Tottenham Hotspur can pull away from out-of-form Sheffield United and keep in touch with the sides above them in the race for European qualification if they win this Premier League fixture.
Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England
Key Stat: Sheffield United have drawn one and lost three since football resumed, scoring just one goal.
Expert Verdict: Sheffield United's excellent season seems to have run out of steam as a result of lockdown - they have scored just once on their return and failed to win. Unlike the Blades, lockdown benefited Spurs and Harry Kane proved why with the fit-again England striker scoring last time out. Spurs are favourites.
John Lundstram could miss out after suffering a shoulder injury, while Jack O’Connell will not be risked unless he is fully fit. Both will be big misses.
Dean Henderson – The goalkeeper’s loan was extended to the end of the season, which is a big boost for the Blades considering how important he has been.
Billy Sharp – Winning goals before lockdown have not continued afterwards, but the Blades captain can still play a key part this season.
John Fleck – The midfielder was in good form before lockdown and needs to get back to that as Sheffield United look to solidify again.
A last-gasp FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Arsenal continued Sheffield United’s winless streak on their return to action. Since coming back, they have drawn with Aston Villa and lost 3-0 to both Newcastle and Manchester United. David McGoldrick finally ended their goal drought with a late equaliser against Arsenal last weekend, but the Gunners scored an even later winner.
Defenders:John Egan, Chris Basham, Jack Robinson
Midfielders:George Baldock, Sander Berge, Oliver Norwood, John Fleck, Enda Stevens
Forwards:Billy Sharp, David McGoldrick
While Spurs have their big names fit and firing again, Juan Foyth and Japhet Tanganga are sidelined with youngster Troy Parrott.
Harry Kane – Scored late on against West Ham, his first since his comeback from injury, and he can end the season on a high now.
Son Heung-Min – Set up Kane’s goal against West Ham to mark his own return to form after a frustrating season.
Moussa Sissoko – Another player back in action thanks to lockdown, and his return in midfield should not be underestimated.
Tottenham ended a seven-match winless streak when they beat West Ham last time out. An own goal and Harry Kane’s late strike sealed a 2-0 victory. They had previously returned to action by drawing 1-1 with Manchester United – Steven Bergwijn grabbing their goal.
Defenders:Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Ben Davies
Midfielders:Moussa Sissoko, Giovani Lo Celso
Attacking Midfielders:Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min
George Baldock cancelled out Son Heung-Min’s opener as the two teams drew 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their first meeting this season.
Sheffield United’s fine season looks to have stalled since lockdown, with form deserting them and their proud defensive record up in smoke too.
It should not detract from an excellent return to Premier League action in which they went into March with a very realistic chance of European qualification.
With no momentum, however, their European hopes look to be over and Tottenham are now the team looking to take advantage.
Spurs beat West Ham last time out and with Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, and Moussa Sissoko, fit again, they can build some momentum.
Sheffield United have lost their last two league games 3-0, albeit they were unfortunate to lose 2-1 in stoppage time against Arsenal in the FA Cup at the weekend.
Spurs can take advantage, however – knowing a win will move them four points clear of the Blades and to within four points of Wolves above them.
There is work to do for Jose Mourinho’s side to reach Europe, but their chances will increase significantly with a win in this game.
Tottenham are favourites to beat out-of-form Sheffield United and can be backed at evens with Betfair and Betway to win.
With Sheffield United out of goalscoring form, you can bet against both teams to score at 17/20 with Befair, Paddy Power, 888sport and Betway.
Tottenham to win to nil returns a best price of 11/5 with Betfair, meanwhile.
Harry Kane got back in the goals last time out and he is 11/8 to score at any time with 888sport and Ladbrokes.
Manchester United have their best attacking players back, whereas the Sheffield United defence will be a makeshift one. It does not bode well for the visitors.