Leicester City vs. Sheffield Wednesday

Leicester City vs. Sheffield Wednesday Championship: preview, prediction, team news, lineups

Leicester City will aim to achieve a fifth consecutive victory in all competitions as they continue their Championship campaign at home against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.

The Foxes currently lead the Championship table, 11 points ahead of second-placed Southampton. Meanwhile, relegation-threatened Wednesday occupy 23rd place, trailing 21st position by five points.

Match preview

Leicester’s unexpected relegation from the Premier League last season has not stopped them from being in a strong position to regain promotion for the 2024-25 season.

Enzo Maresca’s team has recorded 24 wins, three draws, and four losses in their 31 Championship matches this season, accumulating 75 points.

They are comfortably leading the table, with an 11-point advantage over second-placed Southampton and a 12-point lead over third-placed Leeds United in the promotion race.

Leicester has been the standout team in the second tier this season, making their return to the top flight for the 2024-25 season highly probable.

The Foxes have triumphed in their last four matches across all competitions, including a 2-1 victory against Watford in the league on Saturday. Additionally, they are still competing in the FA Cup, where they will face Bournemouth in the fifth round later this month.

Leicester boasts the second-best home record in the Championship this season, having amassed 37 points from their 15 fixtures at the King Power Stadium. In contrast, Wednesday has struggled in their away matches.

The Owls possess the second-worst away record in the Championship this season, having secured only seven points from their 15 outings on the road.

After earning promotion back to the Championship through the 2022-23 League One playoffs, Wednesday is striving to establish themselves at this level. However, they have encountered difficulties this season.

Danny Rohl’s side has registered seven wins, five draws, and 19 defeats in their 31 league matches this season, amassing 26 points and languishing in 23rd position in the table.

The Owls trail 21st-placed Huddersfield Town by five points, but they did manage to claim a 2-0 victory over Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon, with Ike Ugbo scoring both goals.

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Team News

Leicester will once again be missing Wilfred Ndidi due to a leg injury, while Kelechi Iheanacho is unlikely to feature as he will be involved in the Africa Cup of Nations final with Nigeria on Sunday night.

Jannik Vestergaard and Marc Albrighton are still unavailable, but head coach Maresca has no new injury concerns, so it is likely that the same lineup that faced Watford will be fielded in this match.

Patson Daka is expected to continue as the center-forward, with Jamie Vardy likely to start on the bench. Kasey McAteer and Abdul Fatawu are also set to feature in the attacking third.

As for Wednesday, Josh Windass, Callum Paterson, John Buckley, and Dominic Iorfa will miss the contest due to injuries. The visitors have no fresh fitness issues, and we may see the same lineup that started against Birmingham due to their impressive performance.

Ugbo, fresh from his brace in the team’s last match, is likely to feature in a wide role, while Bailey-Tye Cadamarteri should continue in the attacking third.

Possible starting lineups:

Leicester City:

Hermansen;

Nelson, Faes, Justin;

Pereira, Winks;

Fatawu, Praet, Dewsbury-Hall, McAteer;

Daka

Sheffield Wednesday:

Beadle;

Valentin, Bernard, Famewo, Johnson;

Ugbo, Poveda, Diaby, Bannan, Gassama;

Cadamarteri

Prediction: Leicester City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Wednesday will aim for back-to-back wins in the Championship, but this will be their most challenging away fixture yet.

Leicester is charging towards the league title, and we fully expect them to comfortably secure another three points on Tuesday night.

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