Paul Merson's Premier League predictions - Week 16

Soccer Saturday pundit sees positive results for Tottenham, Man City and Chelsea this weekend

Image: Tottenham: Merse tips Spurs to pick up the points against Liverpool

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Cardiff v West Brom

I don't know what's happened at West Brom. They played well at Chelsea and should have won, they well beat Villa and they drew and then they ended up getting beaten 2-0 by Norwich at home last weekend. I watched it for Soccer Saturday and they weren't great and it has put them right back in the relegation race instead of middle of the table and if they'd have won that game they'd have moved up to 12th. It's a big game for Cardiff, too. They need to win their home games because I don't see them getting much joy away from home especially after losing 2-0 at Crystal Palace last weekend. But I'll go for a draw because I don't think West Brom are as bad as where they are in the league and I think they're a decent team. PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1

Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Palace have turned the corner like you can't catch your breath and they've let in one goal in five games. The players there have done great job and Marouane Chamakh is looking like the player he was when he first moved to Arsenal - and I thought he was decent when he arrived there. Barry Bannan is also on fire; he's got a great left foot and Cameron Jerome gives them energy. Chelsea are struggling and I don't know what's happened. I don't think Jose Mourinho is comfortable with playing in this attacking way, he'd rather win 1-0 then these 4-3 and 3-2. I think he's been told to entertain and I don't think coaching wise he's comfortable doing that. I say they should win but they should have wiped the floor with Steaua Bucharest and it was a poor game. PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0

Everton v Fulham

I thought Everton were brilliant last weekend at the Emirates but then Fulham beat Villa quite easily and Dimitar Berbatov was on fire. I think this is a game where Everton might struggle. Games where the fans expect them to win - because Fulham are third from bottom - is where I think they might struggle. It's going to be a hard game. I think Fulham are going to sit back and they have got that bit of class and guile with Berbatov and if he plays well they've got a chance. For Everton, Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin have been really good and might be key to them getting the result because I don't think this is going to be as easy for Everton as everyone will say it should be. PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0

Newcastle v Southampton

This will be a good game, even though Southampton have hit a bit of a brick wall. They were beaten by Arsenal, Chelsea turned them over quite easily, and then they let in three against Aston Villa in last week. I think Newcastle have properly turned the corner and what a part Alan Pardew has done there and to then go to Man United and win. I still think it will be hard game for them and I don't think Southampton are as bad as what their form shows. They easily deserved that 1-1 against Man City at home. The Newcastle fans might turn up at this game and think 'Southampton have hit a brick wall and we're going to turn them over', but I don't think that will be the case. Hopefully it will be a really good game and I'm going to go Desmond here. PAUL PREDICTS: 2-2

West Ham v Sunderland

West Ham are struggling. They've got no Andy Carroll or Kevin Nolan and if you take away the Fulham result they haven't really looked like winning any games. Sunderland need to get winning quickly, losing their last two games - I know it was against Chelsea and Tottenham - but I still think losing both at home makes this another must win game. If they lose this, West Ham go eight points ahead of them which means they need to win three games to catch up and I think that would be too much. I know it's only early but they've only won two in 15. I think if they lose they're not far from bring relegated. I'm not being horrible but Sunderland need to keep West Ham down there in that scrap. PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1

Norwich v Swansea

I watched Norwich last week and I didn't expect them to beat West Brom and I'm going to go for them to win this one as well. I thought they would be in a relegation battle this season but they've really impressed me and have good home form. Swansea haven't really impressed me this season. They weren't great on Monday Night Football against Hull and then on Thursday they went to Switzerland and lost and that's a lot of travelling as well. PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (But they have to play well) Think you know better than Merse? Prove it with our Super 6 game and win £250,000

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