When the team was announced for Manchester City's 2-0 win over Leicester on Wednesday, it took only a nanosecond for the supporters to see that Manuel Pellegrini had made a big call.
He'd dropped captain Vincent Kompany, although after the match he was rather diplomatic and merely told reporters he'd rotated the team to keep it fresh -- and that went for others like Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri and Fernandinho, too.
Joe Hart admitted Manchester City's defensive record has been too poor this season -- even as he gave an resounding endorsement of the dropped Vincent Kompany by saying the Belgian will soon show why he is one of the world's top centre-backs.
Reported Manchester City and Tottenham target Alexandre Lacazette has admitted he would be "forced" to leave Lyon if a massive offer was tabled for him.
Lacazette, 23, has reportedly attracted the attention of a host of clubs, including Liverpool and Arsenal, with his contribution of 21 goals in 24 league games for Lyon, who are a point clear at the top of Ligue 1.
The France striker told OLTV he believed club president Jean-Michel Aulas would sell him should a suitor pay enough for his signature...
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: