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Mike Whalley

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  1. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    I'm going to call a halt now, but you can catch all the post-match reaction to Leicester's survival - and Sunderland's move towards safety - on our main live text commentary. Thanks for your company.


    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel: "If you look at the squad we've assembled, we don't shy away from a fight. We got into a bad position but the attitude was spot on. We've worked really hard and got our rewarded.

    "The manager is the best I've played for. He's kept going and believed in what we've built here. He's built a squad that reflect him as a person, because he doesn't shy away from a fight."

  3. Leicester safe, Sunderland need a point

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Premier League

    So here are the standings. Leicester's point moves them safe, and out of the bottom six. Sunderland still need another point to be sure.


    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Leicester captain Wes Morgan: "We knew we had to keep calm. A point is a great result. To get from where we were 18 months ago to where we are know, I'm delighted. A lot of people wrote us off a couple of months ago, and I feel we've proved a lot of people wrong."


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    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    The reaction from Sunderland's fans is a little more muted - until they hear Newcastle have lost 2-1 at QPR. Defeat, too, for fellow relegation rivals Hull, who lose 2-0 at Tottenham.


    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Leicester's players embrace each other at the final whistle; manager Nigel Pearson raises his arms in celebration, the fans chant 'We are staying up', the club's Thai owners smile in the directors' box.

    It has been a magnificent effort from the Foxes. Seven points from safety with nine games to play, they have stayed up with a match to spare. Well done, Leicester.


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    Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at the Stadium of Light

    "That will do for Leicester. There have been some special ones, but this has to go down as the greatest relegation escape the Premier League has ever known."

    Well, that's one way to start a debate, Guy.


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  10. Post update

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    Leicester are running down the clock pretty comfortably here - and then, suddenly - a chance!

    Sunderland keeper Costel Pantilimon surges from his line to try to deal with a through ball that he should leave to captain John O'Shea. The ball runs loose to Andrej Kramaric... but the Croatia international is wasteful, and the shot sails over.


    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Three minutes of stoppage time...

  12. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Leicester striker Jamie Vardy turns on the edge of the penalty area, and feeds Andrej Kramaric to his right. Could there be a winner here? No, the shot is deflected into Costel Pantilimon's hands.

    But Sunderland can't work the ball forward to start an attack, and suddenly Jeffrey Schlupp is racing on to a through pass. This time, Pantilimon is quickly off his line to boot clear. A tense finale, this...

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    Steven Fletcher hasn't scored for Sunderland since November, but he almost puts that right. Adam Johnson, who has played well since coming on, crosses in from the right, and Fletcher glances just over.

    Black Cats full-back Billy Jones has hobbled off, unable to continue, and Anthony Reveillere replaces him for the last five minutes.

  14. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    It's going to end 0-0 this, isn't it?

  15. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    It looked like being an exciting, open game in the opening few minutes. It's been gripping drama, but largely for its feistiness rather than its football.

    Seb Larsson collects a booking for hacking down Marc Albrighton, but Esteban Cambiasso curls the free-kick way over the bar.

  16. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Back at the Stadium of Light, the tension is palpable. Sunderland have to defend a corner. Striker Danny Graham doing his bit for the team, is back defending to glance the ball away.

  17. Great relegation escapes

    Oldham Athletic 1992/93

    Joe Royle

    Oldham's push towards Premier League safety under manager Joe Royle in May 1993 was little short of sensational. Six points from safety with three games left, they had it all to do - and did it.

    First they won at title-chasing Aston Villa, a result that handed the trophy to Manchester United, then they beat Liverpool before winning a nerve-shredding final-day classic 4-3 against Southampton - staying up on goal difference at Crystal Palace's expense.

    Yes, the Latics were relegated 12 months later, and haven't been back to the top flight since, but this was a moment to remember.


    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Another change for Leicester. Top scorer Leo Ulloa, who has done his best in the face of some pretty sturdy treatment from John O'Shea, makes way from Andrej Kramaric.

    Meanwhile, Sunderland win their millionth corner. The visitors' defence once again stands firm. They have been resolute today.

  19. CLOSE!

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Sunderland substitute Adam Johnson cuts in from the right on to his left foot in search of a winner - and the shot towards the near post is good, but Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel pushes it behind for a corner. The visitors deal with the set piece, and edge closer to that precious point...

  20. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Meanwhile, Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has taken off attacking midfielder Riyad Mahrez and put on the more defensively-minded Danny Drinkwater. That suggests he'll be happy with a point. Might have to revise my prediction about this match not ending 0-0 now.

  21. Post update

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    Sunderland v Leicester

    As things stand, a point will be good enough to see Leicester safe. Sunderland won't quite be there - they'll need one more point from their final two games to be certain. Those final two games are away to... Arsenal and Chelsea. Mind you, Hull - currently third from bottom - have to play Manchester United yet. Twists and turns to come...

