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Aimee Lewis

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    Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

    And that is that. Lee Mason brings an end to proceedings and it's a wonderful opening victory for Leicester City in a entertaining match. On the back of that performance, Sunderland need to sign a few defenders asap.

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    Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

    Claudio Ranieri, chest puffed out, whistling instructions to his players, like a shepherd trying to direct his sheep dog. Whatever works. Leicester fans whistling, too, urging the referee to end this match.

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    Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

    The pitch bathed in sunshine and Leicester fans enjoying a bright start to the start of their season. Sunderland aren't bombarding the Leicester box, which is what they need to be doing if they are to sow seeds of doubt. It's all fairly easy for the hosts.

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    Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

    Leicester closing in on victory. It's been end-to-end stuff and, again, the hosts could have gone further ahead only for Shinji Okazaki to shoot wide from a promising position. Five minutes of added time to play.

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    Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

    Sebastian Coates

    Marc Albrighton with a free-kick on the left but Costel Pantilimon steps off his line and calmly gathers. Even though he's conceded four goals, Pantilimon has been one of Sunderland's better players this afternoon.

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    Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

    Steven Fletcher with a chance, but the ball doesn't fall kindly for him. Leicester's defence panicking slightly, they've retreated which allows the visitors to turn up the pressure.

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    Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

    A rash challenge from Jack Rodwell on Leicester new boy Shinji Okazaki. The midfielder has already been booked. The Foxes fans hissing. But Lee Mason doesn't even deem a foul to have been committed.

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    Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

    Jack Rodwell has the freedom to roam in the middle of the pitch and the former Everton midfielder pings a pass to Steven Fletcher in a promising position, but there's too much adrenaline in the goalscorer's cross towards Jermain Lens. Sunderland will need to do better than that as we enter the final 10 minutes.

  9. SUBSTITUTION - Fuchs for Mahrez

    Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

    A standing ovation for Riyad Mahrez as he leaves the field, making way for Christian Fuchs who makes his Foxes debut.

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    Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

    This is not a match for those who prefer their defences to be well organised and resolute. Both Leicester and Sunderland's defences will need to improve if they are to hold firm against the big guns.

  11. GOAL - Steven Fletcher

    Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

    Steven Fletcher

    Jermain Lens attempts to beat Kasper Schmeichel with a lobbed effort towards the far post. His piece of improvisation turns out to be a canny cross which Steven Fletcher heads home.

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    Leicester 4-1 Sunderland

    Costel Pantilimon races out of his box to collect the ball, but did the goalkeeper handle the ball outside the area? He seemed to, Jamie Vardy appeals, but the referee ignores the Leicester striker. Sunderland's goalkeeper gets away with it.

  13. GOAL - Marc Albrighton

    Leicester 4-1 Sunderland

    Marc Albrighton

    And just when there was perhaps doubt creeping in, Leicester all but make sure of victory. Sunderland fail to clear the danger so Jeff Schlupp launches another cross inside the box... Younes Kaboul dithers which allows Marc Albrighton to pounce at the far post.

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    Leicester 3-1 Sunderland

    Steven Fletcher tumbles inside the box. Was he thwarted by Leicester captain Wes Morgan? The Jamaican did seem to put his arm around Sunderland striker, but the Black Cats doen't even earn a foul.

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    Leicester 3-1 Sunderland

    Kasper Schmeichel quickly drops to his feet to prevent Jermain Defoe from threading a shot inside his near post. The Black Cats feel there's hope.

  16. GOAL - Jermain Defoe

    Leicester 3-1 Sunderland

    Jermain Defoe

    Adam Johnson, standing on the edge of the penalty area, finds Jermain Defoe and the former England striker beats the offside trap to coolly finish low to his right. Someone's pressed the mute button on inside the stadium.

  17. CLOSE!

    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Claudio Ranieri

    A wonderful pass from Danny Drinkwater releases Riyad Mahrez. The winger sprints down the right,, into the box, manages to shoot when wide of the goal but Costel Pantilimon saves his team once again.


    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    The Leicester fans groan in unison as a Riyad Mahrez effort ricochets off the bottom of the right post. The Algerian shuffled his hips inside the box, weaved this way and that, before striking low across the face of the goal. That was close.

  19. SUBSTITUTION - Matthews for Jones

    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Adam Matthews replaces Billy Jones but regardless of how good the Wales international is, the Black Cats need Superman on the pitch if they are to turn things around.

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    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Jamie Vardy is continuing the fine form of last season. The striker sprints down the left at lightening speed and outpaces Sebastian Coates. Vardy takes aim, but fires across goal. A reprieve for Sunderland.

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    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Leicester, after a momentary scare, clear a Sunderland free-kick and, thanks to the lively Jamie Vardy, they're able two switch play in the blink of an eye.

    The Foxes now with a free-kick in the centre. What can Marc Albrighton do? Nothing much because Younes Kaboul heads away his effort.

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    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Adam Johnson finds Jermain Defoe, but the England striker is forced wide and his would-be pass to Steven Fletcher is snuffed out. At least Sunderland are in Leicester territory, though. That's a start.

