Leicester put on second half show to soar past Sheffield United
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That's all we've got time for unfortunately. I've been Daniel Orme taking you through Sheffield United 1, Leicester City 4. Until next time.

Well, a comfortable win here. Demarai Gray opened the scoring, with Islam Slimani bagging a brace of his own. Caolan Lavery got the Blades on the score-sheet before Ahmed Musa rounded off the victory for Craig Shakespeare's men.

Any thoughts on that one, then? Much more exciting in the second half it is fair to say.

FT Leicester City easily progress to the next round. The Foxes notching a comfortable 4-1 victory.

90+3' Ahmed Musa powers home into the top corner. Game done.


90' Four minutes added time from Bramall Lane. Allowing for late drama, the Foxes will be into the third round.

86' Lavery sees his cross go straight into the net. What was Hamer doing there?


80' Substitution for Leicester. Harry Maguire is replaced by debutant Josh Knight.

77' Substitution for Leicester. Nampalys Mendy replaces Wilfred N'didi.

74' Amidst all of the goals, Sheffield United have made three substitutions: Sharp, Coutts and Basham replace Evans, Baldock and Wright.

71' Leicester really taking control here. Looking to add their fourth, Chilwell shoots on the edge of the area,

67' Islam Slimani gets his second of the evening as he stabs home a Gray cross at the back post!


63' Andy King plays Slimani through and the Algerian rounds the keeper and tucks home into the empty net. 2-0.


52' Demarai Gray shows lovely feet and jinks into the box. It's then a lovely finish as he rolls the ball under Eastwood!


48' Early sight of goal for the home side. The ball bobbles around the area and Lavery eventually releases a strong shot but Hamer gets his body behind it to catch.

45' No changes for either side going into the second period.

45' We're back underway. The Foxes getting us going again.

HT What are your thoughts at the break?

HT Fair to say, it has not been a classic here. The Foxes have been the better side so far but as of yet, have not troubled Eastwood enough. Wilder's men have carried a threat of their own but struggling to really test the Premier League outfit.

45+2' No. The half-time whistle goes.

45+2' Late free-kick for the Blades just outside the penalty area. Can they create anything?

45' Two minutes of added time at Bramall Lane.

42' Succession of corners for the visitors but Slimani eventually heads into the floor and wide as the home side look to attack in the closing minutes of the first half.

36' As I say that, Leicester have a wonderful chance. Ahmed Musa cuts to Slimani but his shot is blocked only a few yards from goal.

34' Safe to say that the sting has somewhat gone out of the game now. Leicester having plenty of possession but not really creating much.

24' Booking for Slimani. The Leicester striker is yellow-carded for a crunching tackle.

22' Hamer nearly red-faced here. Brooks powers a shot from distance, the goalkeeper saves but the ball bobbles under his body but fortunately for the Foxes, not into the net.

14' Close from Gray this time. The youngster collects an excellent pass from Slimani but his touch lets him down and Eastwood is out well.

12' Another chance for the Nigerian. An excellent lofted through-ball from Slimani puts the speedy winger in on goal but his shot his thrashed into the side-netting.

10' What a waste from Musa. Good interplay between Slimani and Gray sees the winger put free down the left flank but his cross flies high and wide.

6' The defender looks to be okay. He is up and running, if hobbling slightly. Keep an eye on him

3' This does not look good. Harry Maguire remains on the floor following a challenge from Lafferty.

1' We're underway at Bramall Lane! The Blades get us rolling here.

Our Twitter poll is looking healthy and Leicester fans are confident - over 60% are predicting a Foxes' win in normal time.

Just over half an hour until kick-off at Bramall Lane now, any predictions that you want to share?

In regards to United, they also make eight changes from the clash with Barnsley on Saturday. The most obvious absentee is Billy Sharp who drops to bench in place of Ched Evans, who makes his first start for the club since his return.

