Paul Merson's Premier League predictions including Leicester v Man City and Man Utd v Tottenham
Last Updated: 10/12/16 2:05pm
Sky Sports football pundit Paul Merson looks ahead to a bumper weekend fixture list in the Premier League.
Merse was on top form last week, picking four perfect scores, including Sunderland's 2-1 win over Leicester, and seven correct results overall.
Looking ahead to this week, there's a Nissan Super Sunday double header as Manchester United play host to Tottenham, before Liverpool will look to bounce back against West Ham at Anfield. Before that on Saturday, Watford host Everton.
Sky Sports pundit Merson takes a look at the fixtures and gives his predictions...
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|Result||Paul Merson predicted|
|Man City 1-3 Chelsea||2-2|
|Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool||2-2|
|Everton 1-1 Man Utd||1-1|
|Middlesbrough 1-0 Hull||3-1|
|Tottenham 5-0 Swansea||3-0|
|Sunderland 2-1 Leicester||2-1|
|C.Palace 3-0 Southampton||1-2|
|Stoke 2-0 Burnley||2-0|
|West Brom 3-1 Watford||3-1|
|West Ham 1-5 Arsenal||1-2|
Watford v Everton (Saturday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 11.30am)
It's two struggling teams and each needs a win to get their season started again before Christmas because the games come thick and fast.
Watford have had the better campaign so far considering the expectations at Goodison and they will get a point this weekend, with Troy Deeney scoring his 100th goal for the Hornets.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds 9/2)
Manchester United v Tottenham (Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 2pm)
If Man Utd lose this game, it's the middle of December and they are out of the title race.
They'll be struggling to stay in the top-four hunt too, with fifth-place Spurs already six points ahead of Jose Mourinho's side. They can't allow that gap to grow to nine.
I think they're playing well enough at the moment and creating chances, and before Marouane Fellaini came on against Everton, it was a very Jose Mourinho performance at Goodison.
It's how they turn those draws into wins, but I'm backing them to figure it out against Tottenham.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1 (Sky Bet odds 16/1)
Liverpool v West Ham United (Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 4.15pm)
The last 20 minutes against Arsenal was just terrible and I fear for West Ham. Another 10 minutes and it could have been eight.
They are shipping goals left, right and centre and could be in real trouble this weekend if Liverpool get on a roll.
I can't see anything other than a comfortable home win, and I'm actually being kind to the Hammers with my prediction. It could be much worse.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (Sky Bet odds 7/1)
Arsenal v Stoke (Saturday, 3pm)
Stoke will cause problems at the Emirates because they have the right players in the right creative areas.
You look at Arsenal's recent home games - Middlesbrough and Bournemouth were a little unlucky - and Stoke have a better team than either of those two.
If the Gunners get into an end-to-end battle, Stoke will enjoy that, especially the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri.
I still expect the hosts to win, but it won't be a walk in the park.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds 15/2)
Burnley v Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm)
It was a massive win for Bournemouth last weekend - who could have seen that in their wildest dreams at half-time? Fair play to them, they took a chance and got an unbelievable result.
They need to follow it up now, they have set the bar high but Burnley will not be easy.
They are a different animal at home and always give their opponents a game at Turf Moor.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds 5/1)
Hull v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm)
The win over Southampton was an eye-catching result considering the run they were on but Palace have good players. That was the worrying thing for them; they were a good team losing games in a hurry.
On the other hand, Hull don't really look like scoring and weren't great against Middlesbrough, which was an important fixture for them.
They have to attack Palace and that's what Alan Pardew's side enjoy, they will relish the chance to counter.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (Sky Bet odds 8/1)
Swansea v Sunderland (Saturday, 3pm)
The biggest football match of the weekend.
If Sunderland win they will move out of the bottom three and put further distance between themselves and Swansea, who would be in danger of being cut adrift.
Both teams will have highlighted this as three points, but I think we get an entertaining Desmond.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-2 (Sky Bet odds 12/1)
Leicester v Manchester City (Saturday, 5.30pm)
I felt Claudio Ranieri rested the wrong players against Porto. For me, Wes Morgan should have come out of the team, he's the one that will be worked against Man City.
Jamie Vardy isn't scoring and Riyad Mahrez is a shadow of the player he was last year, and Ranieri is resting them with a view to relying on them to perform at the weekend.
Pep Guardiola has to make his mind up on the back four. He changes it every week and you never get any kind of pattern. How are the players supposed to build an understanding?
Leicester are in a relegation battle, though, and I think Man City win this game.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-3 (Sky Bet odds 12/1)
Chelsea v West Brom (Sunday, 12pm)
West Brom have done brilliantly so far, but it's a big ask at Stamford Bridge. They will keep it tight, make it difficult and wait for set-pieces.
Who could have seen them being a point behind Manchester United in early December? What an achievement.
As for Chelsea, they have some very winnable games over Christmas and if they keep this run going, they could be hard to catch.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (Sky Bet odds 9/2)
Southampton v Middlesbrough (Sunday, 2.15pm)
Boro got a good result against Hull on Monday Night Football and they are doing well, while Southampton's defeat shocked me because I didn't see a 3-0 on the horizon.
Former Saint Gaston Ramirez is playing well under Aitor Karanka but Southampton are a good team and in Virgil van Dijk, they have the best centre-back in the Premier League in my opinion.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds 15/2)