Premier League: Leicester City v Sunderland match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's fixture at the King Power Stadium

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A win for Leicester could see them move out the relegation zone when they welcome Sunderland to the Midlands tomorrow. The Foxes are without a win in six and have consequently slipped down the table in recent weeks despite a promising start to the season for Nigel Pearson’s men.

Goals have been hard to come by recently for Leicester, having failed to score in their last four Premier League games. Record signing Leonardo Ulloa started the season in blistering form but since then the goals have dried up for Argentinean and subsequently for the Foxes.

If the recent head-to-head’s are anything to go by, then it doesn’t make good reading for the Midland’s outfit. They have failed to beat Sunderland in their last five meetings but know that they need to start picking up points against the team’s around them or they should be preparing for a relegation scrap come the end of the season.

Sunderland come into the game buoyant after promising results and performances against Crystal Palace and Everton saw them move away from the relegation places. Gus Poyet’s men know that if they want to avoid the drama of a relegation battle like last season, then they will need to start showing more consistency.

Captain Lee Cattermole is back from suspension but may find it hard to regain his place immediately following the impressive form of Liam Bridcutt in recent weeks. The Black Cats will also be hoping that the partnership between Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham continues to flourish, as the pair look to carry on their fine early season form.

 

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Leicester 0 Sunderland 2 (Hysen, Connolly), Championship, Jan 07

Sunderland 1 (Hysen) Leicester 1 (Fryatt), Championship, Sep 06

Sunderland 2 (Stewart, Caldwell) Leicester 1 (Maybury), Championship, Apr 05

STATS…

Leicester City have won none of their last six Barclays Premier League matches (W0 D1 L5), failing to score in five of those games.

Connor Wickham has conceded more fouls than any other player in the top flight this season (27).

Vito Mannone has made more errors leading directly to goals than any other Premier League player this season (3).

Wes Morgan has blocked more opposition shots than any other player in the Premier League this season (17).

Sunderland have won on their last two visits to the King Power Stadium, without conceding a goal.

ODDS…

Leicester to win: 2.1

Sunderland to win: 3.9

Draw: 3.2

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm.

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