Sunderland Under-23s can lift themselves off the bottom of Premier League 2 when they take on Leicester City at Holmes Park on Tuesday night.

The Black Cats could go as high as seventh in the table with three points against the Foxes.

Sunderland have enjoyed a good run of form in recent weeks, losing just once in their last five games in all competitions.

A 1-1 draw last time out against Legia Warsaw in the Premier League International Cup thanks to a late Andrew Nelson strike means Elliott Dickman’s side are now unbeaten in three.

Their most recent league fixture was a 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United under-23s almost a month ago, with Demetri Mitchell’s penalty proving enough for the Red Devils.

Dickman will be looking for a sharper attacking edge tomorrow, having told after the Legia stalemate: “We are getting into good positions but we maybe don’t put as many crosses in as we should.

“It’s just the decision making in the final third that is something we have got to polish up and tidy up on.”

But Leicester’s second string have gone five games at home unbeaten, conceding just one goal in the process.

Their sole home defeat came was also by the only goal to Manchester United back in August, and the much-improved Foxes now sit third in Premier League 2.

Midfielder George Thomas is their top league scorer with four goals, while striker Admiral Muskwe netted twice in the 2-2 draw against Sunderland in March.