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Paul Merson's predictions for Liverpool vs Arsenal and other Premier League GW 12 fixtures

Gameweek 12 of the Premier League promises to be an exciting one
Gameweek 12 of the Premier League promises to be an exciting one

Watford vs Manchester United

West Ham United v Manchester United - Premier League
West Ham United v Manchester United - Premier League

This is a perfect game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get his side back to winning ways, so you have to go for a Manchester United win here. It's a nice, winnable fixture for them, but it has to be said that it just prolongs the inevitable.

Manchester United had two shocking results in the Premier League against Liverpool and Manchester City, but they beat Tottenham Hotspur in the middle. Now, they'll beat Watford this weekend and it'll just cover over the cracks, but in the long run, they're going nowhere. Absolutely nowhere.

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They will beat Watford and move on, but will they beat Villarreal? I don't think so. Even a draw guarantees them qualification, but they aren't going to win the UEFA Champions League, are they?

I think Manchester United will win here and rather comfortably. That said, I predict it to be a harder game than what was the case against Tottenham Hotspur, believe it or not. Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani have done well together upfront and could once again be chosen to lead the line by Solskjaer.

Prediction: Watford 1-3 Manchester United


Wolves vs West Ham United

West Ham United v Liverpool - Premier League
West Ham United v Liverpool - Premier League

West Ham United have been outstanding this season in the Premier League and are coming on the back of a deserved victory against Liverpool. They are starting to believe they can secure a top-four finish and it just goes to show how far they've come under David Moyes.

Considering how well West Ham have done so far, these are the games you have to win to secure a UEFA Champions League spot, with all due respect to Wolves. I expect them to get three points once again and keep their good run of form going.

Prediction: Wolves 1-2 West Ham


Norwich City vs Southampton

Norwich City Manager Dean Smith Press Conference
Norwich City Manager Dean Smith Press Conference

This is a good game and a slightly tough one to call. Norwich City got their first win of the season but Daniel Farke was sacked despite the result, with Dean Smith taking over the reins at Carrow Road. They are rock bottom, but it could be argued that Norwich have been slightly unlucky this season, especially in their Premier League encounter against Leeds United.

Southampton are an up-and-down kind of team, making their games hard to predict. I'm going for a Norwich win in Dean Smith's first game in charge of the club.

Prediction: Norwich City 2-0 Southampton


Liverpool vs Arsenal

Watford v Liverpool - Premier League
Watford v Liverpool - Premier League

This is most definitely the game of the Premier League weekend and a big one for both teams. Liverpool are trying to win the league and have to bounce back from their defeat against West Ham.

Arsenal, on the other hand, are flying a little bit and are on a run, but they won't want to be billed as flat-track bullies. They need to get a result here against one of the best teams in the country and even if they don't, there are ways to lose a football match.

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I've said since the start of the season that if Arsenal keep their starting XI fit, they can get top four. Judging by the aspirations of the two clubs, a draw would be good for Arsenal, while Liverpool will be unhappy with it as they are trying to win the Premier League. However, I predict the two sides to share the spoils at Anfield.

Prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal


Manchester City vs Everton

Manchester City v Southampton - Premier League
Manchester City v Southampton - Premier League

Everton are struggling at the moment and are stuck in a bit of a rut. Ahead of this game, I can't see anything other than a Manchester City win and I expect them to score a few goals as well. They are still amongst the best sides in the country and are once again gunning for the Premier League title, so they should be winning games like this.

That said, I still think Chelsea are title favorites, at the moment at least. Manchester City play a false #9 at times and I'm not sure if I like that, as ultimately, the absence of a reliable #9 will come back to haunt them.

Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Everton


Tottenham Hotspur vs Leeds United

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

I'd be really shocked if Harry Kane doesn't score in this game. The international break was really good for him - it doesn't get any better than seven goals from two games. It could turn out to be the kick-start he needs to get his scoring boots on in the Premier League and the way Leeds United play could also work in his favor.

I'm going for a 2-0 Tottenham win in Antonio Conte's first home game in charge of the club, with Kane continuing his fine form by scoring both goals.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Leeds United

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