- Leicester vs Sunderland

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Saturday 22 November 2014 | King Power Stadium | Kick-off 15:00

Leicester
Leicester
0 - 0
Sunderland
Sunderland

Match preview

Nigel Pearson has stressed the importance of securing a victory over Sunderland to "reignite the confidence" in his Leicester City squad.

Leicester were on cloud nine after a 5-3 Barclays Premier League victory over Manchester United two months ago, but since then they have picked up one point in their six top-flight matches, a 2-2 home draw against Burnley. The Foxes have struggled in front of goal, only finding the net against the Lancastrians since that United win, and have slipped into the relegation zone. Pearson knows they must stop the rot ahead of Saturday's match with Gus Poyet's side at the King Power Stadium.

"We do need to get back to winning ways to reignite the confidence, that's a very important factor of how we go about the game," Pearson said. "Ultimately we want to get the right result regardless of how we play, it's about finding a way to get the right result.

"They are well organised defensively. We need to be patient, play our own game and that's what we'll endeavour to do. They are a better side than people give them credit for, Gus will know we need a result and will be expecting a tough game."

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is expected to start after recovering from a knock sustained during Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifying win over Republic of Ireland. Pearson is wary of the threat posed by Fletcher, but has called on his side to provide quality in the final third.

"He [Fletcher] looks fit and is a very dangerous player in and around the box, we must make sure concentration is such that we are able to deal with their threats," Pearson said. "For the most part this season we've defended pretty well, where we've been undone is quality on their part. We have got to turn our run around by performing ourselves and create opportunity for our attacking players."

Sunderland have moved up to 14th, following up a 3-1 victory at Crystal Palace with a 1-1 draw with Everton last time out but victory for Leicester will lift them above the Wearsiders on goal difference. Poyet has revealed that Ricky Alvarez and Sebastian Coates could feature after returning to full training. Emanuele Giaccherini is making progress with his recovery from an ankle injury but will not feature on Saturday and the same goes for Billy Jones (hamstring). Patrick van Aanholt is also sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Leicester's Liam Moore (illness), Wes Morgan (foot) and Ritchie De Laet (back) are available but Dean Hammond (calf) and Matthew Upson (foot) will play no part.

Leicester City (from): Hamer, Schmeichel, Smith, De Laet, Konchesky, Moore, Morgan, Simpson, Wasilewski, Albrighton, Cambiasso, Drinkwater, James, King, Knockaert, Mahrez, Powell, Hopper, Lawrence, Nugent, Schlupp, Ulloa, Vardy, Wood.

Sunderland (from): Mannone, Pantilimon, Brown, Coates, O'Shea, Reveillere, Vergini, Alvarez, Bridcutt, Buckley, Cabral, Cattermole, Gomez, Johnson, Larsson, Mavrias, Rodwell, Altidore, Fletcher, Wickham.

Match Appointments
Referee:
Robert Madley Assistants: H Lennard, R Ganfield Fourth Official: C Pawson

Match Facts
Sunderland have won on their last two visits to the King Power Stadium, without conceding a goal.
However, the Black Cats have never won away at Leicester City in the Barclays Premier League, losing three and drawing one of their four visits.

Current form

Last six matches

lost

2 - 0 v Southampton (A) 08 Nov 2014

lost

0 - 1 v West Brom (H) 01 Nov 2014

lost

2 - 0 v Swansea (A) 25 Oct 2014

lost

1 - 0 v Newcastle (A) 18 Oct 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v Burnley (H) 04 Oct 2014

lost

2 - 0 v Crystal Palace (A) 27 Sep 2014
Last win/defeat

won

5 - 3 v Man Utd (H) 21 Sep 2014

lost

2 - 0 v Southampton (A) 08 Nov 2014

Current form

Last six matches

drawn

1 - 1 v Everton (H) 09 Nov 2014

won

1 - 3 v Crystal Palace (A) 03 Nov 2014

lost

0 - 2 v Arsenal (H) 25 Oct 2014

lost

8 - 0 v Southampton (A) 18 Oct 2014

won

3 - 1 v Stoke (H) 04 Oct 2014

drawn

0 - 0 v Swansea (H) 27 Sep 2014
Last win/defeat

won

1 - 3 v Crystal Palace (A) 03 Nov 2014

lost

0 - 2 v Arsenal (H) 25 Oct 2014

Last corresponding meeting

Leicester Sunderland

Sat 03 Nov 2001 | Filbert Street | Attendance: 20,573

Leicester 1 - 0 Sunderland
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  Possession
Leicester 0%
Sunderland 100%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Leicester 0 0
Sunderland 0 0
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Leicester 0 1 0
Sunderland 0 3 0
Total 0 4 0
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