Global Sports : Merson’s Predictions

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Sky Sports’ Paul Merson gives his predictions ahead of the FA Cup quarter-finals, finding it too tough to call the Old Trafford tie…
Bradford v Reading (Saturday, 12.45pm)
It’s going to be a bad pitch again at Valley Parade and Bradford have a certain way of playing which will make it extremely tough for Reading.
The big striker up front, James Hanson, will be a handful and the Bantams will make it the sort of game which suits him.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds 9/1)
Aston Villa v West Brom (Saturday, 5.30pm)
I’m going for a repeat of the Premier League result midweek. Neither side wants a draw here, but you know Tim Sherwood will be well up for this.
Christian Benteke’s confidence will be boosted by his penalty and I’m backing him to score again on Saturday and then go on and score enough goals to keep Villa up.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds 9/1)
Liverpool v Blackburn (Sunday, 4pm)
It’s a game too far for Blackburn with the form Liverpool are in, especially at Anfield, and I can only see a comfortable home win.
The Reds are flying right now and the momentum they have makes it a very tough draw for Blackburn, who ended a four-match winless run at the weekend.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (Sky Bet odds 6/1)
Manchester United v Arsenal (Monday, 7.45pm)
United are waiting to be on the end of something and I can see them losing two or three nil before the end of the season.
However, they always seem to save something for Arsenal. I remember a couple of seasons ago when Arsenal headed to Old Trafford absolutely flying and United found a way to stop them.
It’s an incredibly tough one to call and I’m going to have to sit on the fence and go for a draw.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds 5/1)

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