Competition: Capital One Cup Semi-Final First-Leg
Venue: White Hart Lane
Odds: Tottenham 1/3 – Draw 9/2 – Sheffield United 8/1
Tottenham Hotspur welcome cup specialists Sheffield United to White Hart Lane on Wednesday night for the first-leg of their League Cup semi-final.
The Blades have been incredible in domestic cup competitions in recent times and travel to London looking to beat a Premier League side for the sixth time in 12 months.
The League One outfit have already beaten West Ham United and Southampton in the competition this year and they also beat Queens Park Rangers 3-0 in the FA Cup earlier this month.
Spurs will need to be wary, though manager Mauricio Pochettino is ready to make plenty of changes, as this is the sixth game of nine in a hectic January for the Lilywhites.
Tottenham’s home record in League Cup: Played 3 – Won 3 – Drawn 0 – Lost 0
Tottenham are unbeaten in nine at home and have beaten Nottingham Forest, Brighton and Newcastle at White Hart Lane in the Capital One Cup this season.
Sheffield United are chasing promotion to the Championship in the third tier of English football and have only lost two of their last eight in all competitions.
Sheffield United’s away record in League Cup: Played 3 – Won 2 – Drawn 1 – Lost 0
Blades manager Nigel Clough always gets the best out of his players for cup games and Wednesday night should be an intriguing tie.
Spurs will be looking to put one foot in the final with a victory, while United will hope to still be in the tie by the time of the return leg next week.
This will be the first meeting between the sides in eight years and Spurs have only won one of the last five against the Blades.
Tottenham’s last five in all competitions: W/D/L/W/W
Sheffield United’s last five in all competitions: D/L/W/W/L
Key Stat: Sheffield United have eliminated five Premier League sides from domestic cup competitions in the past 12 months.
Key Player: Roberto Soldado – The Spanish striker played well in last week’s 4-2 FA Cup win against Burnley despite missing a sitter and will look to end his goal drought by adding to his two goals in the League Cup already this season.
Prediction: Tottenham 2 – 1 Sheffield United