  23. KICK-OFF

    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    And we're off again. Claudio Ranieri poker-faced on the sidelines but the Italian must be pleased with how this match is unfolding.

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    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Both of Leicester's opening goals came from Marc Albrighton crosses on the left and you'd expect Dick Advocaat to address his side's failings down that flank in the second half.

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    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Sometimes the scoreboard lies. Sometimes stats lie. But rarely both.

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    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    A toot of the whistle from Lee Mason concludes an entertaining half. Leicester dominant. Sunderland outplayed.

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    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Robert Huth and Steven Fletcher

    Costel Pantilimon forced into action once again - Danny Drinkwater with a low, driving effort from the edge of the box. A firm hand from the Sunderland goalie diverts the ball away from the goal.

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    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Other than the two saves early on in this match, Kasper Schmeichel could have spent the rest of the half reading a newspaper on a deckchair. The Foxes goalkeeper surplus to requirements for the majority of this half.

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    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    A pause in play as Marc Albrighton hobbles off the pitch, although it would be a surprise were his day done as a result of that tackle.

    A couple of minutes until half-time and, yep, as we thought, Albrighton gingerly steps back on to the turf.

  31. YELLOW CARD - Billy Jones

    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Dick Advocaat

    The hosts continuing to do most of the damage down the left flank and a frustrated Billy Jones goes high in the tackle against Marc Albrighton, the creator of the opening two goals, and earns a yellow card.

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    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Leicester composed in possession, incisive in their passing. In Jamie Vardy they have a dangerous outlet, a man who can run into the channels and stretch a flailing Sunderland defence.

    The striker squares the ball to Riyad Mahrez but the Algerian fails to keep his effort on target. It could have been a fourth.

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    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    A corner for Sunderland, but Leicester defend stoutly and immediately turn defence into attack, racing upfield. Jamie Vardy tries to release Jeff Schlupp but there isn't enough weight on the striker's through ball.

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    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Finally, an opportunity for fans and players alike to take a deep intake of breath and reflect on a chaotic opening 30 minutes. Not much has happened in the last five minutes, Sunderland keeping possession in the middle of the pitch without threatening.

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    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    The right side of the field is where Sunderland have struggled the most in this game. Here's an illustration of how Riyad Mahrez capitalised to score:

    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Riyad Mahrez causing havoc on the right. Lee Cattermole departs for Steven Fletcher as Dick Advocaat makes a tactical switch. The Black Cats now in 4-4-2 formation as they aim to spark what would be a magnificent comeback.

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    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Jamie Vardy in acres of space and closes down on Costel Pantilimon, but the Sunderland goalkeeper's reflexes deny the former Fleetwood Town man. Breathless stuff.

  38. GOAL - Riyad Mahrez

    Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

    Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

    Are Sunderland the Australian cricket team in disguise? Riyad Mahrez confident from the spot, beating Costel Pantilimon with a well- struck low effort. The Algerian races towards the corner flag to celebrate and why the devil not.


    Leicester 2-0 Sunderland

    Lee Catermole fouls Riyad Mahrez. Clumsy. Foolish.

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    Leicester 2-0 Sunderland

    Last season's problems resurfacing once more for Sunderland with their defence creaking like an old ship. Adam Johnson is caught in possession inside his own half but, luckily for the Black Cats, Leicester fail to punish the Englishman.

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    Leicester 2-0 Sunderland

    Moments before Riyad Mahrez had doubled Leicester's advantage, Andy King missed a glorious opportunity to score with a simple tap-in. King failed to convert Jamie Vardy's cross but it matters little at the moment.

  42. GOAL - Riyad Mahrez

    Leicester 2-0 Sunderland

    Riyad Mahrez

    Sloppy Sunderland. Riyad Mahrez rises above the visiting defenders and connects with a sweet Marc Albrighton cross to beat Costel Pantilimon at the far post. What a start to Claudio Ranieri's tenure.

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    Leicester 1-0 Sunderland

    Leicester oozing confidence and Sunderland must withstand wave after wave of attack. Unsurprisingly, it is a Sunderland player who picks up the first yellow of the match. Jack Rodwell in the book.

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    Leicester 1-0 Sunderland

    Oof! Leicester go close again. Shinji Okazaki agonisingly close to scoring on his Foxes debut but, somehow, the ball bounces wide.

  47. GOAL - Jamie Vardy

    Leicester 1-0 Sunderland

    Jamie Vardy

    Another free-kick for Leicester and this time the hosts are clinical. A delicious platform provided by Marc Albrighton on the left and striker Jamie Vardy glances a header into the bottom right-hand corner.

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    Leicester 0-0 Sunderland

    Riyad Mahrez weaves through a couple of Sunderland defenders and referee Lee Mason deems the tricky winger was brought down illegally.

    A free kick on the right for the Foxes - promising - but they squander the set-piece. It comes to nothing. Nowt. Zilch.

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    Leicester 0-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland have settled and Younes Kaboul forces Kasper Schmeichel into action. Another warning for the hosts.

