Steve Bruce and his Hull City side have spent the past week on a warm-weather training camp in Portugal, making the most of a free weekend that came with a third-round exit from the FA Cup. Under the Algarve sun, they have spent additional time on the training pitches and nursed countless injured bodies back to fitness.
Those five nights away were designed to prepare City for all that lies in store between now and May 24, to focus minds on the task at hand. Premier League survival is on the line...
Welcome to the second edition of Insider's Premier League Forecaster, 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.
If you missed the inaugural version two weeks ago, click here for a primer and the previous table. (Note: The previous table forecast was incorrect due to a projection error. Chelsea, not Manchester City, should have been the projected favorite to win the league leading up to matches Jan. 10.)
With a lull in Premier League action last week due to FA Cup and Capital One Cup matches, in this edition we break down table risers and fallers over the past few weeks and preview what promises to be one of the most important matches of the season: Chelsea versus Manchester City on Saturday.
Here's a look at the latest forecast for all 20 Prem teams, along with breakdowns of the title, Champions League and relegation battles.
Hull City jetted off to Portugal for a warm-weather camp on Thursday as the temperatures dropped below freezing in East Yorkshire. Manager Steve Bruce, though, must have considered Lourdes. That famous sanctuary for the sick would be more fitting as a free weekend looms on the Tigers' calendar. Bruce must wonder where it will all end after the latest damaging chapter of City's season and pray it is not in the Championship. A 3-0 loss at West Ham United was bad enough, but the loss of defenders...