In desperate need of an immediate response after their stunning South Coast collapse over the weekend, Leicester will welcome Sheffield United to an empty King Power Stadium on Thursday evening.
Shipping four goals in just the space of 17 minutes at the Vitality on Sunday night, Leicester have continued on what has been an extended blip since making a return from the enforced break.
On the flip side, while the Foxes might be in a real battle to secure a top-four finish, Sheffield United find themselves in the midst of a purple patch and once again stole the show against Chelsea on Saturday evening.
However, while the Blades might sit within touching distance of reclaiming their spot in the top-six, Thursday’s guests do hold what is a concerning record against the struggling Foxes.
Hit with a 2-1 defeat at Bramall Lane when the two sides faced off earlier in the season, United have now lost each of their last four consecutive meetings against Leicester. You might be interested to know that a home victory for the top-four chasers can be found priced at 21/20 with Paddy Power.
Leicester’s public collapse
Coming out for the second half at the Vitality on Sunday night with a 1-0 lead, nobody could have expected what was a stunning self-explosion from Leicester.
Shipping a quartet of goals in the space of just 17 minutes and hit with what turned out to be a 4-1 drumming against relegation scrappers Bournemouth, Leicester appear to have collapsed in their bid to secure a top-four finish.
Now with only their goal difference keeping them in the Champions League spots thanks to Manchester United’s own slip-up on Monday night, the Foxes have managed to win just one of their six Premier League matchups since returning to action last month.
Already dropping points against the likes of Brighton and Watford this summer, Head Coach Brendan Rodgers will have a growing headache over his side’s glaring issues at the back.
With defensive talisman Çağlar Söyüncü seeing red on the South Coast and his season drawing to an early close, Leicester have now managed to land just a single clean sheet in their last six matches across all competitions.
You might be interested to know that a leaky Leicester defence can be found priced at 8/13 with Bet365 to be breached again in midweek.
Blades’ top-six charge heats up
While Sheffield United might have drastically struggled to find their feet when making a return to action last month, the Blades once again find themselves enjoying a stunning purple patch.
Putting in what was a remarkable display at Bramall Lane over the weekend, Chris Wilder’s side picked up a 3-0 romp against Chelsea on Saturday evening and have now collected 10 points on their four-match unbeaten run.
Landing a 3-1 win against Tottenham on that run and also snatching three points off of Wolves last week, the mood in United’s camp couldn’t be any higher.
Now sat just a single point adrift of breaking into the top-six and with a stunning European finish at the top of their agenda, Wilder will be most impressed by his side’s recent displays in the final third.
Glad to see David McGoldrick grab his first Premier League strikes on home soil over the weekend, you might be interested to know that a high-flying Sheffield United can be found priced at 11/4 with William Hill to once again bag over 1.5 goals at the King Power in midweek.