League One Sheffield United travel to Spurs for the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final, having already wrecked three Premier League sides’ chances of silverware this term, but Nigel Clough’s plucky Blades face their toughest test of the campaign in north London.
With Lilywhites chief Mauricio Pochettino undoubtedly getting a fine tune out of his charges of late, we foresee nothing but disappointment for the visiting Yorkshiremen. Here are our three best betting angles:
Spurs to win/Over 2.5 total goals @ 8/5
The Lilywhites have banished their poor early season home form in recent months.
Having lost four out of nine White Hart Lane fixtures between the end of August and early November, Pochettino has steered his side to seven home wins in as many attempts since.
The visitors may have only been beaten twice in 21 cup games under Clough, but they’ve lost two of their past three in League One, and haven’t won away in the division for more than two months.
With each of Spurs’ last six home wins seeing three or more goals, this wager looks as good as it gets in north London.
Spurs to win 2-1 @ 7/1
Going by the stats, 7/1 is too meaty a price about this correct score, as a whopping seven of Pochetino and co’s past 19 all-competition fixtures have finished 2-1 to Spurs, including last time out at home to Sunderland.
Add in the fact that the Blades haven’t been beaten by more than one goal in any of their last 25 matches and you’ve got yourself a prime punt.
Spurs to win by ‘Any other score’ @ 33/2
Tottenham have played League Cup semi-final legs at home four times this century, beating Chelsea 5-1, drawing 2-2 and winning 5-1 against Arsenal, and seeing off Burnley 4-1.
Based on the trends, bwin.com’s ‘Any other score’ bet in the boys in black and gold’s ‘Goal bet’ market comes into play here, as 5-1 isn’t among the listed scores.
Spurs shocked Premier League leaders Chelsea 5-3 at home a couple of weeks ago, so another goal blitz can’t be ruled out, especially against a side 45 places below them in England’s 92-team ladder.