For the first time in eight matches, Tottenham Hotspur came away victorious, squarely handling London rivals West Ham United 2-0 last week. While the final scoreline was not a landslide, Spurs were clearly the better team and got a much-needed win that was fully deserved, as well as their first clean sheet since the start of February.
Up next is a trip to Sheffield United, a surprising story who sits just one point behind Tottenham in the table. The Blades have stuck around the big clubs throughout the Premier League season, but their performance after the restart has been dreadful. Sheffield has picked up one draw to three losses in its four June matches while allowing eight goals and scoring just once.
Premier League Table
Both clubs are ostensibly fighting for fifth place and a Champions League berth, but they are moving in opposite directions. Tottenham owns a much more favorable stretch run as well, meaning the gap behind the two sides could start to widen. A loss Thursday would likely eliminate Sheffield from the race given its remaining schedule.
The Blades offered one of the better defenses in the league before the break, but this does not seem to be the case anymore. Meanwhile, scoring has been a bit of a problem all year long, and that has only continued. With how Spurs looked over their first two matches, they are definitely the more in-form team at the moment and should be able to bring all three points home.
Chris Wilder makes two enforced changes— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) July 2, 2020
Sander Berge starts, as does Ben Osborn, who will make his first top-flight start against Jose Mourinho's side.#SUFC
How to Watch
Date: Thursday, July 2, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, 6:00 p.m. BT
Location: Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England
TV: NBCSN (USA), Sky Sports (UK)
Streaming: NBC Sports Live (USA), Sky Go Extra (UK), fubo.tv (free trial)
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