As the goals rained down during a remarkable comeback win over Manchester United, not even the most pessimistic Leicester fan could have imagined their side embarking on a run of five defeats and a draw from the Foxes next six games.
However, that is exactly the fate which has befallen the promoted club, who have lost four straight without scoring, though Leicester are still rated 11/10 favourites to see off visiting 13/5 shots Sunderland, with the draw a 12/5 compromise.
As you’ll see from our familiar three-pronged tipping approach to the game, we’ll not be swayed by those odds.
One of the defining features of a relegated side is their inability to score goals.
Whilst not suggesting third-from-bottom Leicester are anything like doomed at this stage, a return of just two goals during this torrid run (against bottom-side Burnley), speaks volumes. That game was at the beginning of October; four others have been and gone since.
Sunderland’s chaotic nature rarely makes them favourites in any game, though they appear to be on the up having soundly beaten Crystal Palace 3-1 on their last away date.
Meanwhile a resurgent Everton required a 76-minute equaliser to draw at the Stadium of Light prior to the international recess.
Leicester’s string of defeats since September have nearly all followed the blueprint of at least holding out until the break, with four of five matches seeing a 0-0 half-time score.
Considering six of the Black Cat’s eight away goals in all competitions have arrived during the second 45 minutes, this bet holds plenty of attraction when combining the two statistics.
Gus Poyet can breathe a huge sigh of relief that his star striker has been passed fit following a knock on international duty with Scotland.
Sunderland’s record signing hit a rich vein before the internationals, bagging a brace at Selhurst Park, so he should relish this trip to the King Power Stadium.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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