Omens point to draw in safety crunch: Only five Sunderland wins in last 20 home games against Leicester

Gavin McCann slams home Sunderland's second goal in a 2-0 home win over Leicester in 1999. Picture by Tony Colling
Gavin McCann slams home Sunderland's second goal in a 2-0 home win over Leicester in 1999. Picture by Tony Colling
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SUNDERLAND have won just five of their last 20 home matches against Leicester City, going into tomorrow’s crucial Stadium of Light showdown.

If the omens of the 20 matches in league and cup, stretching back 45 years, are anything to go by, then fans should not expect a glut of goals in what is sure to be a nervy occasion as both sides look for points to stave of the threat of relegation.

Sunderland have won three of the last five meetings with Leicester at the Stadium of Light, including the promotion-clinching Championship clash in 2004/05, but have managed only two other victories against the Foxes since 1970/71.

Leicester have also managed five victories, notably with their 2-1 first leg success in the 1998/99 League Cup semi-final.

Incredibly, there have been 10 draws in the 20 meetings, with half of them goalless.

Sunderland have not scored three goals at home to Leicester since the opening day of the 1964/65 return to Division One campaign, 50 years ago.

In all 79 league matches between the clubs, home and away, Leicester have won 30 times to Sunderland’s 29, with 20 draws.