Paul Merson's midweek Premier League predictions
Merse expects wins for Man Utd, Sunderland and Man City
Last Updated: 07/05/14 9:05am
Man City got a great result at Everton. It's not the easiest place to go and Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure going off made it even harder, but they did their job and that's it now, the title race is over. I know people say about twists and turns but City just need four points in their last two homes games to win the league. Surely they'll do that...
It would be a miracle if City don't win it from here - but then, I saw a miracle on Monday night at Selhurst Park. I couldn't believe it. How could Liverpool draw from 3-0 up? It's impossible. You're 3-1 up and you have a corner and you get caught on the counter. How does that work? That's not bad defending. That's naïve management.
Aston Villa are safe now after beating Hull and can go out and play on Wednesday night. They beat City earlier this season, too - but City can go out and play now, as well. City can afford to draw one of their last two and that means even if it's 0-0 with 20 minutes to go they don't have to panic.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1
Sunderland v West Brom (7.45pm, Wednesday)
Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd - Sunderland have taken seven points from their last three away games. Unbelievable. If Arsenal had done that they could have won the league!
You look at Sunderland's team, though, and you think 'what were you doing down near the bottom anyway?' Back at the start of March, in the Capital One Cup Final against Man City, they should have won. It was only two extraordinary strikes from Toure and Samir Nasri. Bar that, Sunderland didn't look like losing that game.
They then lost some silly games, their confidence got shot and they slipped down the table. But now the confidence is sky high again and the manager has done brilliant.
I thought West Brom did well at Arsenal, though, and were very comfortable. I'm going for Sunderland to win in front of a packed house but I still think West Brom will be well alright, too, in terms of staying up.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1
Man Utd v Hull (7.45pm, Tuesday)
Manchester United's defeat to Sunderland worked out for David Moyes. After United beat Norwich, in Ryan Giggs' first game in charge, if they'd gone and won 3-0 or 4-0 again it would have shown him up. But United aren't good enough at the moment and it doesn't matter who's in charge. It's as simple as that.
Man United have got plenty of work to do in the summer. They'll also have to replace Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra, who all look set to play their final game at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
All three of them have been brilliant professionals, have done well for the club and will get a great reception.
Wayne Rooney won't be fit but they might take a chance with Robin van Persie and they could do with him back because I watched them against Sunderland and they never really looked like winning.
I can see them winning this one, though. Hull were well beat the other day by Villa and they've got to start concentrating on the FA Cup final now. l expect they'll make a lot of changes for this game. They'll be massive underdogs for that final and the last thing they'll want to do is pick up injuries. Steve Bruce needs to start resting players.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0