Tonight’s Capital One Cup Semi-Final, first-leg tie between the Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur and League One outfit Sheffield United offers up the kind of tie that makes domestic cup football so appealing. With the Premier League outfit looking to claim their first League Cup crown since 2007-2008 and Sheffield United looking to end a 90-year baron domestic cup run, the neutral will be hoping for a memorable Capital One Cup tie whether it Results in an upset or not.
We took a look at the biggest Capital One Cup mismatches for tonight’s game.
Harry Kane Vs Marc McNulty
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Harry Kane’s 2014-2015 season has been nothing short of remarkable. With 18 goals in all competitions for Spurs, Kane is the side’s top-goalscorer and head’s into tonight’s tie full of confidence. Despite failing to find the net in Tottenham’s 2-1 victory over Sunderland this weekend, Kane is still very much the in-form man ahead of tonight’s tie. Kane’s stand-out performance of the season came in Tottenham’s 5-3 mauling of Premier League leaders Chelsea, in which the 21-year-old netted twice and cause the Blues defence nothing but problems throughout the entirety of the tie. After a three year period that saw Harry Kane spend loan spells at four clubs, Kane has cemented his place in Tottenham’s first team and is even rumoured to be on the precipice of a new deal at White Hart Lane. Set to double his wages.
Marc McNulty (Sheffield United)
Marc McNulty is Sheffield United’s very own young star. Aged just 22-years-old McNulty has 10 goals for The Blades this season, including the all-important match-winner over Southampton in the previous round of the Capital One Cup, setting up tonight’s tie. McNulty has a remarkable story having been playing at semi professional level for Scottish Championship side Livingston until he was signed by Nigel Clough in the summer of 2014. McNulty came in for some strong criticism earlier in the season at the hands of Clough who claimed that, despite his goal scoring form, McNulty was coasting at Sheffield United. Since then McNulty has been fantastic for The Blades and will certainly be a big part player in tonight’s tie.
Christian Eriksen Vs Jamal Campbell-Ryce
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)
Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen is one of the shining lights of the current Tottenham Hotspur side. At just 22-years-old, Eriksen has proven on multiple occasions this season just how valuable he is to Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side. On four separate occasions this season Eriksen has earned his side crucial points on the dying embers of games. Eriksen has scored vital last gasp goals against Hull, Swansea, Leicester City and most recently Sunderland to save his side from dropping points that, if not rescued, could have left his Spurs side in a dangerous position in the league standings. This campaign has already been huge for Eriksen and a Capital One Cup run could further establish his importance in the Tottenham set-up.
Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United)
Boyhood Tottenham fan Jamal Campbell-Ryce tonight lines up against his beloved Spurs in the hopes of putting a severe dent in their Capital One Cup ambitions. Now 31-years-old, Campbell-Ryce has failed to make an impact on The Blades league form but is a regular in Cup football. Since signing for Sheffield United in May of 2014, Campbell-Ryce has found the net seven times for the side, the best return of his career thus far and heading into tonight’s tie, he has an impressive cup record probably best remembered for playing for the Barnsley side that famously knocked Chelsea out of the F.A Cup in 2008 and perhaps his celebrity persona that has seen him feature on shows like Sky Sports’ ‘Soccer AM’.
Kyle Walker Vs Craig Alcock
Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Tonight’s tie is one of extra importance to Kyle Walker, who spent his childhood playing career at Sheffield United before making the move to White Hart Lane at the age of 19. Now 24-years-old Walker is still in touch with his Sheffield upbringing, with his entire family die-hard Blades fans. Walker has endured a tough time at Tottenham of late but will be approaching the two-legged semi-final tie with real focus and intent as he looks to claim a victory over his boyhood club and continue their 90 year quest for cup glory.
Craig Alcock (Sheffield United)
Craig Alcock will be a welcome return for Sheffield United’s Capital One Cup campaign as well as boss Nigel Clough and Blades fans alike after being sidelined for eight weeks. 27-year-old Alcock returned to duty during his sides 1-0 loss to fellow League One play-off contenders MK Dons over the weekend. Alcock will provide a boost t Clough’s Blades side after missing out on all of the Capital One Cup ties up until now. With only League starts this season, Alcock is set to make his cup debut for The Blades tonight, replacing Ryan Flynn, who covered Alcock during his lengthy spell on the sidelines. Clough stated recently that due to Flynn’s impressive deputising of the position, Alcock will have to fight for his starting position and a tie against a Premier League side is the ideal place to start.