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CAPITAL 1 CUP GIANT KILLERS SHEFF UTD FACE SPURS

GIANT KILLERS SHEFF UTD FACE SPURS

21st January 2015

Having reached the last 32 of the Europa League and the fourth round of the FA Cup, as well as maintaining a push for a top-four finish in the Premier League, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has needed his large squad.

They have lost only one of their 10 matches in all competitions and will have energetic midfielder Ryan Mason back after the 23-year-old's recovery from a hamstring injury which has sidelined him since Spurs beat Chelsea 5-3 on January 1.

Pochettino confirmed Mason would return against the Blades - and even hinted that he might pick Emmanuel Adebayor after his return to England.

Erik Lamela, who has a calf injury and Nabil Bentaleb, who is at the African Cup of Nations with Algeria, will both be missing.

Another man who will not feature is defender Kyle Naughton, after reports that Spurs had accepted a £5m bid for his signature from Swansea City on Tuesday.

Chris Basham could return to Nigel Clough's starting line-up having served a three-match suspension following his red card at Port Vale on Boxing Day. Ryan Flynn missed Saturday's defeat to MK Dons with an Achilles injury but may start, along with Iain Turner, who has recovered from a hamstring injury.

United have a great Cup record under Nigel Clough (pic)and reached the FA Cup semi-finals last season losing 5-3 to Hull at Wembley. They have already beaten Premier League opposition to get this far - but there are no replays in this competition - and in a one off game the under dog always has a chance.

Over two legs though that might be a different story and Pochettino must know this a great opportunity to reach Wembley in his first season at the Lane.

Clough will have his side up for the game and he has said that provided they can keep Spurs at bay for the first 15 or 20 minutes then they can get a foothold in the tie.

The layers aren't as optimistic with Spurs no bigger than 4/11 (Corals) to win tonight and a 1/8 shot to win the tie. If you fancy an upset Sheffield are as big as 10/1 in places but we just can't see an upset.

Sheffield fans will be hoping this isn't over in the first leg, and Clough will hope to maintain a reasonable scoreline even in defeat. Sheffield are well organised and with a probable five man midfield might stiffle Spurs. For us the best bet is draw/Spurs half-time/full-time result if you need an interest. That's 10/3 with BetFred

It's really a game to savour not punt on.

Joe Ross