Premier League betting: Under 2.5 Goals the best bet as Sunderland host Champions elect Leicester CityPublished April 7, 2016
Sunderland v Leicester City is a game that always looked like it might be crucial, it’s just that most would have believed that this would be a relegation six-pointer. As it is, with a seven-point cushion, Leicester know that a victory at the Stadium of Light would leave them within touching distance of the title.
Sunderland are still mired in the drop-zone and are struggling to convert draws into the victories they require. Their last four matches have all finished as draws and, when all is said and done, they’ve won just one of their last 10 in the Premier League.
By stark contrast, in what is often attributed as being the mark of champions, Leicester appear to have discovered the habit of winning even when performing relatively poorly. Grinding out 1-0 victories has become commonplace lately, with their last four matches all ending with them winning by that exact score.
Against all expectations, far from wilting under the pressure of leading the table, Leicester have actually won eight of their last 10 Premier League matches. They’re now in a position whereby, given their advantage at the top of the table, a point certainly wouldn’t be disastrous for the Foxes from this match.
Sunderland could potentially cause problems for the man-mountain central defensive partnership of Wes Morgan and Robert Huth in having Jermain Defoe as a lone striker. The veteran striker might just be able to unsettle them, pull them out of position and create space for others.
For their part, Leicester will be looking to catch Sunderland out on the counter-attack with the pace of Jamie Vardy and company and then, as they’ve done so successfully lately, sit back on what they have if they can claim the opening goal.
The greater pressure is on Sunderland, who will be desperate not to allow the four-point gap between themselves and Norwich City grow any further. Clearly a win against the league leaders would do wonders for confidence over the final run-in.
This looks likely to be a tense encounter given both what’s at stake and the low-scoring results of both of late. Goals could be at a premium again.