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Sunderland v Leicester: Tips, Predictions & Odds

Championship leaders Leicester have lost their last three league matches and will be looking to steady the ship away to out-of-sorts Sunderland, who are pointless in four games after Saturday's 1-0 reverse away to play-off chasing rivals Norwich.

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Sunderland v Leicester Betting Tips and Predictions

Leicester to win – 3/4

Leicester's smooth run towards promotion has been rudely interrupted by three straight Championship defeats, but the Foxes have not become a bad side overnight, and they can bounce back by defeating Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

By the middle of February, Leicester were in a seemingly comfortable position after gathering 78 points from 32 games.

They held a 12-point lead at the top and were 14 points inside the automatic promotion places.

However, the recent losses at home to Middlesbrough (1-2), away to Leeds (1-3) and at home to QPR (1-2) have changed the dynamic and offered plenty of encouragement to the chasing pack.

Losing games is never a nice feeling, but Leicester continue to create lots of chances.

The cumulative shot count over the last three Championship games has been 58 to 23 in their favour, and there have been moments of misfortune, such as the wrongly disallowed Patson Daka goal at Leeds that denied them opening up a deserved two-goal lead.

They were the better side for the majority of the match at Elland Road but ended up with a bitterly disappointing defeat, and Saturday's loss to QPR would have been another shock to the system.

In between those matches, Foxes showed their quality with a 1-0 extra-time success at Premier League Bournemouth in the FA Cup fifth round.

They remain a top-notch Championship side and should have too much quality for Sunderland, who are sliding down the table after four successive defeats.

Sunderland are on their third manager of the season after handing Mike Dodds the position until the end of the season.

But Dodds has opened up with defeats at home to Swansea (1-2) and away to Norwich (0-1), and he is hamstrung by the loss of star player Jack Clarke, who is expected to miss the next six weeks with an ankle injury.

Clarke is one of the best players in the division and has been hugely influential for Sunderland, contributing 15 league goals and four assists this season.

Sunderland have looked toothless without their 23-year-old talisman, and they are untrustworthy at the back, having failed to keep a clean sheet in 10 matches.

A summer rethink and rebuild is probably needed, but Sunderland are struggling in the short term, and that should be good news for Leicester, who look solid 3/4 shots to return to winning ways.

Abdul Fatawu to score the first goal – 9/1

Leicester have managed to spread the goals around, with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Jamie Vardy and Stephy Mavidi sharing their Championship top scorer honours with 10 goals each.

There is more to come from some of their attacking players, including 19-year-old Sporting Lisbon loanee Abdul Fatawu, who is a 9/1 chance to open the scoring against Sunderland.

Fatawu has scored just three league goals, but his end product appears to be improving.

He has notched in two of his last five appearances, including a superb winning goal away to Bournemouth in the FA Cup fifth round.

The talented teenager seems to be growing in confidence and he could make his mark on Wearside.

Ben Nelson to be carded – 3/1

Leicester must negotiate a second game without suspended centre-back Jannik Vestergaard, so there should be another opportunity for 19-year-old academy graduate Ben Nelson to show his quality.

Nelson is a fine prospect and is clearly highly rated by Foxes manager Enzo Maresca, who has selected him above experienced rivals Conor Coady and Harry Souttar as Vestergaard's understudy.

He got on the scoresheet in Saturday's 2-1 loss at home to QPR but was also yellow-carded for a second successive league game.

Nelson's inexperience has shown with aspects of his defensive work, and his odds for a caution against Sunderland are attractively priced at 3/1.

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Sunderland v Leicester Odds

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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