and we will take a narrow home win in this one.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 1 Sheffield United


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 17 - 14
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 4
Possession: 61% - 39%

Two bookings for each side in this one, with referee Graham Scott taking the names of Eric Dier and Juan Foyth of the home side and Oliver Norwood and Chris Basham of Sheffield United.

And so the Sheffield United away road show goes on. That's six games without defeat away from home now on their first season back in the Premier League. They were good value for this point too against a Tottenham Hotspur side who continue to struggle. Indeed, but for a somewhat controversial VAR ruling, this may well have ben even better for the Blades.

This was pretty even in the opening exchanges. Harry Kane went close for Spurs with a decent chance at the near post, but it was Sheffield United who came closest in the first half when John Lundstram rattled the left hand upright in the 29th minute. 0-0 at the break though.

It was the home side who edged ahead in the 58th minute. Nice interplay around the edge of the area, but it was ultimately a poor touch from Enda Stevens which teed up Son Heung-Min around seven yards out in the right of the area. Son firing home through the legs of the keeper via a deflection.

Sheffield United then had a David McGoldrick effort chalked off for an offside in the build-up. Possibly the narrowest offside call we have ever seen.

Credit to Sheffield United though, they didn't let that set-back affect them, and deservedly did draw level in the 78th minute. George Baldock drifting into the right of the area and seeing what looked to be a cross come shot make its way all the way into the left-hand side. 1-1 final score.

Hugely impressive start to the season from Sheffield United who find themselves all the way up in fifth on the back of this result. Spurs are now way down in 12th spot.

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