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Paul Merson's predictions for Premier League GW 25 fixtures

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Norwich City vs Manchester City

Huddersfield Town v Manchester City - Premier League
Huddersfield Town v Manchester City - Premier League

This is a Premier League game that Norwich just have to get out of the way. That’s what tends to happen when you play Manchester City – you need to ride your luck.

I like Riyad Mahrez, and I think he’s done well at the club. Man City’s wingers all do well at different times, and they have different types. If someone doesn’t perform, another will. That’s their great strength. Sterling, Foden, Grealish, Mahrez – at least one of them is always on top of his game.

Pep Guardiola’s Man City team is a machine. It never struggles. The Premier League’s big teams often find a few opponents hard to break down, but you never have to worry about that with Man City. If they’re 2-0 down against Norwich inside the first 15 minutes, I’d still fancy a Manchester City victory here.

Prediction: Norwich City 0-3 Manchester City


Tottenham Hotspur vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Watford v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Watford v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

That was a stinking result for Tottenham the other day. They had games in hand, and they could have been a shoo-in for the Premier League top four. Now, they’ve fallen behind.

Tottenham’s performance worried me the other night – they got absolutely slaughtered. If they’d won that game, it would’ve just papered over the cracks.

Both teams have to win this game. A draw here is no good and will just help the likes of Arsenal, West Ham, and Man United. Wolves lost to Arsenal in their midweek game, and will need to play Arsenal away from home. They need a win here, but I see both teams playing out a draw this weekend.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers


Newcastle United vs Aston Villa

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

If it wasn’t for Allan Saint-Maximin, Newcastle weren’t winning their game against Everton. He was outstanding on the day, and they’re going to go on the attack here. If Newcastle win this game, they’d be taking a massive step towards getting out of trouble. I think they need to get their points now and make hay while the sun shines.

Philippe Coutinho was very good against Leeds. If you can have players like Jacob Ramsey making runs around him, Coutinho will find them. Coutinho will probably get Ramsey into the England squad.

Both teams have a go in their Premier League games, and neither team is defensively very good. We saw that with Aston Villa the other night. I think there’ll be a lot of goals in this match.

Prediction: Newcastle United 2-2 Aston Villa


Burnley vs Liverpool

Liverpool v Leicester City - Premier League
Liverpool v Leicester City - Premier League

Burnley were at their best the other day against Manchester United. They came out with intent in the second half, and they got their goal. But Liverpool are a different team, and Burnley will need to hope for a windy, rainy day like the other night to stand a chance.

I don’t think Mane will play this game, but Salah has to play. He’s absolutely world-class. Jota will also likely keep his place, and I’d probably go with Firmino against Burnley. I can’t see anything but a Liverpool victory this weekend.

Prediction: Burnley 0-3 Liverpool


Leicester City vs West Ham United

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

This could be a massive result for West Ham. They need to do well this season, because they might lose Declan Rice in the summer.

A move to Manchester United or Chelsea could be a massive thing for Rice. Chelsea already have Jorginho, Kante, and Kovacic. United haven’t got any of those players – McTominay is a good midfielder but wouldn’t start for Chelsea. Man United need Rice more than Chelsea do, and they could break the bank for him.

Leicester are all over the place at the moment, and this is a big game for them. Last week was a shocker for them, particularly against Nottingham Forest. With Leicester struggling, you’d expect West Ham to win this game.

Prediction: Leicester City 1-2 West Ham United

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