Paul Merson has made his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, including Arsenal’s trip to Liverpool, Manchester United’s visit to Watford and Chelsea’s clash with Leicester City.
Mikel Arteta’s side travel to Anfield on the back of a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions, having started the campaign with three successive Premier League defeats.
Liverpool are in much need of a win, after only picking up one point from their last two matches against West Ham and Brighton, to find themselves just one place and two points above the Gunners.
Elsewhere, struggling Manchester United travel to Vicarage Road to take on Claudio Ranieri’s Watford, who currently sit one place above the relegation zone after suffering back to back 1-0 defeats against Southampton and Arsenal.
Current league leaders Chelsea will be looking to continue their fine form which has seen them lose just once in the opening 11 matches, when they take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Also this weekend, defending champions Manchester City take on Everton, Tottenham host Leeds United, Steven Gerrard takes charge of his first game as Aston Villa’s new boss at home to Brighton and Wolves welcome high-flying West Ham.
Merson predicts Liverpool and Arsenal to share the spoils at Anfield and has made his predictions for all of the Premier League matches for Sportskeeda.
Leicester City vs Chelsea
When you come back from an international break, it’s always a bit of a leveller for the teams in the Premier League.
It’s a tough game for Chelsea, but the truth is Leicester City aren’t in great form and there’s a lot going on at the club at the moment.
There’s so much talk about Brendan Rodgers potentially replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, so will it unsettle them?
They were well beaten by Arsenal and need to return to their best to have a realistic chance of going toe-to-toe with Chelsea.
I’m going to go for a Chelsea win. They were by far the better team against Burnley but weren’t ruthless enough in front of goal.
The Premier League will come back and bite you in the backside if you don’t take your chances and that was exactly the case with Chelsea before the international break.
They have a lot of injured players at the moment, but Chelsea’s squad is massive and they should be able to cope.
Prediction: Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea
Aston Villa vs Brighton
It’s going to be a huge moment for Steven Gerrard as he takes charge of his first game as a Premier League manager.
I felt Aston Villa were a bit hard on Dean Smith, but he’s gone now and it’s an opportunity for Gerrard to prove his worth.
He’s got a good squad at his disposal and will be expected to hit the ground running immediately after a fantastic spell with Rangers.
This is a hard game for Villa as Brighton haven’t been the easiest team to face in the Premier League this season, so I think it’ll end all square.
Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Brighton
Newcastle United vs Brentford
This is a massive game of football in the Premier League. Newcastle United finally have a new manager in Eddie Howe and they have three winnable games at home coming up.
If they don’t get at least seven points in this period, they’ll get relegated.
They have a terrible run of games after that, so they’ll have to make the most of this one.
I fancy them to get a narrow victory at home against Brentford.
Prediction: Newcastle United 1-0 Brentford
Burnley vs Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace are doing brilliantly under Patrick Vieira, I’ve really liked watching them in the Premier League this season.
They have pace, skill and lots of energy in the team and judging by what we’ve seen so far, I fancy them to keep it going.
Burnley are also coming on the back of a positive result against Chelsea, but they got absolutely battered on the night despite nicking a draw.
They hung in there ultimately, so it was a good point for them. I expect Palace to win this one and keep their good run going in the Premier League.
Prediction: Burnley 1-2 Crystal Palace
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