Craig Shakespeare warns resurgent Leicester City against complacency

The Black Cats will look to focus on matters on the pitch, as they're back in Premier League action this evening, away to defending Champions Leicester City.

Leicester City's recent run of positive results has filled them with confidence, according to manager Craig Shakespeare, but they should not be complacent when hosting basement-side Sunderland in the Premier League on Tuesday.

But he will not afford any special treatment to the player who scored the winning goal in the reverse fixture at the Stadium Of Light in December and also scored on his return to the England fold. We have to be aware of his goal threat and respect our opposition. "His record speaks for itself but we won't man-mark him", said Shakespeare.

"But we are playing with Fabio Borini, Adnan Januzaj and Jermain Defoe - we have probably only got one more attacking player (Khazri) in the squad that we have available". They showed what they can do by winning 4-0 at Crystal Palace a few weeks ago.

"If it had been 0-0, we would have tried to win the game 1-0".

"I know I have to keep my feet firmly on the ground because there are very fine margins in football and along the way we've had to ride our luck at times - I'm thinking of the West Ham game", he claimed. Watch Sunderland v Manchester United from 12:30am on Sky Sports 1 HD and Sky Sports Mix, followed by Everton v Leicester on Sky Sports 1 HD from 3:30pm.

Defoe has scored 14 league goals for Sunderland this season, and Shakespeare said he was expecting a close contest.

Moyes must now decide whether to change things for tomorrow's trip to a Leicester side who have won five games in a row in all competitions since the departure of Claudio Ranieri. Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola are the only two managers to have made a better start, with six victories apiece.

  • Julie Sanders