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Foxes to tame Black Cats, draw for Man Utd at Spurs, while Reds seek Stoke spoils

| 10.04.2016

Lee Gormley | April 8, 2016

Relegation strugglers Sunderland face a visit from Premier League leaders Leicester City this Sunday as part of the weekend’s top-flight action, with the hosts seeking crucial points in their bid to avoid dropping down divisions.

The Foxes are aiming to build on their lead at the summit on their travels to Wearside, while title rivals Tottenham welcome top four chasing Manchester United to White Hart Lane and Liverpool collide with Stoke City at home on Merseyside.

Sunderland v Leicester City

  • Premier League
  • Sunday, April 10th
  • Kick-off: 13:30 BST
  • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Live on Sky Sports 1

Foxes hunt Black Cats coup

Claudio Ranieri’s title front runners Leicester go into their clash with relegation threatened Sunderland on Sunday afternoon with a seven-point advantage over second-placed Spurs, but they face a trip to a ground they have failed to win at since January 1999.

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Although, the Foxes did secure a thrilling 4-2 victory in the reverse clash on the opening day of this potentially historic season, and the visitors have lost just one of their previous five fixture meetings in all competitions.

The away outfit are 19/5 with Coral to prevail and both teams score once again here, while Sam Allardyce’s Black Cats enter proceedings at 12/5 to gain a vital three points to boost their hopes of staying up.

Vardy party to continue?

All of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton have been in sensational form this current campaign as Leicester hunt down a stunning title triumph, and the trio of stars were all on target against Sunderland last time out.

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Fresh after striking for England against both Germany and the Netherlands, Vardy is 9/2 to open proceedings at the Stadium of Light after doing so in the reverse meeting, while Mahrez is 7/1 to add another double to his season tally anytime, following a brace in last August’s encounter.

Talented wideman Albrighton rounded off the scoring in that previous win and is 7/1 to strike anytime this time around, while in-form attackers Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa are 7/4 and 2/1 respectively to get on the scoresheet.

Defoe key to Sunderland staying up

Sunderland’s hopes of retaining their top-flight status relies heavily on the performances of key frontman Jermain Defoe, with the former Spurs sharpshooter having bagged 15 goals so far this term.

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He found the net in the reverse match-up and is now 6/4 to do so again, with forward teammate Dame N’Doye a 2/1 shot to tuck home anytime, after recently opening his club account against Crystal Palace.

Last season Leicester were involved in a relegation battle of their own and drew both league meetings with Sunderland 0-0, making another stalemate on Wearside 23/10 to occur.

Tottenham v Manchester United

  • Premier League
  • Sunday, April 10th
  • Kick-off: 16:00 BST
  • White Hart Lane, London
  • Live on Sky Sports 1

Spurs contest Red Devils in capital

Tottenham will look to keep the pace with Leicester and prevent them from edging further ahead with success at White Hart Lane against Louis van Gaal’s Man Utd, though the hosts have failed to win this fixture at home since May 2001.

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The Red Devils arrive in London at 16/5 to secure victory on their latest visit, while Spurs are 2/1 to win to nil in a vital meeting which could determine each side’s respective Champions League position and league crown aspirations.

Both teams collided on the opening day of the campaign when a Kyle Walker own goal saw Man Utd clinch a narrow 1-0 success at Old Trafford, though there has been three successive draws between them at White Hart Lane and another is 5/2 to happen this Sunday.

Kane and Martial leading threats

Harry Kane has been the main man for Spurs since bursting onto the scene last term, but a goal against the Red Devils has so far eluded him in his rise to prominence, though he is 7/2 to end that run by opening the scoring on home turf.

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His fellow England international ace and clubmate Dele Alli is set for a big summer at Euro 2016, and the youngster is 7/4 to get on the scoresheet anytime, while Christian Eriksen is 2/1 to grab a goal.

For the visitors, France sensation Anthony Martial is 2/1 to add another goal to his impressive campaign tally of 13 strikes, having Bagged three in his last four appearances, including the recent winner against Everton.

Meanwhile, fellow starlet Marcus Rashford could be set to lead the line once again and is also 2/1 to dispatch following his derby day heroics over Manchester City before the international break.

Liverpool v Stoke City

  • Premier League
  • Sunday, April 10th
  • Kick-off: 16:00 BST
  • Anfield, Liverpool

Reds and Potters clash at Anfield

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool host Stoke only days after securing a promising Europa League draw with Borussia Dortmund, and the Reds are 6/4 to win without conceding against a Potters outfit they have already beaten twice this season.

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The hosts have earned both league and Capital One Cup wins over their latest opponents this term, whilst also losing in the second leg of the latter competition before tasting an eventual exit on penalties.

Mark Hughes’ Stoke are 5/1 to cause an upset but, with all three meetings so far this campaign having ended 1-0, Liverpool are 11/2 for a repeat result on Merseyside.

Sturridge and Origi danger to Potters

Divock Origi bagged Liverpool’s crucial away goal against Klopp’s former club in midweek and the young Belgian forward is 6/5 to strike anytime again this weekend, while Daniel Sturridge is 7/2 to open proceedings on another possible start.

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Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho has been in sublime form of late, proven by his impressive opener in the recent draw with Spurs, making him 6/5 for another goal on home soil. Meanwhile, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino are 6/5 and 2/1 respectively to find the target.

For the visitors, frontman Mame Biram Diouf is 11/4 to dispatch anytime, with former Barcelona attacker Bojan Krkic available at the same price for a goal of his own. Towering targetman Peter Crouch is 9/1 to net last against his former employers, with Xherdan Shaqiri 7/2 to fire in anytime.


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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.