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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, 3-1 at Manchester City on Saturday, 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 impacted 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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 By Steve Menary

Bournemouth punished by Arsenal as Howe's men suffer defeat

Eddie Howe gave his verdict as Bournemouth were beaten by Arsenal on Sunday.

Bournemouth's good run came to a halt at home to Arsenal on Sunday as the visitors completed a second 2-0 win over the South Coast club this season.

Eddie Howe's team were outclassed at the Emirates on Dec. 28 and despite losing by the same score, he will be cheered by a better performance in the return match.

Howe's team had 17 shots compared to 10 for Arsenal but an inability to hit the target and an 88-second defensive lapse cost the home side. The hosts fell behind following goals from Mezut...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

What's trending in world football: Liverpool ticket protest, Lavezzi to China

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:

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 all the talk is about the ticket protest walkout in Saturday's match. Liverpool's owners are reviewing their decision but have cancelled a planned Q&A session on the club website.

- Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson refused to use the mass walk-out as an excuse for their late capitulation at home...

Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini tackle a red card vs. Bournemouth - Eddie Howe

Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored within one minute of each other to propel Arsenal past Bournemouth.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley says February will be a big month for Arsenal, one that could define their season.
Arsene Wenger believes Leicester City are the clear favourites to win the Premier League, with Arsenal and Tottenham five points behind.
Eddie Howe believes his team outplayed Arsenal in the second half of Bournemouth's 2-0 loss Sunday,

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini should have been sent off for a two-footed tackle early in the first half of the Gunners' 2-0 win in the Premier League on Sunday.

Flamini made the tackle on Dan Gosling in the ninth minute but escaped with just a booking despite leading with both feet, and Howe said the Frenchman should not have stayed on the pitch.

"I thought it was a red. I had a very good view, it looked like it was two footed and potentially off the floor....