  22. Around the grounds

    QPR 2-1 Newcastle

    Sensational developments at Loftus Road. Leroy Fer has put QPR in front against Newcastle.

  23. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Back at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland left-back Patrick van Aanholt surges forward from left-back and drills a shot that whizzes wide. There's an 'ooh' from the home fans, once they look up from searching their smartphones for scores elsewhere. Hello, if you're scanning this page.

  24. Around the grounds

    Tottenham 2-0 Hull

    And at White Hart Lane, better news still. Danny Rose has given Tottenham a 2-0 lead against Hull.

  25. Around the grounds

    QPR 1-1 Newcastle

    QPR may be down, but at least they're making a game of it against Newcastle, drawing level at Matty Phillips converts Charlie Austin's cross. A goal that makes life a little more nervy on Tyneside, to the delight of all on Wearside.

  26. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    There's another roar around the Stadium of Light. Sunderland push forward, sensing their chance to get safety secure once and for all. But they can't make anything of a corner, and Riyad Mahrez surges away for Leicester on the break - only to lose his footing. End to end, this, but still not many clear chances. Meanwhile, at Loftus Road...

  27. Around the grounds

    Tottenham 1-0 Hull

    There has now been a goal at White Hart Lane, and it's great news for both Sunderland and Leicester. Relegation rivals Hull, who started the day in the bottom three, are trailing at Tottenham, with Nacer Chadli scoring.

  28. Classic relegation escapes

    Sheffield United 1990/91

    Vinnie Jones and Brian Marwood

    Almost a quarter of a century ago, Sheffield United arrived in the top division - and got off to an horrendous start, failing to win any of their first 16 league games.

    They finally recorded their first victory on 22 December 1990, beating Nottingham Forest 3-2. Led by such luminaries as future movie star Vinnie Jones and future Manchester City football administration officer Brian Marwood, United claimed 36 points from 19 games over the second half of the season and finished in a comfortable 13th place.

  29. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    A roar goes up around the Stadium of Light. For a moment, I wondered if there might have been news of a goal in one of the other games affecting the relegation scrap. But no - it's as you were at half-time: Newcastle lead 1-0 at QPR, Hull are drawing 0-0 at Tottenham.

  30. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Leonardo Ulloa is having to scrap for every chance this afternoon, but he almost opens the scoring for Leicester with a cute back flick from Marc Albrighton's cross into the box - and Patrick van Aanholt knees the ball over his own bar for a corner.

    Albrighton takes it - and Ulloa seems to be having his shirt tugged by John O'Shea, but gets nothing from referee Martin Atkinson as he heads wide at the near post.

  31. KICK-OFF

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    We're back under way here. And I stand by my prediction that this game won't end 0-0.


    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    I've been looking at some classic relegation escapes from the past this afternoon as Sunderland and Leicester look to complete a push towards safety.

    With that in mind, I'd like to point you towards 'West Brom's Great Escape', a show on BBC Radio 5 live at 22:00 BST this Monday.

    It's a look back on West Brom's escape of 2005 when they amazingly avoided relegation on the final day of the season despite being bottom of the league. It includes interviews with former West Brom manager Bryan Robson, striker Rob Earnshaw and defender Paul Robinson.


    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Sunderland v Leicester

    Leicester enjoyed a good deal of possession in that first half, winning a lot of set pieces, but without creating too many clear chances.


    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

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    Ben Pringle: Well done Lee Cattermole. Only you could equal the most yellow cards in a season after being out for two months.

  36. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Lee Cattermole then immediately pushes his luck by bringing down Riyad Mahrez near the halfway line. Referee Martin Atkinson settles for handing out a talking to this time.


    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    The least surprising moment of the afternoon - a booking for Lee Cattermole. The Sunderland midfielder can't stop Marc Albrighton's progress down the right, and brings down the Leicester man - collecting his 14th yellow card of the season.

    Cattermole has been booked more times than anyone else in the Premier League during 2014/15.

  38. Post update

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    Connor Wickham and Marc Albrighton

    I still don't think it's going to end 0-0, this.

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    Robert Huth in the thick of things. First the Leicester centre-back goes in a little aggressively on Sunderland keeper Costel Pantilimon at a corner; then he concedes a free-kick right on the edge of his own penalty area by bringing down Danny Graham...

    Seb Larsson plays the free-kick short to Connor Wickham, but Leicester's wall is out quickly from behind the vanishing spray to block.

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    Table Mountain

    Rob Cobban: Leicester league position graph, upside down, looks exactly like Table Mountain. Lion's head and all. Wonder if they planned that?

