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Key matchups to watch for: Leicester City vs Sheffield United

The blades have had a good start

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After two draws to start the year, Leicester City will be looking to really get their season off the ground against newly promoted Sheffield United. Here are some areas the game could be decided.

1. Christian Fuchs vs George Baldock

The Blades preference for wingbacks, combined with the very narrow system the Foxes have used so far means we should she plenty of 1-on-1 contests out wide. Normally our fullbacks would have a big advantage on most, but with Ben Chilwell possibly missing out, the key will be how well Christian Fuchs holds up.

The Austrian did very well against Chelsea, who, if we’re honest, should be a much sterner test. Still United have sent nearly 50% of their attacks down the right so far, so hopefully he can keep it up.

Defensively he’s always been solid, but can he get the better of his opponent and contribute at the other end? His left foot is a very useful weapon, especially if Marc Albrighton isnt playing, but he needs to be running the whole left touchline to use it.

2. Jamie Vardy vs starvation

Leicester City’s star striker has been essentially a non factor through the first 180 minutes of the season. He’s managed just one shot from a paltry 34 touches and his midfield needs to get him onto the ball more.

He was particularly shut out of the game by Wolves and their 3 man back line, so Brendan Rodgers will have to make some changes if he’s to get any joy against the Blades.

It’s only a matter of time. He’s a top class operator at this level. You sense the fear when he’s running towards goal, and as long as he keeps getting in the areas he’ll score goals. I’m sure he’ll love to go back to Sheffield and get going - Vardy’s manager is confident

The Foxes have been excellent at winning back possession so far. Hopefully if they can keep pressing higher, they might force a mistake, or create one of the quick counter chances that Vardy thrives on.

3. Get it in the box

It’s a little early to look at things like this, but Sheffield United have only conceded once, from a set piece. Leicester City have only scored once, from a set piece. I’m sure you see where this is going.

The Foxes have been...creative so far with their free kick and corner routines, usually creating nothing at all.

James Maddison is capable of great set piece delivery, as Wilf benefited from on Sunday. This team are struggling enough to create scoring chances inside the area. When the opportunity is presented, they need to start getting the ball directly into dangerous areas.