This fixture has the makings of a huge game in this Premier League season for two very different reasons – Sunderland are desperate for a result as they fight to remain in the top flight next season, whereas opponents Leicester are closing in on a magnificent title win which is set to go down in the record books.
The Foxes were themselves facing a similar fate to that of the Black Cats last season but managed to escape in the most dramatic of manners, and Sam Allardyce will be hoping his side can be inspired by their opponents’ Great Escape and pull off an unlikely result this weekend.
A win for Sunderland would put pressure on Norwich City and Newcastle who look to be their direct competition to avoid the drop, but they will need to improve after drawing four successive matches.
Despite dominating their fixture against West Brom last week, the Wearsiders couldn’t find a winning goal and chances will be few and far between against this resilient Leicester backline, who have kept four successive clean sheets.
This is probably Leicester’s easiest game left of the campaign on paper, so three points are essential. If the Foxes can continue their winning run, the title is almost theirs.
With Spurs facing Manchester United and Arsenal a trip across East London to play West Ham this weekend, it could be a huge chance for the Blues to go ten points clear at the top.
Claudio Ranieri’s team’s away form has been fantastic this campaign and they show no signs of slowing down. Players are coming into form at the right time and even their defenders are chipping in with goals – Wes Morgan scored his first goal of the season in the victory against Southampton.
The Black Cats are without fresh injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s fixture. Only young striker Duncan Watmore is out after suffering from ankle ligament damage, while Seb Larsson is hoping for a recall.
Part of Leicester’s incredible success this year is down to Ranieri’s ability to pick the same team each week. The Blues are yet again without major injury problems with Jeffrey Schlupp expected to feature on the bench after recovering from a knee injury.
League Positions: Sunderland – 18th (27 pts); Leicester City – 1st (69 pts)
Previous Meetings: Leicester City 4-2 Sunderland (August 8, 2015)
Form: Sunderland – WLDDDD; Leicester City – WDWWWW
Key Men: Sunderland – Jermain Defoe; Leicester City – Jamie Vardy
Shoot Says: Sunderland 1-2 Leicester City