Thursday, April 25, 2024

Prediction: Tottenham vs Sheffield United

Verdict: James Maddison to score anytime

Best Odds: 7/5

Bookmaker: Luckster

Looking to extend on their rampant start to proceedings, Tottenham will welcome Sheffield United to north London on Saturday afternoon.

Tottenham

Starting with the hosts, while Tottenham might have come under a huge amount of scrutiny last season as they missed out on any kind of European finish, Spurs have come roaring back this time around. Really enjoying life under new boss Ange Postecoglou, the Lilywhites have gained a string of early plaudits. Last seen heading into September’s international break with an action-packed 5-2 win away at Premier League returners Burnley, the former Celtic boss finds the mood in his camp at a red-hot high. With their sights now firmly set on securing a Champions League return this season, Tottenham mark their return on Saturday afternoon sat second in the standings. Mustering 10 points from their opening four Premier League appearances, Tottenham have also quickly gained a reputation for their free-scoring performances in the final third. With their eye-catching start highlighted by a 2-0 win against Manchester United on August 19th, Spurs will be confident of laying down another marker here.

Team News

Bagging a hat-trick against Burnley prior to the international break, new skipper Son Heung-min will spearhead Tottenham’s charge here. Likewise, continuing to shine since arriving from Leicester this summer, England international James Maddison will also have a key role to play on Saturday afternoon.

However, still dealing with a long-term knee injury and yet to make a single Premier League appearance this season, Spurs will once again be without 26-year-old Rodrigo Bentancur this weekend.

Sheffield United

As for the visitors, while Sheffield United might have shocked many last season as they stormed their way to a Premier League return, it is no secret that Paul Heckingbottom’s side are tipped as a leading relegation contender this time around. While the Blades might have put their first point on the board prior to September’s international break as they played out a thrilling 2-2 draw against Everton, the one-time Leeds boss will be more than aware that his squad faces a heavyweight challenge here. Coming under real scrutiny on August 30th as they came crashing out of the EFL Cup at the hands of League One outfit Lincoln, United should also be worried by their most recent trip to north London. Slumping to a 4-0 drumming when they arrived at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in May 2021, it is no surprise that Heckingbottom’s men are seen as a landslide underdog on Saturday afternoon.

Team News

Finding the net on his full debut after making the move from Aston Villa this summer, 21-year-old Cameron Archer should spearhead Sheffield United’s charge here. The England U21 international should be joined in the final third by ex-Swansea striker Ollie McBurnie.

However, the Blades will travel to north London without the likes of Daniel Jebbison, John Fleck, Ben Osborn and one-time Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster this weekend.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Tottenham last welcomed Sheffield United to north London back in May 2021, Saturday’s hosts breezed their way to a 4-0 romp.
    • Spurs have mustered 10 points from their opening four Premier League appearances this season.
    • Likewise, the Lilywhites have notched 11 strikes in their first four Premier League showdowns.
    • Sheffield United have managed to muster just a single Premier League point from their first four attempts.
    • England international James Maddison has notched two goals in his opening four Premier League appearances.

    Conclusion

    Enjoying what was a real Premier League flurry prior to September’s international break, Tottenham will simply be looking to carry on from where they left off earlier in the month. Last seen storming their way to an action-packed 5-2 victory away at Burnley, Saturday’s hosts are riding a recent wave of momentum. Mustering 10 points from their opening four Premier League appearances, the Lilywhites will also be excited by a return to north London here. Last seen in the capital landing a deserved 2-0 victory against Manchester United, Postecoglou’s men should be smelling a golden chance this weekend.

    Verdict: James Maddison to score anytime

    Best Odds: 7/5

    Bookmaker: Luckster

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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