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Paul Merson's Premier League predictions - Week 12

Soccer Saturday pundit tips defeat for Tottenham, Southampton, Sunderland and Norwich

Image: United: Merse expects them to win at Cardiff

Cardiff v Man Utd (3.30pm, Sun, Sky Sports 1)

West Ham v Chelsea (5pm, Sat, Sky Sports 1)

Chelsea have had a couple of bad results against Newcastle and West Brom, which you can put down to complacency, but they are still there or thereabouts in the title race. I expect them to get back to winning ways in this game because I can't see how West Ham are going to hurt them. They put all their eggs in one basket with Andy Carroll and then he got injured, which has been a big blow. Carlton Cole hasn't played football for a long time and he'll be marked by four international footballers on Saturday, which will make it even more difficult. The worrying thing for Sam Allardyce is that they've been playing fairly well and yet are right down the bottom, but they should be ok in the long run. I can't see them getting anything from this game though. PAUL PREDICTS: 0-2

Everton v Liverpool

I was up in Liverpool last week with a few Everton fans and they were saying they'd take a draw in this derby. I found that worrying because you'd expect them to be a bit more confident at home. I like Everton, but they haven't been great lately and they really struggled against Crystal Palace. They should have lost really and in the end it was a point gained rather than two lost. They aren't scoring a lot of goals, but I wonder if Liverpool's strikers might be a bit below par as well. Luis Suarez is coming back from a long journey and Daniel Sturridge looks to be carrying a little niggle. If there isn't an early goal this could fizzle out. PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1

Arsenal v Southampton

I don't see anything but an Arsenal win - and even Matt Le Tissier will probably agree with me on that one. If people think Southampton are going to go to the Emirates and beat the form team in the league then they should be favourites to win the Premier League! They have been doing well this season, but have been punching above their weight and this is a journey too far. Southampton will try to squeeze Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger has got players who are comfortable and quick on the ball and can pass it around them. It was 6-1 last year and while it won't be that many this time I can't see anything but a home win. PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0

Fulham v Swansea

Fulham have got a joint management team now... when has that ever worked in English football? I feel sorry for Martin Jol because Rene Meulensteen can't lose whatever happens. If the results don't improve then he'll just say that he can't work miracles with an ageing team, but if they do well then everybody will give him the credit for it. In my opinion Fulham will not go down this season and they've been getting a lot of unworthy stick. At the end of the day most of the teams in the Premier League just need to come fourth bottom and if you don't start well you'll always be up against it. I thought Swansea would kick on after last season, but they've disappointed me so far and I think this will be a draw. PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1

Hull v Crystal Palace

The length of time it has taken Crystal Palace to get a manager in place has become a bit of a joke and that gap has not been good for the football club. However, I have to say that the fans have been absolutely brilliant this season; they never stop singing and have been a different class. I've watched a lot of Hull this year and I think they and Southampton are the two most organised teams in the Premier League. For that reason I can see them edging out Palace at home. PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0

Newcastle v Norwich

Norwich's game with West Ham was certainly a game of two halves... it was almost like they were playing on a slope with the wind behind them. Chris Hughton must have been thrilled to hear the half-time whistle because they were getting well beaten, but then they came out and won well after the break. However, I can't see Newcastle losing at home. They have got some very good players who are finally starting to gel - as we saw against Chelsea and Tottenham. People say Tim Krul played well against Spurs, but you have to ride your luck against the top teams. Surely if they can win those games then they can beat Norwich? PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1

Stoke v Sunderland

Sunderland beat Manchester City a fortnight ago and who'd have predicted that? I've been very impressed with the way Gus Poyet has started and I think he's got things spot on tactically (just look at how well they performed against Hull with nine men). Unfortunately I don't see them winning this game and I am just going to go for Stoke. If they can turn their possession into more goals then they could be a force and I think this game could kick-start them a little bit. I'm going for them to win narrowly. PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0 Think you know better than Merse? Prove it with our Super 6 game and win £250,000

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