Leicester look to continue their Championship revival when struggling Sheffield United visit the Walkers Stadium this evening.
Gary Speed’s Blades are just a point above the relegation zone after three consecutive defeats, Saturday’s 2-1 reverse at home to Ipswich the latest of those.
As for City, the tide appears to be turning under Sven-Goran Eriksson, who has led the Foxes to consecutive victories against Preston and Barnsley.
It is at the back where Eriksson has excelled so far, transforming Leicester’s leaky backline into a tough nut to crack thanks to an influx of impressive loan signings.
One of those, Kyle Naughton, broke through the ranks in style with visitors Sheffield United before his big-money move to Tottenham a year-and-a-half ago.
City’s rejuvenated defence does not sit well for Speed and his Blades team, who have been notoriously poor in front of goal so far this season.
United have found the net only 10 times, the lowest figure in the division.
But with Leicester still very much in a transition period, Speed will be looking to overturn his side’s poor form and record three points against the Foxes in their own backyard.
As for Leicester, victory this evening would be their third on the spin, whilst also propelling them well within reach of the Championship play-off places.
Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson: ‘It is important we carry on like this and it is a big game again. We will probably be favourites for once, but that is dangerous because it is better to be the underdog. We have to play a very good game to win.
‘Every game is difficult. We have to play as we did on Saturday if we want to win games. We can’t afford to take any team lightly in this division. To do so would be criminal and we would lose.’
Sheffield United manager Gary Speed: ‘I don’t believe that the lads will feel under any more pressure just because we are away.
hey have been really bright in training and determined to turn things around.
‘There are bound to be very high expectations at a club like this and I think that is a good thing, I enjoy that. The players and staff also mirror that attitude and want to set high standards for ourselves.
‘We are not achieving that at present but what keeps my spirits up is the attitude and spirit of the players, and I am a positive person anyway.’
Leicester City Team News:
Naughton — Davies — Hobbs — Cunningham
Abe — Wellens — King
Vassell — Waghorn — Gallagher
Subs: Logan, Morrison, Berner, Moussa, Dyer, Fryatt, Howard
Player to watch: Andy King
Stand-in captain on Saturday only goes to show just how far the young midfielder has come since breaking into the first team as a tender teenager.
King’s second goal at Oakwell was no surprise to anybody given his impressive goal-scoring exploits over the seasons, and the midfielder will no doubt prove a thorn in the Blades side this evening.
Sheffield United Team News:
Lowton — Bartley — Nosworthy — Jordan
Reid — Quinn — Montgomery — Britton — Yeates
Subs: Ertl, Evans, Bogdanovic, Calve, Taylor, Kozluk, Wrigh
Player to watch: Nyron Nosworthy
The former Sunderland player has bags of Premier League experience, and could play a significant part in keeping the Foxes at bay.
Match Facts & Stats
– Leicester have kept clean sheets in their previous two matches.
– The Foxes have won three of their last four home fixtures against the Blades.
– Sheffield United are averaging just a point from their Championship matches this season.
– They have failed to score in seven matches this season, losing each of them.
As a rule we’re generally fairly strong at home, and given we seem to be on the up against a struggling side I think we can take all three points. Leicester 2-0 Sheffield United
Saturday 13th November: