Paul Merson's predictions for Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United and other Premier League GW 10 fixtures

Paul Merson

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace

Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - Premier League

Manchester City will be reeling after crashing out of the Carabao Cup this week. It won’t be the same watching the competition without them. This will be a hard game for Pep Guardiola, but I still think Manchester City have enough quality and depth to win this match.

For the first time in five years, Manchester City are out of the Carabao Cup 👀

I’ve loved watching Crystal Palace this season. They certainly have a go at their opponents and while this isn’t a bread-and-butter game for them, I think they’ll still cause the home side a few problems. Manchester City have plenty of class all over the pitch, however, and should be able to secure a victory.

Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Crystal Palace

Burnley vs Brentford

Brentford v Leicester City - Premier League
Brentford v Leicester City - Premier League

This is a big game for Brentford, and it’s only the beginning of an important four weeks. The next three games define their season – if they lose these matches, they’re in a relegation battle. It’s not beating Arsenal and taking points off Liverpool that’ll matter in the end, it’s winning these games against Burnley, Norwich and Newcastle.

Burnley also have a lot to play for this weekend. We always assume Burnley will be all right in the Premier League but if they don’t win this, I’d start worrying. They went to Southampton and put in a good performance last weekend, but they need to back that up with a victory here. I think the power that Burnley have in their squad might just be enough to win this game.

Prediction: Burnley 2-1 Brentford

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

Leicester City v Manchester United - Premier League
Leicester City v Manchester United - Premier League

Manchester United have a way of finding results in games like these. But if they do lose to Spurs and keep Solskjaer in this job, they aren’t going anywhere, are they? They can’t keep drifting along like this – it’s already November!

It isn’t really Ronaldo’s fault either, he isn’t getting the service. He’s non-existent at the moment, and he isn’t touching the ball. If you want to keep him in the team, drop him back and play someone like Cavani or Greenwood up front. Give Ronaldo the ball and get runners around him. I’d get Cavani in the team and give Ronaldo a free role.

Solskjaer with Varane in training today #MUFC

This is a must-win game for Manchester United. They just seem to find results in difficult situations, and I think that’s what will happen here. Manchester United are going to win this game, and it’ll paper over the cracks yet again. They did manage a victory against Atalanta in the Champions League, and I think they’ll pull off something similar this weekend.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Manchester United

Norwich City vs Leeds United

Norwich City v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League
Norwich City v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

This is a game Norwich have to win. They were battered by Chelsea last week but they should’ve managed a win against Brighton. They aren’t a million miles away from a result, and I think they could pick up their first league victory of the season here.

Leeds are a funny team. They went to Southampton and didn’t have a shot on target, and they needed a last-minute penalty against Wolves to scrap their way to a draw. Raphinha’s injury also comes as a massive blow to them. It’s a good time to play against Leeds, and Norwich could pull off a surprise this weekend.

Prediction: Norwich City 1-0 Leeds United

Aston Villa vs West Ham United

Arsenal v Aston Villa - Premier League
Arsenal v Aston Villa - Premier League

Aston Villa have been very hit-and-miss this month. They were really disappointing against Arsenal, and they ended up bringing off all the players they bought in the second half. They’re your best players – keep them on, no matter what happens!

West Ham, on the other hand, will be looking at a top-four finish this season. They were poor against Brentford last week, but they bounced straight back against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup. They’re moving along nicely in the top four after 10 games, and I’m going to go with a West Ham victory this weekend.

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-2 West Ham United

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Everton

Everton v Watford - Premier League
Everton v Watford - Premier League

Everton conceded four goals in the last 15 minutes against Watford and were in complete disarray. They have a lot of work to do ahead of this game, and I don’t see them mounting an immediate recovery from what was an absolutely shocking result.

Wolves have been a good team so far, but they’ve been unlucky. They’re in a bit of a false position at the moment, and they’ve played well but haven’t been able to put their chances away. They were undone by a stoppage-time penalty last weekend, and I’d back them to go the distance against Everton.

Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Everton

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