Football expert Ryan Elliott has one tip for Sheffield United's crunch match with Spurs.
I really do feel for Sheffield United. The incredible form and momentum they’d build up pre-lockdown has been dashed against the wall, and while The Blades previously harboured dreams of Europe, it now looks like they have a fight on their hands to finish in the top half.
Of course, whatever happens from now it’s still been a fantastic first season back for United, and Europe is still an outside possibility, but anything other than a victory today and those hopes will vanish.
As for Spurs, the impetus is very much on them to win this Thursday. With Chelsea, Wolves and Man Utd all winning games for fun above them, Jose Mourinho’s simply must win at Bramall Lane – this being their game-in-hand to close the seven-point gap with Wolves in 6th.
I’m still not particularly convinced about Spurs’ credentials as a top four side in their current guise, but these are the sort of tricky games that they need to win if they’re to prove me wrong. Manchester United turned Sheffield United over with ease in their game against them, and Spurs must try and emulate that.
There have been a few moments that have gone against The Blades which have really hurt them over the last couple of weeks: the ‘goal’ against Aston Villa, John Egan’s red card against Newcastle, and Arsenal’s late winner in the FA Cup.
However, these moments, while unfortunate, will have had a huge impact on United’s confidence, and the arrival of a Spurs side who will undoubtedly be fresher than them, is looking like a tough prospect.
The injury to John Lundstram and most likely Jack O’Connell is another big blow for Chris Wilder, and as a result, I believe Spurs at 21/20 is solid value, so that’s what I’m backing.
They started slowly against West Ham, but Spurs’ quality ultimately shone through, and it could be a similar story on Thursday.