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

Last updated : 29 January 2011 By @blades_mad1889


The Foxes come into this fixture after claiming a 4-2 victory over Millwall over a week ago; City lead the game 3-1 at half-time after firstly Lloyd Dyer (8) put the home side in front before James Henry (9) levelled the scores.

On 22 minutes Yakubu regained the lead before Souleymane Bamba (35) added to their lead. After the break the Lions clawed their way back into the game when Jack Smith (69) netted from the spot until Bamba again (74) found the net.

Prior to City regaining their two goal advantage, the visitors saw defender Jens Berthel Askou (72) sent off for violent conduct – it’s worth mentioning that the defender, who was making his debut after joining on loan from Norwich City, will be available for selection for their trip to Bramall Lane in over a week’s time.

The victory lifted the former Filbert Street club into a healthy tenth position and just four points away from the last remaining play-off spot – although sixth placed Nottingham Forest have a slight advantage with three games in hand over their bitter rivals.

Blues boss Sven Goran Eriksson could include former Aston Villa and England international striker Darrius Vassell (hamstring) into the side after he was passed fit to play, however Paul Gallacher (knee) is considered doubtful.

Meanwhile, the Foxes have secured the loan services of Dutch Chelsea full-back Patrick Van Aanholt and could make his debut at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night.

City is likely to field former Sheffield United defender Kyle Naughton (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur) against his former club.

A prospect for the Blades academy, he signed professional terms in July 2007 and was loaned out to Gretna for four months where he made a name for himself. He made his United debut the following season in  a 3-1 win over Micky Adams Port Vale in the League Cup and was part of the team which took the Blades to Wembley were they lost to Burnley in the Play-Off Final.

That summer Naughton, and his cousin Kyle Walker was sold to Tottenham Hotspur in a multi-million pound deal – he left the Lane having made just 47 (+5) appearances and netted two goals.

Expected Eleven: Weale, Berner, Bamba, Naughton, Mee, King, Dyer, Abe, Wellens, Yakubu, Vassell.