Paul Merson is back with his weekly Premier League predictions. Who is he tipping this time out?
Merse had a solid week before the FA Cup fixtures, tipping six correct results and two correct scores as West Ham beat Watford 2-0 and Chelsea saw off West Brom 3-0.
This week, he is predicting a huge win for West Brom, as well as victories for Spurs and Liverpool in the race for top four…
Man Utd v Chelsea (Nissan Super Sunday from 2pm on Sky Sports Premier League)
It’s a must-not-lose game for both teams. If United win this, they almost put Chelsea to bed with a six-point gap, with Palace next up for them. Chelsea, meanwhile, go to Man City next, which will be hugely difficult.
If United lose this, there could be a point between four teams in the top-four race, that’s too close for comfort for United given they’ve been around second place for the entire season.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (9/2 with Sky Bet)
A preview of Sunday's Premier League games including, Crystal Palace game against Tottenham and Manchester United's trip to Chelsea Crystal Palace v Tottenham (Nissan Super Sunday from 11.30am Sky Sports Premier League)
I just don’t see how Palace can beat Tottenham without Wilfried Zaha. I actually think they’re in trouble, Palace. They’ve had their run, and I think they lost a bit of focus.
I’m not sure where their next win comes from. They’ve got some really, really tough games coming up in March, and could easily lose their next three games.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-3 (11/1 with Sky Bet)
C Palace vs Tottenham
February 25, 2018, 11:30am
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I’m going for Leicester here. Charlie Adam’s missed penalty in Stoke’s draw with Brighton was huge and I doubt if they’ve recovered. Leicester are decent at home and I can’t see Stoke stopping them.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (13/2 with Sky Bet)
Live Premier League
February 24, 2018, 11:30am
Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Bournemouth v Newcastle (Saturday, 3pm)
This is a big, big game. If Newcastle win they bring Bournemouth straight back into the relegation mix, even though they looked out of it near the top half a few weeks ago.
Newcastle have fared well recently but if Bournemouth, with home advantage, reach the levels they did before their shocking defeat at Huddersfield I think they will just have too much.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)
A preview of Saturday's Premier League games including Liverpool v West Ham and Leicester City v Stoke Brighton v Swansea (Saturday, 3pm)
What a game this is! City may have the league wrapped up but there’s so much to play for, with everyone in the bottom half fighting against relegation.
Swansea have pulled up trees under Carlos Carvalhal but Brighton have been decent at home, even when Chelsea put four past them. This is a massive football match and think home advantage will favour Brighton.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)
Burnley v Southampton (Saturday, 3pm)
Five of Southampton’s next six games are away from home and that will play in their favour, given their poor home form. They will have highlighted the trip to Turf Moor as on they can win, especially given the run Burnley are on.
I have doubts whether Southampton can win these kind of games away from home, but a point away from home for a club in the bottom three must be considered a good result.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (9/2 with Sky Bet)
Liverpool v West Ham (Saturday, 3pm)
I have no idea how West Ham can go about stopping Liverpool’s front three, they are very, very good.
West Ham won’t have written this game off but it is a free swing, if they lose this game it doesn’t affect them in the grand scheme of things.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)
West Brom v Huddersfield (Saturday, 3pm)
It’s as simple as this: West Brom have to win. If West Brom don’t win, they’re relegated! They are. This their biggest game of the season.
Seven points is huge, with 11 games left. It’s a must-win, cup final game for them, and I’m going to tip them to turn up. Huddersfield will have a go, thinking this is very winnable for them.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1 (18/1 with Sky Bet)
Watford v Everton (Saturday, 5.30pm)
This is a difficult game to call. Everton have been ripped to shreds in their last two away games, but that was against Arsenal and Tottenham.
I think they’ll try to be hard to beat here, so I’m going for a draw.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)