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Forecaster: Liverpool on top-four bubble

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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:

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Stoke continue to cope with injury curse in push up the table

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has spoken of his European ambition this season.

Everton were the latest side to be beaten by Stoke, with the 2-0 win on Wednesday making it three wins on the bounce as they continue to defy their growing injury list in pursuit of every club league record there is.

Unbelievably, Stoke lost another defender to injury, with Philipp Wollscheid the latest name added to the list of absentees with a groin strain. The fans have long been campaigning for the Britannia to be expanded but at this rate it will be second in line behind a medical department...

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Stoke City 'ahead of where we thought we'd be,' says boss Mark Hughes

Victor Moses helped keep Stoke rolling with a goal in Wednesday's 2-0 defeat of Everton.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes said he "couldn't ask for anything else" after his side won their third consecutive Premier League match on Wednesday.

Things are looking very positive for Stoke, who have won seven of their past 11 and are now up to eighth in the table on 42 points.

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The Potters are looking to better their Premier League club record set last term of a ninth-placed finish and total of 50 points, which certainly appears achievable -- and their fans may even be wondering about a push for...