Match Preview: Sheffield United v Leicester City

Last updated : 16 August 2009 By @blades_mad1889

sheffield united vs. leicester city
The Blades faced Watford over the weekend in what was the Blades first home fixture of the new 2009/10 Championship season; the home side won comfortably two-nil with goals from Jamie Ward and Ched Evans, whilst David Cotterill strummed the post later on.

United will host the Foxes without midfielder Lee Williamson (back) who looks to require sugary after a pre-season out injured. They will also be without Gary Speed (back), Paddy Kenny (suspended) and Gary Naysmith (knee).

Blades boss Kevin Blackwell will not be eligible to field former Foxes midfielder Lee Hendrie, who is serving the final ban of his four match suspension. He missed the games against Middlesbrough, Port Vale and Watford after being sent off after the Play-Off Final defeat to Burnley last May.

He teamed up at the Walkers Stadium in February 2008, joining on a two month loan deal from the Blades - he made his debut in a 1-0 away win at Cardiff City. He left having made just nine (+0)

appearances and scored once against Scunthorpe United (1-0).

Possible Blades Line-Up: Mark Bunn, Kyle Walker, Chris Morgan, Matthew Kilgallon, Andy Taylor, David Cotterill, Nick Montgomery, Stephen Quinn, Keith Treacy, Ched Evans, Darius Henderson.

The Foxes faced Ipswich Town over the weekend at Portman Road, the two sides slumped out a 0-0 draw in what was best described as a typical fixture between two strong Championship sides.

Full-Back Robbie Neilson made his full debut for the Midlands club against the Blues last Saturday; he was snapped up from Scottish premier League outfit Hearts of Midlothian in the summer and it is believed that he is the clubs 1,000 professional to represent Leicester City Football Club.

Looking ahead of tomorrow's fixture at Bramall Lane, Walkers Stadium manager Nigel Pearson said; "They are very tough fixtures, both will be very hard and it is important that we are totally switched on for them . At this moment in time, I am not looking too far ahead. This is a very competitive league and these fixtures week-in week-out are going to stretch everybody."

Duo Andy King (England U-19) and defender Aleksandar Tunchev (Bulgaria) are both pushing for a place in the starting line-up after

featuring for their respective nations a weeka go.

Possible Foxes Line-Up: Chris Weale, Bruno Berner, Robbie Neilson, Jack Hobbs, Wayne Brown, Matt Oakley, Lloyd Dyer, Richie Wellens, Steve Howard, Matty Fryatt, Deny N'Guessan.

Blades-Mad Prediction: Sheffield United 1-0 Leicester City

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:: Statistics ::

For Head to Head statistics please click here.

Last 10 Games... Home & Away

2007/2008Sat 05 AprSheff. Utd.3 - 0Leicester CityChampionship
Tue 23 OctLeicester City0 - 1Sheff. Utd.Championship
2005/2006Sat 26 NovLeicester City4 - 2Sheff. Utd.Championship
Sat 06 AugSheff. Utd.4 - 1Leicester CityChampionship
2004/2005Tue 28 DecSheff. Utd.2 - 0Leicester CityChampionship
Tue 14 SepLeicester City3 - 2Sheff. Utd.Championship
2002/2003Mon 21 AprSheff. Utd.2 - 1Leicester CityLeague Division One
Sat 07 DecLeicester City0 - 0Sheff. Utd.League Division One
1995/1996Sat 30 MarLeicester City0 - 2Sheff. Utd.League Division One
Sat 21 OctSheff. Utd.1 - 3Leicester CityLeague Division One

Head to Head Statistics...Goals



:: Match Officials ::

Referee: N. Miller
Assistants: A. Hutchinson & I. Siddall
Fourth Official: D. Drysdale