Midweek action saw Tottenham pick up just their second win in seven competitive matches (W2, D2, L3). Despite their underwhelming run of form in that sequence, they did average two goals per game. Their defense is improving too, having conceded an average of just 0.8 goals per game across their previous five competitive matches.
In the Premier League (PL), Spurs have tended to be quick out of the blocks, scoring 64.71% of their league goals inside the opening 45 minutes, taking the lead in eight of their 11 PL fixtures to date. Their issue, however, has been in holding onto those leads, conceding an equalizer on five of those occasions.
PL newcomers Sheffield United are still undefeated on the road this term. The key to their success is to remain defensively assured early on, before pushing for goals later in the game. This explains why they have scored 83.33% of their away league goals in the second half.
Although the ‘Blades’ do the bulk of their scoring in the second half, they do complement this by being fairly robust defensively in the opening stages of their PL fixtures. Significantly, they haven’t conceded a goal in the opening 15 minutes of any PL game so far this term.
Players to watch: Spurs attacker Heung-Min Son has four goals in his previous four competitive matches, with the goals coming in pairs.
Sheffield United’s new signing Lys Mousset has three goals in his previous six PL matches. Two came away from home, and in the second half.
Stat attack: Nearly three-quarters (72.73%) of Tottenham’s PL matches have produced over 2.5 total match goals.
The opposition has scored the first goal in three (60%) of Sheffield United’s five away PL matches.
The last two competitive H2H matches have produced four goals after the 70th minute.
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Referee: Scott G. (Eng),
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London)