Table-based form shows why Leicester will beat Sunderland

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Leicester City travel to Sunderland knowing that they are good at rubbing salt in the wounds of clubs already in trouble.

The Foxes are the second-best team in the Premier League when it comes to facing sides in the bottom-half of the table.

Only Manchester City, having won 14 and drawn three of their 17 clashes with teams in the lower reaches of the league, have a better record.

Claudio Ranieri’s men are unbeaten against anyone in the bottom ten of the Premier League, emerging victorious in 13 of their 17 outings.

Conversely, the Mackems struggling against clubs from 11th upwards.

Sam Allardyce’s men, in a parallel to Leicester, have the second-worst record in the Premier League when it comes to facing sides in the top-half of the table.

The Wearsiders have lost 11 of their 16 encounters with teams in the upper echelons of the top-flight.

That puts them in a difficult position when they come up against table-topping Leicester, who are 6/5 favourites for the game, especially as the Midlands outfit have only failed to score against a team in the bottom half on one occasion.

Sunderland are unbeaten in their last four games, all draws, and managed to keep a clean sheet against West Bromwich Albion last time out.

However, Leicester have only failed to score against a team in the bottom-third of the table on one occasion and have won five of their last six outings.

Those five victories all finished 1-0 and the Foxes are proving they can grind out the type of results that increase the likelihood of them finishing the season at the top of the league.

Another 1-0 triumph and backing this scoreline in Leicester’s favour would be a sensible investment at  6/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.