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Jul 16, 2020 at 6pm UK
LeicesterLeicester City
2-0
Sheff UtdSheffield United
Perez (29'), Gray (79')
Evans (75')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Egan (80'), Fleck (90+3')
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Preview: Leicester City vs. Sheffield United - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Thursday's Premier League clash between Leicester City and Sheffield United, including team news and predicted lineups.

Two sides with clear targets in mind face off at the King Power Stadium on Thursday evening as out-of-form Leicester City take on a rejuvenated Sheffield United.

Leicester are hanging onto a top-four spot after winning one of their six matches since the restart, while United are back up to seventh following back-to-back victories.


Match preview

Brendan Rodgers did not hold back following Leicester's shocking 4-1 collapse against Bournemouth on Sunday, admitting that his side are nowhere near Champions League level.

From looking top-four certainties before the restart to relying on other teams to drop points, a season that offered so much for City is at risk of completely crumbling.

Leicester took the lead against an out-of-sorts Bournemouth side through a Jamie Vardy strike, but a calamitous two-minute spell saw them concede twice and lose a man.

Bournemouth took advantage of Caglar Soyuncu's dismissal by running away with the win, making it six points from the last 18 on offer for Leicester.

Yet somehow they still remain in possession of fourth place, level on points with Manchester United following the Red Devils' 2-2 draw with Southampton on Monday.

That ultimately means that Leicester's fate remains in their own hands, but they face tricky games against Sheff Utd, Tottenham Hotspur and Man Utd to conclude the campaign.

One game at a time will be the mantra for Rodgers, and indeed opposite number Chris Wilder, who has to be a contender for the Manager of the Season award.

Wilder's men have recovered from a post-lockdown slump that saw them lose two and draw one of their first three matches back by taking 10 points from the last 12.

The Blades scored a dramatic late winner against fellow European chasers Wolverhampton Wanderers last week and followed that up with a 3-0 win against Chelsea on Saturday.

As far as performances go, that display was right up there as United crushed third-place Chelsea - a result that Leicester supporters would have celebrated just as wildly.

The Yorkshire club are one point behind Wolves in the final Europa League spot and have mid-table Everton and Southampton to come after this trip to the East Midlands.

With Leicester only five points better off, even a place in the Champions League cannot be entirely ruled out for United just yet in what has been a campaign to remember.

Leicester City's Premier League form: DDLWDL
Leicester City's form (all competitions): DLLWDL

Sheffield United's Premier League form: LLWDWW
Sheffield United's form (all competitions): LLWDWW


Team News

Soyuncu is banned for this match after being sent off against Bournemouth, possibly meaning just a second Premier League start for Ryan Bennett since joining on loan in January.

Daniel Amartey and Ricardo Pereira remain absent for Leicester, meanwhile, but Rodgers will hope to have James Maddison and Ben Chilwell back from injury.

Should Chilwell fail to recover in time, James Justin and Marc Albrighton may be used in a makeshift back four. Up top, Vardy needs one more goal to make this his joint-best Premier League season.

As for United, they remain without Luke Freeman and Leon Clarke, while John Fleck is touch-and-go after missing their last four matches.

John Lundstram is among those pushing for inclusion but, despite the quick turnaround in matches, Wilder is unlikely to make any changes from the Chelsea win.

David McGoldrick scored his first Premier League goals in that impressive victory and is looking to net in consecutive league matches for the first time since January 2019.

Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Albrighton, Bennett, Evans, Justin; Ndidi; Perez, Praet, Tielemans, Barnes; Vardy

Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Basham, Egan, O'Connell; Baldock, Berge, Norwood, Osborne, Stevens; McBurnie, McGoldrick


We say: Leicester City 2-1 Sheffield United

This really is a huge game and one that both sides will be targeting victory from. Leicester's only two victories since February have come at the King Power Stadium, while United have gone four matches without an away win - losing 3-0 to Man Utd and Newcastle in that run - so we are backing the Foxes to edge this one.



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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool38323385335299
2Manchester CityMan City3926310102366681
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd411815869393069
4Chelsea392161270541669
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3917111164481662
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Arsenal381414105648856
9Southampton40168165361-856
10Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
11Burnley38159144350-754
12Everton381310154456-1249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle391111173960-2144
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham401011195164-1341
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
RWatford39910203865-2737
18Aston Villa3998224270-2835
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RNorwich CityNorwich3956282676-5021
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