Paul Merson's Premier League predictions - Week 24

Merse expects wins for Newcastle, West Ham, Cardiff and Tottenham

Ashley Cole of Chelsea and Samir Nasri of Manchester City battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on October 27, 2013
Image: Man City v Chelsea: Merson expects a draw at the Etihad

Man City v Chelsea (7pm, Mon, Sky Sports 1)

Newcastle v Sunderland

This is a big game and the pressure will be on Newcastle to win the game, especially now Sunderland are out of the bottom three. If this had been played four weeks ago when they were adrift there would have been major pressure on Sunderland, but the reins are off for them now. However, I think Newcastle are a good team. The sale of Yohan Cabaye was a no-brainer because it's a lot of money for a 28-year-old. The Newcastle fans won't like it, but from his perspective he's going home to a top team in his own country in a World Cup year. Newcastle will miss him, no question, but I still think they will have a bit too much for Sunderland. It should be a good game, though. PAUL PREDICTS: 3-2

West Ham v Swansea

West Ham went and put 10 men behind the ball at Chelsea, which was the right thing to do, but it's far harder to go and win a football match - and that's what they have to do on Saturday. If they lose or draw this then their hard work at Chelsea will go out of the window; they'd have been better off losing that game and making sure they won this one. I think this home game might have come at the right time for West Ham. Just as Palace and Sunderland had good home games in midweek, I think this is the game Sam Allardyce would choose to play right now. Swansea will be nice and pass it around and you can get stuck into them. They've just had a win so there's no pressure on them and I think West Ham will just nick it. PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1

Cardiff v Norwich

Cardiff have had two tough games against Man United and Man City and were always going to be in the bottom three by the time this game came along. Now they have to win and for me, if they don't win, I think it's goodbye. I would go that far because if they end up five or six points behind they won't have three wins on the trot in them. I like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's signings; Kenwyne Jones, for me, hasn't really proved himself over a distance of time, but if you can get him going for six or seven games he could keep you up. I think this is a game they will have targeted and I think they'll win. PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0

Everton v Aston Villa

Villa will be on a massive high after a big result against West Brom, which takes a lot of the pressure off them. Everton had a bad defeat in their derby, but when you're at the top of the table the name of the game is to bounce back and win straight away to make sure you don't fall out of the top-four race. Villa are a threat on the break and Christian Benteke has looked much fitter in the last couple of games, but I'm just going to go for Everton. However, I wouldn't be surprised if Villa went there and upset them. PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1

Fulham v Southampton

In the first-half on Tuesday night, Southampton played as well as I've seen any team play for a long time. They were as good as it gets and absolutely ran Arsenal ragged in the first 45 minutes. Yes, Arsenal didn't get going, but they weren't allowed to get going. So Southampton were great, but let in two goals and didn't win which will be frustrating for them. However, Fulham need a win at home and that plays into Southampton's hands. I'd like to see Fulham get a win to ease the pressure on them at the bottom, but I just think Southampton will do it. PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2

Hull v Tottenham

Tottenham had a man harshly sent off and a goal wrongly disallowed against Man City, but that just covers over the cracks. In a way, those incidents are a result for them because they would always have lost that game. If the first 30 minutes had been a boxing match they would have stopped it because Man City were all over them. Tottenham have reached a stage where draws are no good to them and they need to win games like this so they don't drift away in the race for the top four. I expect them to beat Hull who are on a slippery slope. They have lost four league games in a row now and I think this will be a fifth, which will be a nightmare for them. PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2

Stoke v Man Utd

There's still a lot to be done at Man United. They have Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata in the team now, but the defence hasn't changed and neither has their midfield! I don't think Stoke will go down, but they are only a few points above the drop and are getting sucked into it. Their record at home suggests the Britannia is still a hard place to go - they've only lost there twice in the league this season - and they can't afford to lose this game. I don't like going against Stoke at home and will go for a draw. PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 Think you know better than Merse? Prove it with our Super 6 game and win £250,000

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