Improving Tottenham face a ferocious test of character in their Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, with the north Londoners taking just a slender one-goal advantage into their away clash with Sheffield United.
The League One underdogs have seen off their fair share of Premier League outfits since Nigel Clough took over as boss 16 months ago, but reaching Wembley for the second time since April will prove too much of an ask:
Draw @ 12/5
The Blades have a famously stout record in knockout competition under Clough, with the 1-0 loss at White Hart Lane only their third reverse in 21 FA Cup, Capital One Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy fixtures.
United’s all-competition home record this term is almost as impressive, as Clough and co have suffered defeat just twice at Bramall Lane since the first day of the League One campaign, and last lost on their own patch by more than one goal 10 months ago.
17/20 favourites Spurs are through with a draw thanks to their nervy victory at home to the lower-league springers, so honours even looks the way to play in south Yorkshire.
Christian Eriksen to score the last goal @ 6/1
Tottenham’s fleet-footed Dane has scored the last goal with each of his past three, at home to Sunderland and on the road at Leicester and Swansea, all of which have come since mid-December.
Indeed, only one of Eriksen’s eight Lilywhites efforts this year hasn’t been his side’s final scoring contribution of the match.
He has bagged in bursts at times this term, with three in five matches between September and October, and four in eight fixtures from the end of November to Boxing Day.
Having notched against the Black Cats a few games back, the 22-year-old ranks as a fine bet here.
Michael Higdon to score at anytime @ 11/4
Despite starting just one Capital One Cup fixture all term, compared to fellow forwards Mark McNulty and Jamie Murphy’s five and four appearances from the off respectively, the former NEC Nijmegan man has scored more goals in the competition than any other Blade, with three.
If Clough needs a goal to rescue his side’s latest Wembley dream, he knows where to turn.