Sheffield Utd vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview & Final-Day Game Betting Tips

Son Heung-MinThe final day of the 2023/34 Premier League season is now upon us. In this fixture, an already relegated Sheffield United take on a Tottenham team that is trying to wrap up fifth place (4pm Sunday). Can the visitors end the season on a minor high following some disappointing recent defeats? Or will the hosts give their fans something to cheer ahead of dropping down to the second division? Read on for our SUFC vs THFC preview with betting tips.

There were signs of a mini-revival from the Blades towards the end of March as they drew with Bournemouth, Fulham and Chelsea in the space of four matches, showing more in the final third, scoring a pleasing total of seven goals. However, such form could not inspire what would have been an unlikely escape.

Since holding the Blues at home, this Championship-bound Sheffield United team has lost six games on the bounce. If nothing else, they have scored a few goals in big games as the season has worn on, so perhaps they can cause Spurs a few problems as they wave goodbye to the Premier League for the second time in four seasons.

For the visitors, there is more than just pride at stake here. After a disappointing end to the campaign, thanks to suffering defeat against Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle, Spurs can still secure a fifth-place finish, which would be an upgrade on last season. Ange Postecoglou’s men will be looking to re-find their scoring touch against the worst defence in the EPL, but will they be able to keep things tight themselves? That’s the big question.

Blades can cause problems at home

It has been clear to see, especially from a defensive point of view, that this Sheffield United team has been some way off the required level in the Premier League. They have gone down without really putting up a fight, as many people predicted just a few games into the campaign. However, at home, they have had a real go offensively over the last couple of months, so we should not be surprised if they make some headway in this fixture.

In late March the Blades notched three at home to Fulham, which was a fine effort. Moreover, they enjoyed playing on the break when Chelsea came knocking, scoring twice, while despite losing 1-4 to fellow relegation battlers Burnley, they created lots of chances and probably should have scored a couple more goals. They also got on the scoresheet last time out at home, notching against Nottingham Forest, posting an encouraging 2.26 xG.

Spurs can’t keep it tight

Under Ange Postecoglou, Spurs have improved. They have refound some of their offensive spark. Heung-min Son has had a clear-to-see revival under the Australian, with the South Korean dramatically improving on the numbers that he produced under Antonio Conte’s rather negative football last season.

However, for all Postecoglou has got a sweeter tune out of Spurs offensively, he has done little to tighten things up at the back, so much so that Saturday’s visitors have looked nothing like a top-four team in the defensive third. At times, they have been laughably easy to breach, which is why they approach this game without a clean sheet in ten games. They have conceded two or more in six of those ten. Of course, they have had a tough run of fixtures, seemingly playing all of the best teams in the league at once. Still, it has not been anywhere near good enough, so there’s certainly hope for the hosts in an offensive sense here.

Visitors to do the double?

When the teams met earlier in the season, Spurs came out on top, but only just as they scored twice deep into stoppage time to turn things around after trailing by a goal to nil. On Sunday, they will be looking to do what they did the last time Sheffield United were in the Premier League by winning home and away.

Hosts SUFC to have their say

At the early prices with the major bookies, ‘Sheffield United to Score Over 1.5 Goals’ stands out as a decent play. We know that the Blades are relegated, so they have little to play for, but that does not mean that they won’t want to go down off the back of showing their fans some bite in the final third. They have a highly capable offensive player such as Ben Brereton Diaz who will be angling for a move to a Premier League club after the season concludes, so there’s motivation in the home forward line.

We also know that in search of the win that will confirm fifth place, Spurs will come forward. It is simply not Postecoglou’s style to take thing cautiously, so we know that there will be chances for the hosts on the break and given Spurs’ lack of all-round resistances this season, coupled with the fact that the Blades have threatened on the break at home of late, you could argue that at least a couple of home goals are a little more likely than the early odds suggest.

After all, we’ve seen Wilder’s men score seven goals in their last four home games, doing their best work on the break against forward-thinking Chelsea and Fulham teams, which bodes well. Moreover, the visitors come into this final-day game having conceded two or more goals in each of their last three travelling matches, as well as in eight of their last ten.

The visitors have more about them all round and they may well be able to overpower the already-relegated hosts, but all signs point towards them doing that without escaping untouched at the back. At the prices, staking on home goals is the best way to play it with regards the betting tips for this SUFC vs THFC preview.

  • Sheffield United to score over 1.5 goals (on the ‘total home goals’ market) @ 13/8 with Bet365 or Betfred.