Paul Merson's predictions: Huddersfield v Newcastle, Tottenham v Chelsea
Last Updated: 21/08/17 6:04pm
After kicking off the new season with seven correct results, Paul Merson is back with his Premier League predictions.
Huddersfield will be looking to build on their positive start when they host Newcastle, live on Sky Sports Premier League. Tottenham and Chelsea then meet in a huge Nissan Super Sunday clash at Wembley before Manchester City host Everton on the first Monday Night Football of the season.
So who is the Magic Man tipping to come out on top this weekend? Read on to find out...
Huddersfield v Newcastle - Nissan Super Sunday from 12.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League
I thought Newcastle did alright against Tottenham. They weren't great but they looked hard to beat and Spurs didn't really look like scoring until Jonjo Shelvey was sent off.
The pressure will be on Huddersfield a bit more after their win at Crystal Palace and they might have to chase the game more. I know Huddersfield have bought players in but Newcastle were the better team in the Championship last year and I think there's less pressure on them this weekend.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)
Tottenham v Chelsea - Nissan Super Sunday from 3.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League
Chelsea won't lose here. I think both teams will be more than happy with a draw. You have to remember that the last thing Tottenham want to do is lose this game - their first at Wembley this season - and Chelsea can't afford to lose a second game on the bounce.
Both teams will be nervous and I think it will be quite cagey.
If not a draw I would probably go Chelsea. I was not impressed with Tottenham at Newcastle, I thought they were poor.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)
Manchester City v Everton - Monday Night Football from 7pm, Sky Sports Premier League
I don't see Everton scoring bundles of goals this season. Sigurdsson is a good player but where are all these new players going to play? I remember when James Milner was bought by Manchester City in the year they signed loads of players and you looked and thought where are they all playing? That's the case now with Everton it seems.
Also, they have lost 25 goals with Romelu Lukaku. If you take Harry Kane away from Tottenham where would they finish? They still have a team full of experienced internationals, but Everton don't. It's a big void to fill. Everton will be seventh but they need a forward if they want to try to break the top four.
I don't see Everton blowing teams away and Manchester City are on a different planet to them at the moment.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)
Merson's earlier predictions...
Swansea got a result at Southampton but they weren't great. Manchester United didn't really do anything for the first 30 minutes against West Ham, but then they scored the first goal and West Ham collapsed.
Having the Gylfi Sigurdsson deal sorted should help Swansea, but now they have to replace him. I know he hasn't been playing but it has dragged on. I think Manchester United will have too much for them and will make it two wins from two.
PAUL PREDICTS: 0-2 (9/2 with Sky Bet)
I thought Bournemouth were disappointing at West Brom, they had a lot of the play but didn't really have many chances. Watford should feel confident after scoring three against Liverpool but I still think they are going to be relegated this season.
Jermain Defoe has to start for Bournemouth. What was the point of going there if he's not going to play? Bournemouth play two up front, have a good go most matches and he should get lots of chances. I thought it was a perfect move for him and I'd like to see him up front with Josh King.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1 (12/1 with Sky Bet)
I watched Burnley last Saturday and to score three goals at Chelsea was phenomenal. They played well and getting the away win so early might be a monkey off the back as they cannot afford to have an away record as bad as last season. They had a brilliant home record but the teams they beat at Turf Moor they might not beat again this year.
West Brom are quite hard to beat and solid at set plays as they proved last weekend, but I expect Burnley to win this one.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (9/1 with Sky Bet)
I thought Leicester were really good against Arsenal. They let in a lot of goals but they always looked like scoring and I expect them to have too much for Brighton.
It was a tough start for Brighton against Manchester City but they didn't show too much.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (12/1 with Sky Bet)
Both teams have defensive concerns but more so Crystal Palace. I know Liverpool let in three at Watford but they didn't lose and then they won in midweek, which was a great result. Palace have done well at Anfield over the last few years but they are not good enough defensively.
You don't want to start a season with a home defeat like they did against Huddersfield. It puts them up against it. If you lose this game then you are behind the eight ball already and I don't think they have been great in the transfer market.
The manager is asking them to play out from the back and when you do that with a lack of a confidence you're asking for trouble.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1 (10/1 with Sky Bet)
I thought for 25 minutes West Ham were comfortable against Manchester United last weekend, but after 2-0 it was cringeworthy and worrying. If they lose this game then they have another two away games to come as well.
I heard Karren Brady on The Debate on Sky Sports saying they have four away games now but then three home games in a row in March - wow!
You need to get off to a good start in the Premier League and not be behind the eight ball. Teams at the bottom won't win five games on the spin and I think it's worrying for West Ham. I didn't like what I saw. There are ways of losing matches and at the end against Man Utd it could have been anything.
Southampton had chances last week against Swansea, like that sitter Maya Yoshida missed at the back post, and I think they will get off the mark.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)
I was impressed with Arsenal against Leicester, in the sense that it was what you expect from Arsenal - scoring lots of goals and letting in a lot. You want to watch them play.
Will Arsenal improve at the back when they get players back from injury? No. They play a certain way and that's why they won't win the Premier League.
But Stoke didn't do well at Everton and they don't frighten you anymore. They are not like the old Stoke teams, now it's a good place to go and play.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-3 (12/1 with Sky Bet)