Sunderland VS Leicester City Prediction
Another one from the two big names in the English North East is deeply involved in the relegation battle as “The Black Cats” from Sunderland will have a home challenge against one from the Premier League sides that are in best form recently – Leicester City. “The Foxes” from Leicester are in an excellent form and besides the 1:3 defeat from the new champion Chelsea, Nigel Pearson’s men are with 6 wins in the last 7 rounds, which is the main reason why Leicester have so good chances to save their Premier League position. “The Foxes” joined the League after they finished on first position in the Championship last year, and only couple of weeks ago Leicester looked doomed, unless the team don’t win in almost all of the remaining games… Well, “The Foxes” started with the 2:1 win over West Ham United, which was preceded by a strong performance followed by a defeat – 3:4 from Tottenham, but the superb Leicester form arrived after the mentioned win over “The Hammers”. It was followed by a wins over WBA, Swansea City, Burnley, Newcastle United and Southampton, as all of them were in Saturday afternoon, while the defeat was in their midweek effort (postponed game against “The Blues” from London). Impressive record by “The Foxes” who are heading for another fixture in the typical English Saturday afternoons, which can be vital for their Premier League future.
The hosts from Sunderland had to pass through a manager rotation as Dick Advocaat replaced his predecessor Gus Poyet, who was fired after the 0:4 defeat from Aston Villa. That’s not the only reason, that was just the culmination, since Sunderland was following a run of 1 win in 12 games. Now “The Black Cats” are with 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats after the managerial change and Dick Advocaat’s presence at “Stadium of Light” can be vital for the Premier League destiny of the club. Sunderland will host over Leicester after two successive wins, which were over the teams of Southampton (at home) and Everton (away), but the wounds from the 1:4 home defeat against Crystal Palace are still fresh, so “The Black Cats” must be careful before their 37th Premier League fixture.
Final conclusion, betting bonus, betting prediction and possible starting lineups of Sunderland and Leicester City – EPL 16.05.2015
Leicester’s fine form is is caused by the teamwork in all fields, as “The Foxes” are among the teams in best shape and the individual efforts in the team from East Midlands is based on the incredible improvement in the different zones – the formation switch is with key contribution for Leicester’s efforts, as the 3-5-2 formation for Leicester City works really well, and we believe that Nigel Pearson will start with it again. Kasper Schmeichel’s return and the winter recruiting of Robert Huth (on loan from Stoke City) are with vital role for the well-oiled defensive look of “The Foxes” and we expect another well organized play from the visitors here.
Sunderland is without the injured John O’Shea, Jack Rodwell, Ricky Alvarez and Emanuele Giaccherini, and we believe that Dick Advocaat will stick to the same formation from the victory in Liverpool (2:0 against Everton in the last round).
That’s the last home chance for Sunderland to achieve the cherished goal – Premier League stay, because the club from North East England can use the advantage that they have 1 game more than their opponents, but “The Black Cats” will have to cross the road in two consecutive away games, right after the home match against Leicester. Their upcoming visits are at places like “Stamford Bridge” and “Emirates”, where Sunderland will play against the top 4 sides. The tough schedule can add some pressure in Sunderland’s locker room, while Leicester City can be very happy from their last round fixture – home clash against the already relegated team of Queens Park Rangers, who on their side will hope to upset the other club from the North East, when in Saturday afternoon QPR welcomes Newcastle.
However, we expect the fine form of “The Foxes” not to end here, and that’s why our bet is for the visitors – Leicester City to win (with Draw No Bet). Matthew James and Andy King will miss the trip to Sunderland, while is expected Leicester’s top scorer Leonardo Ulloa to return, after he picked up a knock in the last round. Even if Ulloa misses the game, or he’s not available for a starting position, Nigel Pearson can still pick the record transfer of his club – Croatian striker Andrej Kramarić, who still has a lot to show, if he wants to prove that the money spent for him are not a waste.
Possible starting lineups:
Sunderland: Pantilimon – van Aanholt, Brown, Coates, Jones – Gomez, Cattermole, Larsson – Wickham, Graham, Defoe. (4-3-3)
Leicester City: Schmeichel – Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan – Albrighton, Cambiasso, Drinkwater, Schlupp – Mahrez – Vardy, Ulloa. (3-4-1-2)