Paul Merson's predictions: Arsenal to win at Middlesbrough

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Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is back with another round of Premier League predictions.

A bumper weekend of action concludes on Monday Night Football as Arsenal visit relegation-threatened Middlesbrough.

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Every point matters at this stage of the campaign - so who is Merson tipping? Read on to find out...

Middlesbrough v Arsenal - Monday Night Football from 7pm, Sky Sports 1 HD

The great thing about this Monday night game is both teams absolutely have to win.

There's no point drawing so with 20 minutes to go it will just be, 'Attack, attack, attack' for both teams. It should be a brilliant game to watch.

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Watch highlights from the draw between Middlesbrough and Burnley

I'm edging towards Arsenal, they have to do something for the manager. He is under pressure, like the players, and Middlesbrough are sinking.

Boro have turned up to the Premier League party but are sitting at the bar drinking Diet Coke. That's what it feels like to me.

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When they did go for it, like against Hull, they got picked apart, and I can see that happening again if they open up against Arsenal.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-3 (Sky Bet odds 10/1)

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Crystal Palace v Leicester - Saturday, 3pm

This may come back to haunt me but I'll say it anyway, the biggest cert of the whole weekend is Crystal Palace winning this game. They need to as well because their upcoming fixtures are ruthless.

Leicester are still in their Champions League tie and will have an eye on Atletico Madrid. There's no doubt about that.

I think Craig Shakespeare will rest players and it will be similar to the Everton game.

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

Watch highlights from Crystal Palace's win over Arsenal

Sunderland v West Ham - Saturday, 3pm

Sunderland, welcome to the last-chance saloon. I think they are down regardless but they have to win this match to stand any chance.

There are ways of going down and they need to get three points for the fans, to give them something ahead of next season.

You might as well turn the floodlights off if they lose.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0 (Sky Bet odds 10/1)

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Watch highlights from West Ham's crucial victory over Swansea

Everton v Burnley - Saturday, 3pm

Everton are playing well at home and Burnley are not the greatest away from Turf Moor.

They have not won a Premier League match on their travels this season and I can't see that changing on Saturday.

Ronald Koeman's side are flying, especially Romelu Lukaku, and I think their winning streak continues.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (Sky Bet odds 11/2)

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Watch highlights from Everton's win over Leicester

Stoke v Hull - Saturday, 3pm

Stoke have had some tough fixtures recently, which partially explains their losing run, and what follows difficult games is easy ones.

Hull away from home are struggling - they are great at home - and I don't like going against Stoke at the bet365.

That's making it easier for me to pick them this weekend but it will be very tight. This result keeps the relegation battle going.

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

Watford v Swansea - Saturday, 3pm

Watford are a funny team, you don't know what you're going to get.

I expect Troy Deeney to come back, they likely dropped him at Tottenham with one eye on this match on Saturday.

Swansea were disappointing at West Ham in a game they probably targeted as a possible win away from home.

But I have Hull losing at Stoke and I think the Swans get a point at Vicarage Road, keeping things close at the bottom of the table.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds 5/1)

Southampton v Man City - Saturday, 5.30pm

Southampton had a great win at West Brom, many teams have gone to The Hawthorns and found it hard.

But Manchester City cannot afford to drop points with United on their coattails, every game is a cup final.

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Watch highlights from Southampton's win at West Brom

Considering his age and playing in a new league, I've been majorly impressed by Leroy Sane. He's a top player and puts in a shift going the other way too.

Sane, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling will get the ball out wide and help stop Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares from bombing forward.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (Sky Bet odds 7/1)

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Watch highlights from Man City's win at home to Hull

Tottenham v Bournemouth

Spurs are flying at the moment and I can't see anything other than a home win.

Bournemouth are seven points above the relegation zone and that's a lot at this stage of the season - I don't see them being in trouble.

They have another win in them and that will be enough to secure safety.

It's not coming here, though, because Tottenham are relentless and I think they will put the pressure on Chelsea for 24 hours.


West Brom v Liverpool

West Brom have set themselves a certain points target and done brilliantly. They probably don't want to finish too high because it puts the pressure on next season.

The Southampton result was disappointing but I think they get something from Liverpool, who will be thinking they have to win.

The Reds did very well to come back against Stoke and Simon Mignolet made some super saves but this is a tough one.


Man Utd v Chelsea

A big game. I can see Chelsea dropping points considering what happened to Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.

Some fans had a bit of a go and he will make it difficult for his old club.

It should be a good battle between N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba in midfield. They are very different players, though, and I don't think it's fair to compare the two.

Pogba will be a success. At the moment he's a young kid carrying a big price tag. You judge him next season and if he has a shocker then it's different.


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