Paul Merson's predictions: Man City v Swansea, Leicester v Man Utd

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Image: Paul Merson is back with his Premier League predictions for Sunday's games

Paul Merson predicts the results of Sunday's Premier League games - Manchester City v Swansea and Leicester v Manchester Utd.

There's a Nissan Super Sunday double header with City taking on the Swans at the Etihad Stadium, while United travel to take on the champions with both games live on Sky Sports.

Read on to see what Soccer Saturday pundit Merson is predicting...

Manchester City v Swansea (Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 12.30pm)

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Watch a preview of Sunday's Premier League action as Manchester City host Swansea at the Etihad and Manchester United face Leicester

Manchester City were outstanding against West Ham. The pace and movement, everything about them was different class. I know Swansea have been brilliant in recent weeks but I think Man City will show Liverpool how bad a result they picked up against Paul Clement's side at home.

Swansea have been great recently but there are some games which are just free swings and they've put themselves in a position where this is exactly that. However, if I've picked the results right, they could find themselves in the bottom three by the time this game comes around. Considering how well they've done in recent matches, that would be a blow.

PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (13/2 with Sky Bet)

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Leicester v Manchester United (Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 3.30pm)

With how things are going at the moment, I can see Leicester being relegated. They are on a horrible run and watching them at Southampton - wow. Manchester United have to win this game after their poor result against Hull and that's what I like about this game, if it's all square going into the last 20 minutes, then United will have to go for it.

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That could play into Leicester's hands but with their confidence shot to pieces and how they are playing, I can't see them getting anything. They are never going to get back to where they were last season, it's impossible.

But they do need to rekindle the spirit they showed towards the end of the season before last, when they were in a relegation battle. It clicked for them then and they got the results they needed to survive. It needs to happen again.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-3 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

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Chelsea v Arsenal

Arsenal were shocking on Tuesday against Watford and they won't be relishing this trip to Stamford Bridge. It's a must-win game for Arsenal after their defeat to the Hornets, and they have got to go for it against the best team in the country. That will play into Chelsea's hands. I just can't make a case for Arsenal here. Chelsea are running away with the league and I think they'll claim a comprehensive victory.


Crystal Palace v Sunderland

Sunderland need to win this game. If they don't then they could start to get cut adrift at the bottom. You don't want to start getting six or seven points behind because you've then got to win three matches before you can even start thinking about making up the points and getting away from danger. Sunderland have only won four games all season, so to pick up three victories on the trot is very difficult.

It was a big result for Crystal Palace in midweek. They probably looked at the game and thought we needed to win, especially with Swansea winning. I have to go with Palace here. Sunderland have been struggling and home advantage will be a factor.


Everton v Bournemouth

Bournemouth have hit a bit of a brick wall and need a victory quickly. Otherwise they could see themselves getting dragged into the relegation scrap. However, this is another difficult game for them and I can't see past an Everton win.


Hull v Liverpool

Hull have been playing well since the appointment of Marco Silva. They haven't quite got all the results they wanted but they've been giving a decent account of themselves. The problem is the teams around them have been winning. Hull have had some difficult games but if they can get them out of the way, then there will be some winnable ones that follow.

You don't know what you are going to get with Liverpool. Because of the defeat to Swansea a couple of weeks ago they put themselves in the position where they needed to beat Chelsea. If they'd have beaten Swansea a draw would have been alright.

The problem is Chelsea are running away with this because of their results against the sides outside the top six. From the 15 games they've played against sides outside the top six, they've picked up 14 wins and a draw. That's incredible, and that's why they are where they are. The other top six sides, including Liverpool, are dropping points against the so-called lesser teams. I see that continuing for Liverpool this weekend with Hull snatching a draw.


Southampton v West Ham

It's difficult to know what you are going to get from these sides. Southampton beat Liverpool over two legs to reach the EFL Cup final but were then thrashed by Arsenal in the FA Cup. To be honest, I thought what Claude Puel did by putting out a lot of youngsters against the Gunners was not good. They then lost to Swansea in midweek and it's really difficult to know which Southampton team will turn up.

It's the same with West Ham. They put back-to-back wins together against Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough but are then thumped by Manchester City - but Pep Guardiola's side always seem to save their best football for the Hammers. I think home advantage will play a part here so that's why I'm going with a slender Southampton win.


Watford v Burnley

As poor as Arsenal were against Watford, Walter Mazzarri's side were excellent at the Emirates. They came flying out of the traps, catching Arsenal cold and they deserved the victory. However, I'm expecting this to be a difficult game for Watford.

Much has been made of Burnley's home form compared to their away form, but more recently they've put in some better performances on the road. If they keep that up they'll pick up a win sooner or later and I expect it to be this weekend at Vicarage Road.


West Brom v Stoke

West Brom are a decent team. They are hard to beat and are very good in front of their own fans. They played well again the other night at Middlesbrough and came away with a good point. When you watch Stoke you can see they've got the players and on their day they'll beat anybody. I don't really see too much between these teams at all.


Tottenham v Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough are quite solid at the back but they don't score enough goals. They are not going to blow Tottenham away and if Spurs get an early goal they could run away with it.

Middlesbrough will set up to make things difficult for Tottenham but Mauricio Pochettino's side need to win this game. It was a poor result against Sunderland but I expect them to bounce back.


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