Leicester City

Preview: Leicester v Sunderland

by Stuart Vose

Final pre-season test at King Power Stadium (Saturday, 3pm).

Martin O’Neill is looking to round off his side’s pre-season preparations on a high note tomorrow as Sunderland make the trip to Leicester.

The Black Cats drew 1-1 at Derby in midweek, with James McClean scoring his side’s goal in his second pre-season appearance.

Sunderland have also travelled to South Korea and Sweden ahead of next week’s big kick-off at Arsenal.

O’Neill mixed and matched at Pride Park, handing starts to Blair Adams and Ahmed Elmohamady and using a number of youngsters off the bench in the second half.

He was without Stephane Sessegnon, who picked up an ankle injury at the beginning of the week, and will be hoping that the Beninese star will be fit to feature at Leicester.

O’Neill kept his squad in the Midlands following the Derby game for a training camp as he looks to extract the maximum amount of preparation time ahead of the start of the new Barclays Premier League season.

Leicester, meanwhile, are gearing up for a promotion push this season under manager Nigel Pearson.

The former Middlesbrough defender had a spell in charge of the Foxes between 2008 and 2010, moving to Hull City before returning to the Midlands in November 2011.

The Midlands club finished ninth in the Npower Championship, nine points shy of the final play-off spot.

They have invested heavily on the playing side, including signing former Everton striker Jermaine Beckford for a reported £2.5m in August 2011.

This summer’s business has been headlined by the arrival of highly-rated Fleetwood striker Jamie Vardy, 25.

Vardy cost Leicester a reported non-league record fee of £1m after helping Town into League Two with 31 goals in 36 games last season.

Live commentary is available on SAFC TV with Matt Newsom and Rob Mason at the King Power Stadium, with text coverage on safc.com plus all the usual post-match reaction.