Sheffield United v Leicester Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 20, 2019
Bramall Lane - Premier League
Sheffield United and Leicester go head-to-head in the top flight of English football for the first time since 1976 on Saturday afternoon. The Blades are full of confidence after picking up their first victory of the season last weekend, while the Foxes have opened their campaign with two draws.
Leicester beat United 1-0 in the FA Cup in February of last year, which was a closer game than the meeting before as the Foxes won 4-1 in the League Cup in August 2017. The last league game between the sides was in the Championship in 2011, with City winning 1-0 at Bramall Lane after a 2-2 draw earlier in the campaign.
Callum Robinson looked to be struggling when he went off 10 minutes into the second half on Sunday, but has since revealed it was only fatigue and some tightness in his hamstring. He’ll be fine for this match, leaving John Fleck as Chris Wilder’s only injury concern.
Ben Chilwell missed Leicester’s game at Chelsea on Sunday, although he’s expected to be fit for this one. That means Christian Fuchs will drop back out of the side, joining fellow stalwart Marc Albrighton on the bench with new signing Ayoze Perez in the starting XI once again.
Sheffield United v Leicester Preview and Predictions
It was pandemonium at Bramall Lane at the weekend, and the Blades will hope their fans can recreate that wonderful atmosphere as they bid to maintain their unbeaten record here. That’s going to be a tough ask against a Leicester side who despite being winless in their two opening fixtures, looked a serious proposition away to Chelsea on Sunday.
The Foxes put in a superb second-half performance and created a hatful of chances following Wilfred Ndidi’s equaliser, with the midfielder atoning for his earlier mistake that allowed Mason Mount to break the deadlock. Unlucky not to beat the Europa League finalists at Stamford Bridge, Brendan Rodgers will no doubt be targeting a newly-promoted side for his team’s first win of the campaign.
The Blades have shown they could be a tricky proposition this season though, claiming a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in their opening fixture before John Lundstram’s goal handed them a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday. Early points are vital for teams expected to be in the relegation scrap, and United have some talented players in their ranks to cause their visitors problems.
Leicester still start as the favourites in the betting though, priced at 5/4 for the win. They need to quieten the home crowd early and impose their slicker style of football under Rodgers on their hosts from the off. If they don’t the Blades will grow into this game as they have done in both of their other matches so far. If you fancy United to make it seven points from a possible nine, the home win is 13/5, with the draw available at 12/5.
Leicester to win to nil at 13/5
The Foxes are looking solid at the back despite Harry Maguire’s departure to Manchester United, with the only conceded they’ve conceded so far coming courtesy of a poor error.
1-1 draw at 11/2
However, the Blades have shown they’re made of stern stuff, and this is the scoreline the bookmakers are rating as the most likely coming into Saturday’s game.