Leicester City must return to winning ways if they are to defend their top four status but Brendan Rodgers’ side are set for a very tough challenge against an in-form Sheffield United at the King Power Stadium on Thursday, 16 July 2020.
The Blades were defeated 2-1 when both sides met at the Bramall Lane in August so Leicester City can boast four straight wins over Sheffield United and are also unbeaten in their last seven meetings (5 wins, 2 draws), though the vast majority of those games were not in the top-flight.
Leicester City Betting Preview
The Foxes are losing the grip on their season as they suffered another blow on their way to a top four finish. The 2015-16 Champions were hammered 4-1 by relegation candidates Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, though they led 1-0 at half-time, and will need to bounce back if they want to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Brendan Rodgers’ men will have to be flawless in the remaining three games though their schedule doesn’t seem to be really favorable to be honest. Leicester City will host Sheffield United in midweek before they travel to face Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, while their last game of the season could be a decisive duel with Manchester United.
Leicester City have won just once since the beginning of Project Restart, losing three of their last five games across all competitions. They’ve wasted a comfortable lead and now it looks like the Foxes have a mountain to climb if they want to remain in the top four.
The 4-1 defeat at Bournemouth was probably their worst defeat of the season, even worse than the 4-0 home loss to Liverpool on Boxing Day, so they’ll have to react in an appropriate way if they want to regain their mojo.
Moreover, Leicester City have won just three of their last nine Premier League home games and have also failed to win back-to-back home games in the League since early-December.
The Foxes have not conceded in their last three Premier League home games and could keep a fourth consecutive home clean sheet for the first time since the triumphant 2015-16 campaign – February 2016.
Veteran Christian Fuchs could start at left-back if Ben Chilwell is not ready to play on Thursday and Brendan Rodgers will probably revert to a 4-1-4-1 formation.
Jamie Vardy scored his 23rd Premier League goal of the season (in 32 appearances) and the 33-years-old Englishman is just one goal away from matching his best record in the English top-flight – he scored 24 times in 36 appearances in 2015-16.
Turkish center-back Caglar Soyuncu will serve a three-game suspension, meaning he won’t play against this season, so Ryan Bennett will be taking on much more responsibility for The Foxes this week alongside veteran Jonny Evans.
Marc Albrighton was substituted with a knock early against the Cherries and will most likely miss out, as well as the England duo Ben Chilwell and James Maddison (both doubtful).
Sheffield United Betting Preview
In stark contrast, Sheffield United will arrive at the King Power Stadium on Thursday fresh from what was probably their best performance of the season so far against Chelsea. Thanks to an impressive 3-0 victory over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on Saturday, Chris Wilder’s men moved one step closer to securing European football at Bramall Lane next season.
Chris Wilder’s side were in superb form before the break but struggled to get back on track in a moment when they were even dreaming about Champions League qualification.
Encouraged by the recent victories over Tottenham Hotspur, Wolves and Chelsea in their last four matches, 7th-placed Sheffield United should be armed with a powerful cocktail of confidence and momentum when they travel to the King Power Stadium. Thy are bidding to win a third consecutive Premier League match for the first time since December.
David McGoldrick netted a brace against Chelsea to open his scoring account in the Premier League as the 32-years-old Irishman has failed to score in his previous 25 appearances.
Luke Freeman and the 2017-18 top goalscorer Leon Clarke remain sidelined for the Blades, while John Fleck is closing in on a return. However, if Fleck is not ready to feature, Ben Osborn will once again start in central midfield.
Possible Starting Lineups of Leicester City and Sheffield United
Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel – Christian Fuchs, Jonny Evans, Ryan Bennett, James Justin – Wilfred Ndidi – Harvey Barnes, Youri Tielemans, Dennis Praet, Ayoze Perez – Jamie Vardy. (4-1-4-1)
Sheffield United: Dean Henderson – Chris Basham, John Egan, Jack O’Connell – George Baldock, Sander Berge, Oliver Norwood, Ben Osborn, Enda Stevens – David McGoldrick, Oliver McBurnie. (3-5-2)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
The Blades have scored an impressive eight goals in their last four games in what is their most prolific scoring form of the season so far, and with both Oliver McBurnie and David McGoldrick looking sharp in attack with four goals between them during the same period, Chris Wilder’s men should be able to get on the scoresheet again in midweek.
Meanwhile, Thursday remains the only day of the week when Leicester City have failed to win a Premier League match – after five unsuccessful (obviously) attempts.
Sheffield United failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last three away games and considering that Leicester City will be eager to return to winning ways, the hosts will look sharp. However, the Foxes have won just twice in their last 11 Premier League matches and this is not a form of a side that we are willing to back in such a tricky encounter, so we’re more tempted to bet on goals.
Spooky Express Free Play: Both Teams to Score – Yes -115 @ BetOnline for 6/10 Units