Premier League Preview: Sunderland vs. Leicester City

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  • Leicester leads all-time 32W-21D-30L
  • Foxes last win in series is 2001.
  • Clubs drew 0-0 in November

Either Sunderland, Leicester City or both could have their Premier League fates assured after Saturday’s match at the Stadium of Light (Watch live and online at 10 a.m. ET via Live Extra).

That’s remarkable, considering how down in the dumps both clubs were just weeks ago, but Nigel Pearson’s Foxes are nurturing some of the best form cooking in the Premier League, while the Black Cats have scraped together some vital points in recent weeks.

As it stands, Leicester is three points clear of 18th place Hull, which plays at 10 a.m. ET against Spurs, while Sunderland is two points above the Tigers.

For what it’s worth, Leicester haven’t won at Sunderland since 1999, though the Foxes have only played five times at the Stadium of Light since that League Cup win.

What they’re saying

Sunderland’s gigantic keeper Costel Pantilimon: “I think the fans realise how much we need them and it is so important to have their support us from the first minute to the last minute. You feel like they push you to go forward, they give us a real confidence and so much power. It is very important to be together in these moments and be a family.”

Foxes’ striker Leonardo Ulloa on earning safety“It is a very important game for us but Sunderland have a good opportunity in this game because they are more confident now. They have done well as well. They win some games but it is more important for us. We just focus on this game and afterwards we look at the other results. But it is an important game and if we win it is great for us.”

Prediction

Leicester has been very good lately, but Sunderland is at home and has been very lucky. While it would be easy to predict another 0-0 draw, with both sides happy to get a point, we’ll stay with skill over luck. Foxes, 1-0.