Leicester City v Sheffield United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 12, 2018
King Power Stadium - FA Cup
Leicester City welcome Championship side Sheffield United to the East Midlands, with both sides bidding for a place in the FA Cup fifth round draw.
Leicester have already beaten Sheffield United once so far this season, winning 4-1 at Bramall Lane in the EFL Cup back in August.
Prior to that, the Foxes are unbeaten in their previous four meetings with the Yorkshire club, with Sheffield United's last win over the Foxes coming back in 2008.
For Sheffield United, first choice goalkeeper Simon Moore is serving the second game of a three match ban, meaning Jamal Blackman will start in goal. Midfielder John Fleck is also banned after accumulating five yellow cards this season, his place will taken by either Ryan Leonard or Ricky Holmes.
Leicester will wait until the last minute to make a decision on club captain Wes Morgan, who is returning from a hamstring injury, if he is not fit, Aleksandar Dragovic will continue to deputise in defence.
Shinji Okazaki is out with a knee problem, and Demarai Gray, Fousseni Diabate, Harvey Barnes and Vincente Iborra could all start for Claude Puel's side.
Leicester City v Sheffield United Preview and Predictions
Leicester showed their intentions of taking the FA Cup very seriously with an emphatic 5-1 win away at Peterborough in the last round, and they be primed to continue that good form Chris Wilder's side.
The Foxes are without a win since that Peterborough game, and Puel will have to ensure that his players are fully motivated to secure a quarter finals place for the first time since 2011-12.
Sheffield United are in better form, beating rivals Leeds united last weekend, but that followed on from successive defeats to Aston Villa and Derby County.
Leicester seem to be really up for a cup run this season, with European qualification via the league looking to be a tough race, this could be alternative route for them.
A home win is priced at 8/13, and given their performance against Peterborough, it looks a good option.
With both sides scoring just two goals in their last three games, this could well be a tight clash, with a narrow win being enough to secure progress to the next round, and an under 2.5 goals bet is priced at 19/20.
Leicester to win 2-0 at 13/2
Puel will want his side in the hat for the next round, and given the early exits of Liverpool and Arsenal already, Leicester will fancy themselves as dark horses to win the competition this season.
Jamie Vardy to score first at 5/1
England striker Vardy has scored three goals in his last three games for Leicester, and despite it being a cup competition, he is unlikely to be rested by Puel for this game. His is in form, and has the speed and directness to cause mayhem for the visitors.