Paul Merson's Premier League predictions - Week 9

Soccer Saturday pundit tips wins for Newcastle, Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal

Image: Man City: Merson's favourites for the title

Chelsea v Man City (3.30pm, Sun, Sky Sports 1)

Tottenham v Hull

You would expect Tottenham to win this game at home, but you would have said that before their last home game against West Ham. I've watched Hull a few times this season and they have played well - I thought they should have been ahead against Everton at half-time last week and they always look like scoring from set plays. They are well organised, hard to beat and they're always in the football match. I'm going for Tottenham to win 2-0, but it will be a lot harder than that scoreline suggests. PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0

Swansea v West Ham

West Ham have had an up-and-down period. They had a great win at Tottenham, but got beat by Man City and I think Swansea will win on Sunday. They may be a little light at the back if Ashley Williams and Ben Davies are out, but Sam Allardyce doesn't really play with forwards so that might not be much of a problem. It's got to be a home win this one. PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0

Aston Villa v Everton

There's something missing when Aston Villa play at home and I just don't fancy them. I don't see when they're going to win a football match at Villa Park. They seem alright away when teams attack them, but when opponents sit back and they have to attack then they struggle. I thought Everton improved against Hull in the second-half last week and this will be a tight game, but I just fancy Everton. It's weird - if this game was at Goodison Park I'd give Villa more of a chance. PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2

Liverpool v West Brom

Liverpool had a bad result against 10 men last week and this will be another hard game for them. West Brom won at Man United, drew with Arsenal (and thoroughly deserved it) and then went and drew at Stoke. According to the bookmakers, Liverpool are massively odds-on and I agree they will probably win the game, but it will be a lot tighter than what the odds are saying because West Brom are a very decent side. PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1

Man Utd v Stoke

Quite simply, this is a must-win game for Manchester United. They are eight points off the top of the table and I would say they have only a very, very, very, very slim chance of winning the title now. People say they had a hard start, but they've lost to West Brom, drawn with Southampton and fell over the line against Sunderland. They are a long way behind and need to get back to winning ugly. I do fancy them to beat Stoke on Saturday, though. Stoke can't score a goal at the moment and Ryan Shawcross could be unavailable for the game, which is a big miss, and Geoff Cameron is a doubt as well. I don't see Stoke scoring. PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0

Norwich v Cardiff

Cardiff were very unlucky against Chelsea last week. Chelsea may well have gone on and won the game anyway, but the equalising goal should never have stood and the referee has dropped a clanger. For me, Cardiff are hot and cold. They were very hot at Fulham, cold in the first-half against Newcastle and hot in the second. They started well against Chelsea, but they got picked off for fun the longer it went on. As for Norwich, I watched them at Arsenal last week and for all of Arsenal's great football Norwich looked like they could have got an equaliser when it got to 2-1 - but it went the other way. I don't think Norwich are playing badly, but they are losing the either-way games and that's a problem. They have to win here and I think they will. PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1

Crystal Palace v Arsenal

Crystal Palace have got no chance here. The only good thing about them at the moment is their fans, who I thought were outstanding in the 4-1 defeat to Fulham, but I don't rate the team one bit. Arsenal's defeat to Borussia Dortmund was their first big test since the defeat to a Tottenham side who were gelling in September. I thought they were a bit naïve and should have settled for 1-1 instead of all bombing forward. That was a disappointing result, but I expect them to bounce back. PAUL PREDICTS: 0-4 Think you know better than Merse? Prove it with our Super 6 game and win £1million

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