LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: Andros Townsend of Spurs scores the opening goal past Mark Howard of Sheffield United from the penalty spot during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United at White Hart Lane on January 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Sheffield United vs Tottenham Preview: Capitol One Cup Semi-Final (Second Leg)


Bramall Lane, Sheffield, UK


2:45 PM EST, 7:45 PM in the UK

Where Can I Watch It:

beIN Sports Connect in the US and Sky Sports 1 in the UK

Team News:


Since last week, Tottenham lost late to Leicester City in the FA Cup. As far as injuries go there aren’t really any new injuries. Nacer Chadli is away due to family matters and Nabil Bentaleb is on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Sheffield United:

Sheffield United drew to Preston North End in the FA Cup this past weekend and manager Nigel Clough is warning his team for today’s game. With all these lower league teams beating the best of the best in England, Clough is warning them that Tottenham is not going to take the game lightly. He states,

“I read some quotes from Bradford players saying the Friday night game, where Cambridge drew 0-0 at home against Manchester United, a brilliant performance and result, gave them inspiration and belief. And we are going to try to use this weekend for the same sort of motivation. But the other side of that is that it will have put Spurs on high alert – if last Wednesday didn’t already – as lower-league teams can cause you a problem [as a top-flight team].”

Last Meeting:

Tottenham defeated Sheffield United in the first leg last week. Andros Townsend scored a PK for Tottenham to put them ahead, putting them 90 minutes from going to Wembley to face Chelsea.

Things to Watch For:

Look for more of the same as last week. This is going to be a hard fought game and will likely be a bit tough to watch. If the score remains the same after 80 minutes, expect Sheffield United to “throw the kitchen sink” at Spurs just because they have nothing to lose.

Expected Lineups:

Tottenham (4-2-3-1):

Michel Vorm

Kyle Walker—-Eric Dier—-Jan Vertonghen—-Ben Davies

Benjamin Stambouli—-Mousa Dembele

Christian Eriksen—-Harry Kane—-Andros Townsend

Roberto Soldado

Sheffield United (4-4-2):

Mark Howard

Ryan Flynn—-Chris Basham—-Jay McEveley—-Robert Harris

Jamal Campbell-Ryce—-Michael Doyle—-Stefan Scougall—-Louis Reed

Jamie Murphy—-Marc McNulty


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