Leicester City v Sheffield United: What channel is it on? Is there a stream? What's the team news? Who's the referee? Everything to need to know

With only five points separating them in the Premier League table, tonight’s match between Champions League hopefuls Leicester City and newly promoted Sheffield United is of paramount importance to both clubs’ seasons.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 2:30 pm

A win for Chris Wilder’s side would lift them to within touching distance of the hosts, who were crowned champions in 2016 and finished the latest round of top-flight fixtures in fourth place, entering their final two games of the present campaign.

The Star’s United writer James Shield analyses some of the facts surrounding this crucial match at the King Power Stadium and identifies the major figures involved.

The Possible Teams

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Leicester City - Schmeichel, Morgan, Evans, Justin, Bennett, Ndidi, Fuchs, Tielemens, Barnes, Perez, Vardy.

Sheffield United - Henderson, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Stevens, Baldock, Norwood, Osborn, Berge, McGoldrick, McBurnie.

The Referee

Michael Oliver, who averages 3.54 cautions per game this season, takes charge. It will be the first time he has overseen United since their visit to Aston Villa on June 17, when a goal-line technology failure, compounded by the VAR official’s refusal to intervene, cost Wilder’s men a win after Oliver Norwood’s free-kick was carried across the line. Paul Tierney, who was on duty at Stockley Park that night, will again oversee the video review system.

Leicester City's manager Brendan Rodgers: Glyn Kirk/NMC Pool/PA Wire.

The Last Time Out

Jamie Vardy scored the opening goal and substitute Harvey Barnes the winner when Leicester triumphed 2-1 at Bramall Lane in August. In between Oli McBurnie scored his first goal for United following his move from Swansea City earlier that summer after also stepping-off the bench.

The Form Guide

United enter this game unbeaten in their last four outings - a run which includes wins over Tottenham Hotspur, Wolves and Chelsea and a draw with Burnley. They have scored eight goals during that run and conceded only two. Leicester have won only one of their seven outings since competition resumed following the Covid-19 pandemic, losing on three occasions. Four of the nine goals they have conceded over that period came during Sunday’s loss to AFC Bournemouth.

The History Lesson

United have lost their last four meetings with Leicester and make the journey south searching for their first win over the hosts since April 2008, when they triumphed 3-0 in the Championship. Their last success at the King Power Stadium also came earlier that season, when Danny Webber scored the only goal of the game following a Phil Bardsley assist.

The Team News

John Fleck could make his first appearance for United since last month’s FA Cup tie against Arsenal, while Wilder has indicated Chris Basham should be fit despite sustaining a knock during the win over Frank Lampard’s men. Leicester will be without centre-half Caglar Soyuncu following his dismissal during their defeat by Bournemouth.

The Dangerman

Vardy, the former England international and a lifelong Sheffield Wednesday supporter, scored the first of his 23 goals this season at Bramall Lane 11 months ago. He enters this fixture having scored four in his last three appearances for Leicester, with two of those coming during a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

What channel is it on?

The match is free to air on Sky One and Pick as well as being on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Ultra HD

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