Match Preview: Sheffield United vs. Leicester City (Part One)

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Owing to FA Cup football; where both the Blades (vs. Aston Villa) and Leicester City (vs. Manchester City) were dumped out of the FA Cup to their Premiership opponents neither side will have seen any football action for ten days till this encounter is played at Bramall Lane.

Earlier in the season the two sides recorded a 2-2 draw at the Walkers Stadium on a Wednesday night in November. Paul Gallacher set the home side on their way after only eight minutes but Mark Yeates netted twice (29 & 41) to hand the Blades a 2-1 lead.

Four minutes were added at the end of the second half; during those extra minutes the Foxes were awarded a penalty after Yeates was deemed to have handballed – Steve Howard finished off the spot kick.

Despite a winning performance the Blades were unfortunate to concede defeat against Norwich City in their previous fixture. United dominated the first half and came close on a number of occasions.

Andrew Crofts (61) opened the scoring when he fired home past a crowed of players before fellow Welsh international Ched Evans (69) turned in the box to level the books, but Crofts (80) again – in an identical goal found the winner.

That defeat put the Blades just a point better off than Crystal Palace, who are tinkering in the final play-off spot.

United will be without a number of key players; Captain Chris Morgan (knee) has been sidelined for the remainder of the season through injury, whilst; Nyron Nosworthy (ankle), Andy Taylor (leg), Ryan France (back), Richard Wright (thigh) and Darius Henderson (hamstring) are also unavailable.

The Blades have no fewer than four former Foxes on their books; Marcus Bent, Richard Cresswell, Joe Mattock and Mark Yeates - each of which are likely to feature somewhere in the eighteen man squad tomorrow night.

Expected Eleven:  Simonsen, Parrino, Bartley, Lowry, Mattock, Yeates, Montgomery, Quinn, Cresswell, Bent, Evans.