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Paul Merson's predictions for Chelsea vs Man City, Arsenal vs Tottenham and other Premier League GW 6 fixtures

Paul Merson
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Leeds United vs West Ham United

Newcastle United v Leeds United - Premier League
Newcastle United v Leeds United - Premier League

If you watch Leeds United now, you'll realize that teams are changing their players for the game and setting up accordingly to neutralize them - it's a trend that has caught on in the Premier League. I think West Ham can win this game and if Michail Antonio plays, I don't see how Leeds can live with his threat.

Leeds probably won't have the season they had last time around and have not started well. Liverpool could have scored seven past them two weeks ago, indicating that they are vulnerable at the back. West Ham aren't in the same league as Liverpool, but they can hurt Leeds and should win this game, especially if Antonio returns to the side.

Prediction: Leeds United 1-3 West Ham United


Watford v Newcastle United

Norwich City v Watford - Premier League
Norwich City v Watford - Premier League

Watford got a good result against Norwich City last week. Newcastle United also impressed against Leeds United and with Allan Saint-Maximin in the team, they are a proper handful. Both teams have pace on the counter, so whoever goes for it is pretty much playing into the other team's hands.

Newcastle have been wasteful in front of goal - if Callum Wilson was playing, they'd have a lot more points on the board in the Premier League this season. It's still early days, but every game counts. The two sides could be involved in a relegation dog fight this season, so getting points on the board in the first six or seven games could set the tone for the rest of the campaign.

This is definitely a big game in the Premier League and I fancy Newcastle United to come out on top away from home.

Prediction: Watford 1-2 Newcastle United


Brentford vs Liverpool

Liverpool v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Liverpool v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Brentford keep on letting me down in terms of my predictions. They were outstanding against Wolves, never looked like losing and were the better team by far over the course of the 90 minutes. Sometimes they rode their luck, but this is the step of all steps against a team like Liverpool.

I was fortunate enough to play against the great AC Milan team for Arsenal. We played against them, came back to the changing room and said 'wow, they are good!'

Mo Salah has scored 99 goals in 150 PL games for Liverpool πŸ‘‘A goal at Brentford would see him become the fastest player to score 100 top flight goals for The Reds, a record currently being held by Roger Hunt (152) πŸ”₯ https://t.co/hjWlwY68Hi

This could be that game for Brentford in the Premier League. I've seen what Liverpool have done in recent weeks and I don't think Brentford can stop them. That said, this is a free swing for the home team. They already have a few points on the board and no one expects them to get a result against Liverpool in the Premier League, so they will look to express themselves freely and nick a result.

Prediction: Brentford 0-3 Liverpool


Southampton vs Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brentford - Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brentford - Premier League

Wolves disappointed me last week against Brentford. I thought they turned a corner after their victory against Tottenham Hotspur, but they were beaten quite easily by a newly-promoted team! Southampton, on the other hand, are a funny team - you just don't know what you're going to get from them.

They got an unbelievable result against Manchester City last week because they had a game plan and nailed it to the dot. Against Wolves, though, Adama Traore's pace could hurt them. They are playing at home with a lot of pressure to win, but I think they will get nicked off on the counter.

Prediction: Southampton 1-2 Wolves


Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal v Norwich City - Premier League
Arsenal v Norwich City - Premier League

Here we go, this is the big game of the Premier League weekend for me! Tottenham were top after the first three weeks of the season with nine points on the board, while Arsenal were rock bottom with no points. All of a sudden, Arsenal look good and if I'm being completely honest, I can't see them losing this one.

πŸ—£"We will be ready." Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta previews the North London derby against Tottenham. https://t.co/04DLyEIvVz

Obviously, if Harry Kane shows up for Tottenham, they have every chance. However, you look at Spurs at the moment and aside from Kane and Son Heung-Min, who else could hurt Arsenal? They have been solid at the back and have kept three successive clean sheets, while Spurs haven't been at it for two or three weeks now.

With home advantage, I think Arsenal will fancy their chances.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur


Crystal Palace v Brighton

Liverpool v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Liverpool v Crystal Palace - Premier League

I like what Patrick Vieira has done at Crystal Palace so far. When they were 0-0 against Liverpool, you could argue that at one point, they were the better team. If you play like that, you're always going to be in with a chance. Conor Gallagher is a player I really like, he's got a lot of energy about him. Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke are big threats as well, so Palace have a lot of quality amongst their ranks.

As for Brighton, I've always said that they are one of the best football playing sides in the Premier League, but the difference this season is that they've also started putting away their chances! I get the feeling that this could be a 2-2 draw, it could turn out to be an entertaining game.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-2 Brighton

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Edited by Vishal Subramanian
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