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The last time Claudio Ranieri’s men set foot in the Stadium of Light they were on the verge of making history. Top of the table with seven games to go, an assuring lead of seven points, four back to back victories-Leicester fans had every right to be euphoric! Sunderland, on the other hand, were in the other side of the coin. Bagging only six wins in 31 matches , they were struggling for survival in top-flight football. Fast forward six and a half months, Sunderland, who had lived to fight another day, find themselves at the bottom of the table again. Given their current situation, it’d sound surreal to label the Wearsiders as favorites when they host the defending league champions on Saturday. But Leicester’s sudden fall from grace has come as a beacon of hope for David Moyes’s men and a win against the reigning champions might be a viable possibility. Contrary to their last season’s form, Leicester are currently 14th on the table and winless in their last four games. At the same stage last season, Leicester were at the top of the table with 15 more points(currently 13) and 12 more goals(currently 16). The lethal combination of Riad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy seems to have lost their touch and Danny Drinkwater’s suspension could further worsen off an already scrambled Leicester midfield. To add to their woes, Kasper Schmeichel has also been sidelined due to a hand injury.

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Sunderland had to wait till the 11 the match of the season to pick up their first win but the Black Cats have found their rhythm since then. Their back to back victories against Bournemouth and Hull were followed by a decent display against a rampant Liverpool side. Victor Anichebe’s insertion in the formation alongside Jermain Defoe has proved to be a masterstroke by Moyes. The duo came up with five goals in three matches since Anichebe was introduced in the starting XI. Youngsters Duncan Watmore and Jordan Pickford have also been excellent so far and could make more important contributions in Sunderland’s league campaign.

Sunderland is expected to field an unchanged squad as Jack Rodwell remains out of the picture with a hamstring injury. Lynden Gooch, who played 12 minutes at Anfield, is a doubt for an ankle injury. Leicester might consider benching Jamie Vardy, who has scored only twice in 958 minutes of gametime this season, and include Islam Slimani to pair up with Shinji Okazaki upfront.

Leicester were lucky to rescue a point at home against newly promoted Middlesbrough last week. They were blessed with two spot kicks to cancel out Alvero Negredo’s brace. The ghost of N’Golo Kante has been hunting Leicester’s midfield from the start of this season and Drinkwater’s suspension has sucked it dry of creativity.  It won’t be easy for the Foxes to produce a fruitful result at the Stadium of Light if they can’t improve their ropey domestic form. At this moment, Sunderland looks to be in a better position to secure the points and inflict more misery on Leicester’s stumbling title defense.

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RECENT FORM

  • Leicester City(14th in the league, last 5 matches in all competitions)

2-2(Home, Middlesbrough)2-1(UCL, Home, Club Brugge)1-2(Away, Watford)1-2(Home, West Brom Albion)0-0(UCL, Away, Kopenhagen)

  • Sunderland(20th in the league, last 5 matches in all competitions)

0-2(Away, Liverpool)3-0(Home, Hull)2-1(Away, Bournemouth)1-4(Home, Arsenal)0-1(EFL Cup, Away, Southampton)

HEAD TO HEAD

Total PlayedLeicester winsSunderland winsDraws
86343022

 

LAST MEETING

10 April, 2016

Stadium of Light

Premier League

Leicester 2-Sunderland 0

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Leicester’s return of 13 points is the second worst record after 13 games of any defending champion in top-flight history (assuming 3pts/win); after Ipswich in 1962/63 (11 points).
  • Jamie Vardy has been goalless in his last 15 games.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored more goals against Sunderland in the Premier League than any other teams. (3 goals)
  • Leicester City (417) have already been trailing for more minutes in the Premier League this season than in the entire 2015/16 campaign (391).
  • Riyad Mahrez has found Jamie Vardy with only two passes in the last eight Premier League matches that they have played together (421 mins) and has only created one goalscoring chance for the England forward all season in the competition.
  • The Foxes have scored a league-high 17 penalties since their return to the top-flight in 2014; the same total they netted from the spot in their previous eight Premier League seasons combined.

Jermain Defoe (75%) has had a hand in a higher share of his team’s league goals this term than any other player in the Premier League.

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