    Yes. Leicester's entire season has been one artistic statement. Especially the bit about the ostrich.

  41. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Sunderland continue to press. Danny Graham nods down a long ball towards Connor Wickham, who sets himself for a first-time shot from the edge of the area... but it's not a clean connection, and the ball slices away and wide.

  42. Post update

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    Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt takes a loose touch and, in his attempt to recover, clatters Jamie Vardy. It's a booking for Bridcutt, who comes off worst in the challenge and hobbles to his feet after treatment.

  43. Classic relegation escapes

    Fulham 2007/08

    Danny Murphy

    It often gets forgotten about, this one, but Fulham - under the leadership of future England boss Roy Hodgson - survived despite being five points from safety with three games left in 2008.

    Incredibly, they came from 2-0 down to win at Manchester City, then beat Birmingham and Portsmouth, staying up on goal difference at Reading's expense.

  44. Around the grounds

    QPR 0-1 Newcastle

    A significant goal in the relegation battle. Emmanuel Riviere's first for Newcastle has given them a huge push towards safety in that game at relegated QPR.

  45. CLOSE!

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Danny Graham

    Danny Graham is causing Leicester problems. Lee Cattermole chips a lovely ball in behind the visiting defence, but Sunderland striker Graham doesn't connect cleanly, and Kasper Schmeichel pushes the ball away.

  46. Post update

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    Fascinating tussle between Sunderland striker Danny Graham and Leicester's no-nonsense centre-back Robert Huth on the touchline. Huth's impatience eventually gets the better of him, and he fells Graham to conceded a free-kick. The visitors's three-man central defence is holding up well, though. The set-piece is easily dealt with.

  47. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Now Sunderland's top scorer Connor Wickham has a blast from wide out on the left, and the ball sails over. Dick Advocaat doesn't look too impressed by that. I'm with him.

  48. Post update

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    Leicester look as though they have ridden that early spell of Sunderland pressure. Marc Albrighton plays a long cross into towards Leo Ulloa - and Sunderland full-back Billy Jones has a bit of a wrestling match with the Foxes striker inside the penalty area. Referee happy to let it go, though.

  49. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Back at the Stadium of Light, things have quietened down just a touch after that frenetic start. But Leicester have a corner... which keeper Costel Pantilimon punches clear.

    Great atmosphere at the Stadium of Light. You'd expect that.

  50. Classic relegation escapes

    West Brom 2004/05

    Bryan Robson

    As Leicester look to complete a remarkable push towards safety, I've been having a look through the archives at some classic relegation escapes down the years.

    West Brom made history in 2005 as the first club to avoid relegation from the Premier League after being bottom on Christmas Day. In fact, they were bottom going into the final day - but rivals Norwich and Southampton lost, while Crystal Palace could only draw, meaning that Albion's 2-0 win over Portsmouth kept Bryan Robson's side up.

    Cue the champagne celebrations.

  51. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Terrific start to this game. First Leicester winger Jeffrey Schlupp causes panic in the home defence with a deep cross that Marc Albrighton heads back across goal - and just beyond top scorer Leonardo Ulloa.

    Then Sunderland break to the other end, and Danny Graham gets free on the left to hit a shot that's deflected wide for a corner. Leicester clear their lines with some difficulty. Won't end 0-0, this. You can quote me on that.

  52. Post update

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    Nearly a breakthrough for Sunderland early as Seb Larsson tries to catch out Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel with a whipped free-kick from way out on the left. Larsson goes for goal at the near post, but Schmeichel is alert to push the ball out.

  53. Post update

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    John O'Shea plays a long ball forward towards Sunderland striker Danny Graham, who sets off enthusiastically towards the Leicester goal - buoyed by the joy of his first goal for the club last weekend. Unfortunately, he's too enthusiastic, and is flagged offside.

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    Dick Advocaat, in the Sunderland technical area, looks resplendent in a woolly beige scarf. I know it's mid-May, but I don't blame him - it gets awfully windy at the Stadium of Light.

  55. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    Bright start from Sunderland. Danny Graham gets down the right and crosses low towards Connor Wickham, who goes down under a challenge from Robert Huth as Leicester clear. Loud screams for a penalty from the stands are not matched on the pitch.

  56. KICK-OFF

    Sunderland 0-0 Leicester

    We're off. Who's going to make the push for safety?

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    Fabio Borini

    If Leicester were to stay up, it would be the Premier League's greatest relegation escape since... well, since Sunderland won four of their final six matches - a run that included victories at Chelsea and Manchester United - to stay up last season.

    So who is staying up, and who is going down? And what would be your nomination for the greatest relegation escape of all-time?

