Kick Off: 1800, 16/07/2020
Stadium: King Power Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Leicester’s impressive season is in danger of fizzling out and they look short of confidence heading into a crucial game against Sheffield United.
The fourth-placed Foxes have managed just one win since the season resumed and were beaten 4-1 by Bournemouth at the weekend so a cagey encounter could be in store here.
At least one team has failed to score in four of Leicester’s last five home games so we’re going for ‘no’ in the both teams to score betting at 83/100 as our opening Leicester vs Sheff Utd prediction.
A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds
The shock loss at Bournemouth was a major blow to Leicester’s hopes of hanging on to a top-four place but boss Brendan Rodgers insists their destiny remains in their hands.
Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Southampton on Monday at least kept the Foxes in the top four heading into the final three Premier League games, the last of which is against United.
Rodgers said: “The destiny is always with us, if that’s the case we’re happy to accept the responsibility and pressure.
“That’s all you want and with Chelsea losing and Man Utd getting pegged back late on there’ll be other results which will surprise as well. We have been up there for so long, we have fought to stay there and we are in a first-class position.
“It’s a game (Sheffield United) we’ve always earmarked we have to win. The results over the course of the weekend showed you the fluctuation and what a roller-coaster the league is.
“We’ve had a disappointing result so we have to move on from that. That’s the type of mentality we have always had.”
Leicester rarely race out of the blocks in these kinds of fixtures though, having scored just one first-half goal in seven home games against top-half teams.
The visitors, meanwhile, have not scored a first-half goal in their last eight away games and a goalless first half appeals at 8/5 in the Leicester vs Sheff Utd odds.
Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Justin, Soyuncu, Evans, Fuchs, Tielemans, Albrighton, Ndidi, Vardy, Iheanacho, Perez.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
Sheffield United made a slow start after lockdown and managed just one point and no goals from their first three games but they have been in fine form since then.
An impressive 3-1 victory over Tottenham stopped the rot and a 1-1 draw at Burnley was followed by successive wins and clean sheets against fellow European hopefuls Wolves (1-0) and Chelsea (3-0).
That consistency has pleased boss Chris Wilder, who said after the Chelsea game: “Every manager doesn’t want a spike team, a yo-yo team with one good performance and then a bad one.
“It’s been a great week. Tough game at Burnley, great result midweek and to follow it up with another good result against Chelsea is great for everybody.”
The confidence in the United camp makes them difficult to oppose and they are tempting at 31/10 for the win but we’ll settle for backing them at 7/4 in the ‘draw no bet’ market as the last of our Leicester vs Sheff Utd betting tips.
Last Sheff Utd line-up: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, O’Connell, Basham, Egan, Norwood, Osborn, Berge, McBurnie, McGoldrick.
Bournemouth 4-1 LEICESTER – Jamie Vardy
SHEFF UTD 3-0 Chelsea – David McGoldrick (2), Oli McBurnie
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