Tottenham have their eyes set on a Cup championship rematch against Chelsea, but they first have to take care of business against League One side Sheffield United in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semifinals. Spurs take a 1-0 home victory into Brammall Lane to take on a Blades side that would like nothing less than to be giant killers and play for glory in Wembley Stadium.
Get the Chaz and Dave records on stand-by, but be prepared to break it over your head as well.
Date / Time: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 19:45 GMT; 2:45 p.m. EST
Venue: Brammall Lane, Sheffield
Forecast: Chance of rain, high 9ºC (48º F)
How to watch: If you're in England, you bet this will be prominently televised. Sky Sports 1 will carry this match in the UK. It's not on TV in America, but you can watch it streamed through beIN SPORTS CONNECT, assuming you have the right cable package. Australian viewers can catch the match on beIN Sports Australia. Don't even ask about *cough* alternate methods *cough*.
Tottenham Team News: Spurs have been given a clean bill of health ahead of the match, with the club not reporting any fresh injuries. Nacer Chadli has returned to the team from his compassionate leave after the recent death of his father, but manager Mauricio Pochettino says he will not feature in tomorrow's match. Nabil Bentaleb is still in Equatorial Guinea on AFCON duty with Algeria.
For Spurs, expect them to put out a very strong side, possibly even nearly all first choice. Sheffield were plucky and dangerous in the opening leg at White Hart Lane, and Mauricio Pochettino will not want to take any chances. Don't expect Spurs to sit on a 1-0 lead and defend – Pochettino will likely play to win, instead of playing not to lose. Poche's recent comments suggest Michel Vorm will be between the sticks again for the second leg, but expect Erik Lamela, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, and Jan Vertonghen to all start.
Sheffield Team News: Sheffield rested a number of first team players in their FA Cup tie with Preston North End this past weekend, so you can guarantee that they'll give Spurs their best punch on Wednesday. Ryan Flynn is listed as out with an Achilles injury.
For Sheffield, they need to win and they need to win by at least two goals, so they will likely attack Spurs at every opportunity. They're a dangerous side that has already knocked off two Premier League clubs, and they'll be the motivated club, playing in their stadium in front of their rabid home fans. Don't expect this to be a cake walk for Spurs.