Merson's predictions: West Ham v Chelsea on Monday Night Football

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Image: Paul Merson is back with his Premier League predictions

Paul Merson completes his predictions for the 27th round of Premier League fixtures with a forecast for West Ham v Chelsea on MNF.

Antonio Conte's league leaders travel to the London Stadium to face Slaven Bilic's Hammers on Monday Night Football.

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

West Ham v Chelsea - Monday Night Football from 7pm, Sky Sports 1 HD

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We look ahead to this Monday's clash between London rivals West Ham and Chelsea

Chelsea look like a well-oiled machine at the moment which is showing now signs of any faults. They did lose to West Ham at the London Stadium in the EFL Cup earlier in the season, but I do not expect a repeat performance. I expect Chelsea to win this game. West Ham have struggled in front of their own fans and are a better side away from home.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-3 (11/1 with Sky Bet)

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Manchester United v Bournemouth - Premier League Live, Saturday from 11.30am, Sky Sports 1 HD & Sky Sports Mix HD

I can't see anything other than a Manchester United win. It looks to me like the banker of the weekend. Bournemouth are letting in goals left, right and centre at the moment.

On the other hand United will be full of confidence after winning the EFL Cup and will be looking to make it 17 games unbeaten in the league. I'm going for 3-0 to United and I think I'm being kind to Bournemouth with that prediction. It could be an even bigger scoreline for Jose Mourinho's men.

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PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

Tottenham v Everton - Super Sunday from 12.30pm, Sky Sports 1 HD

This is a good game to kick off Super Sunday. It's another tough game to call but I'm going to go with home advantage and back Spurs for a slender win.

There will be goals as both teams are excellent going forward and the defences will not be able to live with the attacking quality both sides have. And I think Spurs, who are unbeaten in 13 homes games in the league, will come out on top for a ninth straight win at White Hart Lane in the Premier League.

PAUL PREDICTS: 3-2 (25/1 with Sky Bet)

Sunderland v Manchester City - Super Sunday from 3.30pm, Sky Sports 1 HD

I've watched Man City a few times in recent weeks and they are playing exceptionally well. They are starting to play with style and swagger of a Pep Guardiola team. He's finally got them playing exactly how he wants them to play and that's ominous for Sunderland, and the rest of the Premier League.

They do take chances which will give Sunderland opportunities to score but David Moyes's side will have to be on top form, with City having a dip, for them to have any chance of victory. I'm backing a comfortable City win but they do always give you a chance which will allow Jermain Defoe to grab a goal.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-3 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

Leicester City v Hull City - Saturday, 3pm

Which Leicester will turn up? The team that have been dreadful all season or will they build on Monday's excellent result against Liverpool? It's difficult to say really.

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Highlights: Leicester 3-1 Liverpool

Believe it or not, Hull will be a much sterner test for Leicester than Liverpool were. They will sit back with plenty of men behind the ball, leaving no room for Jamie Vardy. It will be a different game for Leicester than what they experienced on Monday.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (11/2 with Sky Bet)

Stoke v Middlesbrough - Saturday, 3pm

Stoke were still in Dubai last weekend when they were hammered by Tottenham at White Hart Lane. This week though, Mark Hughes will want a reaction and I think they'll be a different team. Middlesbrough are struggling at the moment because they are having trouble scoring goals.

They've scored only three goals in their last nine league games so it's no surprise to see them dropping closer and closer to the relegation zone.

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

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Highlights: Tottenham 4-0 Stoke

Swansea City v Burnley - Saturday, 3pm

Burnley have been getting better away from home. They managed to grab a point at Hull last week and it won't be long before they do win on the road.

However, Swansea are another side performing well at the moment. They have picked up back-to-back wins at the Liberty Stadium and I'm expecting them to make it three from three in front of their home fans against Burnley.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)

Watford v Southampton - Saturday, 3pm

Southampton were very unlucky in the EFL Cup final last Sunday. They deserved extra time at least for their performance. This week, a lot will depend on how they bounce back from their Wembley disappointment. they'll have to pick themselves up and dust themselves off but they can take a lot of positives for the way they performed against Manchester United.

Troy Deeney celebrates after opening the scoring from the penalty spot
Image: Troy Deeney celebrates after opening the scoring from the penalty spot against West Ham last weekend

I just don't know which Watford team will turn up. I've been going 1-1 in a lot of Watford games recently. They are not doing enough to win games at the moment but at the same time, they are doing enough not to lose them.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (9/2 with Sky Bet)

West Brom v Crystal Palace - Saturday, 3pm

Palace got their win last weekend but this could prove to be a really tough trip for them. West Brom are playing really well at the moment, especially at the Hawthorns. Tony Pulis' side have scored more goals at home than both Manchester City and Manchester United, which is phenomenal.

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Highlights: West Brom 2-1 Bournemouth

West Brom are going for their fifth straight win at home but it may suit Palace a bit more being away from Selhurst Park. It's a very tough game to call and I'm just siding with West Brom to nick this one.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (17/2 with Sky Bet)

Liverpool v Arsenal - Saturday, 5.30pm

I could not believe how bad Liverpool were on Monday. They were terrible. You'd expect them not to be as bad again with Arsenal in town, but I am struggling to predict a winner in this game so that's why I'm going for a 2-2 draw.

Image: Liverpool face Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday

There will be plenty of goals because both sides will go gung-ho. Arsenal just need to stay in the game in the first 20 minutes and if they can do that they will have an excellent chance of getting a positive result.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

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