Kick-off: 1400, 17/01/2021
Stadium: Bramall Lane
TV: Sky Sports
Tottenham were left frustrated by Wednesday’s home draw with Fulham but are fancied to learn the lessons of that game when visiting Sheffield United.
The Blades finally bagged a first league win of the season in midweek, but we’re not getting carried away by that narrow triumph over 10-man Newcastle.
Punters can get 29/20 for Spurs to lead at half-time and full-time and that is our opening Sheff Utd vs Tottenham prediction.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
Sheffield United followed up a 3-2 victory at Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup by edging out the Magpies 1-0 at Bramall Lane.
The relief was obvious after the Blades ended a dismal run of 15 defeats and two draws from their opening 17 top-flight fixtures.
“We used Saturday,” commented Chris Wilder. “It might not look a spectacular result at Bristol but it helped the players and they used that and now the key is to take it forward.
“We can’t waste it. We have been after one of these results for a long, long time. We’ve lost so many games by a single goal but we have remained competitive.
“We have shown we are a competitive side and I think a lot of the teams we have played will vouch for that.
“We have done OK this season and teams may be scratching their heads as to why we were only on two points, but that’s the cold facts of it.
“We have added a vital three to that now and it is important we move on from here.”
However, it took a 73rd-minute Billy Sharp spot-kick following a soft penalty decision to see off Newcastle, who had Ryan Fraser sent off on the stroke of half-time.
Facing a fired-up Spurs will be totally different from taking on negative Newcastle and we fear this will be a quick reality check.
The visitors don’t keep many clean sheets away from home, though, and concede free-kicks in dangerous areas through Pierre Hojbjerg and Moussa Sissoko.
That could allow defender John Egan to get forward for set-pieces and 11/1 for him to score at any time appeals as a saver from the Sheff Utd vs Tottenham odds.
The Republic of Ireland international has yet to strike this term, but did hit the target twice late on last season.
Last Sheff Utd line-up: Ramsdale, Basham, Egan, Bogle, Ampadu, Fleck, Lundstram, Burke, Norwood, Osborn, McGoldrick.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Tottenham’s title credentials took a hit when they could only draw 1-1 at home to Fulham after going ahead through a fine Harry Kane header.
Son Heung-min hit the post when put clean through on goal and the Cottagers capitalised on that reprieve when Ivan Cavaleiro scored a 74th-minute leveller.
A fuming Jose Mourinho declared: “This is the same story basically since the beginning of the season.
“We can talk about not killing the game yes, we can speak about that, and today was a clear situation where we could and should have killed the game in the first half.
“But then you go back to the goals that we concede and it’s not also easy to assimilate that.”
Spurs also dropped points on home turf from strong positions versus Newcastle and West Ham, as well as conceding late levellers at Crystal Palace and Wolves.
The London outfit simply must learn to finish teams off when on top if they are to challenge for top honours.
We feel 6/4 for Mourinho’s side to kick on and win this game by more than one goal is worth adding to our Sheff Utd vs Tottenham betting tips.
Son will be determined to make amends for his near-miss versus Fulham and 14/5 for him to net first at Bramall Lane is another tempting option.
Last Spurs line-up: Lloris, Reguilon, Sanchez, Aurier, Hojbjerg, Winks, Dier, Sissoko, Ndombele, Son, Kane.
SHEFF UTD 1-0 Newcastle – Billy Sharp (pen)
TOTTENHAM 1-1 Fulham – Harry Kane
Head-to-head: Sheff Utd 3-1 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-1 Sheff Utd
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