Sunderland vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

Resurgent duo Sunderland and Leicester City contest a massive game in the battle to avoid relegation, and the winners could find themselves safe by the final whistle.

The home side were favourites for the drop a week ago, but in becoming the first team to win away at Everton since Boxing Day they moved out of the bottom three as the turnaround under Dick Advocaat continued. The determination with which they defended was not akin to many of their performances this season.

And that newfound resilience was complimented by a healthy share of good fortune, with both goals coming as the result of favourable deflections, although merely getting on the scoresheet was the main relief for Danny Graham. Should survival be secured, it would be just as big an achievement as their escape in 2014.

It is needless to say that it has been a remarkable sequence of results for Leicester, whose escape act would be seen by many as one of the best in Premier League history. With relegated Queens Park Rangers to come on the final day, the Foxes seem now to be almost certain of staying up.

Yet another quick start at home proved to be the deciding factor in their last game against Southampton, with Riyad Mahrez scoring both in a comfortable 2-0 victory. The Algerian has quietly been one of the Foxes’ most consistent performers this term, while behind him the two wing-backs are having a massive say in their success.

For the hosts, John O’Shea and Jack Rodwell remain sidelined by the injuries that kept them out of the game at Everton, with Ricky Alvarez and Emanuele Giaccherini also out.

Leicester are hopeful that strikers David Nugent and Leonardo Ulloa can recover from knocks sustained against Southampton. In midfield, Matt James is out but Andy King returns.

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