MATCH GUIDE: Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United

Spurs' former Sheffield United defender Kyle Walker
Spurs' former Sheffield United defender Kyle Walker
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Sheffield United travel to White Hart Lane for the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg, aiming to add Tottenham to their lengthy list of scalps in knock-out competition.


Tottenham Hotspur: Loris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Stambouli, Townsend, Paulinho, Eriksen, Kane, Adebayor.

Sheffield United: Howard, Alcock, McEveley, Basham, Harris, Doyle, Reed, Campbell-Ryce, Baxter, Murphy, McNulty.


Kyle Walker is one of the most successful graduates of Sheffield United’s youth system having made his professional debut for tonight’s visitors against Leyton Orient in 2009. he joined Tottenham Hotspur as part of the £10m transfer which also saw his team mate, Kyle Naughton, move to White Hart Lane. Walker, now an England international, made 37 appearances for United and, like Naughton, was a member of the side which reached the Championship play-off final in 2009. Walker has been capped 10 times by England.


Tonight’s game will be the first meeting between these two teams since Sheffield United beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Bramall Lane, with Rob Hulse and Phil Jagielka both on target, in the Premier League eight years ago. However, the visitors triumphed 2-0 in the corresponding fixture at White Hart Lane earlier that term. United have won 28 of their previous 88 contests with Spurs prevailing on 35 occasions. Twenty-five of those fixtures have ended all-square.


Neil Swarbrick: The 49-year-old. from Preston, averages 4.3 cautions per game this season. Sent-off Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke during their 2-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in November and was promoted to the Select Group of Referees in 2011 having only taken-up the profession less than two decades earlier.

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