Match Preview: Spurs v Sheffield United – my prediction, team news. Lineups and much more…

Match Preview: Spurs v Sheffield United – my prediction, team news. Lineups and much more…

Let us hope we continue where we left off before the international break interfered with our exhilaration. Yes, we’ve had one draw and three excellent victories under the tutelage of Ange Postecoglou, and may it continue. But before I get on to that, there is a little matter of Scotland v England.

Scotland 1 England 3 at the Tottenham Stadium.

Yes, when we played Scotland, we scored all four goals in an exciting – but one-sided game. Actually, this isn’t so much about me watching England play, but where it was. Yes, I was invited (Tuesday), along with my partner, Janette, to an evening at the Tottenham stadium.

We arrived at 5:30, parked underneath the stadium, and went through to the West Stand, where we were greeted with a glass of wine and chatted with members of the Spurs Premium. After chatting for a while, we were offered food (various dishes), followed by a talk – hosted by Paul Coyte – with two Spurs legends, Martin Chivers and Graham Roberts. They talked about their time at Tottenham and also playing for England. Then we were invited for some pudding (and very tasty it was, again various dishes) before finally settling down to watch England humiliate Scotland (this was in the Premium lounge). Once that was over, a very long (2 ½ hours) drive back to Janette’s house in Cheltenham. I can tell you; I was knackered. Five hours driving in one day…

Now to our game this Saturday against Sheffield United.

Hopefully, we will continue our winning ways and keep challenging for a top-four place and maybe, yes, maybe a strong challenge for City’s League title. But at the moment, it is all about Ange building something special that will eventually see us challenging and winning something we haven’t managed to do since 2008: winning a trophy. Sadly, it won’t be the League Cup this season, but there is still the FA Cup and a top-four place going begging.

On the back of a brilliant start under Ange Postecoglou, we restart our Premier League responsibilities at home to Sheffield United this Saturday afternoon.

If you remember, and no doubt you will, we demolished newly-promoted Burnley 5-2 just before the international break, while Sheffield United picked up their first point in a 2-2 draw at home to strugglers Everton.

Match preview

Having scored at least two goals in all of our Premier League games under Postecoglou so far – 11 in total – we have only been bested on the points tally by Manchester City, while Brighton are the only team to net more times than us with 12 efforts to their name.

We could hardly be in a better position heading into our first North London derby of the season at the Emirates on September 24, while a home clash with Liverpool is also on the menu at the end of the month. Win those two matches, and anything is possible. But let us take one step at a time, though, as there is a little matter of our game against 17th-placed Sheffield United, who are still looking for a win.

Tottenham Hotspur Premier League form:


Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions):


Sheffield United Premier League form:


Sheffield United form (all competitions):



Spurs injuries…

We will need to carefully assess our international players, in particular Son, Romero and Richarlison, who recently revealed that he plans to seek emotional help after a challenging time off the field.

Son and Romero both shook off injury scares.

Rodrigo Bentancur (knee), Bryan Gil (groin), Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring), and Alfie Whiteman (ankle) are all recovering from operations. At the same time, Giovani Lo Celso missed Argentina’s fixtures this month with a thigh strain and is touch-and-go for the weekend.

My possible starting lineup:

Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Sarr, Bissouma; Kulusevski, Maddison, Solomon; Son

My prediction…

This will be a hard call… when we played Bournemouth, I predicted we would win by four goals. It ended up with two goals for us. So, when we played Burnley, I was cautious, and we thrashed them 5-2. So, I will stick my neck out and say 5-0.

Spurs 5 Sheffield United 0

The international break undoubtedly came at a better time for Sheffield United than us, but I can see us picking up where they left off.

Once past this game, the fun really starts: a trip to the Arsenic, followed by Liverpool… with a little matter of Luton Town in between.

So, that is my prediction and thoughts… It will be an exciting and emotional day. A win will put us in a strong finish when we face Arsenic at their ground.

Other important matches this weekend…


Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool (My prediction: 1-1)

Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion (Prediction: 1-3)

West Ham United v Manchester City (Prediction: 1-3)

Newcastle United v Brentford (Prediction: 3-2)

AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea (Prediction 2-1)

Everton v Arsenic (Prediction: I hope the Toffees win, but I expect the jammy bastards to win this game against a poor Everton side).

Up the Spurs! COYS!


Paul Coyte and myself (author)
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