Buoyed by their much-needed Boxing Day victory on Wearside, Hull City will be aiming to pull further clear of danger by seeing off bottom club Leicester City.
After a run of 11 games without a win stretching back to the beginning of October, the Tigers must have feared the worst after conceding a calamitous goal to Sunderland within the opening minute, but the rest of the encounter saw the balance of power – and luck – change markedly.
The survival of two penalty claims and a kind bounce from the Stadium of Light turf had them level by half-time, and Steve Bruce’s men took control in the second half to earn three points which lift them out of the bottom three, but this is another must-win game.
Leicester will feel that fortune has not been going their way, particularly after seeing a fine performance against Tottenham come to nothing. They too conceded in the first minute and hit back strongly, but an inability to take chances proved their downfall.
As did a poor piece of goalkeeping from Ben Hamer to allow a Christian Eriksen free-kick to go in off the post. The Foxes deserve praise for the performance, but the margins of the Premier League mean they are now in danger of being cut adrift. The gap to Hull already stands at six points.
Jake Livermore is back from suspension for Hull, but they are without James Chester and Tom Huddlestone for similar reasons. Michael Dawson and Mohamed Diame are unavailable through injury.
Hamer remains in goal for Leicester in place of the injured Kasper Schmeichel, while Matthew Upson is still out. Striker Jamie Vardy serves a one-match ban.
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