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Forecaster: Liverpool on top-four bubble

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 By PA Sport

Phil Jagielka concedes that Everton are in a relegation dogfight

Everton's bad run continued as goals from Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf saw them fall to a 2-0 defeat at Stoke.
Phil Jagielka and Everton find themselves in a fight to avoid relegation with 10 games remaining.

Everton captain Phil Jagielka has no doubt the club are now in a relegation battle.

The Toffees, beaten 2-0 at Stoke on Wednesday to leave their record showing just one win in their last 12 Premier League games and none in their last five, are six points above the drop zone in 14th place with 10 more to play.

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Manager Roberto Martinez said after the match at the Britannia Stadium that his side are not too good to go down, but he was also keen to stress they were "not looking down" the table.

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Prem Forecaster: LFC on top-4 bubble

Liverpool, which is unbeaten in 12 straight Premier League games, continues to steadily climb the league table.
Liverpool, which is unbeaten in 12 straight Premier League games, continues to steadily climb the league table.

In three rounds of Premier League games since Insider's previous Prem Forecaster, little has ultimately changed in the title or relegation races, though Chelsea did stumble momentarily. The Champions League race is where the true drama took place, as one team's struggles were a boon for two others.

As a reminder, the Forecaster is an end-of-season table projection fueled by ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI), a regression-based algorithm designed to predict soccer matches. SPI simulates the remainder of the season 10,000 times, using the odds of each projected match, with the end result presented in the table below.

In this edition we examine table risers and fallers over the past few weeks; break down the title, Champions League and relegation battles; and preview an upcoming match with major Champions League qualification implications. To begin, here's our updated top-to-bottom table forecast:

Latest table projection

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Roberto Martinez has Everton playing stale, uncreative dross

Stoke inflicted yet another defeat on Roberto Martinez's Everton on Wednesday to ramp up the pressure on the Spaniard.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez's trademark "we haven't got the results that our performances deserve" is a sure thing for anybody chasing a full house in post-match news conference bingo.

Martinez has resolutely stood by this mantra throughout the season, its delivery becoming as predictable as the tactics of the manager voicing it.

On this occasion, though, Martinez was right -- the performance in the 2-0 defeat at Stoke did not get the result it deserved. This inept, leaderless, shapeless mess...