Leicester City have a chance to take a 10-point lead on nearest challengers Tottenham when they take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, 10 April. The Foxes come into the game having seen rivals Arsenal drop two points against West Ham and know that three points against Sam Allardyce's men will give them a clear run to the title, with only six games left.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 1:30pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.
Sunderland will be desperate to pick up points against Leicester, which will take them to within a point of Norwich, who were beaten by Crystal Palace on Saturday, 9 April. Newcastle United's loss to Southampton has made them favourites to join Aston Villa in the Championship next season and Allardyce knows that he does not have much time to get out of this situation.
The Blacks Cats have drawn their last four games in the league, while it has been six games since they last recorded a win. Next weekend they will face off against fellow strugglers Norwich before a tough run of games when they host Arsenal and travel away to Stoke City before the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Leicester are flying high and nothing but a capitulation of the highest order could stop them from winning the league from this point. Arsenal's 3-3 draw with West Ham has all but taken them out of the race and Tottenham's difficult run of fixtures and the difference in points between the two mean that they are unlikely to close the gap on the Foxes anytime soon.
Leicester are unbeaten in their last six games, taking 16 points from a possible 18, while winning their last four fixtures 1-0. Claudio Ranieri knows that they have a few tricky fixtures coming up after this game, with a trip to West Ham and a home game against Swansea City, before taking on Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton before the end of the season.
What Managers Say
Sam Allardyce: "So many teams have done so much more while others have done so much less that we are now expecting the unexpected," he said. "I hope it's the truth for us. No one expected us to beat Manchester United but we did. I would have hoped we would have kicked on with two or three wins from that and we've had the opportunities only to fail miserably. But if we can maintain the performance level we showed against West Brom last week, we have a chance."
Claudio Ranieri: "It's not important who scores a goal. With (Danny) Simpson, no, last week he was so close. And I said to him 'don't worry, it will arrive next (week)'. It's not important who scores a goal. It's important that Leicester win the match It's not important. Every time I talk to the strikers, it's not important if they score. Of course it's their job to score a goal. Jamie in the last two or three matches he didn't score but made the final pass. I look always at the performance, if everybody links together and if everybody fights together. If everybody helps each other, that is my performance. After the goal, it's okay. If you imagine, Wes Morgan scored the goal (against Southampton)."
Betting Odds (betfair)
- Sunderland Win: 5/2
- Draw: 11/5
- Leicester Win: 23/20
Possible XI: Mannone; Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul, Van Aanholt; Khaziri, M'Vila, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, Borini; Defoe
Possible XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton; Vardy, Okazaki