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Leicester vs Sheffield United: Predictions
Leicester are currently looking comfortable with their spot in the Champions League qualifying spots, five points clear of fifth-placed West Ham. However, the Hammers do have a game in hand over Brendan Rodgers’ side, and the Foxes will know they cannot afford any slip ups in one of the closest top-four races for quite some time.
The hosts go into this game in inconsistent form, winning one, drawing one and losing one of their past three games in the Premier League, form that has allowed the chasing pack to close the gap. However, that defeat, against Arsenal, was one of just two for Leicester in the league in 2021, with the Foxes winning seven of their 12 games and yet to drop out of the top four since climbing back in at the start of the year.
But they face a Sheffield United side whose time in the Premier League appears to be running out. It was always going to be an uphill battle for the Blades considering the start to the season they had, but there were some slim hopes of safety when they went on a run of three wins in six league games including victory over Man Utd at Old Trafford.
However, they won just one of their next six games and are now 12 points off Premier League safety with 10 games left to play. Although it isn’t mathematically impossible, Sheffield United appear resigned to playing Championship football next season and the remainder of the campaign may just be about finishing on a high under whoever is in charge.
Leicester vs Sheffield United: Match Stats
This Sheffield United team are in poor form, not just with regards to results but also in front of goal. The Blades have failed to score in four of their past five Premier League matches, only finding the net in their 1-0 win over Aston Villa. While Leicester’s defence has looked leaky of late, this appears to be the perfect time for them to get back to keeping clean sheets.
Many will look to Jamie Vardy to be Leicester’s goalscoring hero this week but the Englishman isn’t in good form. However, his team-mate, Kelechi Iheanacho, is. The Nigerian has been given a starting role for Leicester in recent weeks, alongside Vardy in a two-man strike partnership, and has scored two goals in his past two games.
Leicester vs Sheffield United: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Leicester 2-0 Sheffield United
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16 February 2018 – Leicester City 1-0 Sheffield United – FA Cup
22 August 2017 – Sheffield United 1-4 Leicester City – League Cup
Leicester are unbeaten against Sheffield United since April 2008 and have won seven of the 10 meetings since then. A 90th-minute Jamie Vardy strike won the most recent game for Leicester after Oli McBurnie had cancelled out Ayoze Perez’s opener.