Danny Higginbotham explains why positivity could be Sunderland's downfall against Leicester

The former Black Cats defender writes that the club's desperation for a win will play into the hands of the counter-attacking Foxes.

Former Sunderland defender Danny Higginbotham has written in his Independent column that the club's desperation for a Premier League win will make it even harder for them to avoid defeat against Leicester City.

The Black Cats take on the league leaders at the Stadium of Light on Sunday afternoon sitting four points adrift of safety with only seven matches left to play, and having won just one of their last 10 league matches.

Sam Allardyce's side will be desperate to shock the Foxes and put the pressure on 17th-place Norwich City, who travel to out-of-form Crystal Palace the day before.

However, Higginbotham, who spent a single season with Sunderland in between spells at Stoke City, has warned his former side that an all-or-nothing approach from the hosts would play right into Leicester's hands.

The 37-year-old wrote in his column in the Independent: "For a counter-attacking side like Leicester, the easier games are not the ones against sides with nothing to play for and nothing to prove, teams who would be willing to sit back and play out the 0-0. The easier games, in fact, are against sides who need to win, sides like Sunderland and West Ham who will throw everything at them in pursuit of the three points.

"The more impatient a team is when facing Leicester, the more vulnerable they are. The more men they desperately throw forward looking for a goal, the more they are likely to concede. So the more pressure Leicester are under, the more likely they are to score.

"If Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland try to out-wait them on Saturday they will eventually crack too, and Leicester will take advantage of their desperation for the three points."

Though Higginbotham advises caution from Allardyce's side, the truth of the matter is that Sunderland need to start winning sooner rather than later.

A Norwich win at Selhurst Park on Saturday could see the Black Cats seven points adrift of safety by the time their own weekend fixture comes around, and though they currently hold a game in hand over the Canaries, another match means nothing if it does not produce a positive result.

The Wearsiders have far from the easiest run-in as the Foxes clash is followed next week by a pivotal meeting with Norwich, with Arsenal, Stoke, Chelsea, Everton, and Watford waiting on the horizon.

Jermain Defoe claimed earlier this week that Sunderland's luck will turn after coming close to several wins in the last few weeks, and Allardyce will be praying that starts to happen on Sunday.

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