It’s a fact: All you need to know ahead of Leicester City v Sunderland

Gary Rowell pictured with Kevin Phillips
Gary Rowell pictured with Kevin Phillips
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As the Premier League’s opening weekend approaches, we take a look at Sunderland’s first opponents Leicester City...

Sunderland travel to the King Power Stadium - formerly known as the Walkers - on 8 August. The ground was opened in 2002 after the club left Filbert Street.

Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips is first-team coach for the Foxes. He had a short spell as a player there before retiring in 2014 and linking up with the club’s staff.

City’s record attendance is the 47,298 that saw Tottenham Hotspur visit Filbert Street in the FA Cup fifth round in 1928.

The Midlands club broke their record transfer fee paid last season as they brought Andrej Kramaric to the club in January. However, he scored just three in 15 games.

Leicester have won three of their last four opening day fixtures, albeit with all the victories coming in the Championship. Last season they picked up a 2-2 home draw with Everton.

Since they began competing in the Football League, City have only spent time out of the top two tiers for one season – relatively recently, in 2008/09.

Sunderland have faced Leicester on 84 previous occasions. The Black Cats have won 30 and drawn 22, while they’ve been on the losing end 32 times.

Leicester City have recently appointed Italian Claudio Ranieri as manager after dismissing Nigel Pearson, who saved them from relegation last season.

The Foxes finished 14th in the Premier League last season, despite a 13-match winless streak early in the campaign.

The club were formed in 1884 - five years after the Wearsiders amalgamated in 1879.