Journalist and author Gabriele Marcotti - senior writer for ESPN and host of the Times' The Game podcast - joins host Tom Bowles and resident tipster Alan Alger to discuss:

  • How Antonio Conte's Chelsea side are not playing how he envisaged they would when he took over in the summer.
  • Why Conte suspects his 3-4-3 formation will eventually be sussed out, and the areas where Conte will evolve his team - and the club - over time.
  • Title odds for the Premier League following the midweek matches, including how Chelsea's price has changed dramatically since their September defeat to Arsenal.
  • The remarkable stats that mean Alan was not surprised by Arsenal's defeat to Everton, and Gabriele's reaction to it.
  • How the bookies will price Tottenham v Chelsea should the Blues arrive at White Hart Lane one game away from equalling Arsenal's long-standing winning record.
  • Pep Guardiola's "mysterious miscalculations" at Manchester City, including the role of director of football Txiki Begiristain.
  • Why he predicted that City would miss out on the top four when making his pre-season predictions.
  • The rights and wrongs of Jurgen Klopp dropping Loris Karius, plus the German's criticism of Gary Neville.
  • Players criticising pundits in this week's Finish This Sentence.
  • Arsenal's chances of beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and Gabriele's proposed change for the Champions League last 16.
  • How advantageous it really is for teams to play their European second legs at home, and who's price has been affected most by the draw.
  • The weekend trebles picked by Gabriele and Alan for this week's Wise Al.
  • Hail, Claudio!, Gabriele's recently-published biography of Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri.
  • How the book came together and Ranieri's reaction to it.
  • Whether Ranieri would have traded winning the Premier League with Leicester for a title triumph with his hometown club, Roma.
  • The five legends of the sport - who Gabriele has seen play live - who make his Insider 5.

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