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Paul Merson's predictions for West Ham vs Chelsea and other Premier League GW 15 fixtures

Paul Merson has made his Premier League predictions for GW 15
Paul Merson has made his Premier League predictions for GW 15
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Watford vs Manchester City

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

Watford are making it hard for big Premier League clubs, aren’t they? They wiped the floor with Manchester United, and they made Chelsea struggle this week. They have good counter-attacking players and will make it difficult for Manchester City this weekend.

Manchester City play brilliant football, but they need to finish their chances. I’m worried that they won’t be able to put teams away this season. I thought Bernardo Silva’s goal the other day was phenomenal. He’s been absolutely outstanding this season and is now the talisman of the team.

Can we talk about this finish from Bernardo Silva 🤤(via @ManCity)https://t.co/pvdUZ1dueF

Pep’s quite clever that way – one minute, De Bruyne’s the star of the team. The next, it’s Silva, or Sterling, or Mahrez. Watford could trouble them on the counter, but I think Manchester City will win this game.

Prediction: Watford 1-3 Manchester City


Leeds United vs Brentford

Leeds United v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Leeds United v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Leeds scored a massive goal against Crystal Palace the other day, and it’s now opened up a gap between them and the bottom three. They were also given a bit of a helping hand by an incredible miss by Benteke, and they’ve managed to steer themselves towards safety.

I thought Brentford were poor this week – they got run ragged by Spurs. They did well in the Everton game but they haven’t been consistent enough in the Premier League. Leeds will be confident after their midweek victory and hold the upper hand in this game.

Prediction: Leeds United 2-0 Brentford


Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League
Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League

Manchester United managed a great result against Arsenal this week. Their new manager won’t be able to do too much for this game – he’ll have only one training session with his players. Ronaldo’s still scoring all the goals for Man United, and his 801-goal tally is unbelievable.

I’m sure Ralf Rangnick will also give Sancho a fair chance. He’s seen enough of Sancho in German football and United have paid a lot of money for him, so I’m hoping it pays off.

Ronaldo had the whole United team doing his celebration 🤣 https://t.co/rGBV79Lnxz

United fans will turn up expecting their team to win this game, but Palace do have the players to hurt them. They’re a dangerous team, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if they took something away from this Premier League game.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-2 Crystal Palace


Tottenham Hotspur vs Norwich City

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

Tottenham played well against Brentford, and some of their football was very good. The Premier League’s top-four race is going to be up and down this season, and Spurs are still in it. It’s going to change with every passing week and back-to-back wins make a big difference, particularly during Christmas.

Norwich had an opportunity against Newcastle’s ten men this week, but they needed a worldie to salvage a draw. Harry Kane’s going to start scoring for Spurs sooner or later, and I see a comfortable victory for Tottenham this weekend.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Norwich City


Aston Villa vs Leicester City

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa - Premier League
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa - Premier League

I like Leicester, but they’re going through a rough patch at the moment. They’re conceding far too many goals and have been very poor defensively. Leicester are doing well going forward, however, and it bodes well for them that Maddison seems back to his best.

I reckon this will be a high-scoring game. Both teams will score goals, but Aston Villa are the better team defensively than Leicester at the moment and hold a slight upper hand this weekend.

Prediction: Aston Villa 3-2 Leicester City


Everton vs Arsenal

Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal - Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal - Premier League

At the start of the Premier League season, the teams that we all thought would finish in the top four were Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United, in no particular order. Arsenal have lost to all these teams.

The way Everton are playing at the moment, however, Arsenal will back themselves this weekend. I think Rafael Benitez has about 90 minutes left at Goodison Park. When I played in the Premier League, Everton was one of the hardest places to win a match. The place was three-quarters empty this week, and Everton fans are clearly not having any more of Benitez.

Arsenal were unlucky the other day, and I thought they missed too many chances against United. They need to come back and win this game - they've been beating the teams they should be beating this season, and I think they’ll be able to turn the screws on Everton.

Prediction: Everton 1-2 Arsenal


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