Leicester vs Sunderland match preview: Why everyone is hoping this fixture is better than last season - particularly Jermain Lens

A look ahead to the Premier League fixture at The King Power Stadium

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It’s a big game for…

Jermain Lens. A Dutch International, the athletic winger will hopefully add some width to the Black Cats' play that was lacking last year. He opened his account in pre-season against Hannover 96 with a rasping drive past German international Ron-Robert Zieler, and it looks like Sunderland have significantly upgraded on Connor Wickham for just £2m more than what Crystal Palace paid for the English frontman.

Weird stat…

0: Both fixtures between these two teams ended in 0-0 draws last year. Hopefully the Foxes and Black Cats can produce more action this weekend than they did in either meeting in 2014/15.

Player to watch…

Jamie Vardy: The Leicester forward’s meteoric rise last season was capped with his debut for England against Ireland at the end of May. His tireless work rate could set the tone for Leicester’s performance at the KC Stadium.

Past three-meetings…

Sunderland 0 Leicester 0, Premier League, May 2015

Leicester 0 Sunderland 0, Premier League, November 2014

Leicester 0 Sunderland 2 (Hysen, Connoly), Championship, January 2007

Form guide…

Leicester pre-season: WDWWW

Sunderland pre-season: WLLWLW

Vital information…

KICK-OFF TIME: Saturday, 3pm

TV: Highlights on BBC1