After a lengthy settling in period, Spurs are slowly starting to look more and more like a Mourinho side, with the defence tightening up and low scoring matches becoming the norm.
Their last three games have seen two goals in each, while Sheffield United seem to have gone in the opposite direction.
The Blades were just five points off the top four at the restart, though one point from three matches has seen them drift off to eighth, with their chances of Europa League football next season now looking shaky.
Consecutive 3-0 defeats to Newcastle and Man United were followed by a last minute defeat at home to Arsenal in the FA Cup at the weekend which is the first time Chris Wilder’s men have suffered three consecutive defeats across all competitions since December 2017, and will be hoping Spurs’ inconsistency carries through to this game.
The Lilywhites have gone W3-D3-L3 on the road under Mourinho and haven’t recorded even a two game streak of any kind in this time. They’re also just W2-D1-L5 against top half sides under the ‘Special One’ at all venues, losing all but one of their such away games.
With neither side firing on all cylinders, the outright is best avoided for this one, though we’d expect a low scoring affair.
Under 2.5 Goals
As mentioned, Spurs have seen ‘Unders’ in their last four domestic games, with exactly two goals in each and while the hosts here haven’t been their usual self at either end of the pitch, they looked much tighter against the Gunners in the cup.
Indeed, the score was just 1-0 until the 87th minute in that one, with the goal coming from the spot, and they’ll be hoping that’s the end of their patch of rustiness.
Wilders’ charges are still looking for their first league goal since the restart, although they were robbed of one in their opener against Villa after a goal-line technology malfunction.
Even if the hosts do find the net against a more resolute Spurs side, the North London club have only registered seven away goals in their last eight matches across all competitions, and with three of those coming against relegation candidates Aston Villa, we’d be surprised if they flew out the traps with a bunch of goals here, and our money is on the ‘Under 2.5 Goals’, even at a strong odds-on price.
Harry Kane got his first goal since the restart to turn the screw into West Ham’s side last time out, and the England International still has a whopping 28 goals for club and country this season, despite only playing three matches in 2020.
It should be noted though, that only three of those goals have come against top half Premier League sides, while his strike in a 7-2 defeat to Bayern is his only other against a side worthy of note, which happened to come from the penalty spot and should the Blades be able to keep him quiet that will just increase the chances of a low scoring encounter.