Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United

Last updated : 21 August 2006 By @blades_mad1889

22.08.06 @ 8:00pm Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United.
Tottenham; under the leadership of Martin Jol started their campaign at Bolton Wanderers, crashing to a 2-0 defeat at the Reebok stadium.

England goalkeeper Paul Robinson had a torrid time time between the posts and this showed when Ivan Campo struck a sweet low shot from 25 yards out that any keeper should grasp; this after former Blade Kevin Davies had give the Trotters the lead.

REpublic of Ireland international striker Robbie Keane was declared fit to play last Friday after coming of of injury with a thigh strain which had ruled him out of action in the pre-season friendly against Spanish opponents Real Sociadad. He came off the bench in their opening game against Bolton and could make a start against the Blades.

Hotspur boss Martin Jol will be without skipper Ledley King as he suffers with a knee injury whilst they will await on the fitness of Teemu Tainio (ankle) before they decide if he his fit to play.

Martin Jol said: "Teemu is probably fit enough to come into consideration but we will wait until Tuesday because he will then be fully fit.

"As you know Ledley King is still out and needs another couple of weeks and for the rest we are fine."

Tottenham Hotspur: Paul Robinson, Beniot Assou-Ekotto, Calum Davenport, Young-Pyo Lee, Michael Dawson, Didier Zokora, Aaron Lennon, Edgar Davids, Jermaine Jenas, Jermaine Defoe, Dimitar Berbatov.

The Blades got off to a starter; Rob Hulse didn't let his disallowed goal distract him when he headed home past Liverpool 50 seconds after half-time.

Controversy occurred when referee Rob Styles awarded a penalty to the Reds after he deemed Chris Morgan made an attempt to trip Steven Gerrard in the box without any contact made. Veteran Robbie Fowler stepped up and converted the penalty.

United will have a full strength side going into the game with Tottenham Hotspur after suffering no fresh injury worries against Liverpool.

Defender Claude Davis continues with his knee injury and could be out for some time; whilst striker Steve Kabba is still suffering with a hamstring strain.

Sheffield United: Paddy Kenny, Leigh Bromby, Chris Morgan, David Unsworth, Chris Armstrong, Paul Ifill, Phil Jagielka, Michael Tonge, Rob Hulse, Danny Webber.

Blades-Mad Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Sheffield United