The inspired Foxes are to visit The Stadium of Light.
Last updated: April 8, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||The Stadium of Light|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Leicester City achieved another very important victory in the battle for The Premier League title. This time, The Foxes beat Southampton 1-0 at The King Power Stadium and increased their advantage to 7 points, in front of the second-placed Tottenham Hotspur. Wes Morgan scored the only goal of the game. That was the fourth consecutive 1-0 victory for Claudio Ranieri’s players, who have never been that close to a major trophy. Its exactly these results that show Leicester are now mature enough and are ready to win The Premier League.
On the other hand, Sunderland desperately need points. The Black Cats are lying in 18th position and are 4 points behind Norwich City. So, Sunderland will have to win some fresh points, if they want to stay in the most competitive division in the world.
The stats are in Sunderland’s favour. Sam Allardyce’s players have won 16 of 33 matches against Leicester City at The Stadium of Light. The Foxes have recorded only 8 away victories against Sunderland. But the form of these two teams is completely different. Leicester have won their last 4 Premier League matches, while Sunderland are on a run of 4 consecutive draws.
Duncan Watmore is the only injured player in Sunderland’s squad. The 22-year-old forward is suffering from an ankle injury and will surely miss the game.
It’s been a while since Jamie Vardy found the net for Leicester City. The last time he scored in The Premier League was on 14th February against Arsenal.
Jermaine Defoe is the man in form for Sunderland. The former English international forward has scored 2 goals in Sunderland’s last 3 league matches.
Matty James still can’t recover from his ACL knee injury (received on 10th May 2015). The midfielder hasn’t appeared in a single match this season.
Quotes of the week
Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) : “I need to go back to church and start praying.”
Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City) : “Morgan is a strong man and a good example for everybody.”
|Sunderland (4-1-4-1):||Mannone, Kone, Yedlin, Kaboul, van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Rodwell, M’Vila, Khazri, Borini, Defoe.|
|Subs||Lens, Toivonen, Cattermole, O’Shea, Pickford, Jones, N’Doye.|
|Leicester (4-4-2):||Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez, Vardy, Okazaki.|
|Subs||Gray, Wasilewski, King, Schlupp, Ulloa, Schwarzer, Inler.|
So far this season
|Sunderland this season||Leicester City this season|
|4 (2)||(at home) Wins (away)||10 (10)|
|3-0 vs. Newcastle||Biggest win||3-0 vs. Stoke, Newcastle and Swansea|
|5 (4)||(at home) Draws (away)||5 (4)|
|6 (10)||(at home) Losses (away)||1 (2)|
|2-6 to Everton||Biggest Defeat||2-5 to Arsenal|
|Defoe (12)||Top scorer||Vardy (19)|
|Johnson (5)||Assist Leader||Mahrez (11)|
|Y52, R2||Discipline||Y45, R1|
|10||Failures to score||3|
|18||Both Teams to Score Games||18|
|16||Over 2.5 Games||17|
|15||Under 2.5 Games||15|
- Leicester City have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 Premier League matches. The Foxes won 1-0 all of these 4 matches and maintained their league position.
- Claudion Ranieri’s players won 4-2 in the first match of the season between these two teams. Vardy, Mahrez (2) and Albrighton found the net for The Foxes.
- Sunderland are undefeated in their last 3 Premier League games at The Stadium of Light. The Black Cats won against Man United 2-1 and finished with a draw in the next 2 games.
- The last time Leicester City won an away game against Sunderland was on 12th August 1995. Since then, The Black Cats have recorded 3 victories and 4 draws.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|08/08/15||The Premier League||Leicester 4-2 Sunderland||J. Vardy 11′|
|16/05/15||The Premier League||Sunderland 0-0 Leicester||—|
|22/11/14||The Premier League||Leicester 0-0 Sunderland||—|
|01/01/07||The Championship||Leicester 0-2 Sunderland||—|
|16/09/06||The Championship||Sunderland 1-1 Leicester||—|