Paul Merson’s Premier League predictions including Liverpool vs Arsenal

Paul Merson has made his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League games (Picture: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson has made his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, including Arsenal’s trip to Liverpool, Manchester United’s visit to Watford and Chelsea’s clash with Leicester City. 

Mikel Arteta’s side travel to Anfield on the back of a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions, having started the campaign with three successive Premier League defeats. 

Liverpool are in much need of a win, after only picking up one point from their last two matches against West Ham and Brighton, to find themselves just one place and two points above the Gunners.

Elsewhere, struggling Manchester United travel to Vicarage Road to take on Claudio Ranieri’s Watford, who currently sit one place above the relegation zone after suffering back to back 1-0 defeats against Southampton and Arsenal. 

Current league leaders Chelsea will be looking to continue their fine form which has seen them lose just once in the opening 11 matches, when they take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Also this weekend, defending champions Manchester City take on Everton, Tottenham host Leeds United, Steven Gerrard takes charge of his first game as Aston Villa’s new boss at home to Brighton and Wolves welcome high-flying West Ham.

Merson predicts Liverpool and Arsenal to share the spoils at Anfield and has made his predictions for all of the Premier League matches for Sportskeeda.

Leicester City vs Chelsea

When you come back from an international break, it’s always a bit of a leveller for the teams in the Premier League.

It’s a tough game for Chelsea, but the truth is Leicester City aren’t in great form and there’s a lot going on at the club at the moment.

There’s so much talk about Brendan Rodgers potentially replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, so will it unsettle them?

They were well beaten by Arsenal and need to return to their best to have a realistic chance of going toe-to-toe with Chelsea.

I’m going to go for a Chelsea win. They were by far the better team against Burnley but weren’t ruthless enough in front of goal.

The Premier League will come back and bite you in the backside if you don’t take your chances and that was exactly the case with Chelsea before the international break.

They have a lot of injured players at the moment, but Chelsea’s squad is massive and they should be able to cope.

Prediction: Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea

Aston Villa vs Brighton

It’s going to be a huge moment for Steven Gerrard as he takes charge of his first game as a Premier League manager.

I felt Aston Villa were a bit hard on Dean Smith, but he’s gone now and it’s an opportunity for Gerrard to prove his worth.

He’s got a good squad at his disposal and will be expected to hit the ground running immediately after a fantastic spell with Rangers.

This is a hard game for Villa as Brighton haven’t been the easiest team to face in the Premier League this season, so I think it’ll end all square.

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Brighton

Steven Gerrard takes charge of his first game for Aston Villa this weekend (Picture: Getty)

Watford vs Manchester United

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.

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

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are in desperate need of a win (Picture: Getty)

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