Global Sports : Merson’s Predictions

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Sky Sports’ Paul Merson gives his predictions ahead of another action-packed round of Premier League fixtures, as well as his tip for Sunday’s Capital One Cup final.
Liverpool v Manchester City – Super Sunday Football, 12pm
I am just going for Liverpool here. They have really picked up of late, while Brendan Rodgers has rested a couple of players for the trip to Besiktas in Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson, and for me this game on Sunday is bigger than the Besiktas match.
Getting beaten by Barcelona on Tuesday will have really knocked the stuffing out of City. And I think that Liverpool are at home and are on a right roll at the moment, so I see them winning this game 2-1.
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – Capital One Cup final, 4pm
It will be a tight game. There is no Nemanja Matic, which makes a massive difference for Chelsea. I think Chelsea will just win 2-1, although it will be a hard, hard game for them – and a good game too.
Arsenal v Everton – Super Sunday Football, 2.05pm
Arsenal will win this match quite easily. Everton are struggling quite badly at the moment and only got out of jail last week with a last-minute goal at home to Leicester.
It is Arsenal all over really, they will get back to normal and then their disastrous Wednesday against Monaco will all be forgotten about. So I do not see anything other than a 3-0 Arsenal win here.
West Ham United v Crystal Palace – Live Sky Sports 1, Saturday 12:45pm
I am just about going for a home win here. I know West Ham have hit a bit of a rocky patch recently, but I still think that they will just have a little bit too much for Palace at home.
Burnley v Swansea City – Saturday 3pm
Burnley need to win this match. Swansea had a great result last Saturday against Manchester United, while Burnley have got some big games coming up – this is a must-win one for them. I am going for 2-1 to Burnley.
Manchester United v Sunderland – Saturday 3pm
Sunderland are struggling badly at the moment and they cannot score goals, while Manchester United had a bad result last week at Swansea.
However, while United have not been playing well recently, I still expect them to beat Sunderland 3-0.
Newcastle United v Aston Villa – Saturday 3pm
Newcastle got rinsed last week, while Villa have a new manager – I thought it was a good decision bringing in Tim Sherwood, but nothing really changed against Stoke on Sunday. They had just three shots last week, only two on target and I thought they would have had a lot more than that.
So I think Newcastle will bounce back this week and win 2-0.
Stoke City v Hull City – Saturday 3pm
I do not like going against Stoke, they had a decent result at Villa last week. Hull have really picked up in recent weeks, they’ve had some big wins, but I am going to go 2-0 Stoke.
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton – Saturday 3pm
Southampton dominated big chunks of the game against Liverpool on Sunday, without ever really looking like scoring. It was hardly backs-against-the-wall stuff with Southampton ripping then open and goalmouth scrambles.
Meanwhile, West Brom are decent at home and I do not see them losing here, so I am going to go 1-1.

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