Paul Merson's predictions: Watford to hold Man Utd, wins for Spurs and Palace
Last Updated: 18/09/16 11:24am
Sky Sports football pundit Paul Merson is back with another round of Premier League predictions.
The Magic Man tipped four correct results last weekend, but failed to get a perfect score for the second week running.
Following Liverpool's win at Chelsea on Friday Night Football and a flurry of goals on Saturday, there's plenty to look forward to on Sunday - including a Super Sunday double-header between Crystal Palace and Stoke and Tottenham and Sunderland.
Merson's previous predictions
|Man Utd 1-2 Man City||2-1|
|Bournemouth 1-0 WBA||2-1|
|Boro 1-2 Palace||1-1|
|Stoke 0-4 Tottenham||1-1|
|Burnley 1-1 Hull||1-0|
|West Ham 2-4 Watford||2-1|
|Arsenal 2-1 Southampton||2-0|
|Liverpool 4-1 Leicester||2-1|
|Swansea 2-2 Chelsea||0-3|
|Sunderland 0-3 Everton||0-2|
So what is Merse predicting this week? Read on to find out...
Crystal Palace v Stoke - Super Sunday from 1.30pm, live on Sky Sports 1 HD
Stoke are struggling. Really struggling. They have footballers in their team and it's OK to have footballers when you are winning, but when you are losing, you need a bit of steel as well. I'm not sure they have that in them.
They need a Mark Hughes on the pitch, someone to dig in and put themselves about, and I worry for them - not in terms of relegation, but I'm not sure they will have the season they hoped for.
If Palace play to Christian Benteke's strengths, and based on the Boro game it looks like they will, he will score goals.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1 (Sky Bet odds 16/1)
Tottenham v Sunderland - Super Sunday from 4.15pm, live on Sky Sports 1 HD
Tottenham got a major Champions League lesson. They dominated large parts of the game against Monaco, but were naive and got caught out.
If the match was at White Hart Lane, I think the result would have been different. You would have had 40,000 die-hard Spurs fans, rather than 85,000, some of whom just turned up for the day and perhaps don't watch Tottenham too often.
I expect them to get back on track at home, and for it to be very comfortable.
Sunderland are struggling. There wasn't much in the game before half-time against Everton, and Jermain Defoe missed a great chance. If that starts happening, it's going to be a long season.
Conceding three goals in 11 minutes is a worry too, because they just collapsed after the first went in.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (Sky Bet odds 13/2)
Watford v Man Utd - Sunday, 12pm
The win over West Ham was a big result for Watford, and not just because Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo got back on the goal trail.
Etienne Capoue has made a big change from the end of last season. They were getting predictable because it was almost like they didn't have a chance when Deeney and Ighalo weren't at it, but Capoue is giving them a little bit extra now.
Manchester United's confidence will be knocked after losing in their own backyard against their arch enemy, who didn't even have their best player. That was a major blow.
Watford are the league's entertainers at the moment - there's always goals when you go and watch them play.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-2 (Sky Bet odds 16/1)
Southampton v Swansea - Sunday, 2.15pm
This is a big game for both teams. Swansea did well to get a point against Chelsea but Lukasz Fabianski was very good.
At the same time, Southampton were unlucky at Arsenal. They played really well and should have got a point at least. It was a much better first half but they missed chances and got punished at the end.
They need to win this because they haven't won a game yet, and all of a sudden the pressure starts building on a new manager.
But Southampton are a better team than their league position shows and I think it will come on Sunday.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (Sky Bet odds 6/1)
Hull City v Arsenal - Saturday, 3pm
Arsenal were lucky against Paris Saint-Germain because it should have been all over at half-time. To their credit, they showed their Champions League experience compared to Tottenham and dug in for a very good draw.
They started slowly against Southampton, though, and I thought they were poor, getting lucky at the end with the penalty.
Hull got a big point against Burnley. It's alright beating the top teams like Leicester at home but you don't want to lose against the likes of Burnley because those results define whether you stay up or go down.
Still, I can't see past Arsenal here.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-3 - RESULT: 1-4
West Brom v West Ham - Saturday, 3pm
It was too easy for West Ham early on last weekend, and all of a sudden they conceded and it changed the whole complexion of the game. It is going to take a while for them to get used to the new stadium.
It's a big game for West Brom because they were beaten by Bournemouth, a team I expect to be around them come the end of the season.
Neither team is in great shape, and while I wouldn't be surprised if West Ham got the victory, I'm backing West Brom at home to get a point.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 - RESULT: 4-2
Man City v Bournemouth - Saturday, 3pm
Bournemouth have to win the games against the teams around them and that's what they did against West Brom. This is completely different; it's basically a free swing.
Manchester City are playing great football at the moment. They ripped Manchester United apart and did the same to the third best team in Germany in the Champions League in midweek.
I have said Chelsea all along for the title, but it's going to take some doing to compete with Man City. They looked head and shoulders above United even without Sergio Aguero.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 - RESULT: 4-0
Leicester City v Burnley - Saturday, 3pm
Leicester should be flying after that great result in the Champions League. To go anywhere away from home in Europe, let alone in your first match, and put in a performance like that is impressive.
Their game suits the Champions League. When they go away from home, teams will have a go at them and that's perfect, it's when they play at home and have to break teams down that's the problem.
It gives Burnley, who will be disappointed to have conceded so late against Hull, a chance to get something, but it was a poor result for them last weekend and I'm backing Leicester.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1 - RESULT: 3-0
Everton v Middlesbrough - Saturday, 5.30pm
Boro had a bit of a wake-up call last week, getting picked off quite a few times by Crystal Palace.
They probably should have won at West Brom the week before and then they lose to Palace with a really tough game to come. Things can change very quickly; we know how ruthless this league is.
For all the ball Boro had at West Brom, they didn't really hurt their opponents and the Romelu Lukaku factor is massive.
Idrissa Gueye looks a player as well and I fancy Everton to keep things going against Middlesbrough.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 - RESULT: 3-1
Chelsea v Liverpool - Friday
This is a hard game for Chelsea because no John Terry makes a big difference for the hosts, especially as it means David Luiz comes in.
You don't know what Liverpool will turn up. Will it be the hot one at home to Leicester, or the one that went to Burnley and got beaten.
I expect it to be an entertaining match either way. Chelsea are playing quite open and scoring goals, and Liverpool the same.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-2 - RESULT 1-2