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Mar 14, 2021 at 2pm UK at King Power Stadium
LeicesterLeicester City
5-0
Sheff UtdSheffield United
Iheanacho (39', 69', 78'), Perez (64'), Ampadu (80' og.)
FT(HT: 1-0)

Bryan (74'), Lundstram (88')

Preview: Leicester City vs. Sheffield United - prediction, team news, lineups

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

Leicester City will be looking to tighten their grip on a top-four spot in the Premier League when they face bottom side Sheffield United at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

The Foxes returned to winning ways last time out and are five points clear of fifth, while United are destined for relegation and are on the verge of sacking manager Chris Wilder.


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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers pictured on March 3, 2021© Reuters

After being eliminated from the Europa League by Slavia Prague, before losing to Arsenal and drawing with Burnley in the league, Leicester's season was at risk of spiralling out.

With last year's collapse fresh in the memory, City needed to quickly halt their slump and they did just that with a 2-1 comeback win at Brighton & Hove Albion last time out.

Brendan Rodgers's side trailed at half time to a rare Adam Lallana strike, but Kelechi Iheanacho equalised and an even rarer goal from Daniel Amartey turned the game around.

That was the Foxes' 10th away win of the campaign - the best return of any side in the division - though their home form has not been anywhere near as strong.

Indeed, Leicester have won a league-low 36% of their Premier League points in home games this season (19/53), most recently going down 3-1 to Arsenal.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder pictured on March 6, 2021© Reuters

Sheff Utd will be looking to take advantage of City's patchy home form this weekend as they seek just a fifth win of the season home and away.

The Blades were deservedly beaten 2-0 by Southampton last weekend - their fifth loss in six league games, leaving them 12 points from safety with 30 more points left to play for.

Wilder called out some of his players after the match and, amid weeks of tension behind the scenes with the club's owners, the popular manager is now set to leave Bramall Lane.

After nearly five years in charge, Wilder will leave a huge void to be filled.

A swift return to the Premier League will be the new manager's target next season, but for now United have to get as many points on the board as possible in their final 10 games.

There is also the small matter of next week's FA Cup quarter-final clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with that tie at least giving supporters something to look forward to.

As for this weekend's game, though, United are winless in their last seven league meetings with Leicester since a 3-0 home win in April 2008 in the Championship.

That includes a run of three defeats in the sides' three Premier League meetings, with December's reverse fixture at Bramall Lane finishing 2-1 to Leicester.

Leicester City Premier League form:
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W

Leicester City form (all competitions):
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W

Sheffield United Premier League form:
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L

Sheffield United form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L



Team News

Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates scoring against Burnley in the Premier League on March 3, 2021© Reuters

The one positive from Leicester's Europa League exit has been the extra rest for Rodgers and his players.

Leicester have had an eight-day break between matches, though a number of players remain absent or doubtful.

Dennis Praet, Wes Morgan, James Maddison, James Justin and Harvey Barnes are all out, while Ayoze Perez and Jonny Evans are unlikely to feature.

Iheanacho has scored in back-to-back matches and looks certain to lead the line again, with Jamie Vardy - on one of the worst droughts of his Premier League career - alongside him.

United's injury list is even longer than Leicester's - the Blades are without six first-team squad members this weekend, including John Egan, Sander Berge and Jack O'Connell.

Phil Jagielka is back from suspension and should slot in alongside Ethan Ampadu and Kean Bryan in the backline.

After firing another couple of blanks in starts against Aston Villa and Southampton, Rhian Brewster is expected to make way here.

Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Amartey, Fofana, Soyuncu; Pereira, Tielemans, Ndidi, Tavares, Castagne; Vardy, Iheanacho

Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Jagielka, Ampadu, Bryan; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, Sharp


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We say: Leicester City 2-0 Sheffield United

Any slim hopes United had of pulling off a great escape were ended with last week's home loss against Southampton.

The Blades are now effectively playing for pride, whereas Leicester have plenty on the line ahead of this game.

City may not have performed all that well at the King Power Stadium this term, but we can only see one outcome on Sunday.



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