Leicester City travel to Sunderland looking for another win to add three more points to their tally in order to move closer to the Premier League title.
Leicester stay 7 points clear-off Tottenham, with 6 more matches to go in the league. They have won all of their last four matches by the same 1-0 margin and just like Claudio Ranieri said, they don’t care how the win comes as long as the team keeps winning.
Sunderland on the other hand are 18th in the league, down in the relegation zone. And even a win here on Sunday won’t get them out of the danger zone as the 17th placed Norwich stay 4 points clear-off them.
Sunderland have drawn their last four matches and lost once in the last 7. They managed just 8 points from a possible 21 during that period.
The Black Cats are unbeaten at home in their last three matches, after a win against Manchester United followed by draws against Crystal Palace and West Brom.
Leicester City are unbeaten in their last 6 matches, with 5 wins and a draw. They have now won 4 in a row by a similar 1-0 score line, which also means they have kept clean-sheets in all of them.
Leicester City have failed to score a goal only once in 16 away matches so far. Together with Arsenal, they have scored the most number of away goals (29) this season so far.
Sunderland: Team News
Duncan Watmore is the only player missing for Sunderland through injury. Sam Allardyce is expected to field the same eleven that started in the 0-0 draw against West Brom last week.
Sunderland: Expected Starting Eleven (4-1-4-1)
Manonne – Aanholt, Kaboul, Kone, Yedlin – Kirchhoff – Khazri, M’Villa, Cattermole, Borini – Defoe.
Leicester City: Team News
Jeffrey Schupp and Matthew James have minor fitness concerns and other than that Leicester has a healthy squad. No surprises are expected from Claudio Ranieri, who will once again field the same starting eleven he used all season long.
Leicester City: Expected Starting Eleven (4-4-2)
Schmeichel – Fuchs, Huth, Morgan, Simpson – Albrighton, Kante, Drinkwater, Mahrez – Okazaki, Vardy.
Sunderland vs Leicester City: Head-to-Head Stats
This will be third competitive meeting between the two sides since Leicester City earned promotion back to English Premier League in 2014/15 season.
Both league meetings last season has ended in 0-0 stalemate.
While the reverse fixture of this season at King Power Stadium ended 4-2 in favour of Leicester City.
Sunderland vs Leicester City: Prediction
Leicester City and definitely edging closer to a historic Premier League win and these are the kind of matches they should be winning to keep the pressure on teams below them. Despite winning 1-0 in each of the last four matches, the Foxes have hardly given their opponents a sniff.
And Sunderland are desperate for a point to keep themselves in the league next season. They were clearly dominant in their last two matches, against Newcastle and West Brom, but still failed to take all three points.
This is definitely a match that both teams want to win. Leicester has clear match-winners and goal scorers, but Sunderland has none. I expect another 1-0 win for Leicester and I know it won’t be spectacular, but that will do the job for them.