The current Premier League champions travel to bottom three club. On the face of it that headline should have produced a predictably easy win for the champions. However, games are rarely won on paper.

Leicester have the worst away record in the league and have struggled with their man striker Jamie Vardy going through a serious goal drought. It’s a stark contrast to last year when he was just about to set a new record for goal scoring around this time last year.

Sunderland, however, have started their mid season revival early this year and still have only had one manager in charge all season. Victor Anichebe has been the catalyst for the change similar to how Khazri and Kone were last year and Borini and Wickham the year before.

The three-pronged attack with Watmore, Anichebe and Defoe have brought Sunderland results and a renowned sense of hope. The mixture of pace,strength and finishing has really given visitors to the Stadium of Light something to worry about.

Moyes seems to be building something at the minute, Sunderland look stronger than ever at the back and Djilobodji looks to be growing with every performance. Pickford is surely a future England number one and the only negative I can say about Defoe is that we didn’t sign him ten years ago.

All aspects of the team worked well again today and that resulted in Sunderland leaving with 3 points with a 2-1 win and have now won three of their last four.

Here are my player ratings from the game:

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