Sunderland and Leicester City in vital relegation wrangle
The gloves are off and the chips are down as resurgent Leicester City (now unfancied for relegation at 25/1 with Coral) travel to tussle with a revived Sunderland side (9/2) at the Stadium of Light.
What has so far been an enthralling relegation scrap could be set to take further twists and turns, as both teams have managed to turn the tide recently and climb away from the trap door, yet neither can breathe a sigh of relief just yet.
Dutch coach Dick Advocaat can deploy his Black Cats with confidence following a fortunate and dogged victory over Everton last time out, as they seek to continue their great escape. The Mackems, 7/5 match favourites, also have a magnificent recent record against their visitors, with just one loss to the Foxes in their past seven battles.
Home advantage gives Sunderland tasty odds of 2/1 to split the spoils with Leicester for what would be the second time this term, in what is effectively a relegation six-pointer.
The Black Cats have won two on the trot to put a two point buffer between themselves and the drop zone, and boast an in-form forward three of dangerman Jermain Defoe (7/4 to have the final say), crafty Connor Wickham (2/1 in the anytime market) and former Swansea City striker Danny Graham (7/1 to fire home first), who hit the opening goal against the Toffees.
With daunting upcoming clashes against Arsenal and Chelsea ahead, Sunderland, who will be without sidelined midfield star Jordi Gomez and experienced centre back Wes Brown for this battle, will be clamouring to claim a win here, yet the in-form Foxes will be no easy scalp.
Having lost only one of their last seven, Leicester’s terrific turnaround looks set to continue, with the Foxes a tempting 17/10 chance to rack up another excellent result.
Rampant wingman Riyad Mahrez’s magic unlocked Southampton’s rearguard last time out, and the Algeria international is 7/2 to strike again anytime, while fellow Foxes forwards Leonardo Ulloa and Jamie Vardy are respective prices of 6/1 and 8/1 to net first and last.
Nigel Pearson’s side are expected to continue their policy of coming out all guns blazing, and a win will all but guarantee their top-tier status for next season. Having kept two clean sheets in a row and notched six goals in their past three outings, back the fantastic Foxes at 4/1 to win to nil, or 6/1 to seal their safety in style by scoring three or more.