Preview: Leicester City v Sunderland

Leicester City will be heavy favourites to overcome basement dwellers Sunderland in their Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

The Foxes are currently on a five-game – four in the league – winning streak under new manager Craig Shakespeare, having beaten Stoke City 2-0 on Saturday.

The winning run has seen the defending Premier League champions move up to 13th on the table, having accumulated 33 points after 29 games, well clear of relegation trouble.

Shakespeare has come out and said that his start to his managerial career has been a dream come true: "I'm very proud. 

"Also, I have realised there are a lot of people to thank along the way in terms of my previous managers when I've been assistant, but also the players as well."

The same cannot be said for their opponents Sunderland though, as the Black Cats slipped further into trouble after a narrow 1-0 defeat to Watford on Saturday.

The team from the North East of England are at the foot of the table, having only mustered 20 points after 29 games with relegation to the Championship seemingly a formality.

Sunderland have only won once in the league since 17 December but manager David Moyes insists his side will go down fighting.

He said: "At this present time, it has been my hardest season. But I'm looking forward to it being one of the best times – by staying up, that would be the case.

"Is there an air of resignation about the place? I've not seen it in training or round the building. We've told the players how they've been in worse situations and it still turned out right."

In team news, Leicester captain Wes Morgan is again a doubt having missed the Stoke game due to a back injury and will have a late fitness test.

For Sunderland, Victor Anichebe and Lee Cattermole are pushing for recalls after lengthy spells out but Jan Kirchoff, Duncan Watmore, Steven Pienaar and Paddy McNair are all still unavailable.

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