As the relegation battle continues in this thrilling top-flight run-in, both the Black Cats and Foxes are in desperate need of three points
Nigel Pearson’s relegation-threatened Leicester City have enjoyed a successful revival in recent weeks, as they aim to avoid an immediate return to the Championship next season.
The Foxes’ latest clash, though, will potentially be their toughest yet, as they travel to the Stadium of Light to contest Sunderland in a relegation six-pointer, with the visitors a best-priced 9/5 with Betfred to earn another win.
Dick Advocaat’s Black Cats are enduring a torrid run of form this calendar year, but last time out managed to sensationally grab a 2-0 triumph over Everton on their travels to Goodison Park, a victory which could yet prove to be vital in the run-in.
With tensions running extremely high in what has been a ruthless battle to avoid the drop this current campaign, both sides could be forgiven for making a cagey start in this vital encounter on Wearside, with the reverse fixture having ended in a goalless stalemate.
A second successive draw can be taken up at 9/5 with Boylesports, Betfred or Ladbrokes, as both sides surprisingly come into the clash on the back of undefeated streaks, with Sunderland unbeaten in three outings and Leicester enjoying a perfect two-match run.
Black Cats attacker Sebastian Larsson was recently voted as fans’ player of the year, in what has been a stuttering term, but the Swedish star is 18/1 with Paddy Power to open proceedings on home soil and add to his three season strikes.
Meanwhile, the Foxes will hope their in-form forward Leonardo Ulloa can continue his rampant run in front of goal, with the Argentine attacker having struck 12 times in all competitions. The Leicester sharpshooter netted a double in the recent 3-0 win over Newcastle United and is 11/8 with Sky Bet to add to his impressive tally anytime.
The visitors will have an advantage over relegation rivals Leicester, Newcastle and Hull City, as they hold an encouraging game in hand, but it could count for nothing of points aren’t secure on home soil in their latest crucial clash with Pearson’s rejuvenated Foxes outfit.