Leicester City vs Sheffield United Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Leicester City vs Sheffield United Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Leicester City vs Sheffield United predictions for Thursday’s Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City’s charge for Champions League qualification hit another brick wall on Sunday, when they were hammered 4-1 by relegation candidates Bournemouth on an enthralling evening at the Vitality Stadium.

The Foxes had led 1-0 at the interval after a comfortable first 45 on the south coast, though a calamitous second-half capitulation that included conceding a penalty, getting a man sent off and scoring an own goal saw them throw their lead away in remarkable style.

In a startling reverse of fortunes, Brendan Rodgers team have now won just two of their last 11 Premier League fixtures, and though they were handed a slight reprieve when 5th place Man Utd drew at home to Southampton on Monday, just goal difference now separates City in 4th from the advancing Red Devils.

Sheffield United finishing strongly
In contrast, Sheffield United will arrive at the King Power Stadium on Thursday fresh from what was arguably their best performance of the season so far against Chelsea.

The Blades cut through Frank Lampard’s Blues with clinical precision at Bramall Lane, eventually running out 3-0 winners to extend their recent unbeaten run to four Premier League games.

The victory was of special significance for striker David McGoldrick, who notched his first two Premier League goals of the campaign, having played 25 times without success in the final third before that.

With recent wins over Tottenham, Wolves and now Chelsea inside their last four matches, 7th placed Sheffield United should be armed with a powerful cocktail of momentum and confidence this week.

Goals likely at both ends
With just four clean sheets from their last 14 Premier League fixtures, Leicester City’s defensive regression has been stark, and with first-choice central defender Caglar Soyuncu suspended and Ben Chilwell still nursing an injury complaint, their chances of keeping a clean sheet against the Blades on Thursday don’t look good.

Chris Wilder’s men plundered an impressive eight goals in their last four fixtures in what was their most prolific scoring run of the season so far, and with both David McGoldrick and Oliver McBurnie looking sharp in attack with four goals between them during the same period, the Blades should be able to make an impact on the scoresheet again this week.

However, away from Bramall Lane, Sheffield United haven’t been quite as robust at the back as they would have liked since the restart. The Blades shipped seven goals in the four games on the road they contested since the resumption of play, and with that record telling, a clean sheet at the King Power Stadium feel unlikely.

With each defence expected to concede on Thursday, both teams to score market becomes an extremely attractive proposition at the prices quoted, while our correct score prediction tips Leicester and Sheffield United to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

Sheffield United’s string of high-profile wins should arm them with enough impetus to avoid a defeat against out of form Leicester, though the Blades have won only four times in 17 attempts on their travels since August, taking a single point in nine of those fixtures overall.

Wilders’ charges have been hitting the net just 0.82 times on average per 90 minutes away from home since the campaign kicked off while conceding just 1.11 times on average at the other end, and having drawn 1-1 on six separate occasions as the visiting team already over the past 12 months, a similar outcome feels likely.

Key Battle: Ryan Bennett vs David McGoldrick
With Turkish centre-back Caglar Soyuncu absent, Ryan Bennett will be taking on much more responsibility for Leicester this week alongside veteran defensive partner Jonny Evans.

The 30-year-old, who is on loan from Wolves, hasn’t featured much for the Foxes following his temporary January switch, though Bennet has looked a little nervy when he has been called upon of late.

With his confidence soaring following his brace against Chelsea, all-action Sheffield United forward David McGoldrick has the skill set to make life very uncomfortable for Bennet, and it will be fascinating to see how the Foxes fill in defender copes with the Republic of Ireland international’s ingenuity.

Leicester City vs Sheffield United team news
Long-term absentees Daniel Amartey and Ricardo Pereira are still unavailable for Leicester, while Caglar Soyuncu is also out through suspension.

There are also doubts over the fitness of Ben Chilwell, James Maddison and Marc Albrighton, though Brendan Rodgers will hope to have some if not all of them back in time for Thursday’s game.

Leicester City predicted line-up: Schmeichel – Justin, Bennett, Evans, Fuchs – Ndidi, Praet, Tielemans – Perez, Barnes, Vardy

Luke Freeman and Leon Clarke remain sidelined for Sheffield United, though John Fleck will hope to be fit in time for a place on the bench at least.

John Lundstram could slot back into the Blades midfield, though Chris Wilder could be tempted to keep faith with the same XI that played so well against Chelsea.

Sheffield United predicted line-up: Henderson – Basham, Egan, O’Connell – Baldock, Berge, Norwood, Osborn, Stevens – McBurnie, McGoldrick
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