Sunderland v Leicester City team news & stats

Date published: Friday 8th April 2016 2:18

Claudio Ranieri: Efforts catch home country's imagination

Claudio Ranieri: Efforts catch home country's imagination

Leicester have scored once in five Premier League visits to Sunderland, with both sides expected to be unchanged at the Stadium of Light.

Team news

Sunderland have no fresh injury concerns and Sam Allardyce could name an unchanged line-up with Lee Cattermole retaining his place ahead of Jack Rodwell.

Leicester are also likely to be unchanged as they look to close in on the title. Jeffrey Schlupp is the Claudio Ranieri’s only injury doubt.

Kick-off at the Stadium of Light on Sunday is at 1.30pm.

Opta stats

  • Sunderland’s 4-2 defeat to Leicester on the opening day of the season was their first loss in eight league games against the Foxes (W4 D3).
  • Leicester have scored just once in five Premier League visits to Sunderland (D3 L2).
  • Marc Albrighton scored and assisted two further goals in Leicester’s 4-2 win over Sunderland in August.
  • Sunderland have now drawn their last four league games in a row; only once before have they registered five consecutive Premier League draws (Sep/Oct 2010).
  • The Black Cats have enjoyed just one win in their last 10 Premier League games (D6 L3).
  • Sam Allardyce has averaged just 1.04 points per game with Sunderland this season, his lowest average return from a single Premier League campaign.
  • Leicester’s last four top-flight games have all ended in 1-0 wins; only once before has a team registered five consecutive Premier League 1-0 wins (Everton in November 2002).
  • Leicester have never kept five consecutive clean sheets in the top-flight, last keeping five in 1979/80 in the second tier when they kept six in a row.
  • Claudio Ranieri has used the same starting line-up in 11 different top-flight games this season; no other starting line-up (from any side) has appeared more than five times.
  • 18 of the Foxes’ 20 Premier League wins this season have come despite having a lower share of possession.


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