It may be safe to say few of us expected Sheffield United to be one of the Lilywhites biggest rivals with just seven games to go but as we enter the home stretch, just one-point separates Tottenham from the Blades.
It is not all bad though as Sheffield are having a season to remember and with plenty of games left, there is still an outside chance of Tottenham sneaking into the top four.
However, in order to do it, victory over the Blades on Thursday is a must, but what do the head to head stats say about Tottenham’s chances.
The pair first met in the 1901 FA Cup final. A 2-2 draw was played out with a reply being needed seven days later which Tottenham went on to win 3-1.
Since them Spurs have gone on to hold the edge over the Blades recording a total of 36 wins to Sheffield United’s 28 with a total of 27 draws.
There has been an even split recently with both sides claiming a single victory and a pair of draws in the sides last four meetings.
In fact, when the pair met at Bramall Lane in the Premier League in November in North London, a rather drab 1-1 was played out with Tottenham taking the lead through Son before George Baldock equalised for the Blades with twelve minutes to go.
Premier League only head to head
Thursday’s game will only be the eighth time the pair have met since the Premier League began in 1992.
Once again, there is an even split with Tottenham winning twice, Sheffield United winning twice and a total of three draws so far.
However, in those seven games, Tottenham have only scored ten times whilst the Blades have managed thirteen.
As you can see from the stats, there appears to be little to split the pair and the draw looks the safe bet in this one.
However, the Blades have lost all three of their games since returning to action and look like they are the beach already giving Spurs the perfect chance to enhance their record over the Chris Wilder’s men.