Now then, it is eight changes for the visitors. Islam Slimani and Leonardo Ulloa will lead the line with the likes of King, Gray and Musa all coming into the midfield. Only Harry Maguire, Wilfred N'didi and Christian Fuchs survive from the win over Brighton at the weekend.

Sheffield United substitutes: Blackman, Stevens, Basham, Thomas, Sharp, Coutts, Duffy.

Sheffield United starting XI: Eastwood, Baldock, O'Connell, Lundstram, Wright, Freeman, Lavery, Lafferty, Evans, Brooks, Carruthers.

Leicester City substitutes: Jakupovic, Knight, Mendy, Mahrez, Albrighton, Vardy, Okazaki.

Leicester City starting XI: Hamer; Amartey, Maguire, Fuchs, Chilwell; Musa, N'didi, King, Gray, Ulloa, Slimani.

The two teams are set to be released in approximately 15 minutes' time. What kind of side will the Foxes' put out for their trip to Bramall Lane? Will the hosts pick a strong XI considering they have Championship survival to worry about?

Team news is set to be released at 6:45pm BST and there will surely be lots to discuss following that. If you want to get involved and have a chat with us, make sure you follow all of our Twitter handles: @VAVEL and @Leicester_VAVEL.

The Foxes fell at the first hurdle in the League Cup last year so will be targeting progression tonight. Chelsea got the better of the-then Premier League champions with a 4-2 win in extra time. Meanwhile, the Blades reached the semi-finals, eventually being halted by Tottenham Hotspur.

The visitors will be keen to earn another victory this time around especially since the Blades have become experts in giant-killing in recent times. The likes of West Ham United and Southampton were both eliminated at their hands last season. They also started off the current campaign strongly with a 3-2 victory over Walsall.

Tuesday night's game will be only the second time that the two have come together in the League Cup. The East-Midlanders got the better of the Blades back in October 1969 with a 2-0 victory at Filbert Street. Leicester arrive with far more pedigree in the competition having reached the final on five occasions, lifting the trophy three times. Chris Wilder's men have never progressed beyond the semi-finals.

Andy King celebrates his winner against the Blades in 2011 | Photo: Getty/ Michael Regan
Andy King celebrates his winner against the Blades in 2011 | Photo: Getty/ Michael Regan

Fascinatingly, the two teams have not met competitively since 2011. The Foxes travelled then to Bramall Lane and snatched a 1-0 win courtesy of an Andy King strike.

Sheffield United will be without the services of striker Leon Clarke for the game following his red card against Barnsley on Saturday afternoon - a dismissal that the club will not be appealing according to Blades' boss Chris Wilder. George Baldock, Ched Evans, Caoloan Lavery, John Lundstram, Samir Carruthers and David Brooks are all set to feature for the home side.

Both sides come into the clash expecting to make numerous changes to the starting line-ups. Foxes' boss Craig Shakespeare is likely to be without the likes of Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, Kelechi Iheanacho, Robert Huth and Vincente Iborra, all because of injury. However, England striker Jamie Vardy has been passed fit despite limping off in the closing stages of the game on Saturday afternoon. Young centre-back Josh Knight and midfielder Nampalys Mendy could both be involved in the game, Shakespeare has told.

Billy Sharp (right) celebrates his goal against Barnsley | Photo: Getty/ Mark Cosgrove
Billy Sharp (right) celebrates his goal against Barnsley | Photo: Getty/ Mark Cosgrove

The former Premier League champions head to Sheffield tonight off the back of a very positive result in their first home game of the season - a 2-0 victory over newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion. Elsewhere, the Blades notched a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Barnsley.

Make sure that you stick around here all evening for all of the pre-match talk, team news, live coverage, reaction and analysis as the Foxes kick-off their League Cup campaign.

Good evening and welcome to VAVEL UK's live commentary of the clash between Sheffield United and Leicester City in the second round of the EFL Cup. Kick-off from Bramall Lane is coming up at 7:45pm BST.