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    Leicester 0-0 Sunderland

    Leicester fans singing as if this were the Last Night of the Proms. A cracking atmosphere in these early stages. The home team sniping in midfield, but they must be careful as Jermain Defoe runs behind the Leicester defence and nearly causes the home side problems.

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    Leicester 0-0 Sunderland

    Claudio Ranieri

    Leicester monopolising possession, for what that's worth, in the first three minutes, forcing Sunderland on to the backfoot and deep into their own half. The Black Cats have yet to venture into opposition territory.

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    Leicester 0-0 Sunderland

    Leicester fans in full voice and rowdily cheer a snappy Jamie Vardy tackle on Patrick van Aanholt. The match is most definitely under way!

  53. Sunderland favourites?

    Leicester v Sunderland (15:00 BST)

  54. Take on Lawro and predict the score

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    What do you think the full-time score will be in this game?

    You can pit your wits against Lawro and predict the outcome of this game, and the rest of the weekend's Premier League action via the BBC Sport Premier League predictor.

  55. New-look Sunderland

    Leicester v Sunderland (15:00 BST)

    Jeremain Lens has said Dick Advocaat was a big part of Sunderland's lure, with the Dutchman having worked with his compatriot at AZ Alkmaar and PSV. 

    The £8m signing from Dynamo Kiev described his spell in war-torn Ukraine as a “horrible period” despite completing a domestic double with the club. 

    Whatever the results on the pitch for Sunderland, it will all pale in comparison to Ukraine for the Dutchman.      

  56. My Premier League life

    Ever wondered how many games your team have played during your lifetime? Goals scored? Trophies won? Managers employed?

    BBC Sport's new feature My Premier League Life allows fans to discover all of this and more about their favourite current Premier League club.

    Here's what former Leicester striker Gary Lineker's might look like:

    Gary Lineker's Premier League life

    During the 54 years Lineker has been on earth, Leicester have scored 3,726 goals, of which Gary can claim 103 - the sixth highest in the club's history. 

    The first Leicester game after his birth was a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest in the old First Division, on 3 December 1960. 

    Just 18 years later, Lineker was making his debut for the Foxes. 

    Leicester have beaten Birmingham most often during Gary's life, while their average attendance has soared from a record low of 4,069 in 1975-76 to an all-time high of 31,698 in 2014-15.

  57. The Tinkerman returns

    Leicester v Sunderland (15:00 BST)

    Doesn't it feel like yesterday Claudio Ranieri was chopping and changing Chelsea's line-up, guding them to a top-four finish? But the Italian has been absent from the Premier League for 11 years - and this is his ninth job since he was sacked by Roman Abramovic at Chelsea.

    Can Leicester improve under the former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid boss? The Foxes spent 140 days at the foot of the Premier League last term, but won seven of their final nine games to climb out of the bottom three and finish 14th.

    Fans would be satisfied with a 14th-place finish this term, surely?

  58. Ready, steady, go

    Leicester v Sunderland (15:00 BST)

    Leicester's new manager Claudio Ranieri is raring to get started...

  59. History on Sunderland's side

    Leicester v Sunderland (15:00 BST)

  60. Survival for Sunderland...just

    Leicester v Sunderland (15:00 BST)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    "Was Dick Advocaat just the perfect quick fix for a team in trouble or can the veteran Dutch coach really shape a brighter future on Wearside? We are about to find out. 

    "He was in tears when they survived last season. He will hope not to be reduced to tears again but it is shaping up as another season of stress at the Stadium of Light. 

    "Jeremain Lens, an £8.5m signing from Dynamo Kiev will add danger but Younes Kaboul may do little to settle Advocaat's nerves. The former Spurs defender has talent - but also makes a lot of mistakes. 

    "Advocaat still needs further attacking reinforcements, especially with Connor Wickham leaving for Crystal Palace. They should avoid relegation but I am not expecting too much excitement."

    Phil's prediction: 17th

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    Leicester City v Sunderland (15:00 BST)

    There are a number of fresh faces for us to familiarise ourselves with this afternoon. Shinji Okazaki makes his Leicester City debut but fellow newcomer Christian Fuchs must make do with a place on the substitutes' bench.

    Summer signings Jermain Lens and Younes Kaboul make their bows for Sunderland, while Sebastian Coates - who made his loan move from Liverpool permanent this summer - also starts.

    Leicester XI: Schmeichel, De Laet, Huth, Morgan, Schlupp, Albrighton, Drinkwater, King, Mahrez, Okazaki, Vardy

    Sunderland XI: Pantilimon, Jones, van Aanholt, Kaboul, Coates, Cattermole, Rodwell, Larsson, Johnson, Lens, Defoe

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    Hello! Here we go. A new day, a new season but is it a new dawn? Leicester City have new players and a new boss, while Sunderland have also recruited in the summer and persuaded Dick Advocaat to prolong his stay in the north east. Which investment has been wiser? Which boss is the shrewder? There's only one way to find out.