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Sunderland's Poyet 'not bothered' by Jermain Defoe goal drought

Sunderland coach Gus Poyet has backed new signing Jermain Defoe to be a hit at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet spoke to the press following his side's loss to Liverpool, and noted that his depleted starting XI only solidified the result.
Gus Poyet says his Sunderland team will have no excuses for their performance as they prepare to face Manchester City on New Year's Day.

Gus Poyet has admitted he is not enjoying life as he tries to mould Sunderland into a winning team.

The Black Cats invested heavily to bring England striker Jermain Defoe back to the Premier League earlier this month in an attempt to give them the firepower they have been so badly lacking.

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But two games into his career on Wearside, Defoe is yet to find the back of the net with head coach Poyet desperately trying to implement a system which will get the best out of the 32-year-old.

That has proved...

Poyet focused on Clarets clash

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Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has challenged his players to make Saturday's Barclays Premier League showdown with Burnley the turning point in their season.

The Uruguayan was left with more questions than answers after seeing his team scrap out a 0-0 FA Cup fourth-round draw with Sky Bet Championship Fulham at the weekend in front of a deeply unimpressed home crowd at the Stadium of Light.

A replay on February 3 will give them a further chance to progress in a competition which added Manchester City...

Gus Poyet and Sunderland need strong homestand starting with Burnley

The arrival of Jermain Defoe was exciting for Sunderland fans, but unless the Black Cats figure out how to give the striker quality service, his presence is mere window dressing.

And so we arrive at the first six-pointer of the season, as a stumbling Sunderland side take on a Burnley team that has had a couple of blips of their own recently. Goal difference separates the two sides in the Premier League table, and it is feasible that the same will apply at teatime on Saturday.

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For the Wearsiders, this starts a run of three home games against clubs that are in the same predicament, and it is deemed essential by supporters that this run starts with a home win. Saturday...

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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10-man Sunderland held by Fulham, replay forced

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Jack Rodwell was sent off after being booked in the 30th and 66th minutes.

Substitute Hugo Rodallega was denied an FA Cup giant-killing act by a post as Championship Fulham very nearly shocked 10-man Premier League outfit Sunderland.

The Colombia international blasted against the woodwork as time ran down with the Black Cats, who played the final 24 minutes without £10million midfielder Jack Rodwell after he was dismissed for a second bookable offence, teetering on the brink.

Until that point, the Black Cats had looked the more likely winners after emerging from their...