Paul Merson's Premier League predictions - Week 32

Merse expects wins for Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton over the weekend

Sunderland v West Ham (3.30pm, Sun, Sky Sports 1)

I don't see Arsenal winning this game though. Arsenal won't go out and play 10 men behind the ball because they only know how to play one way - and that will play into City's hands. Manuel Pellegrini has made them look a lot more solid and Edin Dzeko and Yaya Toure are both scoring goals now. They have a big squad and if they win this game, which is a big hurdle, then I think it will take them half-way to winning the league. It's in their hands. PAUL PREDICTS: 1-3

Man Utd v Aston Villa

In some ways this is a dead rubber for Man United because they need to focus on Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. However, it's a Catch-22 because they're not in a position to lose a game at home. Meanwhile, Villa are like a bag of Revels - you just don't know if you're going to get a toffee or an orange from them. One week they beat Chelsea and the next week they go 1-0 up against Stoke and you think it's going to end up as a big score - and it was, the only problem for Paul Lambert was it was the wrong way! I am just going for Man United to win this, but I don't really know why. PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1

Crystal Palace v Chelsea

I don't see Crystal Palace hurting Chelsea in this game. Defensively they are decent, but they won't hurt them going forward and I can't see Chelsea going through 90 minutes of this game without scoring a goal. They were very good last Saturday and punished Arsenal for their mistakes. It was a very good result and I think they will take advantage of playing before Liverpool and Man City again this week. They will get the points on the board and say 'over to you...' PAUL PREDICTS: 0-2

Southampton v Newcastle

This isn't the best of games, I don't think. These two teams have not got much to play for and even though Southampton had a bad result against Tottenham last weekend, and lost from 2-0 up, I am just going to go for them to win this. They have got a lot of players playing for international spaces and maybe that will be a factor. Alan Pardew will be allowed back in the ground, but only in the stands and that should make a difference because his job is to get the players up for the game beforehand and at half-time. They had a bad result against Everton and were lucky to beat Crystal Palace, so I'll go for a home win. PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1

Stoke v Hull

Mark Hughes has done what David Moyes should have done. He has gone into a new club and put his stamp on how he wanted Stoke to play. I know it's difficult to make comparisons because Man United have different ambitions to Stoke, but Moyes hasn't put his authority on things in the same way. If you're going to go down then go down in a blaze of glory. I think Stoke have done great and all season I've said there's no chance of them going down - and they're proving me right. Hull will also be fine and were unlucky to lose to West Ham in midweek, but I think they will lose. Their big game is in a couple of weeks' time at Wembley... PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1

Swansea v Norwich

This is a massive, massive game. Swansea will be on a high after getting a last-minute draw against Arsenal, but it's another game they failed to win. They've only won once since Garry Monk came in, but it becomes a problem when you're playing well and not winning games. Norwich are fine at home and can give anybody a game, but I don't see them giving anybody a game away because they're a bit too negative. I expect Swansea to get the win and it should be enough to keep them up. PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0

West Brom v Cardiff

I'm doing this one for Soccer Saturday and I think I've got the best game. It's a massive, massive football match because Cardiff can't afford to lose and West Brom will have highlighted it as one of those games they have to win. They won't have too many lesser teams to play at home than this and they need to win this game badly. Cardiff played well against Everton and scored three against Liverpool, so if they play like that then who knows? If I had to pick anybody then I would definitely pick West Brom because of home advantage, but I will go for a draw. PAUL PREDICTS: 2-2 Think you know better than Merse? Prove it with our Super 6 game and win £250,000

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