Paul Merson's predictions: Chelsea or Liverpool to prevail on final day of Premier League season?

Merson's Predictions

Who will make the top four? Who will go down? Paul Merson has given his predictions for the final day of the Premier League season.

Liverpool and Chelsea are both in contention to finish fourth, with the Liverpool hosting Brighton and Chelsea going to Newcastle, both live on Sky Sports.

At the bottom, Swansea need to beat Stoke and hope for a big goal swing to leapfrog Southampton, who face Manchester City, live on Sky Sports.

So who is the Magic Man tipping to come out on top?

Liverpool v Brighton (Sunday, 3pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League)

I know they've got the Champions League final coming up but it's a couple of weeks away and they'll want to finish on a high and make sure they bag that top-four spot.

Mohamed Salah
Image: Mohamed Salah's Liverpool have a Champions League showdown with Real Madrid on the horizon

Brighton have been great - absolutely outstanding - but they'll be on the beach now surely.

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

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Newcastle v Chelsea (Sunday, 3pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League)

It's all about the FA Cup final now for Chelsea, isn't it?

Chelsea players surround referee Lee Mason
Image: Chelsea were frustrated against Huddersfield

They have to win, Liverpool have to lose but I don't see it happening. Let's be honest, they've messed it up. I just don't think Chelsea will be at the races. I think they'll be be more focused on the final.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (18/1 with Sky Bet)

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Southampton v Manchester City (Sunday, 3pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League)

I just can't see anything other than a Man City win. But Southampton will be alright; that 10-goal swing won't happen.

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

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Burnley v Bournemouth (Sunday, 3pm)

They've both had good seasons. For these two to stay up is an unbelievable feat and Burnley are in the Europa League, too.

I think they've used up a lot of energy, though - I couldn't believe what I was seeing against Arsenal - so I'm going for a Bournemouth win.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (10/1 with Sky Bet)

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Crystal Palace v West Brom (Sunday, 3pm)

This is a tough one. Darren Moore's done brilliantly, even though they've gone down in the end, but I think Palace will have too much for them and Selhurst Park will be rocking after the job Roy Hodgson's done.

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

Huddersfield v Arsenal (Sunday, 3pm)

Huddersfield are safe now but Arsenal have to finish with at least a point here, otherwise it'd be embarrassing in Arsene Wenger's final game. It's unbelievable they haven't got a point away this year.

Arsene Wenger
Image: Arsene Wenger suffered defeat in midweek but can he sign off with a win?

Huddersfield have worked their socks off in the last two games - I can't think there'd be much left in the tank - so I'm tipping Wenger to sign off with a win.

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

After securing Premier League safety with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea Huddersfield manager David Wagner was given the bumps by his players.

Manchester United v Watford (Sunday, 3pm)

You'd think Man Utd would put on a show but when you watch them play sometimes... I think they'll gear up for the FA Cup final with a comfortable win here, though.

Watford have done their job - it's great achievement by them to stay up with ease - but United should have too much.

PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (8/1 with Sky Bet)

Swansea v Stoke (Sunday, 3pm)

It doesn't matter what happens here now. It's an absolute shocker for Swansea - and Stoke of course, as well. It's going to be a really strange atmosphere.

 during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Southampton at Liberty Stadium on May 8, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.
Image: Carlos Carvalhal's time at Swansea is set to come to an end

You'd like to think they'd both go for it and sign off with plenty of goals but I'll go for a narrow home win. It won't be enough, though.

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

Tottenham v Leicester (Sunday 3pm)

Leicester make me laugh - one minute they're completely shot, the next minute they go and beat Arsenal! It's unreal. I can't see anything other than a Tottenham win, though. Their tails will be up and I fancy them to hit a few.

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Harry Kane went from zero to hero against Newcastle

Harry Kane looks like he's come back too early but hopefully he'll be fully fit for England.

PAUL PREDICTS: 4-0 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

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West Ham v Everton (Sunday 3pm)

It depends what teams the managers put out but when I was playing for nothing on the final game of the season, I went out there and expressed myself.

They've picked up a bit recently, West Ham, and Everton aren't going to score a load of goals away from home. There's still some grumbling against the manager too. Narrow home win.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0 (8/1 with Sky Bet)

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