Allardyce: Not much hope against Leicester

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce admits that he is expecting to taste defeat when his side welcome Leicester City to the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

The Black Cats are currently in the relegation zone, four points from safety, after four consecutive draws in recent weeks, but Allardyce isn't expecting to come away with anything against the table-topping Foxes.

"It's a hugely drilled, well-organised, highly confident side to play against," Allardyce said. "So yeah, it would be a surprise to beat them.

"They've got [Jamie] Vardy and [Riyad] Mahrez, two of the top scorers in the Premier League, they've got clean sheets running through the team."

The Black Cats recently managed a surprise 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, but have yet to win since, although Big Sam retains some hope of a shock result.

"No one expected us to beat Manchester United but we did," he said. "I hoped we would have kicked on with two or three wins after that, we had the opportunities and we failed miserably.

"But if we can maintain the performance level we showed against West Brom last week, we have a chance."