Preview: Sunderland v Leicester City

English champions Leicester City continue to flirt with the relegation zone and will be seeking a win when they face struggling Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday at the Stadium of Light.

It has been something of fall from grace for the Foxes in 2016/17 following their exploits in winning the English top flight last season.

City find themselves in 14th spot with just a two-point gap between the club and the relegation places. Nonetheless, manager Claudio Ranieri believes he strengthened the side adequately in the lead up to the campaign.

He told reporters: "If you saw Riyad (Mahrez), he started (playing well) in the second year, the first year was normal.

"If he needed six or seven months then imagine the others. But, the recruitment and the system of the recruitment I'm happy with."

The Black Cats come in to the contest on the back of some morale-boosting wins over Bournemouth and Hull City. However, David Moyes' men are still fighting for their lives at the bottom of the standings.

In team news, Papy Djilobodji is available after suspension for the home side. Jan Kirchhoff could return after recovering from a hamstring injury. Lynden Gooch is doubtful with an ankle problem.

Meanwhile, City could welcome back Nampalys Mendy from an ankle knock. Yet, Danny Drinkwater remains suspended and Kasper Schmeichel is out with a broken hand.

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