Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Leicester
Venue: Stadium of Light – Sunday, April 10 – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)
Match Odds: Sunderland 23/10 – Draw 12/5 – Leicester 23/20
Sunderland enter the weekend in the bottom three and are four points adrift of Norwich, although they do have a vital game in hand.
Sam Allardyce knows his side need to win at least three of their final seven games to stand a good chance of staying up and beating Leicester on Sunday would give them a huge boost.Embed from Getty Images
The problem is that Leicester are still top of the league and look unstoppable. Add in the fact that the Black Cats have only won one of their last ten Premier League games and it looks a tough task for them to take anything from Sunday’s game.
Leicester are flying at the top of the table and look to have the title wrapped up after winning their last four games. They have won all those games by a 1-0 scoreline and will become just the second team in Premier League history (Everton – November 2002) to win five in a row by that scoreline if they beat Sunderland 1-0 on Sunday.
The Foxes are the best away side in the league, having won ten of their 16 games on the road and will be fully expecting to keep their seven-point lead over Tottenham come Sunday night.Embed from Getty Images
The reverse fixture ended 4-2 to Leicester on the opening day of the season. Sunderland were unbeaten in seven league clashes against the Foxes before that defeat and will hope to avoid a second consecutive loss to Sunday’s opponents to prevent relegation fears from worsening.
Sunderland have just one injury concern heading into this huge clash as Duncan Watmore remains sidelined. DeAndre Yedlin will hope to retain his place at right-back, while Dame N’Doye will be pushing for a start in attack.
Leicester are expected to remain unchanged once again with no fresh concerns for Claudio Ranieri. Matthew James as returned to training but is a way off being match fit, while Jeffrey Schlupp is a doubt and might not make the squad.
Sunderland’s last five: L/D/D/D/D
Leicester’s last five: D/W/W/W/W
Key Stat: Leicester have only scored one goal in five Premier League trips to Sunderland since 1996 (D3 L2).
Key Player: Kasper Schmeichel – The Leicester goalkeeper has kept four-straight clean sheets and will expect to stretch that run to five here. He has been an integral part of an excellent team this season and will hope to shutout a struggling Sunderland attack on Sunday.Embed from Getty Images
Sunderland 0-0 Leicester – They may have shared six goals on the opening day of the season but this clash is expected to be a lot tighter. Sunderland will look to make things difficult for Leicester and Sam Allardyce is an expert and managing games in such a way. Both sides are desperate for the three points and that should lead to a nervey affair. Goals might be hard to come by so don’t be surprised if this ends 0-0.