Leicester City hosts Sheffield United at the King Power Stadium on Thursday, July 16, 2020, in English Premier League action.
The Foxes are looking to keep their spot in the team standings and hold on to the final Champions League spot. Leicester City and Manchester City are tied on points but the Foxes are in fourth place due to a superior goal difference. Meanwhile, the Blades are looking to enter the Europa League as they are just one point behind the 6th placed Wolves who hold the final Europa League position.
Leicester City enters Week 36 sitting in fourth place with a total of 58 points and a record of 17-8-10. They are currently holding the last Champions League spot. The Foxes have held fourth place for most of the season but since the restart, they have been clinging on to dear life. They are tied with Manchester United on points but have a superior goal difference of +29 against United’s +26.
Leicester City was stunned by Bournemouth in their last outing. Leicester City played well in the first half, controlling ball possession and getting scoring chances. Jamie Vardy gave Leicester City the early 1-0 lead when he scored in the 23rd minute. But Bournemouth came alive in the second half, scoring goals in the 66th and 67th minute to take the lead. Bournemouth would add two more goals to complete the upset.
Jamie Vardy leads Leicester City with a total of 23 goals scored this season. Ayoze Perez has scored seven goals while Harvey Barnes has netted six times this year. Barnes also leads the team with eight assists this term. Youri Tielemans has six assists while also scoring three goals.
The Foxes have scored 65 goals this term, 3rd most in the league. They are ranked 5th in defense with only 36 goals conceded this season. They are also ranked 3rd in passing with a total of 46 assists this year. Leicester City’s goal difference of +29 is also third-best in the English Premier League.
Odds from BetOnline as of 07/15/2020
Sheffield United is currently in 7th place in the current EPL standings with a record of 14-12-9 and a total of 54 points. They are the first team that is outside the Europa League qualification but are just one point behind Wolverhampton in the race for Europe so they are still very much alive. However, they need to pick up points in their remaining games to catch up.
Sheffield United defeated Chelsea 3-0 last July 11, 2020. Chelsea owned 76% of possession time but despite that, Sheffield United got all the breaks. Sheffield scored thrice on four shots on goal and Chelsea was held scoreless for the first time since the first leg of the UEFA Champions League when they were shut down by Bayern Munich. David McGoldrick scored two goals for Sheffield United while Oliver McBurnie added one score in the Blades’ impressive win last weekend.
Oliver McBurnie and Lys Mousset each have scored six goals to lead Sheffield United in scoring. John Fleck has netted five times and has contributed two assists. Enda Stevens leads Sheffield with four assists while scoring two goals. Mousset also has four assists while George Baldock has three assists and two goals scored.
Sheffield United is the second-best defensive team in England with a total of 33 goals conceded. They are tied for 13th in goal scoring with a total of 38 goals scored this term. The Blades are ranked 15th in passing with a total of 24 assists this season. Their goal difference of +5 is 9th overall in the Premier League.
Soyuncu is banned after he was sent off in their last match against Bournemouth. Daniel Amartey and Ricardo Pereira remain on the sidelines for Leicester City but Rodgers is hoping to get James Madison and Ben Chilwell back from injury. As for Sheffield United, Luke Freeman and Leon Clarke are still out of commission but John Fleck is expected to return after missing their last four matches.
Wilder’s men have recovered after struggling with two losses and a draw in their first three matches since the restart. They now have taken 10 out of their last 12 points and have taken back to back triumphs against Wolverhampton and Chelsea. Meanwhile, Leicester City’s fate still rests in their hands but they are in a funk where they have won just once in six league matches since June.
These two clubs have met in a total of 85 meetings in the past and Sheffield United holds a slight 28-30-27 edge over Leicester City. Leicester City won the reverse fixture 2-1 in August 2019.
Entering matchday 36, Leicester City has the fifth-best record in England at 10-4-3 with a total of 34 points earned from their home matches. On the other hand, Sheffield United is the 9th best road team in the league with an away record of 4-9-4 and a total of 21 points earned.
Leicester City has kept a clean sheet in each of their last three home matches, winning two of those, including their last game against Palace 3-0 so they will be confident heading to this contest. Sheffield United has not won in their last four away matches. I like the hosts to pick up the all-important win here.
Prediction: Leicester City (+103)
Odds from BetOnline as of 07/14/2020
Only 10 out of Sheffield United’s 35 matches this season have produced over 2.5 goals and 13 out of their 17 away matches have seen the total hit under 2.5 goals. On the other hand, six out of Leicester City’s 10 matches have yielded a total score of two or fewer goals scored. I expect a close battle between these two sides vying for European positions. That should result in a tight and low-scoring contest.
Prediction: Under 2.5 Goals (-109)