    Get in touch with your thoughts on those issues, and any others relating to today's game, on Twitter - using the hashtag #bbcfootball - by texting to 81111, or via the BBC Sport Facebook or Google+ pages.

  58. Post update

    Sunderland v Leicester (15:00 BST)

    Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at the Stadium of Light

    "Sunderland are on their own annual rally from relegation.

    "Back-to-back league wins for the first time all season sees them realistically needing just one more win to ensure they stay up - and with away games at Arsenal and Chelsea to come, they could save their supporters a lot of stress by winning this one.

    "Their revival can be put down to experience too - that of head coach Dick Advocaat, who has won three of his six games in charge. The team he took over had won three of their previous 22 in the league."

  59. Post update

    Sunderland v Leicester (15:00 BST)

    Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at the Stadium of Light

    "Last year it was 'Gus's Great Escape' that saw Sunderland to safety, but the Leicester City story this time is arguably even more impressive.

    "The Foxes' form is on a par with some of the biggest sides around right now, and they stand 90 minutes away from possibly securing their Premier League status. How unlikely did that seem even just a month ago?!

    "Nigel Pearson admits that he can't nail down any particular reason for the upturn, but has pointed to his players' 'managing of the game' being better than it was in the first half of the season."

  60. Post update

    Sunderland v Leicester (15:00 BST)

    The sprinklers are on, the sun is out and we're just about ready for one of the key games of the day - and the Premier League season. Let's get some pre-match thoughts from Match of the Day commentator Guy Mowbray...

  61. Post update

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    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "It's a big game against a side who have had so good recent results themselves.

    "The danger is people start assuming that results elsewhere are the key but it's still in our hands. We're looking to get our own results right.

    "It's a case of making sure we concentrate on this game and work hard to try to win it. I've said if we can get to the last game of the season with our destiny in our own hands, that would be a good outcome given where we were.

    "This gives us an opportunity to get there a little bit earlier, but we've got to work hard."

  62. Post update

    Sunderland v Leicester (15:00 BST)

    Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat: "We know that every game is important. Today's is important for both sides. I think Leicester will have the same feeling as us. The intention is always the same - to win.

    "We have made changes in personnel but the organisation of the team will stay the same. There will be not so many changes. We have two players injured, but that's the way it goes at this stage of the season."


    Sunderland v Leicester (15:00 BST)

    Let's get down to the team news.

    Dick Advocaat is forced into two Sunderland changes as midfielder Jordi Gomez has a fractured kneecap and centre-back Wes Brown also has a knee problem. Liam Bridcutt and John O'Shea come in.

    Leicester midfielder Matty James has been ruled out for up to nine months with cruciate knee ligament damage, and so Andy King replaces him. Otherwise, it's the same line-up that started last Saturday's 2-0 win over Southampton.

    Sunderland XI: Pantilimon; Jones, Coates, O'Shea, Van Aanholt; Larsson, Cattermole, Bridcutt; Defoe, Graham, Wickham.

    Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan; Albrighton, King, Cambiasso, Schlupp; Mahrez, Ulloa, Vardy.

  64. European leaders

    Sunderland v Leicester (15:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    Those four sides, if you're wondering: Paris St-Germain (21), Barcelona, Real Madrid and Borussia Monchengladbach (19 each). Exalted company.

  65. Safety beckons

    Sunderland v Leicester (15:00 BST)

    Esteban Cambiasso and Seb Larsson

    On the pitch, though, much could be sorted out today. Sunderland and Leicester have, at various stages of this season, looked destined for the drop. Yet either could, potentially, secure their Premier League safety this afternoon. Whoever wins today will be guaranteed survival if results elsewhere go in their favour.

    For Leicester in particular, that's an extraordinary achievement, considering they were seven points adrift of safety at the beginning of April. Their recent form has been little short of miraculous...

  66. Mr and Mrs?

    Sunderland v Leicester (15:00 BST)

    Advocaat has steered Sunderland to the brink of safety since being appointed on a short-term basis on 17 March - but will he stay on if he keeps them up?

    "No, no, no I'll get a divorce," he said last weekend. Mrs Advocaat had spoken - or so we thought. Her husband was a little more circumspect when asked on Friday, saying: "I think it's better to wait until after next weekend."

    Advocaat's future, it seems, is as up in the air as Sunderland's. As for his marriage, well, that's anyone's guess...

  67. Honest Advocaat

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    Dick Advocaat

    After last Saturday's 2-0 win at Everton lifted his side out of the Premier League's relegation zone, Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat was asked by a journalist: "Will staying up rank among your finest achievements?"

    Advocaat's response: "No. I have won 15 titles."

    Fair point - but it would still be a cause for celebration at the Stadium of Light if Sunderland could get over the safety line today.