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Premier League's best weekend bets

Are Manchester City a good bet to close the gap on Chelsea on Saturday?
Are Manchester City a good bet to close the gap on Chelsea on Saturday?

One game dominates the Premier League schedule this weekend: The clash between title contenders Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Jose Mourinho's Chelsea are in the driving seat in the title race but this game represents a fantastic opportunity for Manuel Pellegrini's defending champions to close the gap.

Here's a look at the best value bet in that match along with three others taking place this weekend, including Liverpool-West Ham, West Bromwich-Tottenham and Arsenal-Aston Villa.

Chelsea (home) vs. Manchester City

Asian handicap: Chelsea -0.5 (+108) vs. Man City +0.5 (-116)
3-way line: Chelsea +108 / Man City +289 / Draw +253
PickCenter public consensus money line pick: 64 percent Chelsea
Total: 2.5 (Over -104, Under -104)

It may be overstating things to say this game will decide where the Prem title ends up this season, but if Chelsea win they'll take some stopping. A victory for Jose Mourinho's side over their nearest challengers would put Chelsea eight points clear at the top with only 13 games to play. And given how Chelsea have performed this season, it's hard to see them throwing away that sort of lead.


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


West Brom sign Wigan's Callum McManaman on three-year deal

Callum McManaman, who scored his side's third goal, in action against MK Dons
Callum McManaman is back in the Premier League again.

West Brom have completed the signing of Wigan's Callum McManaman on a three-and-a-half year deal.

McManaman agreed a contract, which includes a 12-month option, after undergoing a medical on Wednesday morning. He becomes Tony Pulis' first signing at The Hawthorns and could make his debut in Saturday's Premier League visit of Tottenham.

The 23-year-old told the club's official site: "I'm really made up to have joined. When the chance came to move to West Bromwich Albion and return to the Premier...

Are Divock Origi, Saido Berahino worth all the hype? The stats are intriguing

The ESPN FC crew discuss potential moves before the end of the transfer window, whether or not Mario Balotelli will leave Liverpool and Diego Costa's diving.

How do you build for the future in January?

The pressures of the midseason transfer window are largely focused on the here and now. Teams buy in the winter in order to strengthen for the next five months, whether it be for a title race, European push or relegation battle; they don't generally spend with the next five years in mind. But this season has seen several intriguing transfer stories in which the needs of the present and the future overlap.


- Infographic: How a transfer works
- Karlsen: Premier League club-by-club needs
- Carter: Top 10 transfer targets in England
- Window Shopping: Club-by-club guide
- Delaney: Top free agents next summer
- Delaney: What January holds in store

West Bromwich Albion and England U-21...

West Brom's Ben Foster says manager Tony Pulis 'brutal,' but also effective

Tony Pulis, left, is getting the best out of his West Brom players since replacing former boss Alan Irvine.

Ben Foster has described the Tony Pulis regime at West Brom as "brutal," but insisted the manager's methods will get the best out of the Baggies.

Pulis is unbeaten in his first four games in charge after Saturday's 2-1 win at Birmingham in the FA Cup fourth round.

And Foster believes the Albion squad have been given a wake-up call by the 57-year-old, who replaced Alan Irvine this month.

"It is brutal but I love it. I think it's fantastic," he said, after Victor Anichebe's double sent them through...