Leicester eyeing Sheffield United contest as a route back to winning ways
Leicester to win 2-0
The situation continues to look bleak for Sheffield United and their fans, watching a team who are firmly rooted to the bottom of the table with little hope on the horizon.
They are a prime example of the ‘second season syndrome’, where a newly promoted side performs fantastically in their first season before slumping in their second.
Time will tell, but it could be that United are heading back down to the Championship next season.
Leicester’s form has come in blocks so far this season – terrific for two or three games on the bounce before losing their next couple. It is this inconsistency that could yet again cost them a top four place come May.
Having said that, they have some super players who will desperate to get back to winning ways against The Blades and have won four of their five away games this season.
Form Guide (all comps): LLLLL
Reasons to be cheerful:
Chris Wilder’s job does not yet appear to be under threat
Could benefit from rotation up front
Reasons to be fearful:
Winless in 13 league matches, stretching back to last season
Haven’t won any of their last eight against Leicester
The one ray of hope for Sheffield United is that if they are struggling, then so are the other teams around them at present.
Despite sitting bottom of the league with just a point to their name, Burnley, West Brom and Fulham are not that much better off – a couple of wins would lift them to safety at this point.
The hard part is visualising a way in which The Blades could actually win a game of football at the moment and a match against a top four side would not be their choice of how to go about it.
Scoring goals is the part which they are struggling with most – their striking options of Mousset, McGoldrick, McBurnie and Brewster are all Championship level players and don’t look as though they have the quality to thrive in the top division.
Star Man – Lys Mousset
Back from injury, one of United’s best players last season must now produce for his side
Form Guide (all comps): WLDLL
Reasons to be cheerful
Great set of players capable of thrashing Sheffield United
Boosted by the return of Ricardo & Ndidi
Reasons to be fearful
Lost three of their last four league games against sides in the bottom three
Soyuncu could face additional spell on sidelines
Leicester’s recent mini dip in form hasn’t just been contained to the Premier League, where they have lost their last two matches, but also into the Europa League where they also lost in midweek.
Brendan Rodgers is a fantastic manager who will not be expecting this poor run of form to continue for long, especially with a side as poor as Sheffield United up next.
He was boosted by the returns of Ricardo at right back as well as the powerful Ndidi in midfield, although their problems at the back continue as Soyuncu was forced off 15 minutes into his comeback from injury in midweek.
Star Man – Jamie Vardy
Vardy has scored seven of his eight league goals this season away from home, something that will worry The Blades.
Leicester should dominate the match
Vardy will be favourite to score
Sheffield United must keep the match tight
This is one where if Leicester score early, it could be a nightmare for Sheffield United.
Their confidence is already approaching rock bottom as it is, never mind a thrashing here.
Having said that, if they can keep things tight then they always have a chance, particularly with Leicester’s dip in form recently.
Leicester to win 2-0