Kick-off: 1415, 06/12/2020
Stadium: Bramall Lane
TV: Sky Sports
Leicester will be determined to bounce back from last week’s surprise home loss to Fulham when visiting Premier League basement dwellers Sheffield United.
The Foxes did the double over the Blades last term and renew rivalry with Chris Wilder’s side on just one point from their first 10 fixtures.
We’re keeping faith with City to prevail at 21/20 for our initial Sheff Utd vs Leicester prediction.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
United suffered a fifth straight loss when going down 1-0 away to fellow strugglers West Brom, despite having 21 attempts on goal at The Hawthorns.
Wilder admitted: “No wins in 10, you are usually talking about a team going down, but we need to stay in contact with the teams in and around us.
“At this moment in time, we are just looking at 17th, that’s me being realistic given the start we have made.
“We have to try and keep in touch and go on a run of games where we win three or four on the bounce and try and pull somebody else into it.
“And that can happen, we’ve seen it last season with Bournemouth and it could happen again, whether it be injuries, lack of confidence – as we are saying with us right now.”
The Blades are on a 13-match winless run, going back to last season, but have been competitive in the majority of those matches.
Eight of the 12 defeats suffered in that sequence came by just a single-goal margin, so United can be expected to keep battling.
However, we’re taking 8/1 for City to repeat last term’s 2-1 success at Bramall Lane from the Sheff Utd vs Leicester odds.
Last Sheff Utd line-up: Ramsdale, Baldock, Basham, Egan, Lowe, Bryan, Fleck, Berge, Burke, Norwood, McBurnie.
The Blades will check on Enda Stevens and Ethan Ampadu – Stevens has been nursing a knee injury in recent weeks and Ampadu missed the defeat at West Brom with a hip problem.
A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds
Leicester were top of the table after winning six of their first eight league games but slipped down to fourth following back-to-back defeats.
Losing 3-0 at Liverpool was a predictable setback, but going down 2-1 to Fulham on home turf will have hurt the Foxes more.
Ademola Lookman’s 30th-minute opener and Ivan Cavaleiro’s penalty soon after did the damage, with City only able to grab a late consolation through Harvey Barnes.
Brendan Rodgers said: “We’re disappointed, mistakes were made in the first half and it was an uphill climb. We had a lot more of the ball but lacked creativity.
“I thought Fulham deserved to win it, they had more energy in the first half and pounced on our mistakes and in the second half they dropped deep.”
A gruelling 3,200-mile round trip to Ukraine for their Europa League game with Zorya Luhansk won’t help Leicester to recover, but Barnes insisted tiredness should not be an excuse.
“I think there’s been a lot of rotation within the squad,” said the England international. “I think everyone’s going into each game as fresh as they can be.”
City have been superb on the road overall this season, netting 13 times in wins at West Brom, Manchester City, Arsenal and Leeds.
Their style of play is suited to hitting teams on the break and the Blades could be open to such counter-attacks if pushing for a much-needed victory.
Let’s go with 21/10 for an away win and over 2.5 goals in the game for our final Sheff Utd vs Leicester prediction.
Last Leicester EPL line-up: Schmeichel, Justin, Fofana, Evans, Fuchs, Thomas, Tielemans, Maddison, Mendy, Praet, Vardy.
Caglar Soyuncu, Ricardo Pereira and Wes Morgan will be assessed. Soyuncu has aggravated a groin injury, Pereira is unlikely to be risked after tweaking his groin, while Morgan has a back issue.
Timothy Castagne (hamstring) is still out but Daniel Amartey and Wilfred Ndidi are available.
Last Premier League result:
West Brom 1-0 SHEFF UTD
LEICESTER 1-2 Fulham – Harvey Barnes
Head-to-head: Leicester 2-0 Sheff Utd, Sheff Utd 1-2 Leicester, Leicester 1-0 Sheff Utd, Sheff Utd 1-4 Leicester
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