THE STATS: History favours Blades win over Spurs - but not progress to final

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What chance do Sheffield United have of overturning their first leg deficit and beating Premier League Tottenham to reach the Capital One Cup final? Well history suggests supporters should not give up hope just yet.

During their near 126 year history, the Blades have featured in 46 two-legged affairs of recognised competitions.

And on 20 of those occasions they have emerged victorious in the second leg, compared with 17 defeats and nine draws (five of which resulted in overall wins in the ties).

Tonight, the Blades will have to overcome a 1-0 deficit in order to advance to Wembley.

And this will be the tenth attempt in the club’s history at coming from behind in a two-legged tie.

United have won just three second legs in nine attempts after losing the first. And on only one of those three occasions was the result of the second leg enough to cancel out the deficit suffered in the first.

This took place during the 1992/93 Coca Cola Cup in a first round clash with Bristol City.

Goals from Rob Edwards and Martin Scott saw City beat United (who netted through Paul Rogers) at Ashton Gate.

But the Blades roared back in the second leg at Bramall Lane with Brian Deane bagging a brace alongside strikes from Dane Whitehouse and Carl Bradshaw as Dave Bassett’s side ran out 4-1 winners.

Other second leg wins after first leg defeats came against Blackpool (1993/94 Coca Cola Cup) and Stoke City (1945/46 FA Cup) but United were eliminated in both competitions.

So how about in games against Tottenham at Bramall Lane?

The Blades dominate the historical records when it comes to such a fixture with 21 wins from 42 matches.

Spurs have just seven wins from the Lane on their records with 14 draws.

And United have lost just once in the last six meetings between the clubs in S2.