Paul Merson's Premier League predictions: Chelsea vs Manchester United, Everton vs Crystal Palace and Arsenal vs Leicester
Chelsea vs Manchester United is live on Sky Sports on Saturday
Last Updated: 20/10/18 1:41pm
Paul Merson is back with his latest round of Premier League predictions, including Chelsea vs Manchester United, Everton vs Crystal Palace and Arsenal vs Leicester...
The Premier League returns after the international break with a bang as Jose Mourinho takes Manchester United to his former side Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime, live on Sky Sports.
The live action continues on Super Sunday as Everton take on Crystal Palace at Goodison Park before Arsenal look to make it 10 successive wins when they face Leicester at the Emirates Stadium on Monday Night Football.
Read on to see who the Magic Man is backing this week…
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Chelsea vs Manchester United (Premier League Live from 11.30am on Sky Sports Premier League)
Over the years I've always said Manchester United turn up for these big games and seem to be able to grind it out, but at the moment they let in far too many goals. Their result against Newcastle covered over all the cracks. I've got to go with Chelsea, I think they will be too strong for United.
If United do lose, the pressure will almost certainly crank up again on Jose Mourinho. At the start of the season, we were talking about them being in the title race but now they are fighting for the top four. They are seven points off the top of the table at the moment and with a defeat on Saturday the gap could increase to 10, that's good night in terms of the title race.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1 (14/1 with Sky Bet)
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Everton vs Crystal Palace (Renault Super Sunday live from 3.30pm on Sky Sports Premier League)
Everton's win at Leicester was a big victory, especially after their defeat in the Carabao Cup. The cup defeat was a poor result but they bounced back in good style at Leicester. They looked decent at the King Power Stadium. They scored a great goal through Gylfi Sigurdsson and at times during the game they looked by far the better team. It was a great result and I'm backing them to continue that form against Crystal Palace.
Palace are all over the place at the moment. They are struggling badly so I'm going for a comfortable home win.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (15/2 with Sky Bet)
Arsenal vs Leicester (Monday Night Football live from 7pm on Sky Sports Premier League)
Nine wins in a row is some going at any standard of football. The confidence must be really high at Arsenal. There have been games they shouldn't of won to be honest but they rode their luck and come through the other side.
The thing is Arsenal, with the forward line they have, will always score goals. I watched Leicester against Everton and I just can't see how Arsenal won't score goals. Everton caused them so many problems at the back.
Arsenal will let in goals, there's no getting away from that, but you'd expect them to get a few on Monday. If they get three against Leicester that will be enough.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1 (10/1 with Sky Bet)
Bournemouth vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm)
This is a tricky game to call. Bournemouth are a funny team. They are a football pundit's nightmare if I'm being honest because you do not know what you are going to get. One week they are ripping teams apart and then they go to Burnley and get beat by four. Then they go to Watford and win by four, they are just one of those teams.
Southampton are also a hard team to predict. They were getting on top against Wolves a few weeks ago but suffered a 2-0 defeat. They are now without a win in four games in the league but I'm backing them to get something against their south coast neighbours.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (11/2 with Sky Bet)
Cardiff City vs Fulham (Saturday, 3pm)
This is a must-win game for Cardiff. If they don't win this game I think they will really struggle to beat the drop. I know people will say there are 29 games left but for me, it will be difficult for Cardiff to turn things around.
Fulham also need a result but they are away from home and the pressure will be firmly on Cardiff, who haven't won a game all season. I know Fulham went to Cardiff last year in the Championship and won but I think Cardiff could bully them this time around. They'll cause Fulham, who are a bit flimsy at times, problems at the back and that's why I'm backing a home win.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (17/2 with Sky Bet)
Manchester City vs Burnley (Saturday, 3pm)
This is a nightmare game for Burnley. For Sean Dyche, it's a game you just want to get out of the way and start again afterwards. If Manchester City turn up hot, the scoreline could make uncomfortable reading for Burnley.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (5/1 with Sky Bet)
Newcastle United vs Brighton and Hove Albion (Saturday, 3pm)
I watched Newcastle three weeks ago against Leicester and they had one shot on target from 60 yards. Then they go to Manchester United and they should have got something from the game. They'll be kicking themselves that they didn't get a positive result at Old Trafford. That defeat will have hurt but they can take positives from what was, on the whole, a good performance.
Brighton are not the best side away from the Amex Stadium. If I'm being totally honest they are very, very poor on the road. For that reason I'm going to side with Newcastle in what will be like a cup final for them. It's a must win for Rafael Benitez and his side.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0 (5/1 with Sky Bet)
West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 3pm)
I don't worry about West Ham in the big games at the London Stadium. Games like this one against Tottenham, it looks after itself. It's the games against the likes of Wolves and Bournemouth - two games they lost earlier in the season - that are of concern. However, like against Manchester United, the fans will be up for this one and they don't have to go and chase the game. West Ham can play on the counter against Spurs and that suits them.
I'd be shocked if West Ham lost this game. Tottenham haven't been in great form and they've had a lot of players away on international duty. Christian Eriksen is a huge miss for Spurs. He's a bit of an unsung hero for Mauricio Pochettino's side because he knits everything together from the midfield.
I'm going to go for a draw as I don't see West Ham losing this game. If I had to pick a winner I'd go with the Hammers.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet)
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Watford (Saturday, 3pm)
Watford are another inconsistent side. One week they go and slaughter someone and then all of a sudden they are beaten by four at home to Bournemouth. You just don't know which Watford side will turn up.
This is a hard game to call. Wolves are a good side at home. Take away the defeat against Bournemouth and Watford have also been excellent this season. I'm just siding with Wolves though because of home advantage.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)
Huddersfield Town vs Liverpool (Saturday, 5.30pm)
There are a few injury problems for Liverpool to deal with heading to Huddersfield. Jurgen Klopp gets his side playing at such a high tempo and they play pretty much the same team every week so they are always likely to pick up injuries.
They have and it seems they have all come at the same time. However, I still think they'll have too much for Huddersfield. If you are going to have injuries this is the perfect game to have them. You don't want to be playing Manchester United or Chelsea away with an injury crisis.
Liverpool will be too strong for Huddersfield. I just don't see David Wagner's side scoring and that's their problem.
PAUL PREDICTS: 0-3 (7/1 with Sky Bet)