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 By Ian Holyman

Eliaquim Mangala vows to prove worth at Manchester City

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley believes Manchester City's loss to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup was deserved as Manuel Pellegrini's side travelled to the Middle East and arrived back far too close to their weekend clash.

Eliaquim Mangala is convinced he will eventually shine at Manchester City despite struggling to settle in his first season in England.

France international Mangala, 23, joined City from Porto in a deal reported to be worth around 32 million pounds in the summer.

However, with competition from Martin Demichelis for the place alongside captain Vincent Kompany at the heart of the City defence, Mangala has struggled to establish himself as first-choice under boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Eliaquim Mangala has had a difficult start to life at the Etihad Stadium.

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Prem Forecaster: United won't finish top four, City faces must-win vs. CFC

Manchester United faces an uphill climb to finish in the top four and secure a Champions League spot.
Manchester United faces an uphill climb to finish in the top four and secure a Champions League spot.

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.  

Latest table projection

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Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis doubts for Manchester City clash

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes goes play-by-play to break down Chelsea's extra-time triumph over Liverpool on their way to the Capital One Cup final.

Chelsea could be without Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis for Saturday's Premier League clash with Manchester City.

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The pair had to be withdrawn during Chelsea's 1-0 victory in the Capital One Cup semifinal second leg against Liverpool on Tuesday, while Branislav Ivanovic, who scored the decisive goal, may also be a doubt after suffering a cut foot.

'Branislav could finish the game, Fabregas and Filipe couldn't," Mourinho said after the game. "Filipe was a calf problem, Fabregas was his hamstring."

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The anatomy of an FA Cup upset

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol, Craig Burley and Gab Marcotti divulge their opinions at length as to why many smaller clubs historically triumph over clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City and others in the FA Cup, and Nicol attributes it to complacency.

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Man City wait on Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony ANC fate with Ivory Coast

Manchester City pair Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony could be available for the club's Premier League match with Chelsea at the weekend, if Ivory Coast lose to Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.

Manchester City are waiting to see if Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony are able to make earlier-than-expected returns from Africa to figure in Saturday's crucial match against Chelsea.

The Premier League champions were planning to be without their vice-captain and their new signing for another two weeks.

But Ivory Coast could be knocked out of the African Nations Cup, which ends on Feb. 8, on Wednesday when they meet Cameroon on Wednesday.

The Elephants were among the favourites for the tournament but,...