SUNDERLAND legend Kevin Phillips says his in-form Leicester City side will be going all out for the win when the two sides meet this weekend.
A win for either side, who go toe-to-toe at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, could secure their Premier League status for another season.
And former Sunderland striker Phillips, who now works as a coach at Leicester, has warned his high-tempo side won’t be complacent as they look to cap a remarkable turn-around.
The Foxes, written off by many as relegation certainties at the turn of the year, have won six out of seven games to climb to 15th in the league.
Phillips: “We feel that we can win any football match, whoever we come up against, but we cannot become too complacent.
“Anything can happen in football and I’m sure there will be one or two more twists between now and the end of the season.
“Two draws could be enough but we will approach the game on Saturday wanting to win, as we have done with every game.
“Credit to Sunderland to put in the performance they did [against Everton] and they have given themselves a fantastic chance.
“We can’t rest on our laurels.”
The former striker-turned coach says Nigel Pearson’s players deserve all the credit for the upturn in results.
“It has been a fantastic run and we have to give huge credit to the players, who have kept their belief,” added Phillips.
“A lot of people had written us off but we have always kept believing and we have been playing well, we were just not able to win games.
“The spirit was always there and if you’d come down to the training ground you’d never have believed we were in the position we were.
“All credit to the boys and we are now in a great position.
“We have found a system with three at the back that has suited us and big Robert Huth has been fantastic.
“The system we play suits everyone and we have a very high tempo and worn teams down.
“You have to score goals to win and that is what we have done, of late.”
And Phillips has highlighted Argentinian midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, 34, as a key figure for the Foxes ahead of the Stadium of Light clash.
“He’s an organiser,” Phillips told talkSPORT
“He’s got great qualities on the football pitch.
“He’s a calming influence, when some others are losing their heads.
“They look up to him. He’s been outstanding.
“If we are to survive in this league we need another two big performances from him,” added Phillips, who was recently crowned the greatest ever Black Cats signing by readers.
Signed from Watford in 1997 for a fee of up to £600,000, Phillips went on to make 235 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 130 times.