FA Cup Round 5: Leicester City v Sheffield United Preview

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Leicester City v Sheffield United

Friday, Feb 16 – 19:45pm

Leicester City were hammered 5-1 by Man City in their last game, and are now without a win in five league matches. Winger Riyad Mahrez has officially returned from his self-imposed exile, and earlier this week, manager Claude Puel admitted that the Algerian had made a ‘mistake’ in attempting to force his way out of the club. Mahrez was an unused substitute in Leicester’s 5-1 victory over Peterborough United in their last FA Cup match, but could earn a place in Claude Puel’s starting XI tonight.

Sheffield United beat Leeds United 2-1 at the weekend, lifting them to eighth in the Championship table. Manager Chris Wilder claimed that the victory was long overdue in his post-match interview, and that United were now ‘off and running’. The Blades claimed 1-0 wins over Ipswich Town and Preston North End in their last two FA Cup matches, and will be hoping to bag their first win against the Foxes since 2008. Striker Billy Sharp scored a brace on Saturday, keep an eye on him tonight.

What the stats tell us:

  • Sheffield United have failed to win each of their last four meetings with Leicester City in the FA Cup, last beating them in January 1950.
  • The Foxes are unbeaten in their last five matches with Sheffield United (W3 D2) – winning 4-1 in the Carabao Cup this season.
  • The last time Leicester knocked out the same opponent from both English domestic cup competitions was back in the 1964/65 season (Plymouth Argyle).
  • The Foxes were knocked out of the FA Cup in the fifth round last year – losing to League One side Millwall (1-0).
  • Sheffield United have progressed in three of their last five FA Cup meetings with Premier League opponents – losing most recently to Man United in 2016.
  • Kelechi Iheanacho has had a hand in 10 goals in his last nine FA Cup matches (nine goals, one assist).

Leicester were completely outplayed in their match with Man City at the weekend, and with the result coming off the back of a draw with Swansea and a loss to Everton, the Foxes will be looking to boost their confidence with a big win tonight. Sheffield United just about scraped their way through their last two FA Cup matches, and they’ll need to find another gear tonight if they’re go get passed the Foxes. Kelechi Iheanacho has a fantastic goalscoring record in the FA Cup, and we’re backing the 21-year-old to find the back of the net tonight.

Photos: Getty

Stats: Opta