Tottenham vs Sheffield United | Sunday 2nd May 2021, 19:15 | Sky Sports
The only two temporary managers in the Premier League come together on Sunday evening as Tottenham host already relegated Sheffield United.
It’s easy to see why Spurs are 1/4 favourites heading into this one. Anything other than a win here would be a massive shock, as the Blades have lost 26 of their 33 top-flight matches this term.
Paul Heckingbottom did get his first win as Blades interim boss against Brighton last time out, having lost his first four games. This is a completely different test against a Spurs side looking to bounce back from cup final defeat.
Surely Spurs will finally play with some sort of freedom under Ryan Mason. This is the exact sort of game Mason will want after last week’s despair: bottom of the league, a team who have lost 18 of their last 21 PL away games and wishing the season was already over.
The obdurate style of play Jose Mourinho opted to go for eventually cost him his job.
With Harry Kane and the likes of Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura and Gareth Bale at his disposal, the team want scoring anywhere near enough goals.
Ryan Mason is Tottenham through and through and surely, he knows what the fans want more than anything else: attacking style of play, freedom, goals. With virtually no pressure on the interim boss here, I’d like to think he lets these players loose and see what they can produce on the pitch.
Sticking with Harry Kane, on paper he is clearly the best player from the two sides here. he is the reason Tottenham even have a slight chance of European football in all honesty.
It’s a very hard match to find any real value. My only advised play comes from Betfair’s WhoScored man of the match market.
Back Harry Kane to be WhoScored Man of the Match at 23/10 Betfair
Kane has won this MOTM award in 12/30 games this season, the most in the Premier League. Eight of these have been against bottom half sides, including the reverse fixture at Bramall Lane. He scored 9.4 in that fixture despite only scoring one goal, with only one other player surpassing a rating of 7.8.
Between the fit players for Blades players on Sunday, they have only FOUR man of the match awards between them, a measly one third that Kane has himself.
Kane has the same amount of WhoScored MOTM awards (12) as the rest of the Spurs squad themselves (12). His total is five above Kevin De Bruyne, with 7 to the Belgian’s name.
The English striker averages the most shots in the division, has the most goals, the most assists, so it is easy to see why he is far and away averaging the best metrics on WhoScored at 7.81.
We need Kane to turn up in the capital on Sunday night and any goal contributions would be most welcome.
Tottenham vs Sheffield United – Harry Kane to be WhoScored Man of the Match (23/10 Betfair)