SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM – FEBRUARY 10: Pascal Chimbonda of Tottenham Hotspur tackles Michael Tonge of Sheffield United during the opening goal during the Barclays Premiership match between Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur at Bramall Lane on February 10, 2007 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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


White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London, UK


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

Where Can I Watch It:

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

Team News:


If Jekyll and Hyde were real and were soccer fans, they would root for Tottenham. This is a team who can go out and lay a beat down on Chelsea and then look lost and lose to Crystal Palace. All in all, this is a great squad who is fighting for a European spot. Tottenham have a couple of injury changes as Ryan Mason is expected to come back while Erik Lamela will be out. This game will be tough for Kyle Walker, who will be expecting to play against his boyhood team and the team which his family will be rooting for.

Sheffield United:

Sheffield United is the Cinderella of the Capital One Cup and is looking to put in the ultimate upset. The team is led by Nigel Clough, son of the legendary manager Brian Clough, and is currently placed in 7th in League One. The 51st ranked team in England has already upset Southampton and outlasted West Ham on PK’s in the Capital One Cup as well as beat QPR in the FA Cup so they have the confidence to pull it off. I don’t know what Clough is doing to this team for Cup competitions but he’s getting them motivated. As far as injuries go, midfielders James Wallace and Ben Davies are out and Ryan Flynn is likely out.

Last Meeting:

The last time these two teams faced each other in the same league was on February 10, 2007. A young Phil Jagielka scored the game winning PK in the 62nd minute for Sheffield United. Sheffield United relegated out of the Premier League and never got back.

Last League Cup Meeting:

1970-71 League Cup 3rd Round. I had to go back a long way for this. The last time these two teams played in the League Cup was on October 7, 1970. Tottenham wound up winning at home 2-1. That was the only time these two teams faced each other in the League Cup.

Expected Lineups:

Tottenham (4-2-3-1):

Hugo Lloris

Kyle Walker—-Eric Dier—-Jan Vertonghen—-Danny Rose

Benjamin Stambouli—-Mousa Dembele

Christian Eriksen—-Harry Kane—-Nacer Chadli

Roberto Soldado

Sheffield United (4-5-1):

Mark Howard

Craig Alcock—-Terry Kennedy—-Jay McEveley—-Robert Harris

Jamal Campbell-Ryce—-Michael Doyle—-Stefan Scougall—-Jose Baxter—-Jamie Murphy

Marc McNulty

(Sky Sports)

About Phillip Bupp

Producer/editor of the Awful Announcing Podcast and Short and to the Point. News editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. Highlight consultant for Major League Soccer as well as a freelance writer for hire. Opinions are my own but feel free to agree with them. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @phillipbupp