A very changed Sunderland heads into King Power Stadium to face last season’s great escapees Leicester City on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra) in the opening game of the new 2015-16 Premier League season for both clubs.
Jermain Defoe and Jeremain Lens will hope to be on the finishing end of the visitors’ attack, which comes in front of hard-tackling captain Lee Cattermole and star goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.
For the hosts, Shinji Okazaki joins industrious attackers Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, with Kaspar Schmeichel starting between the sticks.
Leicester City: Schmeichel, De Laet, Huth, Morgan, Schlupp, Albrighton, Drinkwater, King, Mahrez, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Schwarzer, Hammond, Kanté, Kramarić, Ulloa, Fuchs, Benalouane.
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Jones, Van Aanholt, Kaboul, Coates, Cattermole, Rodwell, Larsson, Johnson, Lens, Defoe. Subs: Mannone, O’Shea, Matthews, Bridcutt, Giaccherini, Graham, Fletcher.