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Prem Forecaster: Leicester now title faves, Newcastle clear of drop zone

Former Arsenal player Sol Campbell believes that Leicester City can win the Premier League title if they keep their nerve.

On the 25th matchday of the 2014-15 Premier League season, Leicester City lost 2-1 at Arsenal, falling deeper into the Premier League basement with just 17 points.

One year later, Leicester City won its 25th game of the season, beating Manchester City 3-1 on Saturday and moving five points clear atop the league table (53 total points).

While the Foxes were already in first place entering the weekend, Saturday's win moved them atop the virtual standings for the first time this season. They are now the title favorite, according to both ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) and the bookmakers.

Let's examine how this wild weekend affected the Premier League's three major races -- the title, top-four and relegation battles -- using SPI's projections (click here for more info on SPI). Plus, we preview two high-stakes matchups this weekend: Arsenal-Leicester City and Manchester City-Tottenham.

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What's trending: Chelsea's Kurt Zouma out for season, Liverpool ticket protest

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink comments on an injury to Kurt Zouma that forced him to be stretchered off the field.
Paul Mariner thinks the fan protest against Anfield ticket prices may have influenced Liverpool's late collapse against Sunderland.

Here are the top stories from Monday:

CHELSEA: Kurt Zouma will miss the rest of the Premier League season and Euro 2016 after confirming that he injured his ACL on Sunday.

- John Terry has said Chelsea have made no new effort to open talks over a contract extension, but the captain stressed that he wanted to stay at Stamford Bridge.

LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp told a news conference that "everyone at the club wants to find a solution. We don't want people to leave the stadium" as...

Sam Allardyce admits surprise by Sunderland's rally at Liverpool

Liverpool's struggles continued as Jermain Defoe's late equaliser sealed a 2-2 draw for Sunderland.
Liverpool first team coach Pepijn Lijnders feels their draw with Sunderland is not a proper representation of the match.
Paul Mariner thinks the fan protest against Anfield ticket prices may have influenced Liverpool's late collapse against Sunderland.

LIVERPOOL -- Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce admitted he was surprised by his team's comeback in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

Allardyce's men had been outclassed until their rally in the final 10 minutes, when Adam Johnson scored on an 82nd-minute free kick and Jermain Defoe's neat finish in the 89th minute brought them level.

Asked if he had seen it coming after his side created so little until Johnson's goal, Allardyce replied: "No. Did you?

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"A bit of quality can always change...

Jermain Defoe rescues Sunderland as Wahbi Khazri enjoys fine debut

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner says Liverpool fans' walkout protest proved costly, as Sunderland claimed a surprise draw at Anfield.

With one slice of luck and another of sheer goal-scoring quality, Sunderland snatched a 2-2 draw in a late recovery at Liverpool on Saturday to restore hopes of survival.

Sam Allardyce's side were 2-0 down and seemed well-beaten when Adam Johnson's low free kick from outside the penalty area crept under former Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Then, Jermain Defoe once again showed his enduring class, turning exquisitely on to a neat pass from impressive new player Wahbi Khazri to fire home the...