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Whilst Sheffield United look to build on their first Premier League victory since the spring of 2007, Leicester City will try again for that initial triumph of the 2019-20 campaign on Saturday.
Things probably could not have gotten off to a better start for promoted Sheffield (1-1-0), who used a late Billy Sharp goal to claim a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in their opener and followed with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane last weekend. John Lundstram's goal in the 47th minute was all the Blades needed to win their first Premier League match since a 1-0 triumph over Watford on April 28, 2007.
"It's been good," defender Jack O'Connell told Sheffield United's official website. "Obviously, it's only been two games. But, we've just got to pick up some points in the early stages of the season."
United should feel confident with another game at Bramall, even though they have not had much recent success against Leicester City (0-2-0) in their recent meetings over all competitions. Though these sides last met in a league match in February 2011 while members of the Championship, Leicester won 4-1 at Sheffield in August 2017 during League Cup play and 1-0 at home in FA Cup action from February 2018.
Back to the Premier League, the Foxes are trying to avoid going winless in their opening three games for the first time since 2014-15, when they started 0-2-1. Leicester played Wolves to a goalless draw in the opener and then used Wilfred Ndidi's equaliser in the 67th minute to earn a point through a 1-1 draw at Chelsea last weekend.
"It gives us the belief we can compete," manager Brendan Rodgers told Leicester's official website regarding the result at Stamford Bridge. "We had to dig deep and show real resilience and spirit."
Through two matches, Foxes star Jamie Vardy is still searching for his first goal of the 2019-20 Premier League season, and has recorded just one shot. He's posted at least 20 goals in two of the last four campaigns, and had 18 last term.
Meanwhile, Rodgers has a key fitness concern on the back-end as defender Ben Chilwell is doubtful to face the Blades. The talented youngster sat out the game at Chelsea with a hip issue, but Christian Fuchs filled in admirably at the left-back spot.
Regardless of who is on the pitch this weekend, Rodgers likes the look and collective attitude of his club.
"I think that since I've come in, we've been improving and getting better and better," the gaffer continued. "It's just the players working with confidence."
Updated August 22, 2019