There are lots of reasons which can explain Swansea's recent bad run of results. Injuries and suspensions have stretched a small squad while Ki Sung-Yeung's temporary loss to the Asian Cup has emphatically underlined his importance to his club side.
Most notably, Wilfried Bony's permanent departure has opened a power vacuum at the spearhead of Swansea's attack which heir apparent Bafetimbi Gomis has so far categorically failed to fill. The player's unwelcome suggestions that he might like to follow...
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.
This weekend the Premier League is preparing for a showdown between the division's best two clubs, as Manchester City travel to Chelsea for Saturday's late kickoff. It's a meeting between the top two, and while not realistically a true title decider, it's probably the biggest game of the season.
It's difficult, however, for the majority of other clubs to learn lessons from the Premier League's two title contenders. While Chelsea and Manchester City have performed well over the past half-decade...
A Swansea director has said that Wilfried Bony is destined to be on the bench for Manchester City.
The Ivorian striker became the biggest signing of the January transfer window when the Premier League champions paid Swansea an initial 25 million pounds for him, which could rise another three million pounds with add-ons.