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Premier League Match Preview: Sheffield United vs Tottenham Hotspur

After a nine-day break, Tottenham Hotspur return to action on Thursday when they take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the Premier League.

After having been held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United in the first game after the restart, Tottenham bounced back to winning ways, beating West Ham United 2-1 last time out. Currently sitting seventh in the Premier League table, Tottenham are nine points shy of Chelsea in fourth place, who could widen the gap to twelve on Wednesday.

Sheffield United  have lost all momentum that they had built up this season. Since the restart of the campaign, the Blades have failed to win any of their four matches in all competitions. They have dropped to the ninth place in the table and are just a point below Tottenham. Another defeat here could spell an end to their hopes of a shock top four push.

Tottenham beat West Ham United last time out

Tottenham beat West Ham United last time out

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Sheffield United

Sheffield United have lost their last three games in a row in all competitions. After being beaten 3-0 by both Newcastle United and Manchester United in the league, Chris Wilder’s side lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup. The 1-0 win over Norwich City in March remains their last victory.

Tottenham Hotspur

Jose Mourinho’s men, on the other hand, brought an end to their seven-game winless run across all competitions, when they defeated West Ham United last time out.

Head-to-Head

Sheffield United wins: 28 Tottenham wins: 36 Draws: 27

The two teams have already met once this season, back in November, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw. George Baldock equalized for the Blades, after Son Heung-min had opened the scoring for Tottenham.

Son Heung-min scored for Tottenham against Sheffield United in the reverse fixture

Son Heung-min scored for Tottenham against Sheffield United in the reverse fixture

Spurs have lost just one of their last five meetings with Sheffield United across all competitions. (W2 D2)

Team News

Sheffield United

The absence of and Jack O’Connell (knee) has hurt Sheffield United since the restart of the season, while John Lundstram (shoulder) also picked up an injury against Arsenal. While both are closing in on their recoveries, it is extremely unlikely that the duo will be able to feature for the Blades on Thursday.

Tottenham Hotspur

The good news for Tottenham is that there are no new fresh injury issues heading into Thursday’s game. The only three players that will miss out for the trip to Bramall Lane are Japhet Tanganga (back), Juan Foyth (knee) and Troy Parrott (appendix surgery).

Japhet Tanganga ruled of PL restart

Japhet Tanganga remains sidelined for Spurs

Predicted Lineups

Sheffield United

Dean Henderson; Chris Basham, John Egan, Jack Robinson; George Baldock, Sander Berge, Oliver Norwood, John Egan, Enda Stevens; David McGoldrick, Lys Mousset

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris; Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks; Steven Bergwijn, Giovani Lo Celso, Son Heung-min; Harry Kane

Players to watch

Dean Henderson

The on-loan Manchester United star has been brilliant in goal for Sheffield United. Having helped them earn promotion to the top-flight, the Englishman has emerged as one of the best goalkeepers in the league.

Dean Henderson

Henderson is in the race for the Golden Glove

In 29 appearances in the Premier League, the 23-year-old has kept 11 clean sheets. The 23-year-old has been linked with Tottenham of late, with Mourinho believed to be an admirer. He will not make things easy for Harry Kane & co. on Thursday.

Giovani Lo Celso

The Argentine was one of the best players for Tottenham in the win against West Ham last time out. The way he controlled proceedings from midfield and created chances with his vision and distribution was impressive to say the least.

Giovani Lo Celso stole the show against West Ham

Giovani Lo Celso stole the show against West Ham

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Going up against an airtight Sheffield United defence, Lo Celso will need to be at his best if Tottenham are to create openings for the likes of Kane and Son.

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