Sunderland v Leicester City

8 Apr

Leicester started the season with a 4-2 win over Sunderland at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester started the season with a 4-2 win over Sunderland at the King Power Stadium

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Sunderland report no fresh injuries so could be unchanged from the side that drew with West Brom last weekend.

Lee Cattermole is likely to keep his place at Jack Rodwell’s expense, with Wahbi Khazri and Fabio Borini providing support to top scorer Jermain Defoe.

Leicester are also expected to name an unchanged side as they look to further strengthen their title claims.

Leonardo Ulloa and Demarai Gray are again likely substitutes with Jeffrey Schlupp still doubtful.


Steve Wilson: “When I recently saw Sunderland narrowly beaten by Manchester City I came away convinced that they wouldn’t be relegated.

“But too many draws have left Sam Allardyce turning to prayer – and me wondering whether I’m wrong.

“If Leicester keep going as they are, they’ll win the league with games to spare.

“Comparisons have been made with Liverpool in 2014, when they seemed fated to win the title. The important difference is that Liverpool were winning 4-3 and 3-2: which suggested the wave they were riding was threatening to get out of their control.

“In contrast Leicester are winning 1-0 week-in, week-out. Cool, calculated and controlled: the stuff of champions.”

Twitter: @SteveWilson1967


I still fancy Sunderland to finish above Norwich and Newcastle and stay up.

So I actually think this is a really tricky game for Leicester, who I just feel are being a bit too over-reliant on how good they are defensively.

Prediction: 1-1

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  • Leicester secured Premier League survival at the Stadium of Light last season, a 0-0 draw in the penultimate game of the campaign.
  • The Foxes won the reverse fixture 4-2 on the opening day of the season; Riyad Mahrez scored twice, Jamie Vardy once.
  • Leicester are winless in seven league trips to Sunderland, since a 2-1 win in the second tier in 1995.
  • Three of the last five meeting have ended in draws.


  • Sunderland will equal a Premier League club record of five successive draws should the match end level.
  • The Black Cats have won just six of 23 league games under Sam Allardyce (D6, L11).
  • It is just one win in their last 10 Premier League games for the Wearsiders (D6 L3).
  • Allardyce’s men kept just their fourth clean sheet of the season last weekend, a league-low.
  • Only three of Jermain Defoe’s 12 Premier League goals have been scored at the Stadium of Light.


  • If Leicester win, they will equal the club’s top-flight record for most victories in a season. Their current record of 21 has been set twice, albeit in a 42-game season.
  • Victory would see Leicester win five successive top-flight matches for the first time since December 1963 and January 1964.
  • Claudio Ranieri’s men have won 1-0 in five of their last six league games.
  • Ten of Leicester’s 13 clean sheets have been in their last 14 matches.
  • It is exactly 400 minutes since Leicester last conceded a goal.
  • The Foxes are 41 points up on this stage of last season.

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