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Spurs v Sheffield Utd: Blades to require climbing gear in return leg

| 21.01.2015

Tottenham take on Sheffield United in the last four of the Capital One Cup and there’s reason to believe the League One club are in for a rough time of it at White Hart Lane.

League One’s cup upstarts are forging quite the reputation under Nigel Clough for their giant-killing antics, having only lost two of the last 21 ties under the former Derby’s manager’s guidance.

However, their lack of respect for clubs in higher divisions can only get them so far, and Tottenham look set to leave the Blades facing a mountain to climb back at Bramall Lane.

Tottenham to win @ 1/3

Clough’s men have rightly earned the plaudits in this competition, defeating a formidable Southampton side in Yorkshire 1-0, albeit the Saints were in the middle of a sticky patch.

The current Tottenham team under Maurico Pochettino are a different kettle of fish, especially at the Lane.

Chelsea’s New Year’s Day conquerors have responded to fortuitous home draws in each of their previous three rounds, beating Championship opposition twice, before pummelling Newcastle 4-0.

Tottenham to win by two goals @ 3/1

As alluded to above, the Lilywhites have been short on mercy when entertaining in the Capital One Cup this season, defeating Nottingham Forest and Brighton by two clear goals before the Magpies were sent packing.

Even when gifting Burnley a two-goal head start in last week’s FA Cup fourth-round replay, the north Londoners still ran out 4-2 winners.

Tottenham to score 2-3 goals @ 20/21

Initial teething problems under Pochettino at the Lane have been banished under a blanket of goals since mid-December.

Led by the exploits of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, the Londoners have averaged just north of 2.8 goals per home game from their last six in all competitions.

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Christian Crowther

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