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SUNDERLAND VS LEICESTER CITY

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM

SUNDERLAND (4-3-3)

PANTILIMON, JONES, BROWN, COATES, VAN AANHOLT, LARSSON, CATTERMOLE, GOMEZ, DEFOE, GRAHAM, WICKHAM

LEICESTER (3-5-2)

VARDY, ULLOA, SCHLUPP, CAMBIASSO, MAHREZ, JAMES, ALBRGHTON, MORGAN, HUTH, WASILEWSKI, SCHMEICHEL

As the season reaches its final stages, two teams who have turned their campaigns around get the chance to edge closer to safety in the Barclays Premier League.

Sunderland have won three and drawn one of their last five games under new boss Dick Advocaat. Indeed, it took former manager Gus Poyet 17 games to secure three wins from the start of the season while he won just four out of 29 before he was sacked.

And Leicester's revival is even more impressive. On March 21, they were bottom and five points from safety. But six wins from their last seven games - the only blip came against champions Chelsea - has seen them move to 15th with two games remaining and three points clear of the relegation zone.

Earlier this season, the teams drew 0-0 at the King Power Stadium while Leicester have never won at Sunderland in the Premier League, scoring just once in four visits in the competition.

And in all levels of league football Leicester have failed to win in six visits, losing three and drawing three. They last won there in August 1995 in the second tier while they last won there in the top flight in December 1984, beating Sunderland 4-0 at Roker Park in the old First Division.

Sunderland have won just four home games, their fewest since the 2005-06 season, when they had just one victory.

Sunderland's John O'Shea undergoes a test on a rib injury, while Jack Rodwell is another doubt.