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Leicester City v Sunderland Predictions and Betting Tips

April 03, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Tuesday April 4 – King Power Stadium – Premier League

Leicester’s resurgent form is the exact opposite of what Sunderland are going through in this lower table mismatch. However, the Foxes face the almost impossible task of eliminating Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, so key players could be rested.

Past Meetings

Leicester and Sunderland have met 70 times in history, and incredibly have an even record with 27 victories apiece and 16 draws. The Black Cats won the first meeting of the season 2-1, but it was their first victory over the foxes in a Decade.

Team News

With Nampalys Mendy and Wes Morgan looking set to return, so Craig Shakespeare will have a full squad to play with. With all bodies available and as the home side aren’t in immediate threat of relegation, some experimentation could take place to insure the fitness of key players for the Champions League showdown with Atletico.

Duncan Watmore won’t return until next season and Jan Kirchoff will be out until May, but it’s not all doom and gloom as David Moyes will welcome back John O’Shea, Steven Pienaar and Lamine Kone, while Victor Anichebe and Lee Cattermole could pass late fitness tests.

Leicester vs Sunderland Preview and Predictions

Although only ten points and five places separate Tuesday’s competitors, Leicester rediscovering the form that won them last season’s Premier League makes them heavy favourites at odds of 6/10.

Sunderland’s impending relegation makes them considerable outsiders and their victory is priced at 11/2, while the draw is at 10/3.

Although the N’Golo Kante-shaped hole in Leicester’s midfield is as gaping as ever, Shakespeare found the fix that Claudio Ranieri couldn’t with Nampalys Mendy. It may have been the title-winning Italian that signed the former Monaco man, but he too often favoured natural left-back Jeffrey Schlupp, now of Crystal Palace, in the middle of the park. Leicester’s biggest strength comes in how they get the most out of their athletic players in a wide 4-4-2.

However, Shakespeare’s fondness of the same shape with the same starting XI makes them predictable. But question marks arise over David Moyes’ ability to counter the simplest of tactical plans, as his side spend most of every game in front of their own net, yet still manage to have the third worst defensive record in the league.

As 34 year-old Jermain Defoe remains their biggest threat, Leicester should have little trouble in keeping a clean sheet, and finding the net should be even easier.

Recommended Bets

Leicester to win by three goals or more at 10/3

Not only do Sunderland have problems scoring, but they’ve managed to ship 50 goals in just 30 games. Leicester meanwhile have scored 11 in their last four.

Leicester to lead at half time and full time at 7/5

Leicester won’t be pushing hard, but a slight breeze can part the Black Cats’ back four, making easy work for Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy.

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